Mickey Mouse rides in a parade through Main Street, USA with Cinderella's castle in the background at Disney World's Magic Kingdom November 11, 2001 in Orlando, Florida.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party won’t be happening at Walt Disney World this year; instead, the Magic Kingdom is hosting a new nighttime event.

The limited-capacity event called Disney Very Merriest After Hours, will run on select nights from November 8 through December 21 during “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” marking the resort’s 50th anniversary., according to Disney Parks.

The event won’t be covered under regular park admission so guests must purchase special tickets to the four-hour festivities, which offer: shorter lines to 20 select attractions, lots of holiday fanfare and a special fireworks show, “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.”

Tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours go on sale in August and guests who stay at select Disney Resort hotels will be able to book sooner than that.

Here’s what else to expect at Disney World this holiday season, according to Disney Parks:

Magic Kingdom

  • Main Street USA will be all decked out for the holidays.
  • When the sun sets, special holiday projections will appear most nights on Cinderella Castle, alternating periodically with the castle’s transformation into a Beacon of Magic.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • The Hollywood Tower will be transformed into the Hollywood Holiday Tower with festive projections inspired by “Frozen,” “Toy Story,” “Mickey’s Christmas Carol” and the Muppets.
  • Santa Claus will come to town in a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard.
  • Minnie Mouse and friends including Santa Goofy will host holiday meals at Hollywood & Vine in seasonal attire.
  • “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration” will feature a special finale.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • A special holiday edition of Tree of Awakenings will take place most nights.
  • A flotilla of Disney characters will float down Discovery River to seasonal tunes.

Disney Springs

  • The Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll returns with new additions celebrating Disney World’s 50th anniversary, the “World’s Most Magical Celebration.”
  • Guest will experience a “snowfall” in Town Center.
  • Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar will be transformed into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar with a seasonal menu.


  • The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays will return Nov. 26 through Dec. 30.
  • Guests will be able to try seasonal treats from across the globe at Holiday Kitchens around World Showcase.

There will be special holiday dishes and merchandise available across the entire resort. Very Merrytime Cruises will also  be making its return to the Disney Cruise Line fleet this November and December.

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