Expert Tips for Date Night at Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party – Tampa Bay Date Night Guide

Written by Brie Gorecki
*Update – as of 11/21/22, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is completely sold out. Be sure to keep an eye out for tickets when they go on sale for 2023!
It’s time for a festive frolic at Disney. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is returning to Magic Kingdom for the first time since 2019. The event wasn’t held in 2020 and a scaled-back version was held last year. However, the festivities are back in full force for 2022!
We attended Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and gathered tips to help you make the most of the event. Keep reading for our tips on what to know before you go and how to have a festive date night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
This is the ultimate party to kick off the Christmas season. It has Christmas music, hot chocolate, beautiful décor and even snow (well, Florida’s version of snow).
The event is held select nights from November 8 and through December 22, 2022. This is a special ticketed event so even if you have season passes or a day pass, you’ll need an additional ticket to gain entry. Tickets are $179 for adults and $169 for children, but there is a slight discount for annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members.
This is a great time to experience all the rides and attractions you love with fewer wait times.
Highlights include:
There are no opportunities to book Lighting Lane or Genie+ during the event. You just have to wait in line the old-fashion way. The good news is since this is a limited-capacity event, lines usually aren’t too bad.
Be on the lookout for a few special rides that will get a Christmas makeover including the Tomorrowland Speedway, Space Mountain, and Mad Tea Party. The gang at Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor will have a special holiday show for those in attendance and the Jungle Cruise will aptly be renamed The Jingle Cruise, complete with holiday-themed puns.
There are so many rides, shows, characters, sights, and food. You have to make a plan and prioritize, and even then, it’s hard to fit it all in.
Singers and dancers will join Mickey Mouse for nightly shows in front of Cinderella Castle.
There will be stations set up throughout the park where guests can get free cookies and festive drinks such as hot cocoa, apple cider, and eggnog. Just look for the big inflatable candy canes to know where to go. There also are special holiday food offerings at various restaurants.
Pro-tip: many food service places begin closing down starting at 10:30.
As the “snow” begins to fall along Main Street U.S.A., Mickey’s Once Upon a Time Christmastime Parade will make its way through featuring all your beloved Disney characters as well as gingerbread men, toy soldiers, an appearance by Santa Claus, and a few sweet surprises. You can catch the parade at 8:30 and 11:00.
Pro-tip: The second parade is less crowded than the first parade.
At 10:00, guests at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party are treated to an extra special nighttime spectacular – Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show. Watch the castle light up in an array of colors as bright, spectacular fireworks light up the sky to the sounds of your favorite Christmas songs.
Have your Christmas list ready. Santa will be available for meet-and-greets at the gazebo near Liberty Square. Disney Characters dressed in Christmas attire also will be out greeting guests around the park.
There are several fun holiday-themed Christmas card-style photo frames with Photopass around the park for you to take festive holiday pics snuggled up next to your significant other.
The decorations are magnificent and deserve to be admired. From the enormous Christmas tree as you enter the park to the wreaths lining Main Street USA, to the special holiday lighting. There’s something new to discover every time you visit the park. If you go earlier enough in the season, this is the perfect place to take your Christmas card photo!
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café will have Club Tinsel all night. Over in Tomorrowland Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski, and Stitch will join Haley Comet for an intergalactic musical revue. Disney Jr. fans will want to head to Storybook Circus to party with Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins and The Lion Guard. Check the My Disney Experience for nightly performance schedules.

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