Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party has returned to the Magic Kingdom for the first time since 2019! We attended the first two parties of the season – both featured quite a bit of rain from Hurricane Nicole (one was pre-hurricane, the other just hours after the hurricane passed through).
This is my tenth year of posting Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party tips and I’ve been attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for nearly 30 years now. This year is very similar to 2019. We will have a Mousesteps Weekly show this week all about the party experience. I will also be adding more videos to this article in the coming days.
Here are my 16 tips for 2022!
1 – Plan ahead – Most nights are sold out now, the parties have been extremely popular this year. I often recommend two parties if possible because there is so much to see and do. I suggest figuring out priorities for the evening, since there is Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade along with the Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show, stage shows, characters, a few ride overlays, treats to find and more. You can’t do it all in one night. But it is possible to see all you want to in one party if having a smaller list of must-do activities.
A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas – one of my favorite things to see at the party!
2 – Arrive early – Guests can arrive at 4:00 p.m. on a party ticket. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party does not officially start until 7:00 p.m., but there are some characters available to meet early, first photo locations and a special ornament this year! And of course, you can enjoy attractions in the Magic Kingdom for those few hours before the party starts.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Guide Map
3 – Head to the Market Street bypass for photos and a Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ornament – Upon arrival into the park, you can head to the Market Street bypass to the right and pick up your Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ornament! If you are already inside the Magic Kingdom, pick up your wristband and ornament in the Tomorrowland location set up across from Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor.
4 – Meet characters such as Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws with Sally, and Mickey in his new holiday outfit – Jack Skellington is back as Sandy Claws and meets with Sally in Town Square Theater. They start meeting early. This is my favorite meet and greet at the party and it is very popular! Jack and Sally don’t sign autographs, but they do have a souvenir autograph card. We also met Scrooge McDuck, Donald, Daisy and Minnie in Storybook Circus and Mickey Mouse in his new holiday outfit in Town Square Theater.
Our video of Jack as Sandy Claws with Sally
Our video of Mickey in his new holiday costume
5 – View the second Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade for fewer crowds – This is only if the weather looks clear for the night. We encountered rainy evenings in both 2019 and 2022, so we ended up watching the first parade when it ran (as well as the second). Also, while we often watch the parade in Town Square, viewing it in Frontierland will be about 15 minutes faster since the parade starts there. With Cinderella Castle not lit up with the Dreamlights this year, we don’t put a priority on having a Cinderella Castle view as we have in previous years.