'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade' will join the 'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' line-up along with two firework shows

Aug 13, 2021 in "Disney Very Merriest After Hours"

Posted: Friday August 13, 2021 3:05ppm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has today announced more details about the holiday offerings at Walt Disney World and has confirmed that 'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade' will join the 'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' entertainment line-up at the Magic Kingdom.

The return of the holiday parade will be the first time a full parade has taken place at Magic Kingdom since its reopening in summer 2020.

Tickets for the 4-hour "Disney Very Merriest After Hours" will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m., giving you the opportunity to experience the 50th anniversary "Disney Enchantment" fireworks and "Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks" on the same night.

Along with the return of the parade and fireworks for the event, there will also be holiday overlays to the Jungle Cruise and Monsters Inc Laugh Floor.

Disney Very Merriest After Hours event dates are:

  • November: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30
  • December: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21

Pricing has increased from what we have seen at 'Disney After Hours BOO BASH' ($129-$199), beginning at $169 up to a lofty $249 plus tax. The holiday event adds an additional hour, along with the parade and fireworks. Pricing for the last 'Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party' in 2019 was $99 - $139.

This is the full line-up:

  • 'Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade'
  • Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks
  • Holiday attraction overlays - The Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise, and Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor will get new jokes perfect for this joyful season.
  • After the park closes to day guests, enjoy less time waiting in line for more than 20 attractions including favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain and more.
  • Sightings of Disney characters throughout the park all dressed in their holiday best.
  • Main Street, U.S.A. snowfall.
  • Club Tinsel dance party in Tomorrowland.
  • Enjoy complimentary snacks like ice cream novelties and popcorn, seasonal treats and select bottled beverages.
  • Specialty holiday food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
  • Disney PhotoPass will offer holiday magic shots throughout the night.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 20 and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-7947. Guests of select Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort can book their tickets as early as August 17. Tickets range from $169 to $229 plus tax for select November-December nights and $249, plus tax on December 19 & 21. Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members can take advantage of a $10 discount on select event dates in November. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.


'Disney Very Merriest After Hours' Pricing by Date

Monday, November 8 - $189
Tuesday, November 9 - $169
Thursday, November 11 - $169
Friday, November 12 - $189
Sunday, November 14 - $189
Tuesday, November 16 - $169
Thursday, November 18 - $169
Friday, November 19 - $189
Sunday, November 21 - $229
Tuesday, November 23 - 229
Sunday, November 28 - $209
Tuesday, November 30 - $209

Thursday, December 2 - $209
Friday, December 3 - $229
Sunday, December 5 - $209
Tuesday, December 7 - $209
Thursday, December 9 - $209
Friday, December 10 - $229
Sunday, December 12 - $209
Tuesday, December 14 - $209
Thursday, December 16 - $209
Friday, December 17 - $229
Sunday, December 19 - $249
Tuesday, December 21- 249

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MisterPenguinDec 22, 2021


MisterPenguinDec 22, 2021

It's currently WDW's best fireworks show. The right music (mostly... "Simply Having" is simply awful... but redeemed with a full orchestra and choir and short snippets), the right projections, and the right fireworks. All in sync (something which Enchantment fails at over and over again).

dothebrdwalkDec 19, 2021

Don't wanna write a whole review, but went last Thursday with the family and well...... we thought it was worth every penny. Between the snacks, Christmas entertainment, and of course walk-on attractions, it was a great evening. You just cannot beat a "0 minute wait" on Space Mountain.

Casper GutmanDec 17, 2021

The traditional parties WHEN? 2019 or 2010?

jrhwdwDec 17, 2021

Can't believe this is the last Fri for Merriest AH already! Is Merry Memories and Minnie's not showing Christmas Week? I see Enchantment(not Shocking, HEA played in 2017) is Scheduled but can't find the Castle Show on the Official Site.

peter11435Dec 10, 2021

Considerably. The cap is a fraction of that of the traditional parties

mikejs78Dec 10, 2021

But lower compared to the traditional parties, right?

peter11435Dec 10, 2021

The cap on these events is higher than previous after hours events.

MisterPenguinDec 10, 2021

Cool conspiracy story, bro. You should get together with the ones who say that they kept increasing the capacity of those DAH nights. That'd be a hoot.

Disstevefan1Dec 10, 2021

I said folks attending these events would hope they actually limit tickets sales. If they are truly limiting attendance this year, what we are seeing this year is a bait and switch. As you say, "In response to unprecedented demand" next year's events will be super mobbed. This is nothing new really, WDW crept up the tickets sales to the old Christmas and Halloween parties and they too became super mobbed.

MagicHappens1971Dec 10, 2021

The after hours last was supposedly sold out and it was not mobbed or super mobbed. Crowd levels were great tbh

HauntedPirateDec 10, 2021

Oh, you think they'll actually limit ticket sales next year? Unprecedented demand! Higher prices and more tickets will be available (but still marketed as an "After Hours event"). Stop thinking about the consumers and think about shareholder dividends and executive bonus pools - Who's going to pay for those things?? If DI$ can't retain the top notch talent they have in management, think of the drop in quality storytelling and immersive entertainment that will inevitably result!

Disstevefan1Dec 10, 2021

Folks attending these overpriced events can only hope they cut off ticket sales so instead of these events being super mobbed they are just mobbed.

HauntedPirateDec 10, 2021

I'm not buying it. I think they cut off ticket sales (nudge the number of tickets available down a little and then call things "sold out", sounds great for the next quarterly call), but I also have no way to prove it. If they truly did sell out, congratulations - You'll get to pay even more next year!