Disney Very Merriest After Hours

The holidays are returning to Walt Disney World in 2021! But they'll look a little bit different.

Instead of Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in 2021, you'll find an event similar to the After Hours Boo Bash that was announced for Halloween.

Magic Kingdom at Christmas

Here is everything we know about this new event happening for the 2021 holiday season according to Disney:

Dates and Times

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.

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.

Dates include:

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


Tickets for this event start at $169 and go up to $249, depending on the date.

Annual passholders and DVC members do get a discount on tickets.

Tickets can be purchased on Disney's website.



The skies above Magic Kingdom Park will sparkle to life with the return of “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks,” where Minnie Mouse invites everyone to come together in a celebration of the magic of Christmas. The show features fireworks, projections and beloved holiday songs.

If this fireworks show is a priority I suggest grabbing a spot early, as the best spots fill up quickly. The back side of the hub in front of the castle will give you a great view of fireworks and projections. Plan to arrive an hour before show time for the best viewing.


mickeys once upon a christmastime parade

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas Time Parade will be returning this year. This parade features your favorite characters in their holiday attire. Plus everyone's favorite Toy Soldiers marching down Main Street USA.

This extremely popular parade is best viewed on Main Street USA. Here you'll see the parade with the castle in the background, and enjoy the "snow" that falls on Main Street. Grab a spot on Main Street an hour in advance if this parade is a priority.


Indulge in delicious holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission.


Delight in some holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections. Plus, enjoy Magic Kingdom park for 4 hours after the park closes, and less time waiting in line for attractions!

Event Highlights

Don’t miss this merriest of evenings, made merrier still when shared with those who brighten your holidays. Highlights include:

  • Character sightings
  • Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show
  • After-hours access to Magic Kingdom park and less time waiting in line for popular attractions
  • Holiday-themed attraction overlays and Cinderella Castle projections
  • Snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Holiday treats, ice cream, popcorn and bottled beverages—all included with the cost of admission
  • Themed food and beverages available for purchase
  • Holiday-themed Disney PhotoPass photo opportunities (photos available for purchase)
  • Special lighting, music and more!

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