Have you ever been to a special event at Walt Disney World Resort? There are some, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, that everybody knows about. But there’s another, more exclusive one…
Moonlight Magic Events
It’s called Moonlight Magic, an exclusive event for Disney Vacation Club Members. What is it exactly? It’s a night full of after-hour access at a Disney theme park.
Select attractions are open – allowing Disney Vacation Club Members to enjoy small crowds, short lines, and exclusive offerings.
In addition, the event features a chance to meet and greet your favorite Disney characters and enjoy unique food items.
Many Moonlight Magic events exist throughout Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Earlier this year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios hosted events on May 11 and September 13.
EPCOT hosted a Moonlight Magic event on February 8 and February 15 earlier this year. Meanwhile, Disney Vacation Club Members could have also attended a Moonlight Magic event at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon on May 23 and/or August 23.
Disney California Adventure Park also hosted an event on February 1 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
But Disney Parks have announced a new one coming this December…
Event at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A new Moonlight Magic event will be held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on December 13. Early registration for this special event begins on November 28, 2023, and general registration opens on December 5.
To be eligible for the special event, Disney Vacation Club Members must have “existing Resort reservations at a Disney-owned-and-operated hotel at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida* or at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort—with party size modifications finalized before November 26, 2023.”
Specific details regarding the event have yet to be released. The details we are referring to are which characters will be available, which attractions will be open, and what the specific hours are.
In addition, will there be any special dining or entertainment options? Maybe. It’s been a common feature at other Moonlight Magic events, so it will likely be the same here.
It is probably safe to assume Avatar Flight of Passage, Na’vi River Journey, Expedition Everest, and DINOSAUR will all be open. But what of smaller attractions and animal-based rides such as Kilimanjaro Safaris?
Disney is also selling Moonlight Magic apparel for Disney Vacation Club Members while supplies last.
Disney Vacation Club announced an additional Moonlight Magic event will be held at Disney's Animal Kingdom on December 13. Details: pic.twitter.com/qCBycvAje7
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 12, 2023
According to the Disney Vacation Club website the following resorts are included:
The following Disney Vacation Club Resorts: Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Copper Creek Villas & Cabins at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Jambo House, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas – Kidani Village, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, Disney’s BoardWalk Villas, Disney’s Old Key West Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, Disney’s Riviera Resort, Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa and The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
The following Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Beach Resorts hotels: Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort, Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, The Cabins at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter, Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.