It’s that time of year again! Halloween is over, the Magic Kingdom is decorated, and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is back!

Here are the dates for 2018:

November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30
December 2, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13,14, 16, 18, 20, 21

The official hours for the party are 7pm to midnight.

I had the opportunity to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on November 9th, and I wanted to share my experience with you!

Arrival

First, it’s good to know that even though the party starts at 7pm, you can arrive as early as 4pm. When you consider that you have to go through bag check, it’s a good idea to arrive a little bit before that.

There’s also a separate entrance for party guests where you’ll get a wristband, which will show Cast Members that you’re there for the party.

If you’re already in Magic Kingdom for the day, you can visit any of the wristband stations throughout the park so you don’t have trek to the front of the park for your wristband.

The party doesn't officially start until 7pm, but you can enter the park as early as 4pm.

The party doesn’t officially start until 7pm, but you can enter the park as early as 4pm.

Special Events

There isn’t much new this year, but the special events are still lots of fun!

A Frozen Holiday Wish

Queen Elsa turns Cinderella Castle into a sparkling ice castle in A Frozen Holiday Wish at 6:15pm and 8:15pm. The show is less than ten minutes long, but the result is beautiful!

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration

Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration is a Castle Stage Show during which Mickey and Minnie host a holiday party with all of their friends! They sing familiar Christmas carols and some new songs. This show takes place at 7:40pm, 9:25pm, 10:30pm, and 11:55pm.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime parade starts at 8:30pm and 11pm and winds through Magic Kingdom with dancing nutcrackers, gingerbread men, Santa and his reindeer, and sweetly scented floats plus some rarely seen characters!  The parade is a class and a definite highlight of the party.

Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is a highlight of the party. View it from Frontierland for smaller crowds.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade is a highlight of the party. View it from Frontierland for smaller crowds.

Holiday Wishes

Holiday Wishes is the Christmas version of the Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, which was replaced in 2017. You can see this show from just about anywhere in the park at 10pm.

Totally Tomorrowland Christmas returns

A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas returns this year at 7:45pm, 8:35pm, 9:25pm, 10:45pm, and 11:35pm at Tomorrowland’s Rockettower Stage. This hilarious show is geared to the younger audience – Stitch is trying to find Santa and bring snow to Tomorrowland. There are spectacular musical numbers and lots of entertainment throughout the show.

Super-high energy dancing is the centerpiece of Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.

Super-high energy dancing is the centerpiece of Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.

The Edge Effect

The Edge Effect (sometimes called VoicePlay) is an a capella group performing Christmas music at 8:10pm, 9pm, 10:20pm, and 11:10pm.  VoicePlay alternates presentations with a Totally Tomorrowland Christmas at the Rockettower stage in Tomorrowland.

Smooth a cappella Christmas songs with The Edge Effect in Tomorrowland.

Smooth a cappella Christmas songs with The Edge Effect in Tomorrowland.

Club Tinsel

Club Tinsel is a club-like setting with a live DJ, polar bears, reindeer, and elves inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café. You can drop in anytime from 7pm to midnight to enjoy this party!

Character Meet and Greets

Character meet and greets are some of the best experiences you can have at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party because you can find some rarely seen characters during these few hours! There are even PhotoPass photographers at the ready!

This year, Santa Claus will be in Main Street Courtyard, and Mickey Mouse will be stationed in Town Square Theater.

Besides the two big names, You can meet Aladdin, Abu, Jasmine, and Genie , Captain Jack Sparrow, Moana, and Peter Pan in Adventureland, The Country Bears in Frontierland, and Jack Skellington as Sandy Slaws in Liberty Square.

Fantasyland has, by far, the most character meet and greets. Ariel and Prince Eric will be near Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, Belle will be near Gaston’s Tavern, and Pooh and Friends will be next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

In the Storybook Circus area, you’ll find The Seven Dwarfs, Minnie and Daisy, Donald and Scrooge McDuck, and Santa Goofy. Mary Poppins and Bert will be near Mickey’s Philharmagic.

The Disney Princesses and their princes including Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Aurora and Prince Phillip, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Tiana and Naveen, Princess Elena of Avalor, and Snow White and her Prince can be found in and around Princess Fairytale Hall.

In Tomorrowland, you can meet Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps near the exit of Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

Attractions

Remember that I said you can arrive as early as 4pm? It’s a good idea to do that because you can ride any of the attractions before all of the special party events begin. You can even make FastPass+ reservations for the three hours before the party officially begins. Then, MyDisneyExperience will be live during the party, so you can check wait times throughout the party.

There will be several attractions open during the party including the Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom card game!

In Adventureland, you can visit Swiss Family Treehouse, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, The Jingle Cruise (the Christmas version of the Jungle Cruise), and Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Big Thunder Mountain and Country Bear Jamboree will welcome guests in Frontierland, and nearby in Liberty Square, the Haunted Mansion will be looking for one more happy haunting.

As with the character meet and greets, Fantasyland will have the most attractions open including it’s a small world, Peter Pan’s Flight, Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid, The Barnstormer, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Mad Tea Party, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

In Tomorrowland, guests can visit Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, Astro Orbiter, The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

Food

There will only be a few dining locations open during the party, so it’s a good idea to eat a meal before you arrive in Magic Kingdom or before the party officially begins.

Snacks will be plentiful throughout the party, though! Soft pretzels return this year, after being introduced in 2017, and cookies and many beverages are not only free but unlimited! There are some extra special treats available for purchase including Eggnog Custard and White Chocolate Raspberry Yule Log.

New this year, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant will be hosting Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party.

Event Merchandise

To commemorate your visit to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, there’s a ton of Christmas-themed souvenirs and even event-exclusive merchandise.

There are even special pieces for Disney Vacation Club members and Annual Passholders!

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