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T’is the Season as Walt Disney World Announces Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours Event

Ok, I know. We were all wishing upon a star that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party might have made it this year. However, with things still in flux, we had an idea that we were going to see another type of event very similar to the Disney’s Boo Bash After Hours. So, with this full announcement, let’s break it down.

I could go into specifics here and rail off all of the things that are NOT like Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, however, to be more ‘in the spirit of goodwill’ let’s go over what this event WILL have. Of course, I will have some comparisons but I feel that dwelling on them to much serves no real purpose and we want to be on the Polar Express and not the negativity train here. With that being said, there are more features for this after hours event than there are for the Boo Bash after hours event.

As per the Walt Disney World website and our friends as Disney Parks Blog, the event will take place on 24 select nights Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s holiday celebration is truly “once in a lifetime,” coinciding with the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary – “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.” I do have to say, there will be a LOT going on during the months between October and December, with the Boo Bash, Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary, now Disney’s Very Merriest After Hours as well as our own fundraising event Magic Streamdom at the beginning of December. You better buckle in, take off those hats and sunglasses because THIS is going to be the fastest ride in the wilderness!

Event dates are: 

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

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks

“Disney Very Merriest After Hours” will include the nighttime spectacular “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks” and the special holiday-themed parade Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade.” That’s right, a parade! Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will be joined by pals from Disney’s “Frozen” and many other favorite Disney characters including the very popular Toy Soldiers. This festive parade will, of course, also feature Santa Claus himself! Now, in full transparency here folks, I was very vocal about my feelings in regards to the Halloween after party. The two major things that I mentioned causing me to feel this way was the fact that there was no special fireworks show (let’s face it the Halloween show if fire!), no Hocus Pocus stage show and no Boo to You Parade. I am super happy to see that two of those amazing features coming to this party.

Tickets for the 4-hour “Disney Very Merriest After Hours” will grant admission to Magic Kingdom Park as early as 7 p.m., giving you more time to enjoy some of your favorite Magic Kingdom attractions. You can also take in EARidescent magic that will be part of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration,” from the brand-new fireworks spectacular “Disney Enchantment” to the transformation of Cinderella Castle into a “Beacon of Magic,” it’s all in honor of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. And, yes! That means you could be able to experience two different and unique fireworks shows in one night!  Ok, ok, it looks like those attending the party will get not one, but TWO fireworks shows. Now, this may be a game changer.

Also, here are a few other big differences in the two after parties. These are additional details of what you can experience during this limited-capacity, separately ticketed event: 

  • 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. As we know, there was no overlays for Boo Bash.
  • 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! I can’t help it, I love snoap!!
  • 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. This we hope will get better with the Disney’s Boo Bash After Hours event the fact that they only had a couple magic shots available was disappointing.

Tickets will go on sale Aug. 20 and can be purchased online or by calling 407-939-7947. Guests of select Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort can book their tickets as early as August 17. Tickets range from $169 to $229 plus tax for select November-December 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. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Please check our Know Before You Go page for the most up-to-date information regarding our health and safety measures.

You can get additional information and buy your tickets by visiting the page for “Disney Very Merriest After Hours.” Stay tuned for more holiday news coming to spokesmayne.co and Disney Parks Blog! Want to have some fun right now in the parks? Follow on Youtube, Facebook and Instagram at Spokesmayne so that you don’t miss a single event, preview or happening coming your way.

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Happy early holidays!

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