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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (“MVMCP”) in 2018

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 2018 version of MVMCP, see this.


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

The 2018 dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are as follows:

  • November 2018: 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 25, 27, 29, 30
  • December 2018: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21

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. The 4p entry is unofficial, and not guaranteed, though it has happened that way for years)
  • 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. There are rumors that the evening fireworks may be updated for 2018
  • 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 see much lower ride waits (except at Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Peter Pan), particularly compared to whenever the Magic Kingdom is open late that week. Note that the outdoor areas of the park, especially near the hub and along the parade routes, will be quite crowded.  Where you won’t see crowds is in the ride lines, other than the two noted above

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 2018 party brochure–as always on this site, click to enlarge:


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1 Kelly { 04.02.18 at 2:41 pm }

I noticed there is no Christmas party the week of Thanksgiving. Is this typical? We were debating on doing one to get some extra time at MK (this trip will only allow for 3 full park days). I was thinking of doing Nov. 16th, the day we arrive, but concerned that it will be packed since there is not another one scheduled until the 25th! Or do we forgo the party and add a 4th day to our tickets and do a partial day at another park on the 16th. Our full days at the parks will be Sat Nov 17, Sun Nov 18 and Mon Nov 19, planning to hit Epcot, MK and AK. Thoughts, suggestions? Maybe kind of hard since we don’t have hours available yet.

2 Dave { 04.03.18 at 9:35 am }

Hi Kelly, yes it is routine for there to be no party during Thanksgiving week–crowds are too high for Disney to even dream of closing MK at 6p that week. The story on the parties–including the 16th–is that they always feel crowded, but also always have short ride waits except at Seven Dwarfs and Peter Pan.

Adding a partial day the 16th will be much less expensive. With FastPass+, partial days can work really well.

I’ll be able to advise more specifically on which days in which park after the schedules comes out, so ping me back later!

3 Kathy { 04.16.18 at 11:57 am }

Hi – If I have tickets for MVMCP for Dec 4,2018 and my plans change, can I switch the date to Dec 6?

4 Dave { 04.17.18 at 8:32 am }

Hi Kathy, if you scan down to the fine print at the bottom of this page, unfortunately you will see “Tickets are nontransferable and nonrefundable and may not be resold.”

5 Kathy { 04.30.18 at 4:17 pm }

Hi Dave,

When I was on the phone with a Disney agent to book my December trip, I mentioned that I had already purchased tickets for the MVMCP for the week prior. Without me asking, the agent transferred me to a ticket agent who just swapped my tickets out for tickets for the following week. They can’t be refunded or transferred to another person, but the dates can be changed. …just wanted you to know.

6 Dave { 05.02.18 at 10:19 am }

Thanks Kathy, now I know!!!!

7 Katie Smith { 06.26.18 at 4:10 pm }

We will be at Disney 11/25-12/1 and thinking about attending MVMCP 11/29. We are most interested in lower waits for rides, the parade and seeing Wishes… Since it will likely be a sold out party, will crowds be insane on Main Street for parade and firework viewing? Is it more crowded that a nonparty night for HEA? How early would we need to find a good viewing spot?

8 Dave { 06.27.18 at 7:25 am }

Katie, whether a party is sold out or not, Main Street, the parade route, and the Castle hub are mobbed. It’s the rides that are not.

Wishes has been replaced with Happily Ever After, but neither has been shown on party nights. While that may change, I expect this year to continue with the traditional special fireworks (called “Holiday Wishes,” but different than the old Wishes) rather than a show with as many projections as Happily Ever After. If that’s how it turns out, you don’t need to be so close to the Castle–anyplace with the train station behind you and the Castle in front will work. Hence getting to your spot there early matters less–I’d give it 30 minutes

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