Moonlight Magic events are returning to Walt Disney World in 2023, with dates at EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Storm Lagoon! Throughout these free after hours events, DVC members can expertise an evening filled with enjoyable: sights with brief wait instances, uncommon character sightings, unique leisure, and free meals!
Disney Trip Membership is bringing the fan-favorite membership further again to the Florida parks. This is not as massive of a shock because the return of Moonlight Magic to Disney California Journey, which is going on after a prolonged hiatus. Against this, the occasions returned to Walt Disney World final yr and it appears like extra of the identical this yr.
We can not wait–we completely love Moonlight Magic, having accomplished this many instances up to now, together with final yr. We have attended Moonlight Magic at each single Walt Disney World park besides Blizzard Seaside (to my assortment, they’ve by no means accomplished the occasion there…however I could possibly be fallacious) and normally have a blast. Extra on that within the commentary.
Here is what Disney Trip Membership has revealed up to now concerning the 2023 Moonlight Magic events:
EPCOT Moonlight Magic Occasion Dates: February 8, 2023 and February 15, 2023.
Preliminary Registration Window – Opens January 25, 2023: The preliminary registration window for EPCOT occasions is open to eligible Members with present Resort reservations at a Disney-owned-and-operated lodge at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida or at Disney’s Vero Seaside Resort— with occasion dimension modifications finalized previous to in the present day.
Common Registration – Opens February 2, 2023 and February 9, 2023: Occasion registration for the February 8, 2023 occasion at EPCOT opens to all eligible Members on February 2, 2023 (pending availability). Occasion registration for the February 15, 2023 occasion at EPCOT opens to all eligible Members on February 9, 2023 (pending availability).
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Moonlight Magic Occasion Dates are Could 11, 2023 and September 13, 2023.
DHS Registration Window: Please test again for details about when to register.
Animal Kingdom Moonlight Magic Occasion Dates are July 11, 2023 and August 2, 2023.
DAK Registration Window: Please test again for details about when to register.
Storm Lagoon Moonlight Magic Occasion Dates: Could 23, 2023 and August 23, 2023.
Storm Lagoon Registration Window: Please test again for details about when to register.
Per Disney Trip Membership, highlights for the “privileged partiers” at Moonlight Magic embrace:
- Shorter-than-usual wait instances for choose park sights
- Disney Characters sightings (this presumably means meet & greets and simply hasn’t been up to date from final yr’s “sightings” language)
- reimagined leisure
- Complimentary particular treats and delectable delights
Moonlight Magic Eligibility – To be eligible for Moonlight Magic, you should be a “blue card” Disney Trip Membership member, that means that you simply bought straight from Disney or purchased earlier than the resale restrictions had been carried out again in April 2016. In case you have a member card, you are good. This additionally signifies that anybody renting Disney Trip Membership factors is just not eligible for Moonlight Magic. In contrast to different on-site perks, Moonlight Magic relies on the membership and never keep.
Celebration Measurement Limits – A Member can register themselves and as much as 4 extra Visitors per Membership (for a complete of 5)—or as much as the variety of Visitors on their Resort reservation, offered it was finalized previous to relevant deadlines for every registration window. Kids youthful than 3 years of age don’t must be registered for this occasion.
Members With A number of Resort Reservations – If Members have a number of Resort reservations, extra occasion dimension tips apply relying on how the reservation was booked:
- When staying utilizing Trip Factors or Reservation Factors, Members can register themselves and as much as the variety of people on their Resort reservation(s).
- When staying in your Interval Worldwide Membership utilizing money or factors, Members can register themselves and as much as the variety of people staying in the identical room because the Member, per Membership.
- When staying in your RCI Membership utilizing money or factors, Members can register themselves and as much as the variety of people staying in the identical room because the Member, per Membership.
Modifications & Cancellations – This occasion can’t be booked or modified by way of Member Providers. If a Member needs to vary their occasion dimension inside the occasion dimension limits, or the date that they’re attending Moonlight Magic, they could modify their occasion registration by way of the hyperlink discovered of their affirmation e mail. Please notice:
- When you cancel your Resort reservation, your occasion registration shall be canceled mechanically.
- Canceling and rebooking an occasion registration will increase the danger of shedding one’s registration.
