Minnie’s Christmas Party Yesterland
Daily at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30 p.m.
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Six performances daily

You’ve arrived in the Fantasyland Theatre just in time for Minnie’s Christmas Party.

Our human singer-dancer-actor-hosts Eric and Dawn are headed to the annual Christmas party at Minnie’s house to help her decorate. As they head over, they sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”—the first of a bunch Christmas carols that they’ll sing throughout the show. They speculate about who will play Santa this year.

With this speculation, they’ve introduced the show’s plot. Chip ’n Dale, Goofy, and Pluto all think that it’s their turn to play Santa. They all show up at the party wearing Santa garb. The final guest to arrive is Mickey Mouse. With Mickey’s arrival, the plot is resolved.

Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
The simple set is flanked by Christmas trees.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Eric and Dawn introduce themselves to the audience.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Minnie Mouse welcomes guests to her Christmassy house.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Chip ’n Dale think it’s their turn to play Santa.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Chip ’n Dale sing “We Need a Little Chris-Mouse.”
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Each musical number is choreographed with dancing and jumping.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Goofy thinks it’s his turn to play Santa. Then Pluto is next.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Frosty the Snowman makes an appearance during the song about him.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Minnie reads “The Night Before Christmas.” Pluto senses another visitor.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
Mickey emerges from the fireplace after sliding down the chimney.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
It’s gift time. Santa Mickey has something special for everyone.
 
Photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party at Disneyland, 2001
The show ends with snow falling on the audience.

Merry Chris-Mouse!


Minnie’s Christmas Party premiered at Disneyland on November 2, 2001, for the 2001 holiday season, exactly one week before LuminAria premiered across the Esplanade at Disney’s California Adventure. Unlike LuminAria, Minnie’s Christmas Party returned for the 2002 holiday season. But that was the end of its run. In fact, that was the end of having Christmas shows in the Fantasyland Theatre.

Compared to Animazement - The Musical, the prior show in the same theater, Minnie’s Christmas Party was modest in scope. The set was simple. The cast was small. The plot was minimal. The script seemed to be written for children, rather than for all ages.

As a Disney theme park theatrical production, Minnie’s Christmas Party could be considered a disappointment. But it could still be enjoyed as pleasant little Christmas concert. The show had two talented singers performing a bunch of well-known Christmas carols, with six classic characters giving the show its Disney content. The performers—humans and characters—were excellent.

Although Disneyland Park hasn’t presented a holiday show at the Fantasyland Theater since the 2002 holiday season, the park celebrates the holidays in a big way. For 2009, in addition to lavish decorations throughout the park, the holiday offerings include:

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle
  • “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks
  • “it’s a small world” holiday
  • Haunted Mansion Holiday
  • A Christmas Fantasy parade
  • “Santa’s Reindeer Round-up” at Big Thunder Ranch

Minnie’s Christmas Party was never performed at other Disney parks—with one exception. The date was December 6, 2009. The location was Stage 17 at Disney’s California Adventure, the former Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Play it! building. The audience consisted of D23 Members who had paid $275 per person for a day of activities, including reserved seats for the Candlelight Processional and Ceremony on Town Square, a group dinner in Stage 17, and “a special show” for D23 Members—a reprise of Minnie’s Christmas Party.


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All photo of Minnie’s Christmas Party: 2001 by Allen Huffman.