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No Very Merriest events are sold out. Are people fed up with Disney’s high prices?

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No Very Merriest events are sold out. Are people fed up with Disney's high prices?
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Very Merriest still has availability for ALL event dates. Are people finally fed up with Disney’s high prices?

Very Merriest

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Twinkling lights, snow on Main Street, and very low waits! Disney is debuting a brand new event this Christmas season.

The event will take place on 24 select nights Nov. 8 through Dec. 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year’s holiday celebration is truly once in a lifetime, coinciding with the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary.

Event dates are:

November: 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30

December: 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21

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Not only will we have Christmas parades and fireworks, but we will also have the usual After Hours offerings like low wait times and free snacks. You can read all about what to expect at Very Merriest HERE.

Christmas vs Halloween ticket sales

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If you have been following along with us for the last couple months, you know how hard it was to get Boo Bash tickets. Onsite Guests did have a head start as long as they were willing to wait hours on the phone to try to get tickets.

Halloween night sold out that same day along with two more dates the following day. When general sales opened a few days later, six (6!) dates had already sold out.

Many complained about the cost of the Halloween After Hours event, but Very Merriest said “hold my Mickey ears.”

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Compared to Boo Bash, Very Merriest ticket pricing is approximately $50 more per person. Tickets for Boo Bash begin at $130 and go up to $200 for Halloween night. Very Merriest tickets start at $170 and go up to $250 for the nights leading up to Christmas.

Additionally, there are more events offering an Annual Passholder discount for Boo Bash. Very Merriest only has a couple nights where Annual Passholders can save $10.

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The one thing Very Merriest has going for it is the actual event offerings. There will be a Christmas parade and fireworks along with the regular Disney Enchantment fireworks. Boo Bash only has Happily Ever After/Disney Enchantment.

Boo Bash is essentially a paid version of what we got for free last year.

It makes sense that Very Merriest would be more expensive than Boo Bash. However, there are still no sold out dates yet! Onsite guests were able to book online on August 17, and general ticket sales began on August 20. It is now August 27 and all dates still have availability.

What gives?

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So how did Boo Bash sell out and Very Merriest still have all dates available?

Popular dates like Thanksgiving weekend and the days leading up to Christmas are not hosting events. Those would seem like the first dates that would sell out because those are historically busy times. And since there are no events taking place on those evenings, the less busy events won’t fill up as quickly. I do find it strange that even opening night isn’t sold out. That’s usually when Disney media and bloggers attend like our own Kenny the Pirate.

Is Disney increasing capacity for these events? Despite Disney adding more nights for Boo Bash, all nights are officially sold out. Many have been sold out for a month or longer!

Disney promises low waits for these After Hours events. It’s part of what separates After Hours from holiday parties. I don’t think they can get away with selling a huge number of tickets and still promise those low waits.

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Several of you commented on our Kenny the Pirate Facebook page that the pricing was way too steep for your family. I know I was doing some quick math myself and was shocked at how much it was going to cost my family of 6 to attend. I was even messing with more math trying to figure out if I should cut out a few table-service meals to offset the cost.

Here’s the bottom line: Disney is not cheap. For many, it takes years of planning and saving to visit. For those of us with trips planned this Christmas season, it may be difficult to squeeze Very Merriest into the budget.

Some may be forced to choose between Very Merriest and a few table service meals. Or maybe you would have to downgrade your hotel to afford the event. Many are simply putting their feet down and saying, “No, Disney, I refuse to pay this price for 4 hours in the park.”

We will continue to watch and see when/if these events begin to sell out.

Are you visiting Disney World during the Christmas season? Are you planning to attend a Very Merriest event or will you be sitting it out? Share your reasons with us in the comments below or on Facebook.




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11 COMMENTS

  1. I think the people who are running WDW should be ashamed of themselves. Just because you know some people will pay the higher prices ( special holiday events, paid fast passes, no dining plan, no magical express, should I go on) does not mean you should. Some children and adults will NEVER get to experience WDW because of this. Bob Chapek and crew need to go and someone who can relate to PEOPLE and their struggles needs to take over.

