Hot tips for visiting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

by Attractions Magazine Staff

The holidays are just around the corner and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is back to celebrate!

mickey's very merry christmas party park entrance
Photos by Jacqueline Dole

By Jacqueline Dole

This separately-ticketed event is running on select nights from November 8-December 22, 2022, at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The party includes exclusive treats, a special parade and fireworks show, holiday ride overlays, and more.

While most dates are sold out, here are some tips on how to have the best time if you’re planning to head to the event this year:

Be sure to chat with a cast member, and do some research online about all the offerings during the party. The map will indicate where a Magic Shot is located, but it won’t state what the actual shot will be. For example, if you’re a Muppets fan, be sure to head to Liberty Square for a fantastic Muppet shot. A little research ahead of time – or spending a couple minutes talking to a cast member about available options – can ensure you don’t miss out on something important or waste time during party hours trying to figure out where you want to go.

mickey's very merry christmas party map

If you want to meet the characters, get in line early! Towards the end of the night, these lines get super long and you don’t want to miss out on the fireworks, parade, or stage show if you can help it. 

Plan to see the first stage show and first parade. That way, if inclement weather rolls through you’ve already seen them. There is a rainy-day parade but it’s a very short cavalcade and isn’t nearly as exciting as the full show. 

christmas projection cinderella castle
Christmas projection on Cinderella Castle

If you utilize Disability Access Service*, there are a couple of areas for parade and fireworks viewing so be sure to check in with a cast member.

Be sure to have your notifications on My Disney Experience so that you know about any weather-related updates. Fireworks, parades, and stage shows can be delayed due to bad weather, and this is the best way to find out when they’ll be happening so that you don’t miss out.

Prioritize rides with holiday overlays during the party. These are indicated on the map with a special symbol, and the overlays aren’t available during regular park hours. Space Mountain, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, Tomorrowland Speedway, and Mad Tea Party all have special holiday elements. Jungle Cruise – themed as Jingle Cruise — does as well, however it’s in full holiday mode during regular park hours as well. 

Bring a bag for cookies. Towards the end of the evening, Cast Members will start to hand out handfuls of cookies, which are prepackaged and easy to save for later. 

Paid-for party treat

Do not miss out on the fireworks. No matter what your plan is, this should be a priority. There is only one firework show each night and it is a truly great show. Make a plan to be near Cinderella Castle anywhere from 30-10 minutes before the show starts to be sure you have a good spot to watch. 

Maybe a hot take, but consider skipping the special party holiday treat offerings. Everything I sampled was pretty bad, and the extra time waiting in line could have been spent on something more worthwhile, like meeting Santa! 

*Disability Access Service (DAS) is a program offered by Walt Disney World to assist guests who may have difficulty waiting in an extended queue. This service is administered by Cast Members at Guest Services in the parks or via preregistration online via the Walt Disney World website.


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