Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP)

MVMCP, Disney’s biggest holiday event,  features exclusive holiday entertainment, snow falling on Main St., & complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.
This is a special event with its own ticket. The event “officially” begins at 7:00 pm and lasts until 12:00 am.  However, if you don’t have a theme park ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom for that day, the Castmembers will generally allow MVMCP ticket holders entrance about 4:00 pm.
2016 event dates are:
November 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
December 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

People often ask about the least crowded parties and which days they should attend. November party dates will almost always be less busy than December dates, and Tuesdays are usually less crowded than parties offered on other days of the week.

“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” will make its debut for the 2016 holiday season. In this all-new show, Mickey and his pals invite some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun. Look for Woody and Jessie from “Toy Story,” Fantasyland friends such as Peter Pan and Snow White, and many more!

Not all of the rides and shows will be open during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but many will and with very little wait times.
Note that FastPass+ is not available during the party (and for most attractions, it’s not needed anyway).
You have 5 hours to enjoy the special events that take place during this party so use your time wisely.

Things you should do:

  • Watch the parade but wait until the second one since it’s less busy and you can do other things during the first one.
  • See the fireworks.
  • Attend the shows – they are exclusive to this party and can’t be seen any other time of year.

Things you should not spend time doing:

  • Eating – you can get cookies (including a gluten free option), cocoa, apples, and apple juice at many locations and there are some restaurants open but we wouldn’t spend too much time on that. Be sure to eat before the events begin so you can spend your time doing other things. Have a big sit down lunch this day!
  • Doing things that are not exclusive to this party which includes meeting some characters and riding rides. If you’re attending on a busy night, focus on the exclusive things as opposed to things you could ride during the day. If you’re attending on a less busy night, the short lines for rides are a lot of fun to take advantage of.

Here’s a sample itinerary plan for the party:

  • If you want to do a popular character meet, line up early. If you want to meet popular characters like Jack Skellington and Sandy Claws, line up around 4:30 for that (he often shows up before the party begins, sometimes as early as 5). If you want to meet the Seven Dwarfs, line up around 6:00 so you can see them as soon as they begin meeting people at 7. Want to meet the princesses w/their princes? Get in line around 6:30 for that.
  • Celebrate the Season at 7:30 p.m.
  • Frozen Holiday Wish at 8 p.m. (or at 6:15 p.m. before the party begins)
  • Go on some rides, pick up some cookies and cocoa, attend the dance party or watch VoicePlay
  • Celebrate the Magic at 9:15 p.m.
  • Holiday Wishes Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at 10:30 p.m.
  • Rides, cookies, character dance party
  • Totally Tomorrowland Christmas Show at 11:35

Is it worth it?

For $60-70/person, you get up to 8 hours in the park with an exclusive parade and fireworks, special character interactions, low wait times on rides, with cookies and cocoa.

We love the Christmas party and think it’s worth it for most people, although due to the late hours, we don’t suggest it for most families with young children. Late nights and sleepy kids turn into grumpy families – no pixie dust there!
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