It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year already! Time to meet characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party! We attended the first MVMCP in 2023 primarily to meet characters. We spent our entire evening moving from one character’s meet-and-greet to the next to see how much could be done for all of you character lovers out there!
Below, I’ll walk you through the details of each character’s meet-and-greet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. We’ll preview a list of characters who meet at the party, photos, and what kind of waits you can expect. I’ll also provide a few tips for the best times to meet characters during the party.
I’ve got good news and bad news. On the positive side of things, you’ll have plenty of options when it comes to meeting characters at the Christmas Party. But on the downside, it’s going to be difficult to meet everyone. Disney added several extra characters to the 2023 lineup. So you’ll have to pick and choose which meet-and-greets are most important to your family.
So grab your autograph book and plan your best character bound with a Christmas twist! We’re off to meet characters at Mickey’s Christmas Party!
Characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Here is a list of the characters who meet at the 2023 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (MVMCP).
- Mickey Mouse
- Jack Skellington (Sandy Claws) with Sally
- Mary Poppins
- Alice and the White Rabbit
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends
- Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
- Snow White and The Prince
- Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) and Prince Philip
- Cinderella and Prince Charming
- Ariel and Prince Eric
- Donald Duck and Scrooge
- Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
- Santa Goofy
- Seven Dwarfs
- Tiana and Prince Naveen
- Country Bears
- Captain Jack Sparrow
- Peter Pan
- Aladdin and Abu
- Jasmine and Genie
- Santa Claus
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Character Map
Below, we’ve created a map with a guide you can use to locate characters at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
Here is the map. Each location has a photo of the character who meets there (outlined in a red circle).
Other Places To See Characters at MVMCP
In addition to traditional character meet-and-greets, you might see characters at a few other places during the party:
- Club Tinsel Dance Party: This fun dance party is held on the Rockettower Plaza Stage intermittently throughout the night between 7:00 p.m. and midnight. Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, and Chip n’ Dale make appearances at the dance party.
- Disney Junior Jingle Jam: This dance party is held at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe between 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. You’ll see Disney Junior Characters make appearances like Timon, Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, and Doc McStuffins.
- Frozen Holiday Surprise: Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf take the stage each evening at 8:15 for a Frozen Holiday Surprise at Cinderella Castle.
- Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration: This castle stage show, held four times per night, features a ton of characters. Don’t miss it!
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade: One of the highlights of the Christmas Party, you’ll see float after float filled with favorite characters in their holiday best. We have a separate article with photos of characters in the Christmas parade.
Mickey meets at Town Square Theater near Magic Kingdom’s entrance. This is the same location as his traditional meet-and-greet during the day. However, he wears his holiday suit during the Christmas Party.
Mickey usually meets until 6:00 p.m. in his magician costume. Then, he breaks from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to get ready for the party. His party meet-and-greet begins at 7:00 p.m.
In the past, we usually wait to meet Mickey right before the end of the party. But since we had several other characters to meet in the area, we got in line at approximately 8:25 p.m. and met him by 8:41 p.m. We were finished before the parade reached Main Street, USA. So, this strategy worked well.
Mickey signs autographs at this location. He also takes his time with everyone. So, don’t expect the line to move quickly. However, he has this magical way of making you feel like you’re the only one in the room once it’s your turn. Most guests leave with a smile and a twinkle in their eyes.
Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws with Sally
Jack Skellington (Sandy Claws) and Sally meet in Town Square Theater next to Mickey Mouse. However, given their popularity, the line starts to form for this meet-and-greet at 4:00 p.m. Many guests head straight to this location as soon as they get their wristbands for the party.
Note that if you’re already visiting Magic Kingdom as a day guest and staying for the party, you’ll still have to get a wristband before joining this line. Jack and Sally are an exclusive character opportunity for party guests.
For the past couple of years, we’ve waited in lines for up to two hours for this meet-and-greet. Since I had good pictures from last year, I decided to focus my time on some of the newer meet-and-greets this year. However, only ten guests were in the queue when I walked through the area a few minutes after 8:00 p.m. So I decided to try my luck and met them by 8:21 p.m.
Jack and Sally do not sign autographs. But a cast member attending the meet will provide you with an autograph card.
Mary Poppins is new to the 2023 character lineup at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. She meets on the patio off the side of Town Square Theater. Her times were listed in the character section of the My Disney Experience app. However, many of the times were not accurate on the first night. Hopefully, that issue will correct itself as the party season continues.
Mary Poppins signs autographs at this location. She is practically perfect in every way, as you might expect.
Leaving Main Street, USA, we’ll head toward Fantasyland. Normally, we’d take a right and continue to Tomorrowland. But there are no traditional character meets in Tomorrowland this year.
As we pass Fairytale Gardens, we’ll stop and meet Mirabel in the Encanto. Formerly, Merida met at this location. (Merida does not meet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. She was listed on the original party literature released by Disney–but it was supposed to say Mirabel.)
