January 2022 Update: We do not know if Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party will be returning for 2022 or if Very Merriest After Hours event will be the new reoccurring event. As soon as we have the latest news, we will update here.
This article is your complete guide to the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party! So que the music because..it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The truth is it’s never too early to start thinking about the most wonderful time of year in the Most Magical Place on Earth. We’re here to break down all of the joyful surprises that await you at the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom park.
From party dates to entertainment, and complimentary treats to character meet and greets, there’s a ton to know before you go (or even start planning!). Our team at The Park Prodigy has been attending the MVMCP event since 2012 and it’s one of our favorite special events at The Magic Kingdom. It’s important to note that all Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party nights require a separate ticket which we will cover later in this post!
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For all the information you need on to be prepared for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, read on!
SPECIAL PROMOTION: As a way to help our clients impacted by Covid-19 we are running a special on the Disney Very Merriest After Hours event this year.
For a limited time we will be giving our clients $5.00 off the purchase of all Disney Very Merriest Tickets! That’s $5.00 per ticket!
So when are the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party dates? While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022 dates have not yet been released yet, we will be posting them here as soon as Disney makes the announcement! Based on what we know from years past, Mickey’s Christmas Party typically kicks off as early as the weekend after the last Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party.
That said, we can assume that it will occur 23 select nights from the first week of November to a few days before Christmas Day. Keep in mind that Disney could also choose to do a condensed version of the event. We believe they are closely monitoring the situation surrounding Covid-19 and waiting to make a decision on dates/extent the event will commence before making any announcements.
2022 MVMCP dates have not been announced yet!
The Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party hours are from 7:00PM to 12:00AM. This special event ticket also allows guests to enter the Magic Kingdom Park at 4:00 PM.
Special Note: Disney Vacation Club members can enter the park as early as 2:00 PM)
This early entry is one of the many perks of attending this special Disney Christmas party. It’s a great addition for any family looking to get a lot done in a short amount of time. Guests can enter the park early and take pictures, ride a few attractions, or even make dinner reservations before the special event starts.
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The Magic Kingdom park closes at 8:00 PM to regular guests during all Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party nights. We see questions every years asking how Disney handles the transition over to allow for MVMCP guests to stay. This is handled in two ways:
Guests Entering MVMCP after 4:00 PM
Park guests who enter The Magic Kingdom after 4:00 PM will be guided by cast members to specific entrances. Once you enter the turnstile a cast member will give you a bracelet allowing you to remain in the park after 8:00PM. New in 2022, Very Merriest After hours guests were allowed to enter Magic Kingdom at 7:00PM and watch Disney’s Enchantment nighttime show.
Guests Who Spent the Entire Day at The Magic Kingdom
You will not have to walk to the entrance of the park for a wristband if your family spent the day in the park. Simply ask a cast member for the nearest wristband station throughout the park.
We typically find Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party wristband stations in:
All park guests without wristbands will be filtered out throughout the park in an organized fashion.
Being that this is a special-ticketed event, we’d like to first call out that a general admission ticket to the Magic Kingdom will NOT grant you access to the Christmas celebration.
The cost of 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets will vary by date, starting at $169 per ticket and can go up to $249 for dates closest to Christmas. When we say “vary by date,” we mean that by depending on how in-demand the tickets are, the higher price you’ll pay. For example, on party dates closer to Christmas, an adult admission ticket will cost you upwards of $249 but in mid November costs about $170.
Our advice for anyone visiting Disney World on a budget is to plan on attending Mickey’s Christmas Party as early in November as possible. Last year’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas tickets sold out early six times, and that doesn’t include all of the times the event sold out in general. We would definitely recommend making your purchase early in advance if you know you plan on attending. This is especially true if you plan to visit one of the first holiday parties or any of the MVMCP events in the month of December.
SPECIAL PROMOTION: As a way to help our clients impacted by Covid-19 we are running a special on 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets.
For a limited time we will be giving our clients $5.00 off the purchase of all 2022 Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party tickets! That’s $5.00 per ticket!
Simply email Mike@theparkprodigy.com & tell him you would like to be notified when next years Christmas party tickets go on sale! You can then use this promotion to purchase tickets as soon as 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket prices are released!
2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket prices are discounted for annual pass holders and Disney Vacation Club members. All annual passholders and DVC members receive $10 per Very Merriest After Hours tickets. Unfortunately we have not seen Disney offer discounts to regular park guests in recent years. We will be sure to keep everyone up to date as soon as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ticket prices are released for 2022!
Our team at The Park Prodigy has made it our goal to make it more affordable to visit Walt Disney World! All guests who sign up for our newsletter will receive $5 off per Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party ticket they purchase.
Although the dates for the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party have not been announced yet, there are a few questions you can start to ask when planning your trip to Disney! The one thing we do know is that historically Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party has started on November 6-8th. This means you have two full months to plan your trip to visit MVMCP in 2022!
We always suggest you ask yourself these two questions when visiting:
You can also take a look at our Disney crowd calendar when planning your trip! The reason being is you might be surprised that the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas parties with the lowest crowds aren’t always in November. They also aren’t always the slowest on the weekdays as we have found some very low crowds on Sunday nights.