- Modifications or cancellations of an occasion registration can’t be made the identical day as reserving.
Registering for One other Member on Your Membership – If the first Member is just not registering for the occasion, one other Member with the identical Member ID quantity could also be added as an alternate to test in on the occasion. Legitimate Disney Trip Membership Digital Membership Card and photograph ID are required at check-in.
Occasion Date Limits – In an effort to permit as many Members as doable to get pleasure from Moonlight Magic, just one occasion date for every collaborating park shall be out there per Membership.
Different Essential Info
- Registration is required and restricted. Sadly, walk-ins is not going to be permitted.
- Legitimate Disney Trip Membership Digital Membership Card and photograph ID required at check-in. Member listed on the Digital Membership Card should be in attendance.
- Complimentary admission to the after-hours occasion is legitimate all through the occasion. When you want to enter a park earlier than the occasion, legitimate theme park admission and reservation are required.
- This provide is complimentary, non-transferable and can’t be offered. It’s topic to availability, change or termination with out discover.
- Attendees beneath 18 years of age should be accompanied by a collaborating guardian or guardian.
- This can be a rain-or-shine occasion; Some experiences could also be canceled on account of inclement climate.
- We request that Members cancel not less than 48 hours upfront.
- Disney Genie, Disney Genie+ and particular person Lightning Lanes are usually not out there to be used throughout Moonlight Magic Occasions.
Reservations should be made by the individual listed because the “proprietor” on the Membership and will be booked with factors by way of Disney Trip Membership or with money by way of the Disney Reservation Middle or a journey supplier. Please notice that Members who’ve a Resort reservation booked beneath one other Member’s membership are usually not eligible for early reserving.
As famous on the high, we have attended many Moonlight Magic events because the occasion started a number of years in the past. Many highlights exist, from stumbling upon uncommon characters from “a bug’s life” with zero traces to taking part in mini-golf with Disney Afternoon characters at DCA to being supplied a whole field of cookies from Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Celebration. (A wholesale sized field that needed to have contained 200-500 cookies. I “settled” for filling my digicam bag and a procuring bag.)
We even attended the final Moonlight Magic that was held in Magic Kingdom, again in March 2020. That additionally ended up being our final night within the park earlier than the multi-month closure. I nonetheless assume again to that night fondly, remembering scarfing down a number of scorching canines from Casey’s Nook earlier than seeing the fireworks and assembly Disney fur character royalty.
In wanting again at a few of our occasion experiences, I see there have been downsides to every occasion. There have been situations of surprisingly lengthy traces for meals, characters, or sights because the starting. Nonetheless, we largely ‘easy over’ the negatives in our minds, fondly gathering the positives–particular fireworks, uncommon characters, free meals, and different distinctive moments having fun with (principally) empty parks.
Maybe its recency bias, however final yr did appear to have extra issues than regular. There have been nonetheless some uncommon characters, however not as many. Leisure was lighter than regular, significantly unique nighttime spectaculars or particular fireworks. The distribution of particular popcorn buckets and snacks left so much to be desired.
In the end, numerous that may be attributed to staffing shortages that meant fewer Solid Members for character meet & greets and to function extra meals & beverage areas. (Passing the popcorn buckets out on the entrance or one other centralized location would possibly’ve solved a few of this–and perhaps they did that at later occasions; I am unsure.) There’s additionally the fact that there have been fewer Moonlight Magic occasions than pre -closure, which is a pattern that continues in 2023.
Nonetheless, I am hoping that Moonlight Magic goes smoother this yr, with improved staffing remedying a few of these points and classes realized from final yr fixing others. Even with the hiccups, it is an excellent occasion that’s basically a free model of After Hours for DVC Members, with a couple of further enhancements. It is an excellent perk for many who are capable of take benefit; We have cherished attending through the years, and hope the 2023 Moonlight Magic events mark extra of a return to regular!
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Planning on registering for one of many 2023 Moonlight Magic occasion nights? Excited to see this free occasion returning as a profit for DVC members? Have you ever attended one of many Moonlight Magic occasions at Walt Disney World? Did you meet any uncommon characters or get pleasure from particular leisure? What did you consider the expertise? Any questions or ideas about something on this occasion report? Listening to your suggestions about your experiences is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas or questions beneath within the feedback!