Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours Holiday Event Dates and Pricing– Is Disney Going Too Far?

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We reported yesterday that Mickey’s Very Merriest After Hours event was announced along with Mickey’s Very Gouging prices.  Now we have a look at the the dates and the pricing.
Disney is going full Scrooge by only making eight of the days discountable for Annual Passholders (AP) and Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members.

It’s also worth noting that there is no reduced price for a child ticket and only the first eight nights allow a DVC/AP discount!

Here are the dates and prices:

  • Monday, November 8 – $189 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $179
  • Tuesday, November 9 – $169 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $159
  • Thursday, November – 11 $169 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $159
  • Friday, November 12 -$189 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $179
  • Sunday, November 14 – $189 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $179
  • Tuesday, November 16 – $169 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $159
  • Thursday, November 18 – $169 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $159
  • Friday, November 19 -$189 / DVC/AP Discounted ticket $179

Now the discounts end and the price hike begins!

  • Sunday, November 21 – $229
  • Tuesday, November 23 – $229
  • Sunday, November 28 – $209
  • Tuesday, November 30 – $209
  • Thursday, December 2 – $209
  • Friday, December 3 – $229
  • Sunday, December 5 – $209
  • Tuesday, December 7 – $209
  • Thursday, December 9 – $209
  • Friday, December 10 – $229
  • Sunday, December 12 – $209
  • Tuesday, December 14- $209
  • Thursday, December 16 – $209
  • Friday, December 17 – $229
  • Sunday, December 19 – $249
  • Monday, December 21 – $249

The most common price is $209 (plus tax which makes it over $220.) That adds up if you have more than one person. Even at the cheapest rate with discount, after tax it’s about $170. If you have a family of four you are looking at over $675 for one four hour event without buying treats or merchandise.

The $229 per night, after tax makes it around $243 per person/ per night. A family of four is looking at about $975 for the event. One night for a few hours.

On the last two nights at $249, after tax it will be about $265 per person/ per ticket. So a family of four is looking at around $1,060!

To compare here were the original 2020 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party prices that were listed before it was cancelled:

  • November 8, 2020: $119 adults, $114 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 9, 2020: $105 adults, $100 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 12, 2020: $110 adults, $105 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 13, 2020: $110 adults, $105 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 16, 2020: $105 adults, $100 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 17, 2020: $110 adults, $105 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 19, 2020:  $105 adults, $100 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 20, 2020: $115 adults, $110 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 22, 2020: $129 adults, $124 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 24, 2020:  $129 adults, $124 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 29, 2020; $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9)
  • November 30, 2020:  $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9
  • December 3, 2020: $119 adults, $114 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 4, 2020; $129 adults, $124 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 6, 2020: $119 adults, $114 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 8, 2020: $119 adults, $114 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 10, 2020: $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 11, 2020: $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 13, 2020: $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 15, 2020: $125 adults, $120 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 17, 2020: $139 adults $134 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 18, 2020: $149 adults, $144 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 20, 2020: $149 adults $144 children (ages 3-9)
  • December 22, 2020: $155 adults $150 children (ages 3-9)

Of course a “Party” event means more people, but it’s basically the same offerings.
November 8 opening night for 2020 was set to be $119 and now it’s $189!

December 22 was set at $155 for adults and $5 off for kids and now it’s $249 across the board.

Discounts for AP/ DVC were given all days except the last two nights.

Let’s Compare 2020 to 2021

The lowest cost for general adults was $105 compared to $169. Even after tax it was around $111 then to about $180 now.  That’s about $70 more after taxes!

The highest night for general adults was $155 then and $249 now. After taxes it’s roughly $165 then to $265 now. It’s $100 more per PERSON this year for those nights.

In 2020, if a family of 4 went the least expensive night it could cost them around (with 4 adults) $660 and now it costs them $1060. That’s $400 more for basically the same thing with a some lower capacity.

Then we have the rumors about the Genie App that will start giving Standby passes just to get into a Standby line and all kinds of ways you can pay even more to get what was a free FastPass or instant access. It’s getting ridiculous.

Disney, what are you doing?

The entire purpose of what Walt Disney started Disneyland for is completely LOST on the current leadership at the Walt Disney Company. Sure you can make the same amount of money with fewer guests, but most people with money will go to real Europe and not the World Showcase.

You are turning off your core customer base at an alarming rate. Pushing for exlusive and elite clientele  seems to be the antithesis of the “inclusivity” you keep trying to say you are aspiring to. Maybe you should take those priveledge tests you wanted Cast Members to take and try to grasp the reality most people are facing.

Your executives complained about having to take a pay cut while Cast Members were making nothing and starting their own food pantry to try and help each other.

This is the same company that promised all kinds of immersion for everyone at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and didn’t do most of it. Instead opting to put those promises into a ridiculously overpriced Star Wars hotel where people can pay thousands of dollars for two nights.

The same company that charged people $75 per person to visit Disneyland before it opened for the privilege of shopping and dining.  Disney literally charged people to be able to get in a shop and see some characters from a distance, as all attractions were closed. Just prior to this “event” people already could shop on Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure for free.

Then the Walt Disney Company had the audacity to say that Scarlett Johansson’s lawsuit was “especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

I think Disney needs to re-evaluate what message they are sending. They are quickly losing their “Family Choice” and “Disney Difference” branding they spend decades chasing.

Sources: A friend, Kenny the Pirate,



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