Official 2021 Disney Very Merriest After Hours Thread


Apr 30, 2012
Disney Very Merriest After Hours - 2021
(Previously MVMCP)

Welcome to the "Official" 2021 Disney Very Merriest After Hours Thread, where you will get THE most updated information for all of your Christmas needs!

I will update the thread as new information is released.


Disney Very Merriest After Hours Information

Celebrate the holidays in the very merriest way at a new event featuring Character sightings, themed fireworks, tasty treats and more!

Enjoy Magic Kingdom park for 4 hours after the park closes, and less time waiting in line for attractions!

🎄 What are the dates for the 2021 "Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
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

Disney Very Merriest After Hours will take place from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM on select nights, from November 8 through December 21, 2021.

Sold Out Dates: 11/8, 11/9 (10/21), 11/11 (11/22), 11/12 (11/8), 11/16 (11/14), 11/18 (11/15), 11/19, 11/21, 11/23, 12/5, 12/7, 12/9, 12/12, 12/14, 12/16, 12/17, 12/19, 12/21 (11/4)

🎄When do Disney Very Merriest After Hours Tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale August 20, 2021 and can be purchased online, or by calling 407-939-7947.

Guests of Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, Swan and Dolphin Hotels and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting August 17, 2021, online and by phone. To purchase early you must log in to MDE and only the dates of your stay are available.

These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

Tickets will go on sale next month, so continue to check for updates. Event tickets will grant admission to Magic Kingdom park as early as 7:00 PM, giving you time to enjoy even more of your park favorites before the event begins. These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation.

🎄 How much do tickets cost (tax included in prices)?
November 9, 11, 16, 18 - $179.99
November 8, 12, 14, 19 - $201.29
November 21, 23 - $243.89
November 28, 30 - $222.59
December 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16 - $222.59
December 3, 10, 17 - $243.89
December 19, 21 - $265.19

Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Annual Passholders can buy advance discounted tickets for select November dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

November 9, 11, 16, 18 - $169.34
November 8, 12, 14, 19 - $190.64

🎄 What time does Disney Very Merriest After Hours start? What time can I enter the park?
The event will take place on 24 select nights Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests with Disney Very Merriest After Hours tickets are admitted to the park as early as 7:00 pm. There will be a limited number of tickets for each date. You will need to get a wristband that allows you to stay in the park after the party begins.

🎄Do I need a wristband? What if I want to stay without one?
Yes, a wristband is included in the cost of admission. All ticket holders for this event will be required to wear a wristband. If you are arriving to Magic Kingdom around 7 p.m., you’ll be able to check in and get your wristband as you enter the park. You may pick-up your wristband and map of the party at designated locations in the MK.

Once the party begins at 9pm, Cast Members begin looking for those who do not have wristbands to exit the park.

Disney Merriest After Hours Ticket Holders have purchased tickets with "their money" for the party; if you do not have a ticket/wristband make your way to exit the gates by 8pm.

As discussed on another thread, there are different color wristbands, so NO Double Dipping to attend another party. Oh, my! I'm already in the park. Do I have to exit and re-enter for Disney Merriest After Hours? No, there are checkpoints within the park to check-in and receive wristbands for Disney Merriest After Hours!


Adventureland near Tortuga Tavern
Liberty Square

Tomorrowland - near Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor


🎄 Do you have a guide map for the after hours event?
Disney Merriest After Hours Guide Map gives you an idea of special foods available, free treats, merchandise, as well as show times for the major entertainment.



🎄 What Complimentary Holiday Treats are offered?
Holiday treats, ice cream novelties, popcorn, seasonal treats and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission.

Cookie Locations
Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe (Tomorrowland)
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe (Frontierland)
Pinocchio Village Haus (Fantasyland)

You’ll also receive a complimentary treat when you leave Very Merriest at the end of the night.

Allergy-friendly options are available upon request.

🎄 Specialty Food and Drinks
Themed food and beverages available for purchase.

🎄 Are there any Dining Options?
Dining is available at select counter service and snack locations throughout the park, but is very limited once the party begins. It’s probably wise to eat your main evening meal prior to attending the party.