  2. Totally agree. I am an AP holder and DVC member and am rethinking the value of of my DVC membership as everything else has gotten so expensive. They don’t just hit you in one place but in tickets, food, pay to ride a ride without waiting forever and I have gone to the Christmas parties in the past but this is just insane. I won’t be going, even with a DVC discount.

  3. Gee, ya think?
    Let’s see, charge for everything that was a perk before. The Magical Express, Fast Passes, plus paying more for less at their after hour events, etc. And the constant all most daily price increases. I can easily afford to go to Disney but just the thought of being screwedover just because Disney can, Makes me feel like I’m throughing my money away.
    I’m surprised anyone is going to Disney.

  4. May be Disney’s plan is going to work for them…. The sad truth is they are a business…. Yes more and more people refuse to pay those prices but there are plenty more whom will… If Disney can get more money from some, get the same amount of money, AND have less people in the park you bet your bottom dollar they will do it!! Starting to think this is Disney’s master design….for out family it takes me at the very least two years to save for a vacation… Even with that I can not see spending an additional $650 to over $1000 more for four hours in the park… Now add the additional cost to ride the rides may just bring us over the edge….

  5. Are people getting fed up with Disney prices, you ask? In a word: YES.

    They introduced Genie and the genie plus and extra fees about 4 days after we renewed our Disney Platinum passes. Had I known at the time this was happening I would not have renewed. It infuriates me that I have paid so much money to now have to pay again on top of that to ride rides (nope, not gonna do it). Nor will I pay for extra ticketed events nor will I renew next year. The cash grab is ridiculous. I’ll find better ways to spend my hard earned money.

    My husband takes it a step further and says once we get rid of Disney passes, why keep DVC? Why indeed? Let some other sucker buy our contracts and get nickeled and dimed to death.

  6. Well be careful what you wish for disney…..you want lower crowds? This is the way to do it…….we have always gone to the Christmas party and while we have the financial ability to us these tickets I have to say I am done being hosed by disney.

  7. I think the pricing for the Very Merriest Party is quite outrageous. I have attended may Very Merriest Christmas parties in the past, but I don’t think I will dish out the $170. it really is a bit on the ridiculousside.

  8. I have a love hate relationship with Disney right now. It’s seems that the Disney corporation has almost an arrogance about what families are willing to pay for events and vacations. I wonder how many families who visited Disney thus far this year relied on stimulus payments, tax rebates, etc. just to enjoy a Disney vacation? Extra money is drying up as well as the perks for staying on property. The magic is leaving and I’m sure many loyal families will be too as the costs are soaring. It’s certainly a good time to shop for vacations elsewhere because the value is drastically decreasing. Disney is really pricing themselves out of the middle class family vacation market. And, what makes this even worse is that they are doing this during a global pandemic where we all have experienced some difficulties in one way or another. And Amen to what Melanie said!

  9. I’m with Melanie. Taking my family to this costs more than 4 nights at a nice hotel in Newport Beach. Ridiculous. We won’t be going to Disney World until they’re offering character meet and greets, and some of the events/shows/etc that were offered pre 2020. If we have to wait awhile, fine. Plenty of other places to go. Disney is less magical and way more expensive. Over it.

  10. I’m fed up with a LOT of things regarding Disney right now. I had a trip planned for January and have already cancelled it. I’m mad about fast passes and Genie. I’m disgusted at the rising costs. There are other things that I won’t get into right now. I don’t think that Bob Chapek cares a hoot about families trying to plan vacations for their family. He won’t care until it hits him in the pocketbook! There are still experiences that aren’t available and don’t appear they will be any time soon – including the 50th anniversary. One thing I’m specifically talking about is character meets. I’ve decided to save my money and find another place to visit for vacation. For the amount of money it costs to go to WDW, I can plan something else really nice. To HECK with Disney!!

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