8 Tips for the Best Disney World Christmas and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by

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There is no vacation quite like Christmas at Disney World Resorts. There is not one space left untouched with lights, garland or something festive. The parades get a holiday makeover, the characters have special outfits and it even snows on Main Street. Mickey will throw a special Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom over 20 times, but Christmas is celebrated all day long, all across the resort, starting the first week in November.


We were lucky to visit Disney World at Christmas twice, and it’s some of our favorite family vacation memories. Disney anytime of the year is a celebration but the sounds, sights and flavors of the Christmas season make it so much more fun. Our friends at RSVP Custom Creations have created some fun and festive holiday Magic Band decals for you to sport while you go dashing through the snow parks! Over 15 Christmas Magic Band decals are available for you, along with non-holiday and custom decals.


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8 Tips for the Best Disney World Christmas


#1 Wear festive outfits with Disney accessories

Our first tip for the best Disney World Christmas has to do with what to wear at Disney World. There’s no strict dress code at Disney World but there’s something you WILL find, and that’s fun and festive clothing. How much fun to be a part of a group and wear those matching shirts at Disney World? Show off your favorite character, tell about your first or thirtieth trip or the special occasion you’re celebrating. You’ll find so many of those, and custom outfits. Have you heard of Disneybounding? The options are endless. It can get chilly, especially when it gets dark so be prepared with jackets, hats, and gloves. When you’re visiting Disney World at Christmas you can pull out those Santa hats, elf ears and candy cane socks!

Disney Magic Band holiday decals RSVP Creations Merry Christmas Mickey

RSVP Custom Creations offers something else you need and that’s their Magic Band holiday decals. Holly, snowflakes, plaids and of course Disney characters are available. Dress up your wardrobe but don’t forget that all essential Magic Band – remember you won’t be taking it off during your trip!


#2 Google crowd calendar

Our second tip for visiting Disney World at Christmas comes from Lisa T. Lisa recommends Googling crowd calendars for Disney World. “They will tell you what parks are least crowded on which days. I went by that and it was spot on. We hardly had any long wait times.


Erin from Mickeyvacations.com had this tip when it comes to planning a visit to Disney World at Christmastime. “Christmas visits are amazing and very manageable crowd wise if you go the right weeks. Third week in November (before Thanksgiving week) and first two weeks in December are low crowds, normally great temps and you get to enjoy all the Christmas festivities. If planned well anytime in Disney can be fun but those weeks are always the times I advise my clients who want to experience the Christmas experience!

Three Wise Men at Disney World Christmas

Where else can your kids pose with the Three Wise Men, but at Disney World during Christmas. Photo credit My Pixie Dust Diary


Lynn W. from My Pixie Dust Diary shared this secret bit of knowledge about Disney World. “Christmas parade taping usually happens at the beginning of December. Be prepared for extra crowds and ‘traffic jams’ in the Magic Kingdom as they close Main Street or the area in front of the castle for filming.


#3 Plan for Santa Mickey to Visit Disney World

With some preplanning you can not only save money on souvenirs, but add another level of magic to your Disney Christmas with “Santa Mickey.” My children were 3 and 8 and eagerly awaited the morning surprises in their stockings! Little did they know, or care, that they had mostly come from the dollar store. Anything with a Disney character excited them and it certainly saved me money getting a little something each day that didn’t come with the souvenir store prices. Adding a surprise Magic Band decal from RSVP Custom Creations is a Santa Mickey approved stocking stuffer.


#4 Enjoy free decorations beyond the theme parks

Did you know that every Disney World hotel decorates their lobbies for Christmas? A good friend tipped me off to this, and you can certainly spend a day just admiring all that handiwork and glorious decor! Even better – many of them have HUGE gingerbread house displays in their lobbies. Be ready to be hungry after seeing (and smelling) these masterpieces. My personal favorite resort for holiday decorations is Fort Wilderness Lodge, where the GUESTS decorate their campers! If you’re taking a day off from the parks don’t forget about Disney Springs. Admission is free and there’s lots of Disney Christmas magic to be seen. You can visit with Santa there or admire the 27 Christmas trees decorated with different Disney themes.

