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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (“MVMCP”) in 2017

By Dave Shute


While 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 with really low waits, and cookies and hot chocolate, special events, a Christmas parade, special 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 2017 dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are as follows:

  • November 2017: 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28
  • December 2017: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 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 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 Jennifer { 04.10.17 at 2:31 pm }

How many tickets are sold for each party? I’ve heard the weekend parties are more crowded, but during our quick holiday trip this year, the only one we can attend is on a Friday night.

2 Dave { 04.11.17 at 8:56 am }

Jennifer, no one knows for sure. Generally, any party night is good for rides, and the differences in attendance show up as either very high or monstrous crowds on the walkways, at the hub, and at the meet and greets. You’ll still find low ride waits everywhere except at Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs, and the “Jingle” Cruise.

3 Shawn { 05.23.17 at 3:17 pm }

Do you know if the fireworks for MVMCP are the same as Happily Ever After?
Trying to determine is we see fireworks at MVMCP do we also need to see Happily Ever After. I saw the show online and it looks amazing so I don’t want to miss it

4 Dave { 05.24.17 at 8:56 am }

Shawn, no one knows, but I would expect them to be different.

5 Stephanie { 07.20.17 at 12:57 pm }

We will be in Disney the week after Thanksgiving. I planned on doing the party on Tuesday the 28th? Is there a chance this date will sell out? Or should I try for the Sunday the 26th date? Thank you again for all this wonderful information.

6 Dave { 07.20.17 at 6:02 pm }

Stephanie, I’d go with Tuesday. It’s unlikely to sell out, but I’d still get my tix well in advance, just in case…

7 Sheri { 09.19.17 at 10:31 am }

Do you think any one of these dates are better than the other? 12/1; 12/8; or 12/15? All are a Friday night party.

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