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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (“MVMCP”) in 2016

By Dave Shute


Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2016 from yourfirstvisit.netWhile Christmas itself is December 25 of course, Walt Disney World provides a special Christmas celebration at the Magic Kingdom many nights in November and December.

This celebration is called “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, or “MVMCP” for short.

At the party, many of the Magic Kingdom’s rides are open, and cookies and hot chocolate, special events, and different Christmas parades and fireworks, and even snow (!) are offered.

The official Disney World page for this event (where you can also buy tickets) can be found here. For a review of the 2016 version of MVMCP, see this.


This party occurs from 7p-12MN on certain evenings at the Magic Kingdom in November and December.

The 2016 dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are as follows:

  • November 2016:  7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27 and 29
  • December 2016: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18 and 22

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party from yourfirstvisit.netYou need to buy a special ticket for this party. This ticket is different from regular Walt Disney World park admission tickets.

  • The special party ticket does not allow you to enjoy the rides and attractions of the Magic Kingdom before the the Party starts–you need a regular ticket for that (note that you can usually enter and enjoy the rides as early as 4p–although your ticket will say 7p)
  • Regular tickets used to enter the park earlier the day of a Party do not give you access to the Party–you need to have the special Party ticket

Mickey and Minnie at Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at MVMCP 2014 from yourfirstvisit.net_

The party tickets are expensive, so why would first-time visitors be interested? A couple of potential reasons

  • Evening fireworks shows are rare this time of year, so going to one of the parties is a way to guarantee you can see them
  • Operating hours at the Magic Kingdom are shorter this time of year, so the Party allows you more time there within the same visit
  • Walt Disney World sells only a limited number of tickets to each party, so the evening can be less crowded, particularly compared to whenever the Magic Kingdom is doing evening Extra Magic Hours that week

Many families go the first time for one of these reasons…and then going becomes a tradition!

On the other hand, families following one of the standard 8-night itineraries on this site will see the fireworks and evening parade, and have plenty of time at the Magic Kingdom. For that reason, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is not designed into this site’s pre-Thanksgiving itineraries.

It is, however, built in to this site’s Christmas-oriented Basic Itinerary, which works for the three weeks beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

For details on what the party offers, suggested approaches, etc., see this!

Here’s the 2016 brochure–as always on this site, click to enlarge:



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1 Shawn { 05.05.16 at 11:27 am }

Hi Dave! I saw that tickets have gone on sale for MVMCP! Do these parties sell out? I’m wondering if I should go ahead and buy the tickets now, or if I can wait until later this summer (or least after the operating schedules are published for our visit 11/25 – 11/29). We are looking to go to the party on 11/27. Thanks!

2 Dave { 05.07.16 at 6:01 am }

Shawn, they do sell out…

3 Jacqueline { 07.06.16 at 11:24 am }

Planning a trip from nov26-dec2 was planning on purchasing tickets for Christmas party for that Sunday 27th. Is that usually a popular date to go bc It’s right after holiday or you thin it’s ok. Was hoping to pick a less crowded night. Not sure if tues would better. TIA

4 Dave { 07.06.16 at 2:11 pm }

Jacqueline, either should be fine!

5 Jonathan { 08.02.16 at 4:31 pm }

Hey there. We are going to be at disney this December from the 27th – 29th – We are planning on spending the day at MK on the 29th and have breakfast reservations at 8AM at CP. This show is going to 12/22… will it continue through the 29th as the regular night attraction without additional tickets needed? If not, what will take place on those nights? We will be at HS on the 28th and MK on the 29th – Thanks!

6 Dave { 08.03.16 at 12:00 pm }

Jonathan, the party ends the 22nd, and MK reverts back to its “normal” evening schedule except for the parade.

7 Jackie { 01.16.17 at 5:20 am }

I am planning a trip on 11/26-12/2 2017 and was wondering when do the tickets usually go on sale for the Christmas party? I originally was going to book 12/26-1/2 but I saw that this time was very busy. Would you say the week of 11/26-12/2 would be better? This is our first Disney trip.

8 Dave { 01.16.17 at 9:58 am }

Jackie the dates were announced in April in 2016. The week you are aiming at is much better than after Xmas!!

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