Imagine a cocktail party full of Hollywood glitz and glamour during the holiday season at Walt Disney World. That's what is in store at the new Disney Jollywood Nights party at Disney's Hollywood Studios this year. This after-hours event is perfect for a Disney date night especially if you love the Christmas and holiday season or you're a big Disney fan. After attending a special media event and multiple years spent going to Disney theme parks, we're sharing our expert tips for Disney Jollywood Nights so you can prepare for this new holiday event at Walt Disney World.
Tickets go on sale on July 6, 2023, and the party only lasts four hours, so you've got some planning to do! There are even two special cocktail parties during the event!
Keep reading for tips and details so you can make the most of this party, especially since it is bound to be a hit with Disney adults.
EXPERT TIPS FOR Disney Jollywood Nights
Since this is the first year Jollywood Nights is ever offered, you'll want to read on to know what to expect. We have all the details that you need to know and how to have a festive date night at this new holiday and Christmas party at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Jollywood Nights 2023 DATES AND INFO
Disney Jollywood Nights is a separately ticketed event from 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. on select nights Nov. 11-Dec. 20, 2023. This new glitzy Christmas party boasts entertainment offerings and experiences especially geared toward adults.
There are going to be multiple cocktail parties, specialty drinks and food, live entertainment, special character greetings, exclusive shows, and after-hours access to the most popular thrill rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Tickets may be purchased by all guests starting July 6 on the Walt Disney World website. Ticket prices will range from $159 – $179 per person.
What rides are open during Jollywood Nights?
The most thrilling rides of Disney's Hollywood Studios are open during Jollywood Nights.
After-hours access includes:
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance*
- and more….
Star Wars: Rise of Resistance will use virtual queue* during Disney Jollywood Nights.
What is there to do at Disney Jollywood Nights?
Besides the exclusive after-hours access to the rides, there will be a ton of new entertainment. Plus, there are multiple special Disney character greetings, including a designated area for fans of the 1990's Disney Afternoon cartoons like Chip n Dale's Rescue Rangers and more.
After reviewing what is being offered at Disney Jollywood Nights, keep reading to view our top 5 tips!
Jollywood Night Shows
- Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy will be very special guests at Theater of the Stars along with some of their Disney friends including Princess Tiana and Belle singing “As Long as There’s Christmas.”
- “What’s This: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-along” will transform the Hyperion Theater into a twistedly festive sing-along featuring “What’s This” and “Kidnapping Sandy Claus” songs.
- “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is the party’s finale jam-packed with music, fireworks, special effects and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.
Disney Jollywood Nights Zones
- As you enter the party a DJ spinning a mix of holiday tunes welcomes you.
- Commissary Lane comes to life with a lively Latin Street Fair.
- Echo Lake will be home to Powerline Max (Goofy’s son), as well as Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers, and Phineas and Ferb (!!!)
- Two limited-capacity entertainment experiences – a jazz lounge at The Hollywood Brown Derby and an other-worldly soiree at The Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard.
- Meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the rest of the iconic gang in Animation Courtyard on a hot set with holiday props.
- Frozone from The Incredibles makes a frosty environment along Pixar Place
Disney Jollywood Nights Top 5 Tips
Now that you know what to expect at Disney Jollywood Nights, let's cover our top 5 tips!
- Get there early
- Decide on your top 3 must-do experiences
- Dress up, but wear comfortable shoes
- Budget $40 – $50 per person on food and beverage
- Stay as late as possible
Get there early
There is no official word on this just yet, but ticketholders to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party can enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm, that's 3 hours before the official party start time. It stands to reason that Disney Jollywood Nights would offer something similar.
And even if you cannot enter Disney's Hollywood Studios until the party official starts at 8pm, it's a good idea to arrive at the parking lot by 7:00 pm so you have time to get through security and be there as the park opens to party goers.
With only four hours of party time, getting there early is key to making the most of it.
Decide on your top 3 must-do experiences
Reality check: it is going to be very difficult to do every single experience at Disney Jollywood Nights. There is a lot to do, and just four hours to do it in. However, with some planning and decision making, you can still have a star-studded affair.
Review the list of rides, shows, character greetings, and experiences being offered – it's all listed toward the top of this guide. Pick out 3-4 must-do experiences that you absolutely do not want to miss.
You and your date should communicate in advance about what you each want to see. Remember, it is going to be tough to do it all, so narrow it down to the things that you would most love to see. That way you can feel like you've gotten your money's worth.
Dress up, but wear comfortable shoes
With multiple cocktail and dance parties during Jollywood Nights, and all the glitz and glamour of the park, guests are encouraged to be festively dapper.
We can't wait to see what the two limited-capacity entertainment experiences are like. There will be a jazz lounge at The Hollywood Brown Derby and an other-worldly soiree at The Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard!
And while dressing the part will definitely add to the night, be sure your twinkle toes are comfy during all the walking around Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Budget $40 – $50 per person on food and beverage
Every special event at Disney World offers exclusive food and drinks. Disney Jollywood Nights looks to have a number of specialty Christmas cocktails as well as festive food.
So far we know there will be Spicy Korean Chicken on a Mini Funnel Cake, sweet delights including a colorful Christmas Tree Cookie Stack inspired by the iconic Echo Lake Christmas Tree, and classic cocktails and holiday beverages.
Usually, such specialty food runs about $7 – $9 per item and drinks are about $9 – $14.
Stay as late as possible
The evening ends with a spectacular. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” is the party’s finale jam-packed with music, fireworks, special effects, and dazzling state-of-the-art projections.
This nighttime show and finale takes place near the center of the park. And once it is done you can bet there will be a massive amount of people heading for the park exit. If you're not among the first ones out of the park, you're in for a long wait for transportation or to leave the parking lot.
So stick around and enjoy some moments in the park while everyone else rushes out. Find a bench and sit for a while. Soak up the festive music and savor the memories you've made. Of course, if any Disney Cast Members indicate it is time to depart then please follow their instructions. Have yourself a bunch of merry little memories!