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Entertainment at Disney Very Merriest After Hours

When Disney After Hours first debuted several years ago, the idea was to give Guests a chance to ride as many rides as possible without the waits. There were no characters and no entertainment, it was all about the rides.

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Disney Very Merriest After Hours is an After Hours event, but there is plenty of entertainment! Here is a quick rundown.

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Mickey & Minnie’s Very Merry Memories is a show that takes place on the stage in front of Cinderella Castle. It runs at 9:25, 10:35, 11:45, and 12:50, and features the famous couple and all of your other favorites. It will not take place if the weather is bad.

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Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade is the first parade to take place at Walt Disney World in over a year and a half. It is the same parade that ran during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Weather permitting it takes place twice, at 9:45 and at 12:05, and the second viewing is usually less crowded.

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Reindeer Wranglers perform in Frontierland. This is a country trio who put a fun spin on some of your favorite Christmas classics. They perform at 9:25, 10:30, 11:40, and 12:35.

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Club Tinsel Dance Party runs all night long. There is a DJ, and Santa Stitch dances and interacts with the crowd.

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There are plenty of character sightings, and most are dressed up for the holidays. The viewing areas are marked on the map. The lighting isn’t great but the characters are always fun to see.

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Possibly the entertainment highlight is Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. This takes place at 11:15. Although the fireworks can be seen throughout the Park, the best place to watch is on Main Street, U.S.A.

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Minnie is the host of the fireworks show. She will talk about her favorite holiday songs and what the holidays mean to her. There is not a lot of narration.

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Grab a free snack and then find a spot, because Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks is close to perfection. In addition to the music, there are whimsical holiday projections on Cinderella Castle, but the star (sorry, Minnie) is the fireworks. There are plenty of them, and they are stunning.

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There are still tickets available for several evenings of Disney Very Merriest After Hours. We had a great time when we went. We hope that this guide to the entertainment will help you to make the most of your evening while you are there.

 

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.