Very Merriest After Hours Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom



Disney Very Merriest After Hours is Magic Kingdom’s Christmas party in November & December 2021 at Walt Disney World. This info guide covers dates, prices, entertainment & info for the new holiday hard ticket event replacing Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year.


Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place on 24 select nights November 8, 2021 through December 21, 2021 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s holiday celebration will coincide with the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary, “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”


Tickets for the 4-hour Disney Very Merriest After Hours event grant guests admission to Magic Kingdom starting at 7 p.m. That mix-in with regular day guests gives Christmas party attendees more time to enjoy attractions and more in Magic Kingdom. Additionally, both day guests and party attendees will be able to enjoy the brand-new fireworks spectacular Disney Enchantment and watch as projections transformation Cinderella Castle into a Beacon of Magic.


Here’s everything you need to know about Disney Very Merriest After Hours…

Disney Very Merriest After Hours will include the nighttime spectacular Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. That’s the still-new(ish) nighttime spectacular that debuted during the last year of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, replacing Holiday Wishes.


That means Disney Very Merriest After Hours attendees can see two different and unique fireworks shows in one night–Disney Enchantment and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.


Fireworks are not all that’s in store during this limited-capacity event. Here are additional details of what you can experience during Disney Very Merriest After Hours:

  • Holiday attraction overlays are also making a comeback: Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise and Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor will get new jokes perfect for this joyful season.

  • After Magic Kingdom closes to day guests, enjoy less time waiting in line for more than 20 attractions including favorites like Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Haunted Mansion, Jingle Cruise, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and more.

  • Sightings of Disney characters throughout the park all dressed in their holiday finery, including the Country Bears, Jiminy Cricket, and friends from the Hundred Acre Wood.

  • Reindeer Wranglers, a musical group performing seasonal songs as they provide sensational street-mosphere in Frontierland.

  • While you are walking down Main Street 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.

  • Disney PhotoPass will offer holiday magic shots throughout the night (images available for purchase)

  • Special Christmas background music, lighting, and projections on Cinderella Castle

Now let’s turn to the major entertainment offerings during Disney Very Merriest After Hours. First up, the special holiday-themed parade “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade” that is normally shown for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. In this parade, Mickey and Minnie Mouse are joined by pals from Frozen, Santa Claus, and many other favorite Disney characters including the very popular Toy Soldiers.


This is a full parade–the same one from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party–and not a cavalcade. This is a fairly significant milestone, as it marks the first time (barring any other announcements) a full parade will roll down Main Street since March of last year.


Next, a new stage show called “Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories” will be joining the lineup of event-exclusive entertainment at Disney Very Merriest After Hours. Guests attending the party will be able to watch Mickey and his pals in a celebration filled with music, dancing and nostalgic yuletide fun. Presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, the show features nods to classic Magic Kingdom holiday stage shows, including “Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “Celebrate the Season,” and “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration.” For those who are curious about attending the new Christmas party, let’s turn to event details, pricing, and other planning info. Disney Very Merriest After Hours dates are:

  • November 2021: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30

  • December 2021: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21

The main difference between Boo Bash and Very Merriest After Hours is that Walt Disney World has added fireworks, a full parade, and attraction overlays to the event. Additionally, Disney Very Merriest After Hours is an hour longer.


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