Another reason it’s important to pay attention to the crowds when planning your 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party trip is how it will impact non-event nights at the Magic Kingdom. As you can guess if the Magic Kingdom is closed to a select number of guests on nights throughout the Christmas season, the crowds at the park on non-event nights tend be higher than normal. For this reason, we always recommend to plan to visit Magic Kingdom during the week as it tends to have lower crowds during the holiday seasons.
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Ah, the biggest question of them all—when is the best time to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party?! If you’re planning your Disney vacation on a strict budget, you’ll want to snag your MVMCP tickets for one of the parties scheduled in late November or early December.
Pricing is a big indicator of when Disney expects crowds to be the lowest. We have also found the first few parties in early November to be extremely popular and have sold out the past few years. This also has a lot to due with the popular EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival taking place during this time.
We typically recommend visiting this event during the first two weeks of December. But If you’re concerned about crowd levels, we’d recommend comparing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dates 2022 to our Disney World Crowd Calendar to get a better understanding of when the event will be the least crowded.
Knowing what’s most important to you and your family (crowds or budget), will help you determine when the absolute best time to go to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022.
Like mentioned above, Mickeys Very Merriest After Hours party did not happen in 2021, but instead Very Merriest After Hours party took place. While the events were similar, they were different! So we are going to share what happened at both.
With so much fun to be had, it’s important to go in with a game plan based on what you (or your family) want to experience most. Between rare character meet and greets, endless entertainment and tons of special activities, having a plan is critical.
As for a complete Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party schedule 2022, here’s a quick glance at the 2019 shows.
In between shows, you can easily hop on a quick ride with usually less than a twenty minute wait! Pro tip: during the Magic Kingdom Christmas fireworks, you can catch a really impressive view while riding Snow White’s Mine Train.
It’s also important to keep in mind that a select group of rides receive special enhancements during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party event. Below are all of the special surprises we have seen in years past:
Tomorrow Land Speedway: Guests can enjoy a ton of lights and decorations as they speed through this Disney classic!
Space Mountain: Enjoy holiday lighting and an upgraded Christmas soundtrack on your journey through deep space!
Mad Tea Party: The classic teacups will have an upgraded holiday color scheme and special effects.
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You will find an abundance of complimentary (and unlimited!) Christmas treats throughout the Magic Kingdom during the night of your party . For those specialty treat locations, keep your eyes peeled for big inflatable peppermint sticks to signify treat locations.
Here’s a quick glance at last year’s event-exclusive treats and their locations:
Special Note: For families with allergy concerns, almost every snack location will offer allergy friendly treats. Definitely feel free to ask a cast member what your options are!
As for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party dining, only select restaurants will remain open during the party. In our opinion, it’s best to eat dinner before the party starts so you can take advantage of all the free snacks and save time for entertainment instead of a sit down meal.
Special note: There were no dessert parties offered at Very Merriest After Hours party in 2022. These dessert parties are from 2019 at the last Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Although we are still waiting to receive final word on the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party, Disney has included some special treats in years past. One of the add on options in years past has been the MVMCP dessert party. Just like the special Disney dessert parties held on normal operating nights, these events will provide guests with holiday themed treats as well as a special view for the fireworks.
The pricing options for both parties do range from $69-$84 for adults and $41-$50 for kids aged 3-9. It’s also important to note that this is in addition to the price of your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party ticket. Although we do love the fireworks at this event we simply don’t find the dessert party worth it at this price point. Especially when you consider that free cookies are included with your MVMCP ticket.
Rare character meet and greets are a huge perk to attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Once you get your wristband, you’ll be able to line up for any special very merry Christmas party meet and greets you have your heart set on.
In our opinion, don’t run to the very merry Christmas party meet and greets when you first arrive. This is especially true for the most popular characters such as the seven dwarfs, Santa Goofy, and Mickey Mouse. We recommend you wait until later in the night, specifically after Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks at 10 p.m. You’ll experience significantly shorter wait times then for most very merry Christmas party meet and greets!
In the past, guests could meet many different characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, at Very Merriest After Party, there were different characters.
A: In our opinion, there is no better way to celebrate the Christmas season than at The Most Magical Place On Earth. For the one-of-a-kind experiences that this event has to offer, it’s 100% worth the extra splurge if it is something that fits into your vacation budget. Beyond great snacks, seeing the characters dressed in their holiday best, live shows and exclusive firework shows, the sight of Cinderella’s Castle all lit up with decorations hung from every rooftop is an unforgettable memory in and of itself.
A: In 2021, Very Merriest After Hours party started at 9:00PM, allowing guests to enter at 7:00pm/
A: In 2021, the Very Merriest After Hours party tickets started at $169 and went all the way up to $249. Very Merriest After Hours party ticket prices changed based off of dates, the closer to Christmas, the more expensive your ticket will be.
A: No, unfortunately all Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tickets are non refundable.
A: While Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party 2022 dates have not yet been released, we will be posting them here as soon as Disney makes the announcement! Our best guess is mid April or early May, so definitely check back here every so often throughout that time period.
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