As Disney World’s flagship theme park, Magic Kingdom is not surprisingly fully decked out every holiday season. Here’s a look at some of what you can expect:
Magic Kingdom Christmas Decorations
Upon arriving in Town Square, just past the train station, you’ll be greeted by the park’s giant “icon tree,” a 65-foot tall (yet still somehow old-fashioned) Christmas tree featuring classic toys and of course, plenty of lights.
Elsewhere you’ll find lots of other decorations, including wreaths, garland, candles, and more. Be sure to take some time to check out the series of animatronic window displays at The Emporium on Main Street U.S.A., depicting scenes from the classic animated special Mickey’s Christmas Carol.
Even more astounding is that these decorations spring up literally overnight after the Halloween season ends.
A favorite for many years was the Cinderella Castle Dream Lights décor package, which saw the iconic castle simply smothered in a stunning holiday lights display that mimicked ice and snow. Sadly, the Dream Lights have been missing for several years and projections have been used in their place
2023 brings a new Frozen Holiday Surprise castle lighting show that Disney promises will “illuminate the castle in a whole new way.” It’s still expected to be mainly a projection-based event, however. Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, and the Snowgies are all expected to be a part of the show, which will be performed during regular park hours and during the Christmas parties (see below).
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
The flagship event of the Christmas Season at Disney World is Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This nighttime event is offered select nights in November and December, after the Magic Kingdom closes for the day. You’ll have to pay a separate admission, the price of which varies depending on the date you choose to attend.
2023 Dates for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
There are 25 scheduled Christmas parties in 2023, starting November 9 and ending December 22:
- November: 9, 10, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 30
- December: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22
Tickets go on sale July 6, 2023, but you can buy as early as June 29 if you’re staying at a Disney World resort hotel.
2023 Prices for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Ticket prices range from $159-$199 per adult ages 10+. Tickets for children ages 3-9 are $10 less than the adult price. Small discounts are also usually offered for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and Disney Cast Members on select nights.
Unlike previous years, Disney did not publish a list of specific prices for each night this year, instead showing prices only when you try to actually buy a ticket. We don’t yet know if this is just a meaningless change or if they’re leaving open the option to adjust prices for some nights as sales progress.
These were the prices we saw when we tried to purchase Christmas Party tickets when they first went on sale to the general public (July 6, 2023):
- $159: November 13, 14, 16.
- $169: November 9, 10, 17.
- $179: November 26, 28, 30. December 1, 3, 5, 7.
- $189: November 19, 21, 22. December 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17.
- $199: December 19, 21, 22.
These represent adult prices (ages 10+) and are subject to change and sell-outs.
In addition to shorter lines for rides thanks to attendance limits, you’ll also enjoy the Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show, Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks, the Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring Santa, reindeer, and toy soldiers.
Some attractions also receive a special holiday makeover. The Jungle Cruise becomes the Jingle Cruise, and there are special enhancements to Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc Laugh Floor, and the Mad Tea Party.
A sweet feature of the evening is the chance to enjoy free cookies and hot cocoa throughout the park all night long.
And of course, it wouldn’t be the holidays without just a little Disney magic. Do those look like snow clouds to you? Nah, couldn’t be. This is Florida, after all. Hmmmmmm…