Disney Cancels Popular Christmas Event

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For years, Guests celebrating Christmas at Walt Disney World Resort had the chance to purchase tickets to the popular event Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. The Very Merry Christmas Party takes place at Magic Kingdom Park and features a special parade, fireworks, character meet and greets, and more. When the Parks reopened after COVID, Disney tried to introduce Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours event, but the Party was not as popular as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, so Disney is bringing it back this year.

Disney World Christmas

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Over on the West Coast, Guests visiting Disneyland Resort during the holidays did not have a Christmas party option. That is, until last year.

Last year, Disney introduced Disney’s Merriest Nites — a hard-ticketed event that included specialty food, rare character sightings — like the Duke of Weselton and Santa Stitch –, and a show down Main Street, U.S.A., featuring popular Muppets characters like Miss Piggy, Kermit, and Gonzo, singing holiday classics. Merriest Nites appeared to be a very popular event, with the event selling out, but it looks like it may not have been as well-received as initially thought.

Merriest Nites

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Sadly, we are learning that Merriest Nites will not return this year. The news was confirmed on Twitter by theme park insider Scott Gustin:

NEW: Disney Merriest Nites will not return to Disneyland Resort this year. Last year, the after-hours party was held at Disneyland on 5 select nights in Nov. and Dec.

A Disneyland official confirmed the event will not return in 2022 and said they are always looking at new ways to entertain guests.

Disney has not said if a different holiday party will come to The Happiest Place on Earth in the future.

Even though Merriest Nites isn’t happening this year, there are still a lot of fun holiday-themed events that Guests can see, including “it’s a small world” Holiday, Believe! In Holiday Magic fireworks, the Christmas Fantasy Parade at Disneyland Park, Viva Navidad at Disney California Adventure Park, and more!

For the most up-to-date happenings around the Resort, be sure to check your Disneyland Mobile app. You can read more about the Holidays at Disneyland Resort by clicking here.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!