Counter Service Dining Locations Open During Party:

Main Street, U.S.A.

Main Street Bakery: Mickey Cinnamon Roll and full menu available
Casey’s Corner: Full menu available

Golden Oak Outpost: Full menu available

Liberty Square
Sleepy Hollow: Apple Cider float and hand-dipped Corn Dog

The Friar’s Nook: Full menu available (only open until 10 pm)

Auntie Gravity’s Galatic Goodies: Christmas Cookie Sundae, Christmas Cookie Milkshake
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company

🎄 Character Sightings
Sightings of Disney characters throughout the park all dressed in their holiday best.

Main Street, U.S.A.
Mickey Mouse (Town Square Theater)
Pooh and Friends, Peter Pan and Wendy, or Alice (Crystal Palace)

Captain Jack Sparrow or Moana (Pirates Stage)

Chip & Dale (Frontierland Balcony)

Liberty Square
Mary Poppins and Bert (Liberty Square Gazebo)

Cinderella, Elena, Rapunzel, and Tiana (Princess Fairytale Hall)

Buzz and Stitch (Near the Tomorrowland Stage)

🎄 What time is the Stage Show?
Disney hasn’t noted what this year’s show will be or even if it will be performed in front of the castle.

2019 (2016 Debut) - The Cinderella Castle stage show was called “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration”finds Mickey and his pals inviting some of their friends over for an unforgettable Christmas party filled with music, dancing, color and fun! With every ring of the doorbell, more special guests drop by to join the festivities, each bringing a song or two in their own unique style.

🎄What time is Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show?
Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show celebrates the magic of Christmas with medleys of holiday songs, from “Joy to the World” and “Deck the Halls” to “Up on the House Top” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.

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!

🎄 What are the times for Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade?
The special holiday-themed parade featuring Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. They will be joined by characters from Disney's Frozen and many other favorite Disney characters including the very popular Toy Soldiers. This parade will also feature Santa Claus!

🎄 Are the attractions open during Disney Very Merriest After Hours?
Most of the major attractions will be open, plus some will have a holiday-themed overlay.

Holiday-themed attraction overlays

Jungle Cruise transforms into the Jingle Cruise, and Monster’s Inc Laugh Floor will get new jokes perfect for this joyful season.

Dance and boogie the night away at themed Club Tinsel dance party in Tomorrowland.

Please note: All attractions and experiences are subject to change without notice.

🎄 Holiday Décor and More
Cinderella Castle projections
Snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
Holiday-themed Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities (photos available for purchase)
Special lighting, music and more!
After-hours access to Magic Kingdom park and less time waiting in line for popular attractions

🎄 Snow on Main Street, U.S.A.
While you are walking down Main Street, U.S.A. be sure to look up to the sky, you might catch some magical snowfall!

This isn’t “real” snow, it is actually imitation snow. There is a “snowfall” on Main Street before the parades and then at the end of the evening. There is also snow on Main Street after the fireworks.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Very Merry Memories at the Castle Forecourt Stage
9:25pm, 10:35pm, 11:45pm, 12:50am

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade
Steps off in Frontierland. Marching toy soldiers, reindeer, gingerbread men, classic characters dressed in their holiday best and Santa Claus himself appear in this super fun parade. There is a “snowfall” on Main Street before the parades and then at the end of the evening.
Times: 9:45pm and 12:05am

Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
Replacing Holiday Wishes - Celebrate the Spirit of the Season

The Minnie's Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks show will be brought to party guests by the Hostess with the Mostess, Minnie Mouse! Beloved holiday songs featured in the show will include Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Up on the House Top, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Time: 11:15pm

Reindeer Wranglers in Frontierland
A group of Reindeer Wrangling Cowboys that will provide comedy and festive song in Frontierland.
Times: 9:25pm, 10:30pm, 11:40pm & 12:35am

Club Tinsel Dance Party in Tomorrowland (Rockettower Plaza Stage in Tomorrrowland)
Dance and boogie the night away at themed Club Tinsel dance party in Tomorrowland. You’re able to dance along with all your friends in the snow at the Club Tinsel Dance Party.
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
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Disney PhotoPass Experiences

Disney PhotoPass will also be available to take your magical shots (regular photos and Christmas themed) throughout the night.

