On Veterans Day, my kids and I attended the first night of Disney Merriest Nites. This is a special after-hours event featuring 6 separate holiday parties. Tickets for this year are sold out, but if you were lucky enough to snag a ticket, here is what you can expect!
Reasons to Attend Disney Merriest Nites
Beyond the 6 holiday parties, there were also unique Disney character sitings, a Christmas Fantasy Parade, snowfall on Main Street, special themed photo ops, Disney PhotoPass included with your special pass, special themed menu items, live bands, dance parties, and special themed merchandise. The Disney Merriest hours are from 8 pm – 12 am. But these special event tickets allow you to enter the park as early as 5 pm.
As I mentioned, there are 6 uniquely themed parties with Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Miguel, Tiana, Elsa, Lilo, Stitch, Buzz Lightyear, and a special appearance by Santa Claus! If you attend the Disney Merriest Nites you can gain admission to the park starting at 5 pm and the event goes until Midnight. This was our first time being at Disneyland this late. We have stayed past sunset before, but my kids aren’t used to staying up this late! No, we didn’t make it until Midnight, but we definitely got our fill of all of the Disney magic.
If you’ve been to Disneyland, you know their parades are truly spectacular. The Christmas Fantasy Parade was no exception! Beyond the parties and the parade, we also spent time on some of our favorite rides. The majority of the rides we visited had very short lines – the longest was Space Moutain, which took us about 30 minutes. Haunted Mansion Holiday and Matterhorn Bobsleds are both open. Unfortunately, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is not available during the event.
With the special event ticket, you do have access to the Disney PhotoPass photographers. Plus, you can have unlimited downloads of all the photos taken during the event. If you’re a collector, you can also get really special Disney Merriest Nites -themed merchandise. There are also unique event-inspired menu items throughout the park.