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Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth the Cost?

Walt Disney World knows how to throw a party. In addition to my favorite party, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, they also offer a Christmas party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party which  usually starts in November. It is magical, festive, and very merry indeed. However, is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party worth the cost? It depends on how many “free snacks” you eat.

ETA: Disney announced that there will be no Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2020. Read this post to see what you can expect in 2020 for the holidays in Walt Disney World Resort.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Parade - Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

Photo Credit: Murtagh Photography

Is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Worth The Cost?

I’ve been to a few of the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties, and they can most definitely be worth the extra price of admission. Around the $75 mark is when I start to cringe. When you hit the $100 mark, then I gasp a bit. That seems to be Disney’s new price point for admission, though. With that said, I’d still pay it for myself. However, when you have a large family, then the cost really starts to add up for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

I like a good holiday party, and they do add some extra magic to a Disney vacation. These are my top 4 reasons going to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party should be on your Disney to-do list.

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Photo Credit: Murtagh photography

Free Snacks at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

“Free” snacks are always a way to get my attention. If you want to know something about me, I will never turn down an opportunity to eat something sweet while strolling through the parks.

When I first started attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, cookies and hot cocoa were part of the party, and you could eat and drink as much as you wanted for free. The first year I attended the party we had the most delicious Snickerdoodle cookies. I still think about those Snickerdoodles.

Then they changed them, and the cookies were a little more Costco-like. They just weren’t worth the calories. I stuck to drinking my weight in hot chocolate. However, Disney got the memo and upped their free snack game.  

These are the free snacks you can find at the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Jungle Cruise: Ginger Molasses Cookie
Tortuga Tavern: Snowman Pretzel and Fanta
Pinocchio Village Haus: Snickerdoodle Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Fanta
Storybook Snacks Cart: Snowman Pretzel

Free Snowman Pretzel Disney

Photo: Diane Watkins

Miner’s Cove: Peppermint Cookie
Friar’s Nook: Chocolate Chip Cookie
Golden Oak Outpost: Snickerdoodle Cookie
Diamond Horseshoe: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Eggnog
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café: Peppermint Cookie, Hot Chocolate, and Apple Cider
Lunching Pad: Ginger Molasses Cookie and Apple Cider

Ginger Cookies at Lunching Pad

Photo: Diane Watkins

All of the cookies come wrapped now. 

In addition to the complimentary snacks, you can also fins special holiday food and drink for sale like Sven’s Carrot Cake, Christmas Churros, and Jolly Tamale Christmas. You can even find adorable sippers for sale like Sven and a poseable Jack Skellington. Yes, it’s poseable! I need a shirt that says, “I’m just here for the merch.”

Special merchandise and snacks are just some of the reasons why Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth it for me.

Jack Skellington Poseable Sipper Cup

Photo: Diane Watkins

Club Tinsel Dance Party 

There’s always a dance party to be found at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I love to dance. I don’t do it well, but it brings me joy. The first year I went we danced all night at Club Tinsel with DJ Cane and Chip and Dale. It was a blast and a highlight of the party for me.

Another year, they had a dance party with characters in Frontierland. You want to talk about a Country Bear Jamboree? Well those bears can boogie, especially that Liver Lips!

Dance Party at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

In 2019, Club Tinsel is still going strong with Santa’s helpers and reindeer! Aren’t my friends cute? Grab some friends and get your groove on.

Club Tinsel at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Photo: Diane Watkins

Special Characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

One of the best reasons to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are for the character photos with rare characters. I’m still a sucker for taking pictures with Disney characters. 

I love them when they have their fancy holiday dresses on or their dapper suits. These outfits are special for the party. I also love when more rare characters come out like the Disney Princesses and their Princes. Heeeeeey, Flynn Rider! Ok, I lied. Totally worth $100 to get a pic with that smolder.

Meet and Greet with Flynn Rider at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

There are also rare photo ops with Jack Skellington, the Seven Dwarfs, and Moana. Right now you can only meet Moana at Walt Disney World during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. These lines are always long, so if you want a picture, get in line early (before the party starts around 5:00) or try late at night when the crowds die down and children go to bed.

