Believe it or not, the holiday season is just around the corner, and for festive parkgoers who are planning to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Party, planning is key to experiencing all the holiday magic! This is a must-do for new visitors and seasoned pros alike, as Magic Kingdom is transformed into a holiday wonderland! At the party, you may see snowflakes fall on Main Street, holiday lights twinkle everywhere, and once-in-a-lifetime character meet and greets. It’s a truly enchanted experience you don’t want to miss!
Dress Accordingly - Tickets are purchased so now WHAT are you going to wear?! Be sure to plan your outfits for festive fun! Luckily, Little Lady Shay Boutique is here with our latest releases in holiday and festive attire for the entire family. Shop ahead and plan for a Christmas celebration in style!
Arrival Time - Yes, the official party starts at night, but part of the joy of this event is that you receive admission to Magic Kingdom as early as 4pm, even though the true party doesn’t start until 7! Take advantage of this extra time for non-party-specific activities, such as special meet and greets (Santa, anyone?), staking out that holiday merch, or hopping onto your favorite ride.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade Planning - One of our favorite aspects of this event is the holiday parade. Plan to stake out your location at least 30-45 minutes in advance for the first parade- it fills up quickly.
Tickets & Reservations - This event sells out! Plan ahead and get your tickets ASAP, especially for peak night attendance.
Fireworks Viewing - Minine’s Wonderful Christmastime Firework Show is truly magical. But just like the parade, good viewing spots go quickly. Plan ahead and find a location that offers the best view of Cinderella’s Castle.
- Top Tip- staying for the whole party? Check the party schedules the night of. If there’s a second parade, there will be less of a crowd!
Character Meet & Greets - Check the My Disney Experience for the exact times and locations of your favorite characters for some special holiday meet and greets. Our favorite is meeting the big man himself- Santa- at our home away from home!
Dance Parties - Have any dancers in your group? Check out Club Tinsel or the Disney Junior Jingle Jam for a chance to shake your booty with your favorite characters! Check your My Disney Experience app for dance times.
Food & Snacks - Your ticket also gives you complimentary hot cocoa and cookies at a variety of locations including Pinocchio Village Haus, Storybook Snacks Cart, Miner’s Cove, and a few more locations. But, there are SO many more delicious holiday treats you need to try out.
Top Tip- most of these events have exclusive dessert parties that include reserved spots to watch fireworks. These run for an additional fee, but are an exciting way to heighten the experience!
Special Shows & Performances - Apart from the parade and fireworks, there are a TON of holiday-themed performances and shows, including Club Tinsel and Disney Junior Jingle Jam.
- We’ll share some of our favorites in its own blog- stay tuned!
Merchandise - Limited-edition merchandise comes out every year for this special celebration. If shopping is on your agenda (as it should be!), then be sure to head to The Emporium at Magic Kingdom or World of Disney at Disney Springs and grab your holiday-themed souvenirs!
Plan for Photographs - Whether it’s the family holiday card pic on Main Street, or a selfie with Mickey and Minnie in their holiday best, make sure your camera is ready and charged. Want some extra pixie dust? Use the Disney PhotoPass experience to add exclusive magic to these pics!
- Top Tip - Need help figuring out where to start? We have you covered. Click below for our Guide to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party - featuring the when and where of our must-do activities!