Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End

One of Disney Vacation Club's longest running member events will not return in 2017. 

Merry Member Mixer

Dating back to at least 2004, Disney Vacation Club has hosted an annual holiday gathering dubbed the Merry Member Mixer.  With the introduction of two exclusive "Moonlight Magic" evenings at Epcot this December, DVC has announced that the Merry Member Mixer has been discontinued.  

Originally located oustside Epcot's International Gateway and later within the confines of the theme park, the gathering provided an opportunity for owners to gather and celebrate their shared Disney connection.  Typically held weekly between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the Mixers offered complimentary light entertainment and refreshments, along with character meet-and-greet opportunities, exclusive merchandise and the popular giveaway Christmas ornaments.  

Merry Member Mixer

Free ornament from 2015 Mixer

Although admission to the Mixer was free to members, entrance to the Epcot theme park was not included.  In a post to the Disney Parks Blog, DVC's Ryan March stated that with the Moonlight Magic replacement offering, DVC hopes to "broaden the experience, accommodate more Members and remove the requirement of paid theme park admission."

The two Moonlight Magic evenings at Epcot are scheduled for December 4 & 11, 2017.  These evenings are expected to include exclusive access to theme park attractions, refreshments and entertainment at no cost to DVC members.  Registration details will be released closer to the event.  

Reader Comments
Re: Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End -- idratherbeinwdw
2017 Jan 23 08:32:03 AM
This is definitely not apples to apples. The Mixer was during the day and could be attended by families with kids of all ages. The moonlight parties this year (although you can enter the park at 7) do not begin until 10PM. If you are able to stay up that late, then it's fine. But for the very young, the very old, and those who just don't care to start partying until 10PM this is not a very good tradeoff IMHO.

I attended 2 of the DVC evenings, one at MK, one at AK. Not all the attractions were open for the events. At the MK it was limited to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. There were a few unusual characters (with rather long waits for meet and greets) and some free snacks. MK had a nice firework show if you had the energy to stay until the end. AK had the snacks and some characters but of course no fireworks due to the animals.

All in all I found it very underwhelming. Maybe it's because I am local and do park visits frequently, but the shorter lines for the attractions that were open didn't do much for me. The free snacks were nice, but not worth waiting until 10PM to enjoy.

I may be in the minority on this one, but although I could sign up for all of them I didn't sign up for any this year. Just not my thing to be out that late unless something REALLY exciting was happening, and so far nothing I saw had that effect on me. I guess it's a good thing for those who do like to stay out late, but for those who don't it's useless.
Re: Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Jan 23 09:42:58 AM
idratherbeinwdw wrote:
This is definitely not apples to apples. The Mixer was during the day and could be attended by families with kids of all ages. The moonlight parties this year (although you can enter the park at 7) do not begin until 10PM. If you are able to stay up that late, then it's fine. But for the very young, the very old, and those who just don't care to start partying until 10PM this is not a very good tradeoff IMHO.

I attended 2 of the DVC evenings, one at MK, one at AK. Not all the attractions were open for the events. At the MK it was limited to Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. There were a few unusual characters (with rather long waits for meet and greets) and some free snacks. MK had a nice firework show if you had the energy to stay until the end. AK had the snacks and some characters but of course no fireworks due to the animals.

All in all I found it very underwhelming. Maybe it's because I am local and do park visits frequently, but the shorter lines for the attractions that were open didn't do much for me. The free snacks were nice, but not worth waiting until 10PM to enjoy.

I may be in the minority on this one, but although I could sign up for all of them I didn't sign up for any this year. Just not my thing to be out that late unless something REALLY exciting was happening, and so far nothing I saw had that effect on me. I guess it's a good thing for those who do like to stay out late, but for those who don't it's useless.

Agree 100%.

The Merry Mixer was great fun for the kids, young & old. From "Simon Says" to the Hula Hoop competition and everything in between, it was just a good time had by all. Only downside to moving the MM into the Millennium Tent was admission to EPCOT was required.

I do like the late night opportunities as Millie & I tend to be night owls on vacation (although for some reason it seems harder and harder to watch the sunrise each year) but they also exclude pretty much anyone with Hula hoop aged kids.
Re: Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End -- denlo
2017 Jan 23 10:47:33 AM
I think the DVC membership had outgrown the Merry Mixers, as there are just so many members. Add their families and friends and you've quadrupled the numbers, add in the number of members that attend more than one mixer and the numbers increase again. I don't think the fact that you have to pay for admission to Epcot really reduced the numbers that much, when you consider members choose December for the low points and often stay for 10 days to 3 weeks, with those stays some are willing to go to Epcot in order to get a free ornament, treats and beverages, the long lines to get in should be proof of that. And they will stay for the Christmas activities in the park as well.

I do agree that it would be nice if some of these events were not all late at night. I have trouble staying up for the fireworks most nights as I am usually pretty tired after a day in the sun. I wonder how expensive it would be for DVC to rent a park for an evening like some corporations do?

I have to admit since we are going to be at WDW in December, we are seriously thinking about doing a Moonlight Magic event while we are there. I hope I can stay up that late.
Re: Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End -- KNWVIKING 2.0
2017 Jan 23 11:09:26 AM
denlo wrote:
I think the DVC membership had outgrown the Merry Mixers, as there are just so many members. Add their families and friends and you've quadrupled the numbers, add in the number of members that attend more than one mixer numbers increase again. I don't think the fact that you have to pay for admission to Epcot really reduced the numbers that much, when you consider members choose December for the low points and often stay for 10 days to 3 weeks, with those stays some are willing to go to Epcot in order to get a free ornament, treats and beverages, the long lines to get in should be proof of that. And they will stay for the Christmas activities in the park as well.

I was there last year for the MM and the Mill Tent handled the crowd quite well. Never felt packed in, had no problem finding a table. The event is also one that people won't plan a trip around - it isn't a "must do" after you have done a few. I also think many showed up, got the Trinket and Rice Crispy treat and left.

Now, being cynical, I'll ask: Which event gives Disney the best opportunity to recover some of the expense from attendees reaching into their pockets? I've never spent a dime at a MM but I'll definitely spend money at a Moonlight Party.

Personally, I think all these events are test balloons with something bigger planned (and not for free) but I'll just enjoy what I can for now and just accept it at its face value.
Re: Merry Member Mixer Comes to an End -- twinklebug
2017 Jan 23 11:10:55 AM
My experience with the Member Mixers was one off from those of you that recall it as fun times. My kids and I recall it as being an overcrowded opportunity for Disney to push pin and bag sales. My kids are shy and there was no entertainment if they did not want to dance or participate in games. The highlight for them was the rice krispy treats that you can now buy all over the parks.

I do treasure the pins I purchased that matched the ornament they gave out but only for memories of the trip, no outstanding memories from the mixers themselves. The quality and workmanship on the pins went downhill at some point, so those later purchases I regret. (Disney still seems to be having trouble selling the remainder of them online.)

In my opinion, it was time for this to move on. I hope they can come up with good replacement for the kids. Membership means family. We don't leave anyone behind.

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