Mickey dressed in holiday clothes in front of a Christmas tree.
  • On Jan 2, 2023
    Karen from IA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be at Disney World over Christmas 2023. I see that special tickets are required for Mickey’s Christmas Celebration Parade. How do you go about making sure you get these tickets?

    Hi Karen! Thanks for reaching out to planDisney!

    The holiday season is one of my absolute favorite times to visit the Walt Disney World Resort. One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to tour the different resorts to see their holiday decorations. Everyone's favorite is the Gingerbread House in the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It is truly a sight to see and there are many yummy treats sold within. One of my personal favorites is the Gingerbread Carousel at Disney's Beach Club Resort, which takes on a different theme each year. I especially loved it when it was themed to my all-time favorite Disney movie, The Little Mermaid!

    Another holiday favorite is Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park. It has so many fan-favorite activities like specialty fireworks, celebrations on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle, and the festive specialty parade, Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Keep an eye on the event page and the Disney Parks Blog for announcements of dates for the 2023 holiday season and all of the offerings for this year. This party requires a separate ticket and will go on sale later this year. If it's your first time visiting the resort during the holidays, I always recommend going to this party as it has lower crowds and really gets you into the holiday spirit! As a tip, even though the party usually starts at 7:00PM EST, you are usually allowed to enter the park at 4:00PM EST to get some rides or other activities in before the festivities start!

    I see that you are arriving on December 20th. If this is the case, please note that Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade usually runs during the day during the last week of December. This means that if your trip extends into that time, you can use a standard theme park ticket for Magic Kingdom Park to see the parade during the day. As your trip gets closer, keep an eye on the Events Calendar to see if and when the parade will be performed for daytime guests. You can also find this information on the handy My Disney Experience app under Park Hours & Info.

    I hope this information helps you have the best holiday ever at the Walt Disney World Resort!

    Stay merry and magical,
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Meet the Panelist: Matthew, New Jersey

Well hello there! I'm Matt and I'm a Disney-loving husband, teacher, and uncle from New Jersey. You can often find me tasting my way around an EPCOT festival, rope-dropping Magic Kingdom Park, or conquering all of the Disney Mountains. I can't wait to help you reach out and find your happily ever after on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Matthew

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