Jollywood Nights at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida 2023 Guide

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For years, our family (and so many others!) have enjoyed attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, an annual nighttime holiday event held at Magic Kingdom.

And this year, in addition to the party, there’s also a brand new Christmas event at Walt Disney World!

Disney Jollywood Nights is a special holiday event that will take place on select nights in November and December at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park.

Today, we’re going to go over what to expect at Jollywood Nights, how to get tickets, and more!

When is Disney Jollywood Nights?

If you’d like to attend Disney Jollywood Nights this year, you can choose from 10 different nights.

Disney Jollywood Nights in November 2024

  • Saturday, November 9, 2024
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2024
  • Saturday, November 16, 2024
  • Monday, November 18, 2024
  • Saturday, November 23, 2024
  • Monday, November 25, 2024
  • Saturday, November 30, 2024

Disney Jollywood Nights in December 2024

  • Monday, December 2, 2024
  • Saturday, December 7, 2024
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2024
  • Saturday, December 14, 2024
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2024
  • Saturday, December 21, 2024

Each night, the event will be held from 7:30 PM to 12:30 AM.

Disney Jollywood Nights Tickets

Even though we know a lot about the upcoming 2024 Jollywood Night events, tickets are not on sale just yet.  But guests of select Disney World hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase their tickets early beginning July 2, 2024.  This is one of the perks of staying on-site; you can find other Disney World hotel perks here.

Everyone else can start purchasing tickets on July 10, 2024.

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Disney Jollywood Nights Shows & Entertainment

There are a number of special entertainment options that you’ll only find at Disney Jollywood Nights!

Disney Holidays in Hollywood

Showtimes: 8:45 PM, 9:45 PM, 10:45 PM, 11:45 PM

What do you get when you combine the elegance and splendor of vintage Hollywood TV specials, holiday magic, and a contemporary twist?

You get Disney Holidays in Hollywood!

This musical variety show, hosted by Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, takes place at Theater of the Stars. Along with singers, dancers, and live jazz musicians, the show features appearances by guests like Belle, Tiana, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Tiana will even be performing a brand new original song!

TIP: The last showing is a lot less crowded than the first.

What’s This? Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-Along

Showtimes: 8:30 PM, 9:30 PM, 10:30 PM, 11:30 PM

Let Jack Skellington take you on a dreamlike exploration of the cult classic movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. This special singalong takes place at The Hyperion Theater.

Holiday Fiesta en la Calle

A lively Latin Street Fair will take place on Commissary Lane. Dance to Latin beats performed by a live band. Take in the vibrant, colorful decor. And dine on modern takes on food and drinks inspired by Hollywood classics.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Showtime: 12:30 AM

If you’ve missed Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, you’re in luck – this nighttime firework and special effects show returns, but only for Disney Jollywood Nights. (Prior to 2020, the show was held at night in Hollywood Studios during the holiday season.)

And if you’ve never seen the show before, you’ll be able to see projections from Disney films on the side of the Chinese Theater, as well as fireworks, lasers, and lights. And of course, it’s all set to festive music!

Twilight Soirée

This glamorous, limited capacity soiree takes place at The Tip-Top Club in the Hollywood Tower Hotel courtyard. Sip on fancy cocktails as a live band performs jukebox style holiday tunes.

Jazzy Holidays

The Hollywood Brown Derby, a popular restaurant at the theme park, will be transformed into a smooth jazz lounge! Enjoy light bites and craft cocktails as well as holiday tunes, sparkling decor, and an upscale ambiance.

More Entertainment Options

  • On Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll find a holiday dance party, complete with a DJ.
  • You can find Powerline Max, Phineas and Ferb, and the Rescue Rangers themselves (Chip and Dale) at a nostalgic shindig at Echo Lake.

What Rides are Open During Disney Jollywood Nights?

During the nighttime event, you can ride some of the theme park’s attractions, such as:

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

If you’d like to ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, you’ll need to enter the virtual queue which will take place during the event.

Disney Jollywood Nights Food

You won’t want to miss out on delicious specialty food items, like:

  • A Christmas Tree Cookie Stack that draws its inspiration from the Christmas tree at Echo Lake
  • Spicy Korean Chicken on a Mini Funnel Cake
  • Holiday beverages
  • Classic cocktails
  • and more!

We go into all of the food drink options and menus in detail in our Jollywood Nights Food & Drink Guide.

Photo Opportunities at Disney Jollywood Nights

Do you love Disney character meet and greets? Want some memorable photos as souvenirs? There are several special photo ops at Disney Jollywood Nights.

  • Take advantage of two new Disney PhotoPass experiences and holiday themed Magic Shots (special effects added to your photos). And you’ll even get complimentary digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos at the event (make sure to register online first).
  • At Pixar Place, take photos with Edna Mode and Frozone.
  • You can have your picture taken with Powerline Max and/or Phineas and Ferb at Echo Lake.
  • At Mickey & Friends Holiday Greetings in Animation Courtyard, you’ll find a hot set with holiday props, perfect for some shots with Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and more. And read on to find out what they’ll be wearing!

Keep your eyes out for any other Disney characters who might be making an appearance at the party. For example, when we went, additional characters available for photos included Santa Duffy, Dopey, Snow White, and Pinocchio.

Disney Character Outfits

Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto plan to attend Jollywood Nights in style! They have brand new outfits with a fun vintage vibe. The soft reds and mint green colors were inspired by the colorful pastels of Christmas ornaments from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s.

Can’t wait until the event to see their snazzy attire? Here’s a sneak peek of their seasonal ensembles.

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Disney Jollywood Nights FAQ

Do you need a park ticket for Disney Jollywood Nights?

You do NOT need a park ticket for Disney Jollywood Nights. All you need is an event ticket – not a park ticket or park reservation. You only need a park ticket and park reservation if you want to enter Hollywood Studios earlier than 7:00 PM. (Remember, the party starts at 8:30 PM, but party guests can enter the park up to an hour and a half early.)

Should I enter the park early (at 7:00 PM) before the party?

While you don’t have to enter the park early, it’s a good idea to arrive before 8:30 PM. The entrance will be pretty crowded around 8:30 PM, so it’s a way to escape those crowds and long lines.

And if you don’t have tickets for any park on the same day as Jollywood Nights, then this is a nice way to enjoy some extra time for “free”. You can relax and enjoy the atmosphere, or maybe get some dinner in Hollywood Studios before the event begins.

I definitely recommend eating dinner beforehand so you don’t have to “waste” any event time on eating a full meal. But you might want to consider a light meal so you can save room for some of the delicious treats at Jollywood Nights!

More Christmas Ideas

If you’d like to celebrate Christmas in Orlando during the holiday season, the fun isn’t limited to Disney Jollywood Nights! Take a look at some other fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. And get ideas for some fun Disney Christmas merchandise to buy before your trip!

Orlando Christmas Ideas

The following are great ideas for other things to do and places to stay in Orlando, Florida during a Christmas season trip.

Disney Christmas Merch

Want to bring some Disney themed Christmas items on your vacation? These are some of our favorite merchandise options that are both Disney and Christmas themed. Order them before your trip so you can wear or use them in Orlando. You can also get some great deals, too!