Disney Jollywood Nights Red Carpet Preview Event

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 opening night itself, we're sharing our expert tips for Disney Jollywood Nights so you can prepare for this new holiday event at Walt Disney World.

The party only lasts four hours, so you've got some planning to do!

Disney Jollywood Nights Map - provided by Walt Disney World Media Relations
Concept Map for Disney Jollywood Nights Event (DISNEY)

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.

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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.

Disney Jollywood Nights Ollie Gingerbread Character on Train
Jollywood Nights Ollie Gingerbread Character on Train – image by Dani Meyering

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 multiple mini-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.

Christmas Cocktails and Mocktails at Disney Jollywood Nights Preview
Christmas Cocktails and Mocktails at Disney Jollywood Nights Preview (Dani Meyering)

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.

Disney Jollywood Nights Schedule

  • Event ticket holders can enter around 7:30pm, guests lined up around 6pm waiting to get in
  • Day time ticket holders can get wristband and credentials inside the park, starting around 6pm
  • Party officially starts at 8:30pm
  • What's This Nightmare Before Christmas Sing Along Show: 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm
  • Disney Holidays in Hollywood: 8:45pm, 9:45pm, 10:45pm, 11:45pm
  • Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Fireworks and Projection Show: 12:30pm
two performers on stage for Opening Song Nightmare Before Christmas Sing Along Disney Jollywood Nights
Opening Song Nightmare Before Christmas Sing Along – image by Dani Meyering

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
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
  • Rock N’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
  • Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance*

Star Wars: Rise of Resistance will use virtual queue* during Disney Jollywood Nights.

Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Star Wars Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios at night

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 star in “Disney Holidays in Hollywood” 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.
performers in festive costumes during Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show Opening Song
Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show Opening Song – image by Dani Meyering

“Disney Holidays in Hollywood” Show

Absolute hit of the event! This is a wonderful production, the cast is amazing! The appearances of Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy are short, but they act as your hosts for this show. The singing and dancing are fantastic, and Mickey and Minnie have quite the musical number towards the end of the show.

Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show Piggy and Kermit  on stage
Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show Piggy and Kermit – image by Dani Meyering

The lines for this show are some of the longest of the night. If it is on your must-do list then make time for it – perhaps the 10:45pm or 11:45pm show. Or, alternatively, get there as early as possible say by 7:30pm if you can for the 8:45pm show.

mickey mouse on stage dancing in Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show Mickey Mouse Jollywood Nights
Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show – image by Dani Meyering

“What’s This: Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas Sing-along” 

This show is a must do for anyone who is a fan of “Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas”. However, the point of this production is to highlight some of the favorite songs in the movie. Do not wait more than 15 minutes in advance for this show, otherwise, you may be let down.

The production is great. The theater is transformed and has special lighting. It truly feels like a celebration of Tim Burton culture. There's some puppetry too.

Jack Skelington Puppet Nightmare Before Christmas Sing Along – image by Dani Meyering

You might even be able to get away with walking into the theater five minutes before showtime. Your seat will be far back, but being up close isn't necessary for this show.

PRO-TIP: Be sure to look at the TV on the stage after the end of the show. The actual movie credits play on the little screen.

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
Phineas and Ferb Characters at Jollywood Nights Preview Event
Phineas and Ferb Characters at Jollywood Nights Preview Event (Dani Meyering)

Lines for Phineas and Ferb, and Powerline Max were the longest character greeting lines of Jollywood Nights. During opening night we decided not to worry about this experience.

Disney Jollywood Nights Top 5 Tips

Now that you know what to expect at Disney Jollywood Nights, let's cover our top 5 tips!

  1. Get there early
  2. Decide on your top 3 must-do experiences
  3. Dress up, but wear comfortable shoes
  4. Budget $50 – $60 per person on food and beverage
  5. Stay as late as possible

We're attending the first night of this Christmas party at Hollywood Studios, so stay tuned for even more insider tips.

Get there early

Ticketholders to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party can enter Magic Kingdom at 4pm, that's 3 hours before the official party start time. Sadly that is NOT the case with Disney Jollywood Nights.

Arrive at the parking lot by 5:30 pm so you have time to get through security and be there as the park opens to party goers. Party event ticket holders can enter around 7:30pm with the event officially beginning at 8:30pm.

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.

Jazzy Holidays at Brown Derby Sign at Jollywood Nights
Jazzy Holidays at Brown Derby Sign at Jollywood Nights – image by Dani Meyering

Reality Check. The jazz lounge at The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant and outdoor lounge reached capacity quickly. And you MUST be very near Brown Derby to get on the wait list using the Disney app.

The “other-worldly soiree” at The Hollywood Tower Hotel Courtyard had a live jazz band and one cocktail stand. It was not as elaborate as I had imagined.

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.

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. It absolute enhanced the night seeing everyone dressed up. I managed to have a cute red dress with festive stockings and festive flat shoes. It worked wonderfully and I felt involved in the festive fun.

Fellow guests dressed up very nicely, but plenty were dressed “merry casual.”

Disney Jollywood Nights Piggy and Kermit Magic Shot by Disney PhotoPass
Disney Jollywood Nights Piggy and Kermit Magic Shot by Disney PhotoPass

Budget $50 – $60 per person on food and beverage

Every special event at Disney World offers exclusive food and drinks. Disney Jollywood Nights offers lots of specialty Christmas cocktails as well as festive food. The lines for food and drink were quite long on opening night, so do NOT arrive hungry.

Turkey Popover Sides Popover Kermit Banana Shake PB & J Donut at Fairfax Fare during Disney Jollywood Nights
Turkey Popover Sides Popover Kermit Banana Shake PB & J Donut at Fairfax Fare – image by Dani Meyering

The Turkey Popover at Fairfax Fare is a must order! It hit the spot! The Sides Popover was also good, but between the two the Turkey Popover is the winner. The doughnut and the shake were overly sweet for my taste.

Usually, such specialty food runs about $7 – $9 per item and drinks are about $9 – $14.

Sugar Cookie Martini and Gingerbread Spritzer No-Proof at Disney Jollywood Nights - image by Dani Meyering
Sugar Cookie Martini and Gingerbread Spritzer No-Proof – image by Dani Meyering

The Sugar Cookie Martini was one of the hits of the night! It can be Sunshine Day Bar on Sunset Boulevard across from the Disney Holidays in Hollywood Show.

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!