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  • On Jul 2, 2024
    Donna from NS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Good morning, lWe want to buy the Mickey Christmas party passes and debating going on November 17 or 19? Don’t know if a Sunday vs Tuesday be better or worse! And on the day of these special events, is it usually busier in the magic kingdom or less busy!

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for jingling on over with a question! I'm happy to help ensure your very merriest visit to Walt Disney World Resort this November. 

    As you've likely seen, tickets for both Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios are now both available for purchase to guests with eligible resort reservations. I spent the last day trying to decide which of these events to attend on my own upcoming visit, but haven't yet taken the plunge to buy tickets. I really loved my experience at last year's Christmas Party so I think you've made a great choice in planning to attend. While I can't say that one day is better to visit than another I am happy to share my thoughts.

    If I was visiting with my family I'd opt for a Sunday over a Tuesday simply to avoid pulling the kids out of school an extra day. This separately ticketed event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight but guests will have early access to Magic Kingdom Park beginning at 4 p.m. A weekend party would allow us to enjoy without leaving school early. I'd venture a guess that Orlando locals might do the same, but there are likely plenty of families on property who've opted to take the entire week off, so it's hard to judge.

    I'd recommend considering your specific travel plans. If you'll be waking up early to fly in that Sunday I'd opt for the Tuesday event. My family made the long, early drive to Florida on the same day we attended Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party a few years back, and we felt fit to join the Haunted Mansion's happy haunts from exhaustion by the end of the night. Consider your travel plans and what you have planned for the day of and the day after these events. You'll want to feel fresh and energized to enjoy the rest of your magical adventures!

    In my experience, crowds are usually lower during the day when a specialty holiday event like this is scheduled. My husband and I enjoyed Magic Kingdom Park on a Sunday last September, knowing we would need to leave when the Halloween Party began. We were pleasantly surprised by the low crowds all day! Attraction wait times were short, walkways felt wide open and we actually left earlier than planned since we accomplished our to-do list so easily. Many guests like having a full day from rope drop to fireworks, and will opt to visit another park on days when separately ticketed events are scheduled. 

    During the actual event, capacity will be lower than an average park day but it will still be festive and bustling, especially during popular entertainment showtimes. Last year, I was able to accomplish some specialty Character Greetings with very low waits, ride attractions with holiday overlays, and still enjoy Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas Parade and Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show with time to spare on holiday snacks. The hours will go by quicker than you can say "ho, ho, ho" but in my experience, the crowd level didn't affect my plans.

    Donna, I hope this helps you make an informed decision. If we can answer any additional questions please come right back to planDisney and let us know.

    Magic and memories,
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, North Carolina

Hi, I'm Amy- a proud wife, mom, and Disney adult. I'm a natural planner with a flair for the creative, always looking for ways to add a little magical sparkle to our family's day-to-day happenings and once-in-a lifetime moments. You'll find me and my crew visiting the parks from rope drop to close and packing in as much magic as possible to each day of our Walt Disney World Resort vacation. From dining to photo spots and all the details in between, you've got a friend in me! Learn More About Amy

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