As part of the Disney Vacation Club’s continuing Membership Magic series, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts will continue to hold Moonlight Magic events throughout the year.
Moonlight Magic logo | © Disney Parks Blog
Moonlight Magic is a Disney Vacation Club event in which a previously selected park is open after close for DVC members and their guests. It is comparable to Extra Magic Hours (which is when the park is kept open after close for all on-property resort guests staying) with shorter wait times for attractions and additional perks, such as meet and greets with special characters and free food items (including Mickey bars). Historically, these events have started around park close but registered guests were granted park entry around two hours early even with a day ticket, similarly to paid events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
It is a complementary event, meaning a day ticket is not required to attend the Moonlight Magic party. Guests wanting to attend must reserve a spot for themselves and their guests. This is done online and those interested should check the Disney Vacation Club website’s Moonlight Magic page for details on when the online registration period for their event will begin. One reservation will extend to all guests attached to a DVC resort reservation or up to six total people if not staying on property. The initial registration period will open up first to those guests who already have resort reservations booked before opening up to all DVC members. However, space is limited and the event is unfortunately likely to fill up during the initial period.
Membership Magic logo on back of the Moonlight Magic Epcot event park map | © Toni Gangi
Future 2018 events will be held at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 19, September 26 and October 3 and Disney California Adventure on November 15. Dates may change. Events have already been held at Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. No Moonlight Magic events have been announced for 2019 as of yet.
Starting off on a smaller scale held after-hours at Typhoon Lagoon, Moonlight Magic has grown into this highly popular event. Generally, these events have included a DJ dance party, meet and greets with unusual characters, one free meal voucher per guest, and a special fireworks show. Not all restaurants and attractions are available but the most popular attractions are usually in operation. For example, Test Track, Frozen Ever After, and Soarin’ Around the World were in operation at the most recent Epcot event.
In the past, meetable characters have included costumed dancers from the Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy Parade, Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable from the Disney Channel’s early 2000s TV show “Kim Possible,” and Kristoff from “Frozen.” No two Moonlight Magic events are the same, with new options and opportunities available every time. One notable change has been the food offered in exchange for the meal voucher. While chicken fingers, burgers, and similar items were once the only offerings, vouchers were recently redeemable at select World Showcase counter services if the guest arrived early for the event before park close.
For a detailed account of the July 16th, 2018 Epcot Moonlight Magic event and how these events work from registration to the party itself, see Part Two of this piece coming soon!.