Mirabel had a long and confusing line. When we arrived, a cast member told us they weren’t sure if we could join the line. We could see that Mirabel was already meeting guests and was wearing a pretty holiday cape.
Eventually, someone allowed us to join the line. We then waited from 6:06 p.m. until 6:44 p.m. At first, the line was moving quickly. But not long after, we were at a standstill for approximately twenty minutes. Apparently, Mirabel had taken a break, which was fine. But it would have been nice if someone had addressed the guests waiting since it was much longer than the average character break.
Most characters, with a few exceptions, do not begin meeting until 7:00 p.m. So you may or may not see her meeting guests earlier. It was warm this evening, too. By the time we met her, she had removed her cape. It was so warm that I was surprised she had it on in the first place! But it would have made for a unique picture.
Alice and the White Rabbit
Past Mirabel’s meet-and-greet, you can see the Mad Tea Party attraction. Alice meets here with the White Rabbit. This meet is new to this year’s Christmas Party. Alice formerly met here with the Mad Hatter.
We got in line to meet Alice and the White Rabbit at 6:45 p.m. The pair weren’t arriving at the party until 7:00 p.m., but several guests had already formed a line. We met them at 7:13 p.m. By that time, a long line had formed, and I was glad we had gotten there early.
Alice signs autographs at this location. She enjoys talking about tea, her cat Dinah, the Cheshire cat, or anything else related to Wonderland. This was a fun meet, and while I missed seeing the Mad Hatter, it was refreshing to see a new face at this location.
Next, we have the Tweedles from Alice in Wonderland, who meet near Mad Tea Party. They are on the opposite side from Alice and the White Rabbit.
On this evening, the Tweedles didn’t come out until 7:35 p.m., which was a little late compared to the other meet-and-greets. This was a situation where everyone waiting was being told they would arrive any minute. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Most everyone ahead of us had given up and left by the time they arrived, over 20 minutes later.
Thankfully, we stayed and got a couple of fun photos. These two are a bit of a mess.
Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Winnie the Pooh and Friends meet at The Thotful Spot next to The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh ride during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Those friends include Tigger, Eeyore, and Piglet.
They usually begin meeting ahead of the party at 6:30 p.m. due to guest demand. This was one of the longest lines we saw this year. We skipped this line because we met them last year. But you can expect to wait an hour or longer to see them throughout most of the party.
These fun friends do not sign autographs. But a cast member attending the meet will provide an autograph card with their signatures.
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
Usually, the princesses from Princess Fairytale Hall meet at the location with their princes during the Christmas party. Unfortunately, Princess Fairytale Hall was closed on the first night of the party. The couples were meeting near the Fantasyland castle wall.
Hopefully, they will change things before your visit. It was extremely disorganized, and I would imagine there were many complaints about the setup, given what we experienced.
There are two places with spotlights set up for this meet-and-greet. They are along the wall that sits between the carousel and Enchanted Tales with Belle. It’s dark in this area, as you can probably imagine.
For whatever reason, they roped off two lines. One for Rapunzel and Flynn Rider with Cinderella and Prince Charming. The other line was for Snow White and The Prince with Aurora and Prince Philip. So when you arrived, the cast member would ask who you wanted to meet and then tell you which line to join.
We got in line for Cinderella and Prince Charming at 11:00 p.m. with about ten groups ahead of us. At approximately 11:05 p.m., they left, and everyone waiting was told they would return at 11:30 p.m. (25 minutes later!) Nearly everyone left! Thankfully, we didn’t wait long and left with minimal investment.
But guests ahead of us were furious. Some had been waiting a long time, many with small children who were crying because they wanted to meet the princesses. Last year, two princesses and princes were available at this location. The rest met at Princess Fairytale Hall, which was an excellent location that’s set up to handle meet-and-greets.
I’m sure they will probably get a better system in place for this meet-and-greet. But nobody really wants to stand in line for characters that swap out. Character lines are an investment of time. Many children will patiently wait for hours to meet that one character. So, to see them walk away and be told that they’ll be back nearly a half hour later is understandably frustrating.
Snow White and The Prince
Snow White and The Prince were part of the group that met along the castle wall. They met at this location last year.
Aurora and Prince Philip
We never got to meet Aurora and Prince Philip from Sleeping Beauty. But we ran into them leaving as the fireworks were beginning, and I grabbed a quick photo.
Cinderella and Prince Charming
Here is a photo of Cinderella and Prince Charming. Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to wait to meet them again this year.
Belle meets outside of Maurice’s cottage at Enchanted Tales with Belle. Depending on the weather, she might be inside the cottage. This meet will have long lines early on in the party. But they tend to diminish after the fireworks. This is the only location to meet Belle in her holiday dress.
Ariel and Prince Eric
Ariel and Prince Eric meet in front of Prince Eric’s Castle in New Fantasyland. Like Belle, they hold long lines early into the party. But this area tends to die down after the fireworks.
