Walt Disney World has a brand-new holiday party ... and it's one that is geared toward adults.
Many Disney fans already return year after year to the Magic Kingdom for the beloved Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, where hot cocoa and characters are plentiful, but this year, Disney World has introduced a new event: Jollywood Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Disney's Jollywood Nights is brand new for 2023 and will be held for just 10 evenings this year. It's uniquely targeted toward Disney adults and marketed as a swanky holiday soiree. There are holiday specialty foods, live entertainment and character meet-and-greets you can only find here. It also happens to be one of Disney World's most expensive party offerings.
I attended the inaugural evening of the new Jollywood Nights party. Here's what it was like, plus everything you need to know if you want to go.
This celebration is intended to be a throwback to old-school Hollywood — and attendees are encouraged (though not required) to dress the part. It features plenty of 1950s holiday glam, two specialty stage shows performed four times a night, fireworks, unique holiday character meetings, limited-time lounges and street entertainment.
The event will be hosted on select nights through Dec. 20, 2023. Just like Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, this is a separately ticketed event. Prices range from $159 to $179 per ticket, plus tax. The official party time is 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with mix-in (that's Disney-speak for when you are allowed to enter the park with some day guests still there) at 7 p.m.
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With the "of-age" crowd as the focus, the cornerstone (and most hyped portion) of the event is two specialty lounges: Jazzy Holidays at The Hollywood Brown Derby and the Twilight Soiree at The Tip Top Club.
During the party, the iconic Disney dining spot, The Hollywood Brown Derby, transforms into a jazz club with live entertainment and a specialty food and beverage menu. It's operating on a mobile walk-up virtual queue that opens at 8:15 p.m. within the Walt Disney World app.
Guests must be near the restaurant to access this virtual waitlist, and the crowds were in full force on opening night. It was reminiscent of the early days of trying to score a Rise of the Resistance virtual queue, with loud cheering from the lucky ones in the crowd who landed a reservation.
After snagging a spot on the waitlist, my party was immediately seated, while others who secured a waitlist slot at the same time had to wait up to two hours to be seated. Suffice it to say, there are some "new party" issues and inconsistencies that did make themselves known at times in
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