Mickey dressed in holiday clothes in front of a Christmas tree.
  • On Oct 26, 2023
    Sarah from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I have tickets for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party. I know there is no genie+ or lightening lanes available during the party, but can I book an individual lightening lane for between 4pm-6pm without also having a regular park ticket?

    Hi Sarah, welcome to planDisney!

    The holidays are my favorite season of celebration at Walt Disney World Resort. Each of the four theme parks offers its own unique brand of holiday magic. I love encountering the Merry Menagerie at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and tasting joyful food offerings from the holiday kitchens during the EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays. Disney Jollywood Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios is a brand new special ticket event and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park is the must-do event of the holiday season.

    You show a great understanding of how to maximize the magic in your Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party tickets, Sarah. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. but you can enter Magic Kingdom Park as early as 4:00 p.m. No theme park reservation is required. As you described, Disney Genie+ service is not available nor needed for party Guests thanks to smaller crowds during the party.

    Guests currently require valid admission and a theme park reservation to purchase Individual Lightning Lanes. As such, you will not be eligible to purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or TRON Lightcycle / Run before the Christmas party starts. I regret that this is not the news you were hoping for, Sarah. The good news is that Guests attending Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party have the opportunity to join a 6:00 p.m. virtual queue for TRON Lightcycle / Run. I recently took advantage of this opportunity during Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and recommend setting a timer on your phone so you don't forget. Confirm your party in the My Disney Experience mobile app (three small lines at the bottom right of the app's homepage > Virtual Queues) by 5:55 p.m. and click "Refresh" right at 6:00 p.m. There's nothing quite like entering the Grid at night.

    Have a great time enjoying cookies, cocoa, and holiday magic during Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, Sarah. Solidify your place on Santa's Nice List by giving him a wave and a smile during Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade. Catch the later parade on Main Street, U.S.A., for a snow-tastic experience. 

    Choose magic,
    Jennifer
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Hey there, hi there, ho there! I’m Jennifer from Northern Virginia, close to Washington, D.C. Together is my family’s favorite place to be, and I’m so grateful that Walt Disney World Resort is designed to make that dream a destination. I’ve visited The Most Magical Place on Earth at every age and every stage, in every season, and for countless reasons. I can’t wait to help you maximize the magic on your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation! Learn More About Jennifer

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