Disney Very Merriest After Hours: Is it Worth It and Should You Go? (Full Guide)

Should you go to Disney Very Merriest After Hours this year?

Some of us live Halloween 24/7 365 and that’s totally cool! But for most of us, when the clock strikes midnight on Oct 31st, we know what’s about to happen.

As soon as the last Guests leave the beloved last Halloween party of the year, Disney Magic touches the kingdom. Overnight, Main Street USA becomes decked out in Christmas holiday cheer!

Garlands and trees go up and you can hear the trolley kids come down the street singing and dancing to holiday classics. The Dapper Dans crank out holiday puns and songs and treats can be found at the confectionary and all across the parks.

Hollywood Studios follows up with vintage holiday style and décor all over their parks while Epcot celebrates holidays all over the world as well as Hanukah and Kwanzaa.

Animal Kingdom brings out adorable animal puppets to interact with guests entering discovery island to spread some cheer.

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Christmas at Walt Disney World

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What’s New for Christmas at Disney World in 2021?

This year, the latest holiday addition comes on the heels of Boo Bash After Hours and it’s called “Very Merriest After Hours.”

Due to the pandemic, Disney has brought some sort of replacements for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party this year. Whether these are permanent or temporary remains to be seen.

Christmas at Walt Disney World with the Dapper Dans Singing Disney Very Merriest After Hours
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom

With that being said, let’s talk about what Disney Very Merriest After Hours event will feature and offer to visiting guests during the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary season:

  • Prices, Dates and Hours
  • What’s Offered to You
  • Tips
  • Is it Worth Going to Disney Very Merriest Party?

Let’s hop in that sleigh and take a ride through the ins and outs of this festive party!

Prices, Dates and Hours

Before we dive into the good stuff, we might as well get the informative stuff out of the way.

Very Merriest After Hours Tickets and Dates:

First things first, let’s chat about prices. They can be cheaper depending on the date you attend so here are the following prices per date:

  • November 9, 11, 16, 18 – $169 per adult and child
  • November 8, 12, 14, 19 – $189 per adult and child
  • November 28, 30 – $209 per adult and child
  • November 21, 23 – $229 per adult and child
  • December 2, 5, 9, 12, 14, 16 – $209 per adult and child
  • December 3, 10, 17 – $229 per adult and child
  • December 19, 21 – $249 per adult and child

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Very Merriest After Hours Tickets vs. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Tickets

To put this into perspective, during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in 2019, tickets for an adult started at $99 and the highest price would be $139. For a child, it was $95, the highest being $135.

Disney Chistmas Candy Cane Garden Magic Kingdom imagination Willie Wonka quote

Disney Very Merriest Hours

The hours will be similar to Boo Bash starting at 9 p.m. and lasting until 1 a.m. for a total of four hours of holiday merriment for you to enjoy.

With this, you can enter as early as 7 p.m. which allows you to enjoy some of the park activities, including a viewing of the new and upcoming nighttime spectacular, Enchantment.

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Guest Offerings

We got the price tag, dates and hours out of the way and now it’s time to get to the good stuff!

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party Sweet Treats Christmas at Disney A Frothy Mickey Mouse Milkshake.

Now what is included with everything?

With this party, you get a bit more than you would have with very merriest that truly immerses you in a magical holiday wonderland. Experience the:

  • Fantastic entertainment
  • Delicious treat
  • Divine and festive décor that you have come to know and love with Disney over the years

The Merriest Entertainment and more!

Some shows have even closed permanently.

Main Street USA Cinderella Castle Christmas decor at the Magic Kingdom
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013

I will start with the one that is a really big deal. With the pandemic, many of the regular entertainment offerings we have grown accustomed too, such as parade and stage show, have been modified or temporarily closed since the parks have reopened.

Recommended: 10 BEST Magic Kingdom Shows You Have to See!

