It’s going to be a very merry Christmas at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
Disney World is bringing back its popular Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time since the pandemic. The after-hours event was skipped in 2020 and last year, the Florida resort hosted a modified event, Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours – which cost more than Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties of years past.
Disneyland’s holiday celebrations are still largely under wraps, but the California resort confirms the pandemic return of “World of Color – Season of Light” at Disney California Adventure Park as well as “Believe … In Holiday Magic” fireworks, which made their pandemic return last year. More details will be announced in coming months.
Here’s what guests planning ahead should know now.
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates
This year’s event will be held on 24 nights at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
November 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27 and 29.
Dec 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 22.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not included with regular theme park admission. The specially ticketed, limited capacity event starts after Magic Kingdom closes to regular guests.
Perks include event-specific entertainment like the beloved Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and Disney Junior Jingle Jam featuring Disney Junior characters. Guests also get free cookies and hot cocoa across the park, as well as shorter lines for attractions like Space Mountain, which is getting a special holiday twist just for the party.
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How much does Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party cost?
Tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022 range from $149 to $199, depending on the day. That’s significantly less than the $169 to $229 range of last year’s Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours. But it’s markedly more than the $94 starting price of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019.
Tickets go on sale June 30 for guests of select Disney resorts. Everyone else has to wait until July 7 to buy tickets.
Other holiday happenings across Disney World
Guests who don’t buy tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can still enjoy seasonal foods, decorations and activities across Walt Disney World. Here’s what’s coming back.
- Magic Kingdom: Jingle Cruise.
- EPCOT: Candlelight Processional, International Festival of the Holidays with Holiday Cookie Stroll.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, Santa Claus Merry Motorcade.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Merry Menagerie puppet show, flotillas carrying Santa Claus, Goofy, Chip ‘n’ Dale and other Disney characters in their holiday best down Discovery River.
- Disney Springs: Disney Christmas Tree Stroll, snowfall in Town Center, Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar.
Additionally, the Beacons of Magic that have illuminated park icons nightly throughout Disney World’s 50th anniversary will have festive displays mixed in for the season.