BREAKING: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Will NOT Return to Disney World This Year

Good morning and Merry Christmas?

Christmas at Magic Kingdom

It’s only halfway through July, but Disney just released a LOT of news about the upcoming winter holiday season!

There will be returning favorites, such as Sunset Season’s Greetings at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Festival of the Holidays at EPCOT, and Santa will be floating the rivers of Animal Kingdom!

With all this exciting holiday news, there is also a NEW after hours event coming to Magic Kingdom called “Disney’s Most Merriest After Hours.This means, there will be NO Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year.

Christmas Cavalcade

The new holiday event will still only be available to a limited number of guests each night to maintain low waits on the 20+ attractions that remain open. It will also feature holiday decor, music, characters, and treats!

The most exciting addition to Disney’s Most Merriest After Hours is the inclusion of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks! These fireworks debuted at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019, but were not performed last year due to health and safety precautions.

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

The biggest difference between the two events at this point appears to be the lack of “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade,” which normally dances down Main Street at the Christmas Party. There has been no mention of a parade at the new After Hours at this point — and in the past the After Hours have included cavalcades, not full parades. We will keep you posted as more details are released!

Santa Cavalcade in 2020

Holiday projections will also be returning to Cinderella Castle after sunset, alternating with the “Beacon of Magic” transformation for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.

Cinderella Castle Projections

We will keep you updated with more information regarding ticket sales and all of the holiday news, so stay tuned!

Are you headed to Walt Disney World this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!




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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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4 Replies to “BREAKING: Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Will NOT Return to Disney World This Year”

  1. We are going to Disney Dec 24th – Jan 3rd!! We’ve been to Disney every year since I was 4! BUT this is our first time during the holiday season and we are soooo excited!!

  2. We ARE going to Disney Dec. 14-20. Then to Universal for 2 nights. This will be our FIRST Disney trip at Christmastime! So excited. Still hoping for some type of Fast Pass and Dining Plan to come back before we go.

  3. Well at least they have some kind of Halloween and Christmas event after having no holiday events last year!!! Maybe next year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Parties will finally make there Epic return!!!😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 They are probably putting more focus on The Fiftieth Anniversary Celebrations this year!!!!!!!😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