Parades

Very Merriest will see the return of the cherished “Once Upon a Christmastime” parade and will officially be the first full parade returning to Walt Disney World as of this post.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a great event to put on your Disney itinerary with Red and White Toy Solider

There is no word on when Festival of Fantasy, Magic Kingdom’s parade, will make its return but Maleficent’s fire breathing dragon has been seen in Boo Bash cavalcades.

Fireworks

The event will mark the return of “Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks.” This means you will be able to see Enchantment as well as these holiday fireworks in the same night!

Happily Ever After Fireworks Show at Magic Kingdom Disney World Orlando Florida

As per Boo Bash,  Guests will be able to spot characters in various areas of the park and enjoy festive overlays of some classic Disney attractions.

Rides and Attractions

Speaking of attractions, you can expect those low wait times for select attractions that will be open to guests during the event like Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Magic Kingdom New Fantasyland Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

You can twirl on Main Street USA as snow magically falls upon you in FLORIDA! It’s truly Disney Magic!

PhotoPass and Memory Maker

Disney PhotoPass that are holiday themed will be available throughout the park and will be available for purchase unless you have Memory Maker or are an Annual Passholder with the PhotoPass add on.

Christmas Treats

You can also sink your teeth into ice cream treats, popcorn and select beverages and a special seasonal treat throughout the night or purchase themed food and beverages to get into the spirit.

Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party Sweet Treats Christmas at Disney Christmas Cookie Sundae (Available Daily at Auntie Gravity’s Galactic Goodies) – Cookie butter soft-serve topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, sprinkles, and a white chocolate piece
Christmas Cookie Sundae

As you explore the limited capacity event, you can see specially themed projections, lighting, music and so much more!

Your heart will grow 3 times its size when you experience the holiday fun Disney has to offer this year during the 50th anniversary.

Pro Tips for Disney Very Merriest After Hours Event

Christmas at the Magic Kingdom 2013: Gingerbread display in Liberty Square
Christmas at the Magic Kingdom: Gingerbread display in Liberty Square

1. Make Your Decision Now

One of the biggest tips I could give when considering this event is to not let too much time pass away as you consider attending the event.

If history serves with Boo Bash, tickets will sell fairly quickly. You will want to consider as well if you have time during your visit to squeeze in and if the offerings included are worth the price.

2. Use The Disney App

Take advantage of the My Disney Experience app as it will tell you times for entertainment, where characters will be and wait times for attractions.

My Disney Experience App Ticket Selection

If you do attend, keep in mind that leaving the event may be a hassle. Keep this I mind if you are staying off property as you may not get home until 1:30 to 2 a.m. depending on whether you opted for a rental car or have to Uber/Lyft to your hotel.

In this instance, it may be best to wait for the crowds to thin out, then leave. It will also give you a great chance to get some adorable holiday photos without people in them!

Hipster Power Tip: Wanna see the fireworks without a party ticket? Book a reservation at California Grill for amazing views!

Should You Go to Disney Merriest After Hours?

It won’t be long before we see the resort turn into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer overnight! Holiday parties are Magic Kingdom have been a staple since 1983 and has spread to the resorts and even Disney Springs.

Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail Peter Pan 44

Even if you can’t attend the party, there is so much holiday love all over the resort including the Trail of Trees at Disney Springs or the ornate Gingerbread Houses specially crafted and uniquely themed to the resorts they are in.

Boardwalk Inn Disney Gingerbread House Display with Majestic Christmas Tree

In the meantime, get ready for the most wonderful time of the year at Walt Disney World during its 50th anniversary celebration and check out what to expect from the event in my article here!

Disney Very Merriest Christmas Party Full guide
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

About the Author

Victoria Wade Disney Writer at ThemeParkHipster

Victoria is a professional solo traveler here to make your solo trips as stress free AND enjoyable as possible for you.

She has over 5 years of Disney and Non-Disney travel experience and was featured by POPSUGAR as one of the Top 50 Black Disney Creators you should follow.

She is a Proud Native to Baltimore, Md but always will call Disney World home. You can find her at Disney Tea with V.

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