PHOTOS: An Exclusive After Hours Event is BACK in Disney World

Many things have been returning to Disney World over the past several months, like restaurants, entertainment, character meet and greets, and more.

The Festival of Fantasy Parade is BACK!

Select events are also starting to come back, like Moonlight Magic. The first Moonlight Magic event returned to EPCOT last night for Disney Vacation Club Members, so come with us to check it out!

Moonlight Magic is a special event where DVC Members can visit the Disney World parks after hours with complimentary admission. During this time, guests can expect to have shorter-than-usual wait times for select attractions, Disney character sightings, reimagined entertainment, and complimentary special treats.

Check in area

The event at EPCOT last night was from 10PM to 1AM, but we showed up before the event to go into the park. Note that if you want to visit the park before the event starts, you DO have to have park admission and a reservation. If you wait until the event starts, you do not. Here’s a look at which entertainment and attractions were available during the event.

information sheet

Along with this info sheet, we also were given 3 vouchers to use for food and drinks. The only food we could get without the coupons were the Unlimited Mickey Premium Bars other Strawberry bars. Everything else, like bottled water and soda, as well as Mickey Ice Cream Sandwiches, required us to use a voucher.


Take a look at the locations where you can use these vouchers:


Before the event started, we could use our vouchers at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival booths if an item was market with the Disney Dining Plan symbol. These info sheets also showed what other dining locations would be open.

Where to get snacks

And, the info sheets mentioned a popcorn bucket that was exclusive to the event. This did cost one of our vouchers, and we had to wait in a VERY long line to get ours once the event began. We think this probably could’ve been avoided if they had just given out the popcorn buckets right when you checked in for the event!

Special buckets

You also had to wait in this long popcorn line to grab other items like the bottled drinks or ice cream sandwiches. Instead of walking by and just grabbing the complimentary items like you used to be able to do at these events, Cast Members were stapling each receipt to the vouchers once you used them, which took up a lot of extra time and contributed to the long lines.

And, we only saw one cart giving out the unlimited Mickey Premium Bars and Strawberry Bars during the event. None of the snack carts you usually find in EPCOT were open except for the regular popcorn stands. Overall, it seemed like Cast Members couldn’t keep up with the way the event was set up, so hopefully that will be worked out for future events!

EPCOT at night

As for what was open, the World Showcase was closed from China to France, except for Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure remaining open. The UK and Canada were open, but they only had characters available to see and Canada had some live music.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure

Mexico also had characters, and Frozen Ever After was open in Norway, along with Kringla Bakeri and Kafe. Sunshine Seasons was open over in The Land Pavilion, but the snack shelves were empty, so there were limited items available. We also found long lines over here.

Mexico at night

As for characters, we saw Honest John and Gideon from Pinocchio

They’re a little creepy!

oogie boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Oogie Boogie man!

…the EvilQueen from snow white

You DON’T want to get on her bad side!

…and Pain and Panic from Hercules

They look stressed out

We also spotted Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, Drizella, and the Queen of Hearts from a distance at the event.

And, there was a Disney Vacation Club Welcome Home Moment that happened twice during the event — at 11PM and 12AM. The barges used for the Harmonious fireworks in the middle of the World Showcase Lagoon were lit up with the Disney Vacation Club logo and the water features were turned on.


There is another Moonlight Magic happening at EPCOT on March 31st. Then, later this year, there will be events at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 24th, June 16thand July 14thas well as at AnimalKingdom on July 26th other August 31st.

Another look at this special entertainment

DVC Members staying at a Disney hotel during these upcoming dates should get an email with a link to register for the events in the future. If you’re not staying at a Disney hotel and still want to attend, Event registration will usually open up on a later date (after hotel guests have a chance to register) on the DVC website. These events tend to fill up fast, so it’s not something you should wait on if you want to go!

Moonlight Magic popcorn bucket

Registration for the events is required and there is limited availability. You must have a valid Disney Vacation Club Digital Membership Card other a photo ID to check in. And remember, even though admission to these after-hours events is complimentary, if you want to visit a park before the event, you have to have a park ticket!

Stay tuned to DFB for more Disney World news and updates.

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