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How You Can See the Magic Kingdom Christmas Parade WITHOUT An After-Hours Event Ticket

When it was announced that a new, after-hours event would be taking the place of the popular Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, many Guests were apprehensive — due mainly to the high price tag of the party. Disney Very Merriest After Hours, like Very Merry Christmas Party, would also be four hours and would include a special parade and Christmas fireworks, as well as some included snacks like hot chocolate and cookies, but many Guests did not think that they could spend over $200 per ticket, especially after dealing with a pandemic year.

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If you did not purchase tickets to this year’s Magic Kingdom Christmas party, Disney has revealed that you may still be able to see Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade — which was originally only offered to Guests of Disney Very Merriest After Hours. The last date of Disney Very Merriest After Hours is December 21, but starting December 22, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade will be shown at the Magic Kingdom at 12 p.m. and then again at 3:45 p.m.

Mickey's Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

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The parade will be shown twice daily beginning on December 22 and running through December 31. It is important to note that the second showings on December 30 and December 31 will take place at 3:30 p.m. and not 3:45 p.m.

Here is more information on Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade from the Walt Disney World Resort website:

Delight in an entertaining display chock-full of good cheer.

The legendary street comes alive with yuletide spirit on select nights during Disney Very Merriest After Hours! Snap memorable photos of dancing gingerbread men, marching toy soldiers and beloved Disney Characters as they float by, waving hello. There’s even a special appearance by Santa Claus–riding in to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

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The following dates are still available for Disney Very Merriest After Hours, with prices beginning at $209 per person.

  • Thursday, December 2
  • Friday, December 3
  • Sunday, December 5
  • Thursday, December 9
  • Friday, December 10
  • Tuesday, December 14
  • Thursday, December 16
  • Friday, December 17
Once Upon a Christmastime Parade

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Disney Very Merriest After Hours will also offer an exclusive Club Tinsel Dance Party in Tomorrowland and a special fireworks show called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks Show.

If you would like to purchase tickets to Disney Very Merriest After Hours, you can visit the Walt Disney World website or click 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!