Disney World at Christmas with Nutcracker

Pose with a nutcracker. Photo Credit My Pixie Dust Diary


Erin P. suggested visiting the Disney hotels for Christmas decor too saying, “Visiting the deluxe resort lobbies during Christmas time can be a fun day. Grand Floridian does a GIANT gingerbread house and Wilderness lodge has a massive Christmas tree just to name a few.


#5 Learn how holidays are celebrated around the world with The Magic of Epcot

Magic Kingdom is the spot for the Very Merry Christmas Party but you can’t miss out on the Epcot holiday celebrations. All 11 World Showcase locations demonstrate how holidays are celebrated in their cultures and countries with food, performances, and story telling. Our Christmas card picture that year was courtesy of the Santa and Mrs. Claus in the American Adventure Pavilion! Gioia A. also shared, “Epcot’s holiday festival with a pavillion with special kid and adult treats. The decorations were amazing. The candlelight vigil is beautiful and festive.

You’ll need to preplan to get your tickets, but the Candlelight Processional is stunning! A large choir and orchestra accompany a celebrity narrator who tells the biblical story of Christmas. No tickets, no worries, you’ll still be able to hear and see some of it from the public areas. It’s a must do and happens nightly starting November 22.

Disney World at Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus at Epcot

See how Santa is represented around the world at Epcot. Photo CreditMy Pixie Dust Diary


Lynn W. added “Disney Springs gets decked out for the holidays too and it’s free to visit! Santa can often be found there as well.


#6 Indulge in those treats!

Christmas brings candy canes and baked treats and Disney World is no different. Everywhere you look you’ll see decorations but almost everywhere else you’re going to see indulgent treats! I couldn’t resist these yummy creations. If you’re attending A Very Merry Christmas Party you’ll be treated to hot chocolate and cookies all throughout the park. A bonus if you have a dining plan and you can indulge without worry for your wallet! Check out the RSVP Custom Creations Candy Cane theme decal.


#7 Party with Mickey Mouse at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

Everyone we’ve talked to that’s been to Mickey’s Christmas Party definitely recommends it. Take a look!

We loved Mickey’s Magic Christmas parade. Extra ticket but worth it. – Lisa T.


Mickey’s Christmas party is well worth the extra $$. They have characters that arent normally in the parks that you can meet for example the seven dwarves, Jack Skellington. Fast access to rides is another benefit. Since it’s an exclusive ticket holder, event lines are short- Kim M.


Disney World Christmas Mickeys Very Merry Christmas 7 dwarfs

Meet the seven dwarfs during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. – Photo Credit Kim M.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas is worth the money for sure. They advertise that the party starts at 7 pm but party ticket holders are allowed in the park at 4 pm. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party ends at midnight so if you wanted to save money, just buy the passes for the party and not the park for the whole day. Also bring ziplock bags. During the party there are special free cookie and drink stations everywhere. I wanted to try all the cookies but I couldn’t possibly eat them all! – Julie C.


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is super cute. Party tickets are usually cheaper than a theme park ticket so it might be a more affordable way to get a few hours in the Magic Kingdom. The special parade and fireworks are amazing! You’ll also be able to get free cookies and cocoa and watch the snow fall on Main Street. – Lynn W.


Disney World Christmas Mickeys Very Merry Christmas girls in picture

Get all the best pictures at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas. – Photo Credit Kim M.


#8 Consider any special needs you will have at Disney World

From my friend, Gina, “If you or anyone in your family has mobility problems for long distances, I suggest you rent a mobility scooter off-site for the duration of your stay. You can do this even if you are staying on site. The company will deliver to the lobby of the hotel you are staying in. Mobility scooters are available at the parks but first come first serve. Having them rented off-site means you always have one at your disposal.”


Lisa added, “Also if any of your children or adults have special needs go to guest relations and ask for their DAS pass. Helps line waiting time too.”

Disney World Christmas Mickeys Very Merry Christmas princess elena

Princess Elena takes some special moments with these young ladies visiting Disney World at Christmastime. – Photo Credit Kim M.


Not heading to Disney World for Christmas? RSVP Custom Creations Magic Band decals make great stocking stuffers for those 2019 Disney vacations – check out the entire collection here.

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Melanie is a stay at home mom of a preteen boy and teenage girl. She lives in Monmouth County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC and close to the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

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