Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic recap

On Friday, February 24, Disney Vacation Club hosted the fiirst of two scheduled member-exclusive evenings at the Magic Kingdom for 2017.  Unprecedented attraction access, unique fiireworks and free food were among the event's highlights.  

Magic Kingdom at Night

Moonlight Magic is DVC's new term for its exclusive after-hours theme park parties.  The events first debuted in 2016 as part of the timeshare program's 25th anniversary celebration.  By popular demand, DVC decided to bring them back for 2017 in an expanded form.  

A total of 23 Magic Kingdom attractions were open throughout the park.  Included were all of the Magic Kingdom "mountains", along with other popular favorites including Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion.  Among the attractions not available during the event were Monster's Inc Laugh Floor, Enchanted Tiki Room and Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse.  

Reports from attendees suggest that park crowds were massive when Moonlight Magic admission began at 8:00pm.  The park did not close to day guests until 10:00pm and its overlap with the runDisney Princess Half Marathon and many schools' winter break resulted in very crowded conditions.  Guest levels thinned dramatically after the 10pm party start time.  

Throughout the evening, most attraction wait times remained very reasonable.  With the execption of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train--which reportedly experienced a 40 minute wait--most other attractions remained in the 10-15 minute range.  An unexpected outage at Space Mountain undoubtedly contributed to other attraction wait times.

Disney Vacation Club made some changes to the complimentary food offered during the event.  In 2016, similar events offered guests beverages and ice cream snacks.  This time around, the ice cream was eliminated and replaced by all-you-can-eat hot dogs and chicken strips.  

Unique character photo opportunities, a dance party and DVC executive meet-and-greet were also featured.  

At midnight, an exclusive fireworks display was offered, whcih can be viewed in the video above.  

A second Magic Kingdom event is planned for this Friday, March 3.  The event is already sold out.  Other Moonlight Magic exclusives are planned for later this year at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Epcot and Disneyland.  

Reader Comments
Re: Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic recap -- BethBruin
2017 Mar 05 04:04:00 PM
We were at Friday's event. The crowd level was pretty low. We REALLY missed the ice cream novelties and churros we enjoyed at last years DCA event. All the food was prepackaged chocolate chip cookies, veggies and apple slices and hot dogs and chicken nuggets so we ate nothing. The longest wait time was 30 minutes for seven dwarfs. Most other rides were walk on.

It was fine, but I'm not sure if we would even bother going to this event again. We will definitely not be spending over $300 for a room in CA for the Disneyland event! Hopefully the event is more valuable for members who do not have season park passes!
Moonlight Magic Success! -- andi95
2017 Mar 06 09:46:37 AM
I attended the 2/24 Moonlight Magic and felt it was really a nice time. A few things surprised me, as this was the first one I attended (was not able to in 2016). First, crowds at 8:00 were busy, but they quickly lowered once Wishes finished at 9:00. During this time, we rode rides with short wait times. The times decreased even more after wishes!! They had some photographers on Main St., so it was nice to get a keepsake of our night.

The food was good. We ate at Pecos and had no issue with fresh hot dogs and chicken, but the cookies and apples were pre-packaged and located at the toppings bar. Pecos was very busy the first time we went in, so we came back.

I was surprised there was no ice cream or stands open for paid food, but then I thought about it, and it made sense. What I appreciated about the night as it seemed like this was truly a "gift" or "perk" for being DVC. There was only one store open and no need to open your wallet if you didn't want to. It really was a "free" night for us to enjoy our favorite park and rides as a family.

The fireworks were very nice! I was sad to hear Wishes would be stopping. After seeing these fireworks and the enhanced colors and shapes, I'm definitely excited about the new show. I can always see Wishes on YouTube. :)

We were unable to get a room at a DVC resort, so we stayed at Port Orleans - French Quarter. This worked out perfectly for us - dinner at Disney Springs and a quick bus ride to Magic Kingdom. I did go to Saratoga Springs to check in to the party (which you could only do at a DVC resort vs. Port Orleans). This was a bit of a hassle, but it was my choice to do it (as I could have done it at the park). However, once at MK, I was glad I went to SSR.

Overall, it was a great time and I recommend it. This is not about them making more money on us, at least I didn't feel that way. I would definitely go again and recommend!!
Re: Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic recap -- denlo
2017 Mar 06 10:32:34 AM
andi95 wrote:
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We were unable to get a room at a DVC resort, so we stayed at Port Orleans - French Quarter. This worked out perfectly for us - dinner at Disney Springs and a quick bus ride to Magic Kingdom. I did go to Saratoga Springs to check in to the party (which you could only do at a DVC resort vs. Port Orleans). This was a bit of a hassle, but it was my choice to do it (as I could have done it at the park). However, once at MK, I was glad I went to SSR. . . .

Could you have checked in at the park instead?
I'm not complaining! -- BethBruin
2017 Mar 06 01:17:25 PM
Please don't think I'm complaining! We were at the Friday, March 3 Moonlight Madness and I agree it was a very nice, free event. We also thought the fireworks were the highlight!

I think I made the mistake of raising expectations of my three foodie non DVC owner girlfriends. After having a nice dinner we checked into the event at the Wilderness Lodge with no waiting in line. After a quick boat ride singing with fellow DVC members we took fun photos on Main Street and then went looking for the ice cream novelties and churros as were offered at the DCA event. Since the only sweets were prepackaged chocolate chip cookies we saved a lot of calories and rode fun kiddie rides for the first time ever with little or no wait. Character photo opportunities were fun too!

i just think as a FL/CA annual passholder this event isn't overly valuable to me. It was an added treat to attend as we already had a flight and WDW reservation during the event week. We just probably will not go out of our way to book an expensive room at the Disneyland Resort for the fall party!
Re: Magic Kingdom Moonlight Magic recap -- graydogg51
2017 Mar 06 02:29:40 PM
DVCNews wrote:
On Friday, February 24, Disney Vacation Club hosted the fiirst of two scheduled member-exclusive evenings at the Magic Kingdom for 2017. Unprecedented attraction access, unique fiireworks and free food were among the event's highlights.

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I appreciate any additional member benefit that Disney gives to DVC, so I'm not complaining about them adding the Moonlight Magic events, I think it's a great addition. I do wish they'd have some events in late May/early June though. I know they don't because they do them around low season as an in incentive to generate more revenue, but it wouldn't hurt my feelings if they'd buck the system once in a while.


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