This holiday season, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom is set to dazzle with its annual extravaganza, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. From November 9th through December 22nd, 2023, the park transforms into an extraordinary winter wonderland each evening from 7 p.m. to midnight. Here's a detailed look at what you can expect during this festive celebration.

Enchanting Festive Highlights

Father Christmas’ Grotto: Journey through a magical, snow-kissed path to meet the beloved Father Christmas. Children have a chance to visit his Toy Workshop and receive an enchanting early Christmas gift.

Special Entertainment: The party features a range of rare character appearances. Watch as Main Street, U.S.A., turns into a snowy paradise, and enjoy enchanting shows that capture the spirit of the season.

Complimentary Treats: Indulge in complimentary holiday-themed snacks like cookies and hot chocolate, available at various locations throughout the park, adding to the joyous atmosphere.

Exclusive Party Features: Entertainment, Parades, and More

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas time Parade: This is a seasonal spectacle not to be missed, featuring favourite Disney characters, scented floats, and the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmas time Fireworks: Hosted by Minnie Mouse, this fireworks display is a symphony of lights and music, enchanting the night sky with holiday cheer.

Frozen Holiday Surprise: "Frozen Holiday Surprise" is a new addition to Magic Kingdom's holiday festivities at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Debuting on November 7, 2023, this show features Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies dressed in rare holiday outfits. They gather in front of Cinderella Castle, where Elsa uses her magical powers to illuminate the castle in a spectacular and unique way. This dazzling transformation of the castle into a shimmering winter wonderland is a highlight of the evening, creating a perfect backdrop for holiday photos and memories.

Dance Parties: Club Tinsel this dance party is held at Tomorrowland's Rocket Tower Plaza Stage. It features holiday friends, a live DJ, and an energetic ambience where guests can dance to musical hits. Characters like Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, and Chip 'n' Dale are often present, engaging with the crowd and adding to the fun​​. Disney Junior Jingle Jam: Located in Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe, this party caters specifically to young children and features popular Disney Junior characters. The event runs from 7 pm until midnight. Characters like Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, Timon, and Doc McStuffins are part of the festivities, offering a chance for little ones to interact with their favourite characters in a fun, dance-filled environment

Attraction Christmas Overlays:

For the holiday season, the Mad Tea Party undergoes a transformation to include Christmas-themed decorations and music. The ride, typically featuring bright colours and whimsical designs inspired by Disney's "Alice in Wonderland," gets adorned with holiday lights and décor, adding an extra layer of merriment to its already vibrant appearance.

The most noticeable change is the addition of holiday music. Instead of the usual soundtrack, riders spin to festive tunes, which might include classic Christmas songs or upbeat holiday melodies. This music change adds a joyful and lively ambience, perfectly fitting for the holiday season.

Here's what happens during the Space Mountain - Holiday Run! overlay, the most noticeable change is the soundtrack. Instead of the usual Space Mountain music, riders are treated to high-energy, holiday-themed music. This festive soundtrack syncs up with the ride, adding an extra layer of excitement to the already exhilarating coaster. The overlay typically includes special lighting effects that are different from the usual Space Mountain experience. These might include flashes of red, green, and other holiday colours, or patterns that create a more festive atmosphere inside the ride. While Space Mountain's core experience as a dark, high-speed roller coaster remains the same, the holiday music and lighting effects create a unique experience that differs from the standard ride. It feels more festive and lively, aligning with the overall holiday spirit prevalent throughout the park.

The Jingle Cruise is a festive holiday version of the classic Jungle Cruise attraction at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World. Here's what typically happens, the Jingle Cruise features holiday-themed decorations throughout the queue and on the boats themselves. Expect to see Christmas lights, wreaths, garlands, and other festive decorations adorning the area. Skippers, known for their humorous narrations, incorporate holiday puns and jokes into their usual spiel, adding a seasonal twist to the already entertaining ride. The narrative of the cruise is slightly altered to fit the holiday theme. The storyline often includes the skippers searching for their lost holiday cargo or celebrating the holidays in their unique way in the jungle. The background music and audio throughout the ride include Christmas tunes and holiday sound effects, enhancing the festive atmosphere.

Practical Tips for Visitors: Maximizing Your Party Experience

Early Park Access: Ticket holders can enter the Magic Kingdom as early as 4 p.m. to enjoy attractions and dining before the party starts.

Ticket Information: Tickets are priced from $159 to $199 for adults and $149 to $189 for children. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can access discounts on select nights.

Merchandise and Dining: Explore a range of exclusive merchandise perfect for holiday gifting and enjoy special holiday-themed foods and beverages throughout the park.

Event Map: Upon arrival, grab a party map to efficiently navigate through all the attractions, treat stations, and entertainment options.

Character Greetings: The character meet and greets at Magic Kingdom for the 2023 Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party include a range of beloved Disney characters across different areas of the park:

  • Main Street, U.S.A.: Mickey Mouse, Jack Skellington, and Mary Poppins.
  • Fantasyland: Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Alice and the White Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Piglet, Ariel and Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and her Prince, Aurora and Prince Phillip, Belle, and Mirabel (previously Merida).
  • Storybook Circus: Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Santa Goofy, and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Adventureland: Aladdin, Abu, Jasmine, Genie, Captain Jack Sparrow, Peter Pan, and Stitch.
  • Frontierland: Country Bears (Liverlips, Shaker, Wendell, and Big Al).
  • Liberty Square: Santa Claus, Tiana and Naveen (moved from Frontierland to Liberty Square)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is a truly magical way to celebrate the holiday season. It offers a unique blend of seasonal shows, festive parades, and special character encounters, making it an essential experience for families and Disney enthusiasts alike. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and immerse yourself in the splendour and excitement of this special holiday event at Magic Kingdom!