Donald Duck and Scrooge
Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck meet in the circus tent behind Dumbo, the Flying Elephant. They have a meet-and-greet toward the back of the play-while-you-wait area.
Last year, we waited an hour and a half for this meet-and-greet. It’s one of the longest lines at the party. This year, I got in line at 10:15 p.m. and met them at 10:50 p.m. So it was still a long line, even after the fireworks.
This is an excellent location because it’s what I call a two-for-one. You get to meet two sets of characters at the end of the line. After meeting Scrooge and Donald, I met with Daisy and Minnie.
Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck
Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck are after Scrooge and Donald. They are wearing their festive holiday dresses. Aren’t they adorable?
All of the characters at this location sign autographs. Additionally, PhotoPass photographers were available at every meet-and-greet during the party we attended, with one exception. Mickey Mouse has a photo box at his meet-and-greet.
Santa Goofy was meeting in the Calliope Tent toward the back of Storybook Circus. He was on break when we stopped by to meet him. Usually, he meets in front of The Barnstormer.
After waiting in line for over two hours to meet the Seven Dwarfs at the Halloween Party, I decided to approach things differently. So, as soon as the fireworks started, I headed for their meet-and-greet. No one was waiting!
However, I wouldn’t recommend missing the fireworks unless you don’t care for them. I didn’t want to miss them, but I will likely see them later in the season. I also didn’t want to wait another two hours to meet them–even though they are one of the best meet-and-greets.
The Seven Dwarfs meet inside Pete’s Silly Sideshow during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. They do not sign autographs, but a cast member will provide an autograph card. They were wearing a few holiday accessories!
Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen
Last year, Tiana and Prince Naveen met inside Princess Fairytale Hall. However, this year, they were relocated to the Liberty Square Riverboat’s dock. This was an okay location, and while the lighting was decent, it wasn’t necessarily the best for taking photos.
We got in line to meet them at 9:27 p.m. and met them at 9:45 p.m. So the wait wasn’t terrible. It is likely that Disney wanted these characters in this section of the park, with the new Tiana’s Bayou Adventure debuting next year.
You will likely see the Country Bears roaming Frontierland during the party. When I came through, the lighting in the area had a blue tint. I thought that was fitting, given the nature of the Country Bears.
Captain Jack Sparrow
Captain Jack Sparrow was meeting guests in Adventureland. We got in line for this meet-and-greet after the first parade had passed through Frontierland. During the parade, Adventureland was empty. But by the time we joined this line, the area had started to fill up again.
We got in line at 9:05 p.m. and met the pirate at 9:21 p.m. Captain Jack Sparrow signs autographs at this location, and a PhotoPass photographer was available.
Peter Pan is new to this year’s party. He was roaming Adventureland outside of the Pirates of the Caribbean area. From what I was told, he will remain a roaming character, which means he may or may not stop for guests. If you ask politely, he might pose for a photo. But if there’s a crowd, he probably won’t. So if you see him, say hi, but don’t worry if he’s on the move!
Stitch was meeting at the Enchanted Tiki Room in Adventureland. I was glad to see him at this location because he was not at the party last year. Moana used to meet here. But she now has traditional character meets in two of the parks. Stitch has become a bit of a rare find as of late.
He was wearing a tropical shirt and had a fun background with a tropical Merry Christmas greeting. I got in line to meet Stitch during the first parade. There was no wait!
Aladdin and Abu
Characters from Aladdin meet next to Agrabah Bazaar in Adventureland. This is directly across the walkway from the Magic Carpets. Like the Halloween Party, Aladdin and Abu rotate spots with Princess Jasmine and Genie.
There is no guarantee which characters you’ll meet when you get in this line. While you may see Aladdin and Abu meeting guests while you wait, their time could end. When that happens, Jasmine and Genie take their places. Here is a photo of Aladdin with Abu.
Princess Jasmine and Genie
When Aladdin and Abu take a break, Princess Jasmine and Genie meet with guests. Here is a photo of the pair.
Lastly, Santa Claus meets during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. He meets at the gazebo at Liberty Square behind Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. I came through to meet Santa before Tiana and Prince Naveen, and the line looked to be at least an hour long. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it back before the end of the party. But if you have the time, it’s a wonderful place to get a holiday photo. Here is a photo from last year.
Whew! That’s a lot of characters! At the end of the night, we met 13 of the 25 sets of characters at the party. We would have met a few more had there not been the issue with the princesses and princes. But when the cast member told us they would return 25 minutes later, we left. I wanted to watch the last parade come down Main Street since we’d missed the first one.
Hopefully, this guide will help you prioritize which characters you want to meet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Unfortunately, I don’t think it would be possible to meet every character in one night.
If you’re attending Jollywood Nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the holidays, we have a character guide for Jollywood Nights.
For more information about meeting characters at Disney World, you might enjoy one of our guides:
- Meet Characters at Magic Kingdom
- Epcot Characters List
- Meet-and-Greets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
What characters are you hoping to meet at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Do you have any questions this article didn’t answer about meeting characters at the party?