Are you planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for the holidays? The 2018 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park is an absolute must-do event during the holiday season. This in-park party celebrates the season with lovely decor, glittering holiday lights, special photo opportunities, snow on Main Street, U.S.A., and entertainment you will have to see to believe!
2018 Dates for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2018, which requires a special ticket to attend, will be held on the following nights in 2018:
- Nov. 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27 and 29;
- Dec. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21
Best Nights to Attend Mickey's Very Christmas Party
Disney has released a calendar available online with nights the party is offered and the ticket cost. More expensive tickets usually indicate a more crowded party. Weekend party nights tend to be the most crowded. Crowds are sometimes lighter prior to Thanksgiving but then things really ramp up.
Early Entry to Magic Kingdom on Christmas Party Nights
Party fun takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight, although party ticket holders may enter the park as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy regular park offerings. Note that if you have a party-only ticket, you will not have access to FastPass+ between 4-7 p.m.
FastPass+ might be available to guests who also hold valid Magic Kingdom Park tickets, depending on availability. Once the party begins, FastPass will no longer be offered and the FastPass queues will close.
Must See Events at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018
“A Frozen Holiday Wish,” kicks off the fun each night at dusk. Guests arriving early for the party can watch as Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage that culminates in Queen Elsa using her powers to transform Cinderella Castle into a shimmering ice palace.
“Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” stage show brings in Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Goofy and Pluto, and many others who drop by dressed in their Christmas attire, ready to sing holidays with Christmas carols.
“Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” This enchanting holiday procession features marching toy soldiers, dancing gingerbread men, Disney characters, Santa Claus and more!
The highlight of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party night is “Holiday Wishes Fireworks– Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” a special fireworks show set to holiday tunes that light up the sky above Magic Kingdom Park.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas party also offers Guests complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, party exclusive character greeting opportunities – with familiar faces like Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Scrooge McDuck – plus event-exclusive merchandise and special holiday treats.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2018 Times Guide
- A Frozen Holiday Wish - 6:15 p.m., 8:15 p.m.
- Mickey's Most Merriest Celebration - 7:40 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:55 p.m.
- Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade - 8:30 p.m., 11 p.m.
- Holiday Wishes—Celebrate the Spirit of the Season - 10 p.m.
- A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas - 7:45 p.m., 8:35 p.m., 9:25 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:35 p.m.
- VoicePlay - 8:10 p.m., 9 p.m., 10:20 p.m., 11:10 p.m.
- Club Tinsel - 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
Times are subject to change.
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets 2018
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets range in price starting at $95 to $125, depending on the night. The party sometimes sells out so it's best to purchase them online in advance.
Tickets can be purchased directly through your My Disney Experience account.
Here's a quick look at the party nights offered in November and December and the ticket cost.
Visit the Offers Page for Disney Resort hotel offers to save big on select nights in November and December
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party FAQ
Q: Once the park closes, how will Disney know I have a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Ticket?
A: There will be several kiosks located in the park where you can swipe your Magic Band to redeem your party ticket for a wristband. The wristband will signal Cast Members that you have a valid party ticket and you'll be permitted to stay in the park. There is also a dedicated entrance that you can use if you're not already inside the park.
Q: Can I stay in the Magic Kingdom after it closes if I don't have a ticket?
A: Of course not. Without a wristband, you won't be permitted on any rides once the party officially begins. Yes, they will be checking carefully, especially during the first two hours. Checkpoints are set up throughout the park where you will be required to show a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party wristband. Without one, you will be turned around and kindly asked to exit the park. You can try to stay as long as possible but eventually they will notice.
Q: Can I make FastPass+ selections in advance during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party?
A: No, FastPass will be turned off. But with lighter crowds and so many special events taking place, you shouldn't need it.
Q: When and where is the best place to watch Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade?
A: Main Street USA is by the far the most popular location to watch the parade. You should claim your spot anywhere along Main Street starting 45 to 60 minutes prior to the parade. Be patient here, it gets very crowded. I like to recommend that you give priority to little kids, even if they aren't with your family - let them scoot up in front of you so they can see. It will mean a lot to them and you'll feel good about making a little kid happy.
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