Dinner Reservations after the park closes for MVMCP

We are going to Magic Kingdom on one of the nights it closes at 7:00 for the Christmas Party. I had dinner reservations scheduled at 7:25 and we are not staying for the Party. Does this mean I need to cancel our dinner reservations since they are after the park “closes” at 7:00?

Main Street USA decorated for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Doesn’t it just look beautiful? – Photo by Express Monorail

Dad’s no problems Answer

What a great question. I can see where this could be a big problem, but, as you’ll see, it’s not. First and foremost don’t cancel anything. Sit back and Dad will “splain” it all to you pronto.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party (along with Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party are both special ticketed events. The Magic Kingdom will close at 7:00 pm on the nights the Parties are held.

PS. We absolutely love going to the Parties. There is nothing better than watching it snow on Main Street. What an absolute joy. You’re gonna love it.

Dads’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party page

So what does it means when it says the park “closes”? Most nights, when the Magic Kingdom closes people mill about for a while looking in the souvenir stores. (Disney leaves them open for about an hour after closing time most nights just so you can spend more money.) It’s a little different on Party nights because the park doesn’t really close.

On Party nights, guests with Party tickets will have wristbands. Disney Cast Members stand at the entrances to the lands and verify that you have your wristband as you walk around. If you don’t they’ll ask you to exit the park. (I think they check on each of the rides, but I never actually saw anyone checking.)

If you have a dinner reservation at one of the restaurants after the party begins but don’t have a wristband it’s no problem. If a Cast Member asks you, just tell them about your reservation. They’ll probably help you get to your restaurant. (Disney likes it when you spend money at the restaurants.)

After you’re meal you’ll probably be able to browse Main Street without anyone saying anything. Depending on the timing, you might even catch a parade of fireworks show. That would be “terrible”.

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Dad’s Bottom Line

Like I said, no problem with a 7:25 reservation. Relax, have fun, and enjoy!

Comments for

Oct 23, 2018 Not this year.
by: TBlais

Nope. Nope. Nope. Just got off the dine line. Wanted a 6:20 Liberty Tree resi on December 4th. She asked if we had Very Merry Christmas party tickets, otherwise that’s a hard NO. While it’s not considered Christmas Party dining, the 6-7 bookings are NOT available to non party guests.

Sep 06, 2018 Reservations During Evening EMHs
by: Mary Alice

We will be in the park on a Wednesday later this month when the park closes at 9 pm. We snagged a Be Our Guest dinner reservation for 9:15. They are having Extra Magic Hours until 11 pm that night. Would we be able to hang out in the park after dinner and/or ride any rides or will we be kicked out after dinner?

It depends on where you are staying

If you are a Disney Resort Guest that is eligible for Extra Magic Hours then you’ll be able to stay. If you are not, you’ll have to make your way out.

Aug 29, 2018 dinner reservations
by: Anonymous

We’ve never been to disney when doing dinner reservations a must for us was Be Our Guest but was not available for any day or time we are set to be there.

When we decided to do the christmas party on the 16th when i went to find dinner reservations in general for mk by luck there was an opening at 7:55pm at bog so i snagged it, should i cancel so we don’t miss anything at the christmas party or keep it, I saw we can actually plan out meal ahead of time.

Dad Answers

That’s a tough one to answer. How important is dining at Be Our Guest?

That’s actually a good time for a Be Our Guest reservation. The fireworks will probably be at 9:30 or later and the second parade will be after that. I think you’ll be able to see all the shows and parades and eat at Be Our Guest.

On the other hand, you are going to spend at least an hour (probably more) eating a meal during the party. Not sure it’s the best use of money, but if Be Our Guest is a once in a lifetime thing then yes, do Be Our Guest.

May 25, 2018 Not true
by: Anonymous

I called customer service and was advised I would need a party ticket for my 6:10 reservation at magic kingdom because the park closes at 6 and the party starts at 7.

Nov 25, 2015 staying in the park
by: Anonymous

If you have annual premium pass and you are at the park before 4pm can you still stay in the park without getting a MVMCP pass?

Dad Answers

No, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special ticketed event for everyone. You must have a ticket to attend. Even Premium Annual Passes won’t get you in.

Aug 25, 2013 Party and chef mickey’s?
by: Ann-Marie

I’m wanting to go to the christmas party but I have a reservation at Chef Mickey’s at 17:50. Do you think I can do both or am I going to have to choose just one?

Dad’s Answer

Ann-Marie, you can do both. I assume you’re talking 5:50 local time. The gates to the Magic Kingdom actually stay open until just a little while before the park closes at midnight. So no problem getting in.

You should be through with your meal around 7:00 (19:00) then hop the monorail over to the park. It’ll be fun.

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