Two Hard-Ticket Holiday Events at Disney World – Competition or No?

Two Hard-Ticket Holiday Events at Disney World - Competition or No? mnsshp-jollywood-feature

With last week’s announcement of Disney Jollywood Nights, I thought it might be interesting to hear what our readers think about this new hard-ticketed event potentially creating some competition with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I’ll share my thoughts here, and I’d love it if you’d share yours in the comments!

Tickets are on sale for all guests now for Disney Jollywood Nights and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party!

These two events sound so different in vibe and general nature that I personally don’t think they’re going to compete with each other at all. In fact, if I were planning a vacation to Walt Disney World this holiday season, I would want to attend both parties, which would be totally doable because Jollywood Nights is being held on dates that don’t coincide with Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Of course, that would be a pricey proposition as these special events are by no means inexpensive at over $159 per person at the lowest, depending on the date.

The thing is, I’ve always been a massive fan of Disney’s hard-ticketed events. They always provide me with a hefty dose of everything that Disney does so well, and the unique entertainment and merch only available during those events is the cherry on top for me. The fact that Disney allows ticketholders to enter the park a couple of hours before the start of the event makes it so we can hang out by the pool during the day (there are still HOT days in November and December in Central Florida) and even get a nap in.

Two Hard-Ticket Holiday Events at Disney World - Competition or No? Pop-Century-Resort-Pools-011

Disney’s announcement about Jollywood Nights encourages guests to dress up in their “holiday glam best or festive flair,” as the party is described as having a nostalgic flair with glitz and glam galore. When I first read about the event, it reminded me of dining in 1923, a lovely vintage-style restaurant aboard the Disney Wish. On the night I was there, many guests donned 1920s clothing like fringe flapper dresses and whatnot. It was super cute, and I’d love to see guests in this attire at a holiday party inside Hollywood Studios. How fun!

I also have to mention that the holiday décor at this park is among some of my absolute favorite in all of Walt Disney World. There are so many new experiences to be had at this event as well, with The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along, the “other-worldly soiree,” Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy hosting a live show, and so much more. You can read even more details about the event HERE.

With Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I feel like the vibe is more of an ugly sweater event or even a holiday spirit jersey, more of a classic holiday style, which I also love. This is the party where all the holiday Mickey ear headbands and Mickey Santa hats come out. Attendees are treated to classic Christmas songs in Magic Kingdom, while the music at Jollywood Nights will be “modern beats over classic holiday songs.” I love all things Christmas, in pretty much whatever style it is delivered, and I don’t require much convincing if I’m being frank. I love it ALL! Even with the Cinderella Castle Dreamlights seemingly gone, I still think the party is a must-do.

Tickets for both events go on sale to guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green on June 29 and for all guests on July 6, 2023.

So, what say you? Do you think these two events are going to compete with each other? Will you be attending one or both? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Senior Editor for the DIS and DCL Fan | Disney Vacation Club Member | Thrilled to have been a '13/'14 Disney Parks Moms Panelist (now planDisney) | Lover of all things Disney; the Magic of Disneyland, Walt Disney World, and Disney Cruise Line | ºoº


Our agents will assist you in booking the perfect Disney getaway, all at no extra cost to you. Get the most out of your dream vacation by letting us assist you with dining and park reservations, provide expert advice, answer any questions, and continuously search for discounts to ensure you get the best deal possible.