Reindeer performers dancing during parade route of Disney Christmas Party parade in WDW

2024 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World

2023 dates: select nights November 7 – December 21, 2023.
2024 dates: to be announced

Mom Approved Travel can assist you with the purchase of your 2024 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets whether you have booked your vacation package with us or not! When you purchase your tickets through Mom Approved Travel, you will receive the Mom Approved Guide to one of our favorite Holiday parties at Disney for free!

When will 2024 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets go on sale?

In 2023, Walt Disney World Resort Hotel guests were able to purchase their Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets starting July 6th, 2023 and the general public was able to purchase tickets a week later on June 29, 2023.

So while Walt Disney World has not announced anything official about dates, tickets or other details for 2024 yet, (other than it will be returning) you can read about what guests experienced during the 2023 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so you have an idea of what to expect.

What is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Since 1983, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has been Walt Disney World’s premier Holiday event! What started out as a one-day-only event has become a beloved holiday tradition for many families.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event held at Walt Disney World during November and December in Magic Kingdom that runs officially from 7:00 pm – midnight on select MVMCP party nights.

This fan-favorite Disney Christmastime Holiday party is a family-friendly event and very appropriate for children of all ages with special stage shows, entertainment, unique character meet and greet opportunities, seasonal overlays on selected attractions, dance parties, Christmas parade, special fireworks and more!


What time does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party start?

The party officially starts at 7:00 pm and takes over all of Magic Kingdom theme park. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party officially ends at midnight, but you can enjoy the last show which begins at 12 am, meander a bit and shop for all the holiday things.

MVMCP guests do not need separate theme park admission or Park Pass reservations for the party, and you will be able to enter Magic Kingdom as early as 4:00 pm with your Christmas party ticket. You will receive your wristband at the Magic Kingdom entrance.

On Christmas party days, the Magic Kingdom theme park closes to the public at 6:00 pm. If you are planning to be in Magic Kingdom before 4pm, you will need “normal” theme park admission. Thankfully, you will not have to exit the park to receive your party wristbands at designated pickup locations inside the park which will allow you to stay inside the park for the party if you have also purchased a party ticket.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed in Christmas attire waving to crowds at the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Christmas parade in Magic Kingdom
Enjoy seeing familiar friends at Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime parade

What is there to do at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

There is so much to do at the party, you really can’t do it ALL in one night! With a wide variety of activities, your MAT Travel Advisor can help you prioritize how you would like to spend your party time to make the most of the fun! Here are some of the fun, holiday events you can anticipate experiencing at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party:

  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade – a party exclusive parade with a catchy soundtrack and beloved characters, including Santa
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration — an exciting castle stage show featuring Mickey and pals set to fun, modern Holiday medleys
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks—party exclusive firework display hosted by Minnie with projections and some of your favorite music
  • A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas on the Tomorrowland stage—a dance party with characters from your favorite intergalactic friends
  • Club Tinsel flex your best moves at the dance party inside Cosmic Rays Starlight Cafe with holiday characters
  • Unlimited hot chocolate and cookies yes, really. Grab your yummies as often as you’d like at treat stations throughout Magic Kingdom
  • Holiday overlays on some of your favorite rides including: Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, Space Mountain, Mad Tea Party, and the Jungle Cruise transforms to a fan favorite Jungle Cruise
  • Unique character meets greet favorite and rare characters, many decked out in their holiday best!
  • Holiday ambiance including “snow” on Main Street every 30 minutes or so! Watch children of all ages as they delight in playing in the snoap! (soap-snow)
  • Party exclusive photo opportunities with fun PhotoPass MagicShots
  • Party exclusive merchandise and treat offerings
  • Tron Lightcycle/Run will be available via Virtual Queue
  • Enjoy many of your favorite rides, please note Genie+ is not available during the MVMCP party (though it really is not needed anyway)
The first float of Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party being escorted by cast members
Mickey's Very Merry Christmastime Parade is a Disney fan favorite, filled with holiday fun!
Disney Characters dancing on stage of the castle show at night during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World
MVMCP features special holiday themed castle shows with Disney characters you know and love.
Wendy and Peter Pan with Donald Duck, Pluto and Tigger dressed in holiday attire during the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parade in Walt Disney World at night
Enjoy the merriment of Christmas music all while getting close to beloved Disney characters!

What is there to eat at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

With the Christmas Party officially starting at 7pm, and non-party guests being escorted out at 6pm thoughtful consideration should be given to where you will eat dinner on your Christmas party night. If you are planning to do Christmas party character meet and greets, some of these queues will ope before the party starts around 6pm.

There are several options some Table Service Christmas Party dining options in Magic Kingdom are available, but in general we do not recommend utilizing party time for a sit-down meal.

Eating early around 4pm inside Magic Kingdom or at a nearby resort is ideal if you would like a sit-down meal. If you find you cannot eat dinner that early, there will be a few quick service options open during the party, such as Casey’s or Pecos Bills Cafe. We suggest you plan for a good, solid meal prior to the party so you can enjoy alllllll the party exclusive treats and complimentary cookies and cocoa!

Should you attend the Christmas party at Magic Kingdom?

We have MAT client families who choose to attend the Christmas party, and some who choose to skip; but both enjoy their November and December Walt Disney World trips, and it is going to depend on each family.

If you are a sucker for a Disney parades, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas is an incredible one. If you love to hunt down rare characters, this may be the Disney event for you as you will find several opportunities for character meets you won’t find anywhere else, or any other time of year! Let Mom Approved Travel help you make magical holiday memories with your people.

Will Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party Sell Out in 2024?

Absolutely Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets WILL sell out, as it is a beloved event entwined in local holiday traditions and a Walt Disney World vacation guest seasonal event favorite! While there is no need on release day to panic and purchase tickets, it is best to purchase them sooner than later, because once they are gone, they are gone!

How much does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party cost?

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is NOT included with regular theme park admission, so you will need a separate ticket for the party.

Pricing will vary based on the dates you are attending, and for who is going with you. Prime dates and weekends will price a little higher. As a rule of thumb, the earlier in the Holiday season at Disney you attend, the lower your tickets will be. An exception to this is the first event of the season, when many avid Disney Christmas Party fans want to be the first ones to experience it!

Guests over 10 years old are considered “adults” and children ages 3-9 typically will cost approximately $10 less per ticket. Children 2 and under do not require a ticket for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

To get an idea of a ballpark, or what to expect for 2024 pricing, please see 2023 pricing below: