Last Updated on September 14, 2021 by disneyparkssnob
For 2021, replacing what was Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is now the Disney Very Merriest After Hours event.
Taking place on select nights in November and December guests can enjoy this Extra Ticketed Event, inside of Magic Kingdom Park. If you have never been to Walt Disney World during the Holidays, it is definitely something extra special. But just know. That this event is an additional ticket that you will need to purchase for everyone in your party (ages 3+).
What exactly IS Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
It is a Holiday party inside of Magic Kingdom Park that takes place “after” the park closes to all other park guest with a regular park ticket. From 9pm – 1 am (yes, 1 AM!) guests can experience lower crowds, treats, Holiday-themed ride overlays, characters, special themed parades and fireworks. Included in the price of the ticket are Mickey ice cream novelties, popcorn, select beverages and a seasonal treat! Additional themed snacks and drinks will be available for purchase.
*After Hours Ticket Holders can enter the park as early as 7pm and DO NOT need to make a park reservation for the day of the event.
Why go to Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
To me, the biggest reason to go to an after hours event is for the shorter wait times. With less people allowed in the parks, it allows for your party to ride a lot more rides than you can during the day. The other reason is the special ride overlays, parade and fireworks/ castle projections are completely different than what you will see during the day. The characters will also be dressed in their themed Holiday outfits, which are super cute! These are all things that will definitely add to the magic of your trip. There also is a dance party in Tomorrowland for all those little ones who love to get down and dance! Another fun aspect to this after hours event is the “Snow” (Snoap… soap bubbles to appear as snow). And then the BIG reason is that Santa will be there! I mean…Santa, need I say more?
*Includes Tax – No tax on military tickets
|Date||Military Price||Regular Price*||AP/DVC Price*|
|12/19/21||No Military Tickets Available||$211.94||——–|
|12/21/21||No Military Tickets Available||$211.94||——–|
I know this might be a little sticker shock if you have never gone to one of the Holiday parties in the past (and even if you have because the prices have gone up). But it’s important to remember that these events are completely optional. You do not have to buy them and go. The parks will still be decorated and there will be a lot of Holiday cheer to go around.
If you really want to go and just can’t wrap your head around the price, one thing my family has done in the past is plan to go on a break day. Since you can enter the park as early as 7pm, you have the entire day to do what you want. Take this day to sleep in, relax by the pool and rest those tired feet. Then around 6pm, start making your way to Magic Kingdom Park so you can enter right at 7pm and have the entire night in the park. This way you all are nice and refreshed and didn’t just spend the entire day hot and walking around, only to go to the event and leave early because everyone is tired.
Also, consider buying less park ticket days. With “up to” 6 hours in the event, you may not need a 5 Day Park Hopper. (I say up to, because I realize 1am is very late for most of us). The other thing is that you may want to forgo buying the Park Hopper Plus option (which allows you to go to one of Disney’s waterparks) and spend the extra money on the Holiday event.
Where to buy discounted tickets?
Military Discounted tickets for Disney Very Merriest After Hours event are sold at Shades of Green.
Keep in mind that tickets are subject to availability and WILL sell out. If you know you want to go, I would submit your order request to Shades of Green as soon as you know your dates because the turnaround time for Shades of Green ticketing office can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
If you are worried your date will sell out before you hear back from the ticketing office, you can always buy the tickets directly from the Disney website. Just know that you will be paying for them at full face value.
Spreading magic one post at a timeKristin