Holiday-themed Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities (photos available for purchase)

PhotoPass Locations
Fantasyland (near Pinocchio Village Haus)
Liberty Square (near Haunted Mansion)
Liberty Square (on the bridge near Sleepy Hollow)
Main Street U.S.A. near the Hub (past Casey’s Corner and Plaza Ice Cream Parlor)
Town Square (by flagpole and near Main Street Confectionery)

You can also have a PhotoPass photo taken at the Liberty Square Gazebo with Santa Claus.
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Holiday Happenings

Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset Seasons Greetings returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as the Hollywood Holiday Tower Hotel on Sunset Boulevard will twinkle once again with projection effects, magically transforming into a snowy corner of Arendelle, a Muppets gingerbread masterpiece, a Toy Story toy hotel, and a Dickensian village inspired by “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.” This holiday show will also alternate with the tower’s nightly transformation into a Beacon of Magic.
Santa Claus will bring some North Pole cheer to a motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard. You will also be able to enjoy “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,” with its festive finale featuring everyone’s favorite snowman, Olaf. Minnie Mouse is also returning to host her festive meal at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Minnie and her friends will be donning their holiday best – even Santa Goofy will be there! And throughout the season, vintage-themed holiday décor will shine bright across the park.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
It will be a wild holiday time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park with the return of seasonal décor and festive Disney character flotillas sailing down Discovery River to the sounds of joyful songs of the season. The park’s centerpiece – The Tree of Life – becomes another Beacon of Magic most nights during the 50th anniversary celebration. During the holiday season there’s even more magic inspired by nature as the holiday edition of Tree of Life Awakenings also takes place most nights.

Where can you enjoy traditions from around the world, with inspiring music, tasty treats and family-friendly experiences? If you guessed EPCOT … … you are correct! The EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays presented by AdventHealth will return this year, from Nov. 26 – Dec. 30, with Holiday Kitchens around the park, performances by Voices of Liberty, the guest favorite Cookie Stroll and more!

Disney Springs
You can happily discover whatever you’re after this holiday season at Disney Springs. The shopping, dining and entertainment destination will transform into a winter wonderland, full of sparkling lights, enchanting décor and holiday surprises. This year sees the return of the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Stroll, with elaborately decorated, Disney-themed trees – some new and some inspired by “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”

A magical snowfall will add a touch of wonder for holiday shoppers in Town Center.

Here, you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, including yourself. Discover holiday ornaments, matching family pajamas, festive Spirit Jerseys, and more – be sure to check your list twice so you don’t forget any holiday must-haves! There will even be themed food and beverages; one of my favorite spots, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar, will once again transform into Jock Lindsey’s Holiday Bar, with delightful décor and a delicious limited-time menu filled with festive favorites.

Disney Resort Hotels
Our Disney Resort hotels will be decked for the holidays, with iconic trees and other seasonal touches. And a guest favorite will return this year, as select gingerbread displays will once again be part of our holiday season! Also at select resorts, you will find restaurants offering holiday menus and specialty food and drink.

*Beacons of Magic will be available nightly at select theme parks.

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Holiday Merchandise
Main Street, U.S.A.
Main Street Confectionery

Liberty Square
Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe

Star Traders

Sketchbook Ornaments
These ornaments depict beloved scenes and iconic characters from your favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars films.

Spirit Jersey


Holiday Mini Backpack by Loungefly

Light-up holiday lights necklace

Cheery Charm Trio Set by Pandora Jewelry
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  • theotherlostprincess

    Jun 18, 2014
    Hoping to get to the first party!! Doing boo bash for Halloween and extended a day to try to make the first party. Fingers crossed


    DIS Veteran
    May 20, 2010
    We'll be there Nov. 10-14, and I'm hoping for a party either the night of the 11th or 12th!

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    Earning My Ears
    Jul 1, 2021
    I am loving this thread. I don't go until November 2022 but this will be information that I will hopefully be able to use for next years planning.


    Dec 22, 2017
    Thank you for starting this thread!! We will be there in mid-part of November and the end of December, so I’m hoping to catch a party on one of those trips.