What Characters can you Meet at the 2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?

Santa Claus (Main Street Courtyard)
Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater)
Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws and Sally (Town Square Theater)
Aladdin and Abu (Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
Jasmine and Genie (The Magic Carpets of Aladdin)
Captain Jack Sparrow (across from Pirates of the Caribbean)
Moana (Tiki Room)
Mary Poppins and Bert (Liberty Square)
Ariel and Prince Eric (across from Journey of The Little Mermaid)
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (Princess Fairytale Hall)
Cinderella and Prince Charming (Princess Fairytale Hall)
Princess Tiana and Naveen (Princess Fairytale Hall)
Princess Elena of Avalor (Princess Fairytale Hall)
Snow White and her Prince (by the Castle Wall near Princess Fairytale Hall)
Aurora and Prince Phillip (by the Castle Wall near Princess Fairytale Hall)
Belle (to the right side of Bonjour! Village Gifts)
Pooh and Friends (next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)
Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum (next to Mad Tea Party)
The Seven Dwarfs (inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus)
Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck (Storybook Circus)
Santa Goofy (next to Barnstormer)
Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps (exit of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin)

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

I love watching  fireworks at Walt Disney World and Wishes and Holiday Wishes were my favorites. Basically anything with the word wishes. However, Disney has started to favor fireworks shows with more castle projections. 

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks seems to follow that trend. I haven’t seen them in person, so I can’t give you an opinion. From what I’ve seen online, they are really cute. Like I said, I love Disney fireworks, and castle projections are really cool!

I just prefer less projections and more booming fireworks that you can see from around the park and not have to find a spot in the hub. 

Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

Photo: Disney Parks Blog

The season is practically perfect when you sit on Main Street, U.S.A. with a cup of hot cocoa and a cookie and watch Disney holiday fireworks go off around Cinderella Castle. When the snow on Main Street, U.S.A. starts falling, that’s just the icing on the holiday cookie.

Cinderella Castle with icicle lights at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

That cookie just better be a Snickerdoodle is all I’m saying.

Is the Party Worth it With Toddlers?

So the big question is whether Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is worth the cost? It depends. Do you have that extra money in your budget? Do you love Christmas everything? Can your kids stay up late? Then I say yes! If your kids fall asleep at 9:00p.m., then no, don’t do it. Be the early risers and get to the parks early.

You can enter Magic Kingdom Park at 4:00 p.m. with your party ticket, so if you’re going to the party, I recommend not going to a park in the morning and saving your energy for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. With additional entertainment like Once Upon a Christmastime Parade and stage shows, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas, free treats, and snow on Main Street, the party will put you in the holiday spirit.

On the other hand, you can find plenty of merry around Walt Disney World Resort without an additional cost, too.

If you have deep pockets or are celebrating something special consider Tony’s Most Merriest Town Square Party. It’s an additional cost to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I haven’t done it before, but I tried Cruella’s Halloween Hideaway Party which is similar during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

2019 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Dates

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party requires a special ticket to attend and will be held on the following nights: November 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29 and 30; and December 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21. The party takes place from 7 p.m.-midnight at Magic Kingdom Park.

Visit Walt Disney World‘s website to purchase party tickets!

Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Did you think it was worth it?


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Thursday 29th of November 2018

It was definitely worth the price to us! With the 8 hours you are able to spend in the park, the shorter wait times (and you can still use 2 Fast-passes before normal hours end), the fantastic holiday shows, and the delicious free snacks, it was well worth it! As you know we do not have children and are both adults, so I can see where it could be costly for parents on vacation. You have to weigh your options; enjoy a resort day and then spend the night at the Magic Kingdom, or do what we did and roam Disney Springs, eat at Guy's Chicken Guy!, and then make the short commute to the park!


Thursday 29th of November 2018

Those are all good points, thank you! In your situation, it absolutely made sense. If you are only at Disney World for a short time, and the ticket is about the same price as a park ticket, then you can enjoy the holiday extras, too!