Quick impressions from the opening night of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Nov 10, 2023 in "Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party"

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2023 highlights
Posted: Friday November 10, 2023 12:20pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Walt Disney World kicked off Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party season last night at Magic Kingdom, and here are our quick impressions of this year's event and what you need to know before your visit.

Lower Crowds

Based on the opening night, which was sold out, crowds are similar to last year's and maybe lower. Wait times for the signature character meet and greets, including Jack and Sally, the Seven Dwarfs, were manageable all night. Later in the evening, many had no wait at all.

Parade viewing appeared less congested than last year, with front-row viewing spots available in Town Square minutes before the parade's arrival.

Crowds were not especially heavy even in the hub area for viewing Mickey's Most Merriest castle show.

Firework viewing along Main Street U.S.A. was not a problem, with lots of space moving further away from the hub - which is actually a better viewing location.

Attractions all had very low wait times of under 15 minutes. TRON Lightcyle Run requires a Virtual Queue, which remained open for 18 minutes following its 6 pm start.

Entertainment Goes Unchanged

The entertainment line-up remains unchanged this year, with all the signature offerings carrying over from last year. Watch videos of all the main entertainment offerings from opening night.

There has been tweaks here and there to the pyro in Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, and some of the audio has been re-recorded, but most guests will not notice.

Clarice joins Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade as one of the only notable changes, and there is still no return of the Toy Solider marching band, although the Toy Soldiers are still present.

As previously reported, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas stage show is no more and has been replaced with a dance party and boy band.

The excellent Reindeer Wranglers continue to perform in Frontierland, and a Disney Jr. dance party can be found in Cosmic Ray's Starlight cafe.

Although not exclusive to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, there is a second showing of Frozen Holiday Surprise at 8:15pm for partygoers. The LED dream lights are sadly no more and have been replaced with projections, but the show is still worth a look and features some impressive laser and lighting effects alongside Anna, Elsa, and Olaf onstage.

Guide Map Better than Ever

The Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party guide map got a makeover this year and is probably the best ever. Resembling one of the park anniversary guide maps, this new event guide is printed on thick, glossy paper with all-new graphics and designs. View the guide map.

Cookies, Beverages, and Ornaments

Fans of last year's complimentary treats will be pleased to know that the same pre-packaged Chery & Co. cookies are back. There are five flavors - Red Velvet Cake, Snickerdoodle, Buttercream Frosted Gingerbread, Buttercream Frosted Green Sprinkle Cutout, and Chocolate Chip. Each treat station has one type of cookie available, so you must visit them all to sample the full set. Drinks include Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, and Egg Nog.

Just like last year, guests arriving at the party each receive a metal Toy Solider ornament. The gift is handed out in the Main Street bypass, which serves as the entrance to the party, separate from day guests. New this year in the entrance area are meet-and-greet characters, including the Toy Soldiers and Slit Walkers. A live DJ and snowfall add to the festive atmosphere.

Wrapping Up

In short, this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party is mostly business as usual. If you visited last year, expect much of the same. If you are new to the party or have not been for a few years, it is a great night in the park, with lower waits, lots of entertainment, quality included treats, and far less crowded than we saw pre-pandemic.

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larryzDec 28, 2023

I have my own name for "AccuWeather": "Inaccuweather."

JD80Dec 27, 2023

I had a great time and I think it was ultimately worth the cash for my family of 5. We went on the 19th.

pdude81Dec 26, 2023

Responding to the two posts above me as to why the parties stop before Christmas.

AylaDec 26, 2023

The last party was Dec 22nd.

pdude81Dec 26, 2023

I think if they are going to have massive crowds Christmas week, they don't need to double sell park admission. And if you didn't buy G+ to get on rides, you can at least see the holiday parade and fireworks.

rogerrabbitfan9Dec 25, 2023

Tourism travel has historically dropped off a cliff after New Years. People generally need to get back to life after Christmas.

Mikey73181Dec 25, 2023

I’m actually surprised at the shorter window that the Christmas parties have compared to Halloween. Then Halloween parties run slightly past Halloween, where the Christmas parties actually stop a few days before Christmas and they have the parade, fireworks and stage show during regular hours.

NunuDec 23, 2023

I like it more than the Halloween party, too. Glad you had a great time.

bmr1591Dec 23, 2023

My first time at the Christmas party and really enjoyed it. I liked it much more than Halloween. Can’t wait to go back next year.

jrhwdwDec 23, 2023

How is it the last night for MVMCP already?! Looks like it was a great season! Let's hope for a great rest of the year!......

YodaManDec 16, 2023

Even with the additional holiday event at Studios this year occurring up to twice a week, MVMCP and Jollywood never occur on the same nights

AylaDec 16, 2023

Thanks. Since it's a pretty much every night thing, I assumed there was one tonight, too.

bmr1591Dec 16, 2023

No party tonight. It’s tomorrow night.

AylaDec 16, 2023

I'd expect tonight's party to be cancelled like the DHS one is, due to weather.