Merry Christmas! A traditional Santa Claus meet-and-greet is again available in 2023 at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Below, we’ll walk through Santa’s meet-and-greet and look at a few photos.
This location offers a charming queue, and seeing Santa in his elegant attire is always fun. If you have any time during the party, this location is excellent for taking a photo with him.
These photos were taken at last year’s party. However, we walked past the meet-and-greet during the first Christmas party in 2023 and can confirm the setup is still the same. We planned to come back and meet Santa later in the party. But unfortunately, we encountered several long lines this evening and never made it back this way.
Santa’s meet-and-greet is at the Enchanted Glade Gazebo in Liberty Square at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. From my experience, one of the best times to meet Santa Claus is immediately after the fireworks.
Last year, I stood on the left side of the castle with the intention of heading straight to Santa’s character meet after the show. Then I went directly toward Liberty Square and cut behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
Since the gazebo sits behind the Christmas Shoppe, it’s a little off the beaten path. So when what to my wondering eyes did appear–but a well-lit path beaming with holiday cheer.
On a serious note, the entire queue for Santa’s meet was delightful. It was decked out with twinkling lights and felt kind of dreamy. When we stopped by the queue in 2023, the line was twice as long as shown in the picture below at approximately 9:30 p.m.
After the fireworks, I got in line for this character meet at 10:17 p.m. and met Santa at 10:34 p.m. A PhotoPass photographer was present at this location.
Santa sits at the front of the queue underneath the gazebo. It was stunning, and those SC initials were a nice touch.
Of course, Santa will ask if you’ve been bad or good. Then, you might go over a few items on your Christmas wish list.
He won’t make any promises. But he’ll see what he can do.
If you don’t have the Memory Maker add-on, you can ask the cast member attending the meet if they’ll take a few photos with your personal device. From my experience, they’ll be more than happy to help.
Meeting Santa Claus at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party was a wonderful experience. If you have the time, this will make for an excellent family photo opportunity that doesn’t necessarily scream Disney.
For more characters at Disney World around the holidays, you might enjoy:
- Meet Jack Skellington (as Sandy Claws) and Sally
- Meet Belle in Her Holiday Dress
- Meet Santa at Walt Disney World (Every Location)
- Meet Santa Claus at Hollywood Studios
- Meet Characters at Jollywood Nights
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