Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, Fireworks, Dates, and More Details Announced for “Disney Very Merriest After Hours”

Just like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is being replaced with an After Hours event this year. “Disney Very Merriest After Hours” will take place on select nights in November and December:

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

We now know Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be returning for the event.


Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is the first full parade announced to be returning to Walt Disney World.


Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks will also light up the night sky on event nights.


Here are more details about “Disney Very Merriest After Hours” from the Disney Parks Blog:

  • Holiday attraction overlays are also making a comeback! 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. 
  • While you are walking down Main Street, U.S.A. be sure to look up to the sky, you might catch some magical snowfall! 
  • Dance and boogie the night away at themed 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 for the 4-hour “Disney Very Merriest After Hours” can enter the Magic Kingdom Park starting at 7 p.m., allowing extra time to enjoy the park before the event begins. Since this holiday season falls during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” Very Merriest After Hours guests will be able to join the festivities with a showing of “Disney Enchantment” and the transformation of Cinderella Castle into a “Beacon of Magic” for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. This means guests can experience two different fireworks shows in one night!

General ticket sales will open August 20, and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-7947. Advance booking for guests of select Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green will begin August 17.

Tickets range from $169 to $229 plus tax for select 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. No additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation is required for Disney Very Merriest After Hours.

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  1. oh boy, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be back this christmas. but too bad the only offering that won’t be used in this Disney After Hours format christmas party will be Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration….

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