Moonlight Magic 2023 Begins

Disney Vacation Club DVC moonlight magic sign at night projected on a wall

Somehow, the year is already a month old, and this can mean only one thing for Disney Vacation Club members. The 2023 edition of Moonlight Magic has arrived! Here’s what you need to know about the event.

Let’s Talk about Moonlight Magic 

You can think of Moonlight Magic as the DVC equivalent of a Disney After Hours event. There’s one vital difference, though. It’s a Membership Magic benefit. So, this event won’t cost you any money to attend! You’d go to any Disney After Hours you could if it were free, right? 

Even better, we’re talking about a smaller number of potential park guests. Disney releases a set number of reservations for Moonlight Magic events. As long as you book a reservation, you’ll visit at a time when the park is nearly empty.

DVC members treasure Moonlight Magic because the attraction wait times are among the shortest ever. Similarly, we enjoy a rare opportunity to experience Disney’s newest E-ticket attractions without paying for Lightning Lanes or Disney Genie+.

Disney hosts several Moonlight Magic celebrations per year. The first of them happens on February 1st at Disney California Adventure (DCA). Yes, that means you can hang out at Avengers Campus without navigating a gigantic crowd.

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Obviously, the appeal of Moonlight Magic is unmistakable. Disney even throws in free snacks for park guests! As such, you should expect all the events to “sell out” their reservations. Act quickly whenever a booking window opens.

Here Are the Dates and Parks for Moonlight Magic 2023

Disney has already announced its Moonlight Magic schedule for the year. The DCA night represents the only one at Disneyland Resort in 2023. Then again, DVC could always announce new dates later in the year. Currently, the schedule lasts through September.

Here are the dates and parks for Moonlight Magic 2023:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – July 11th and August 2nd
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – May 11th and September 13th
  • EPCOT – February 8th and February 15th
  • Typhoon Lagoon – May 23rd and August 23rd 

You should know a few things about attending Moonlight Magic. First, DVC limits you to one visit per park. So, if you book the July 11th Moonlight Magic, you cannot attend the August 2nd as well, at least not in theory.

The rules state that each DVC member can book a reservation for themselves and up to four guests. So, you can have a Moonlight Magic visit for up to five people per park. The caveat is that children under three don’t count toward the limit of five. 


Registration generally doesn’t open until right before the event. In fact, reservations for the February 8th Moonlight Magic at EPCOT are available starting on February 2nd. The window begins for the February 15th event on February 9th

In case you’re wondering, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind will remain open as part of the event. Plus, Disney will host character greetings, some of which are rare in addition to the park regulars. 

How to Register for Moonlight Magic

You’ll visit this page on the official Disney website. When the booking window opens, you will select RSVP Online. The system will ask for your DVC membership number. 

You can access that number from the Disney Vacation Club site if you don’t have it memorized. You’ll find it once you log in or in the My DVC=>My Dashboard section. As a pro tip, you can also store it in your smartphone wallet. 

Again, these events sell out, usually almost immediately after they go on sale. You should approach each reservation window as the highest priority that morning. Otherwise, you risk getting shut out of one of DVC’s best Membership Extras.

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