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Santa's reindeer during Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Disneyland Offers Special Perks For “Disney Merriest Nites” Ticketholders

There’s been plenty of autumnal or Halloween festivities going on at Disneyland Resort in the past several weeks, but now that Halloween is this weekend, it’s time to ring in the holiday season! On November 12th a brand-new “after-hours event” called Disney Merriest Nites will begin. This event will happen “on select nights during November and December”, and Disneyland Resort’s Public Relations Director Kelsey Lynch took to the Disney Parks Blog to share some tips on how to maximize your Disney holiday experience.

Apparently a ticket to Disney Merriest Nites will actually give ticketholders “access to Disneyland Park beginning at 5 p.m. on event nights, three hours before the event officially begins”! Kelsey emphasized that Disney Guests should definitely “take advantage of the mix-in time before the party starts at 8 p.m.” The fact that you’ll get to enjoy the Park in the late afternoon as well as the evening seems like a big bonus!

Once the sun sets and the wintry chill sets in, it will be time to party. Apparently ticketholders will get to enjoy not one holiday party, but six–and all with different, completely unique holiday themes! To start off the night, head to Main Street U.S.A for a “Victorian-themed party” that will be hosted by Mickey Mouse and the Muppets. We love the idea of this traditional Charles Dickens Christmas celebration, and the fact that Christmas carols are included! Once you’ve had enough Muppet mischief, stop by Frontierland’s Feliz Navidad Party for a lively fiesta with Coco’s main protagonist Miguel.

  • Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

If sampling some of the Mickey-shaped Baton Rouge beignets in the French Quarter of Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans made you long for more beignets right away, you’ll be ecstatic to dig in at the New Orleans holiday party taking place in New Orleans Square, which will feature Princess Tiana and “a holiday jazz cruise on the Mark Twain Riverboat”. Heat things up after the cruise by joining Lilo and Stitch for a tropical party in Adventureland, too!

Princess Tiana. Credit: Disney

  • Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

After swinging by the tropics, cool things down with a wondrous “Frozen”-Themed Party hosted by Elsa and her friends. This festive occasion is occurring in Fantasyland, which seems appropriate. The Frozen Flurry from Red Rose Taverne will definitely be a good beverage to sip on during this particular party! You can then keep the holiday cheer going with Buzz Lightyear and a live DJ in Tomorrowland. While you’re at these wonderful parties, don’t forget to do lots of dining — and to “take advantage of mobile food ordering on the Disneyland app” in advance! We’ve got some of the menu highlights below.

As if six parties, lots of delicious limited-edition holiday food, and hours of extra time in Disneyland weren’t enough perks, ticketholders will also have “access to unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads from [their] Disney Merriest Nites experience”. Suggested photo locations are Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle and the Christmas tree on Main Street, U.S.A. There will also be unique backdrops for photos, found only at the six celebrations. In addition, Disney Merriest Nites Guests will get to “ride select attractions in Disneyland Park with less time waiting in line”. Haunted Mansion Holiday and It’s A Small World Holiday will both be included, and there will also be “a special nighttime viewing of “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at 9:30 p.m.”

Disney Merriest Nites at Disneyland. Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Do you already have your tickets for Disney Merriest Nites? Which aspect of the event are you most excited about?

About Sharon

Sharon is from New England. She's a writer, animal lover, and, of course, a Disney Fanatic! Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures.