They’ve decked the halls and baked a bushel of festive treats — now it’s time for Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at the 2022 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. After being absent in 2020 during the COVID-19 restrictions, the parade returned (and was the first parade to return) to Walt Disney World last year.
Guests with tickets to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party can catch the parade nightly at 8:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. At this time, no daytime performances of the parade have been announced.
This parade is not the same as the one filmed for the Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Parade broadcast on ABC each year. The version of the parade we saw earlier this season was modified due to inclement weather.
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade 2022
You can watch the video above or read on for descriptions and photos!
Plenty of Disney pals like Daisy, Donald, Ariel, Peter Pan, Pluto, Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, and Alice lead off the parade.
Mickey and Minnie lead the parade on a very festive float. The base is decorated with snowflakes against sparkling silver and blue backgrounds. A tall Christmas tree topped with a bright star is behind the couple, who are in their Christmas finest. Mickey has a three-piece suit with white pants and a green jacket. Minnie has a white jacket over a red skirt and bright red shoes.
Skiiers ride along the route, who are followed by Olaf in front of a gingerbread house.
Vanellope von Schweetz drives along the route in a gingerbread race car, presumably looking for the way back to Sugar Rush before the arcade opens! Wreck-It Ralph follows in front of a little gingerbread house with neon hearts on the roof.
Clarabelle Cow is baking up a storm. Her float resembles a cozy kitchen. Cookie cutters hang from the top while all sorts of baked goods, sweets, and ingredients can be spotted. She’s is in a festive red dress with an apron and bright green shoes.
Goofy pedals a bike to drive the float. A peppermint is on the front while a giant gumball machine is perched on the back.
Snow White found herself on the gazebo float with her prince this year.
The horse-drawn carriage of Cinderella followed, with real horses at the helm!
Just behind them was a royal float of princesses, appropriately on the well-worn castle float, including Tiana, Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle, and Jasmine.
The toys of Christmas had their own unit, with teddy bears and elves prancing down the route.
The new addition to the “Toy Story” unit this year is the Green Army Men, who march orderly down the street.
There’s a festive Jeep right behind them covered in garland and oversized lights.
Dancers holding Pixar balls follow close behind.
The Toy Story gang (even Forky!) are here to spread Christmas cheer. Woody, Bo Peep, and Bullseye are atop a tower of blocks.
The march of the Toy Soldiers is always a hit.
A giant lighted present heralds the beginning of the end of the parade.
The reindeer dancers are another crowd favorite.
Finally, he’s here! Santa Claus rides in on his cherry-red sleigh. The float is covered in “snow” with large lit snowflakes.
The parade debuted in 2007 as a replacement for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade. Check out our video of the parade from 2009 to see how it has changed throughout the years, as well as our video of Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade in 2006, the final year of its performance.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a separately ticketed event taking place on select nights from November 8 through December 22.
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