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Old 03-01-2012, 03:23 AM
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One More Disney Day

What Would You Do With One More Disney Day?

Take a full 24 hours to create as many memories as you can — because on Leap Day, 2012, for the first time ever, both Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park will be open for 24 hours starting February 29 at 6:00 a.m. to enjoy select attractions, entertainment and services*.

Take part in One More Disney Day as part of the Let The Memories Begin.

*Hours of operation 6 a.m. on 2/29 to 6 am. on 3/1; subject to capacity restrictions. Valid theme park admission require.

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So pretty much its 24 hours of Disney to spend, who wouldn't want that. I would've gone, but I have school. Would you go and if so, what would you do? (easy question)



Schedule:

Attractions

All currently operating attractions are expected to be open, but the following have special hours:

Country Bear Jamboree 10am on Wednesday to 6am on Thursday
Haunted Mansion 6am on Wednesday to 5am on Thursday
It's a Small World 6am on Wednesday to 4am on Thursday
Liberty Square Riverboat 11am on Wednesday to 7pm on Wednesday
Pirates of the Caribbean 6am on Wednesday to 5am on Thursday
Space Mountain 6am on Wednesday to 4am on Thursday
Splash Mountain 6am on Wednesday to 4am on Thursday
Tom Sawyer Island 10am to 5:30pm on Wednesday
Railroad 6am to 7pm on Wednesday

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin closed 1:30am to 4am on Thursday
Mad Tea Party closed 12am to 3am on Thursday
Peter Pan's Flight closed 2am to 4am on Thursday
Snow White's Scary Adventures closed 1am to 2:30am on Thursday

NOTE: FASTPASS will end at 8pm on Wed.

Dining

Casey's Corner 11am on Wednesday to 6am on Thursday
Columbia Harbour House 11am to 10pm
Cosmic Ray's 10am on Werdnesday to 6am on Thursday
Pecos Bill 10:30am on Wednesday to 2am on Thursday
Pinocchio Village Haus 10:30am to 10pm
Tortuga Tavern 11am to 3pm
The Plaza Restaurant open until 3am on Thursday

Breakfast will be available from 3am to 6am at The Lunching Pad, Main Street Bakery, Sleep Hollow, Westward Ho and Cosmic Ray's.


Entertainment

Welcome Show - 5:50am

Main Street Trolley Show - 6:15am, 7:15am, 8:15am, 9:15am, 10:10am, 12pm on Wednesday

The Magic, Memories and You! - 7:45pm, 9pm, 11pm on Wednesday, 5:30am on Thursday

Wishes - 8pm on Wednesday

Main Street Electrical parade - 10pm, 12am on Wednesday

Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade - 3pm on Wednesday

Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party - 11am, 12:30pm, 5:40pm on Wednesday

Dream Along with Mickey - 1:15pm, 2:15pm, 4:15pm, 5:15pm, 6:30pm, 7:20pm on Wednesday

Adventureland Fairies Meet and Greet - 6:15am Wednesday through until 5:30am on Thursday

Aladdin Meet and Greet - 6:30am to 3:45pm Wednesday

Tangled Play and Greet - 9:15am on Wednesday through to 5:30am on Thursday

Alice in Wonderland Characters - 6:15am to 12:15pm on Wednesday

Pooh meet and Greet - 10:15am on Wednesday to 3:30am on Thursday

Woody and Jessie Meet and Greet - 9:30am on Wednesday to 4:30am on Thursday

Donald Duck Meet and Greet - 6am to 2:35pm on Wednesday

Princess and the Frog Meet and Greet - 9:30am to 9pm on Wednesday

Town Square Theater Princesses - 6am on Wednesday to 5:00am on Thursday

Town Square Theater Mickey Mouse - 6am to 10pm on Wednesday

Frontierland Hoedown - 9:55am, 10:40am, 11:40am on Wednesday. 2:45am, 3:30am, 4:30am on Thursday

Castle Hub Dance Party - 1am to 5:30am


Merchandise

Special embroidered ear hats are available at The Chapeau, Curtain Call Collectibles, and Sir Mickey's.

Commemorative 'One More Disney Day' apparel available at The Emporum and online at disneystore.com/onemoredisneyday through March 1.

Limited Edition watch available at Main Street Cinema.

View photos of the merchandise range.


Transporation

Express Monorail
- Wed 4:45am to 12:00am
- Thur 12am to 1am. 8:30am to 10pm

Resort Monorail
- Wed 4:45am to 12am
- Thur 12am to 10:30pm

Epcot Monorail
- Wed 8am to 10pm
- Thur 8am to 10pm

Bus Transportation
- Begins from WDW resorts at 4:35pm and will operate until the Magic Kingdom is clear on the morning of Thursday

Boat Transportation
- Ferryboats will operate from 4:45am to 1am
- Gold Route Launch (MK, Grand Floridian, Polynesian) will run from 5:30am to 1am
- Blue Route Launch (Contemporary, Fort Wilderness, Wilderness Lodge will run from 6:45am to 11:30pm
- Red (Magic Kingdom to Wilderness Lodge) and Green ( Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness) Route Launch 4:45am on Wed to park clear on Thur morning
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I'd stay there until the park closed the next day. Lol. There'd be basically nobody in the parks - you could go on Splash Mountain in the DARK with a 5 minute wait!
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Broccoli, are you sure about that? I'm sure there's tons of people who'd try the same thing ;D I know I would.
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Here was a live coverage of what's happening in Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World that was posted over another forum (forum name hidden due to forum rules) that was there before the park opened:
-also pictures were cut off-

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Mar 01, 2012 - 06:39am
Well that just about concludes our 24 hour coverage of 'One More Disney Day'. *We really hope you have enjoyed our coverage as much as we have enjoyed putting it all together.*




Mar 01, 2012 - 06:34am
That is a wrap on 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom - 6am at the Main Street Station.








Mar 01, 2012 - 06:30am
Princess goodbye from above the Train Station arch
















Mar 01, 2012 - 06:15am
Cinderella Castle at 5am








Mar 01, 2012 - 05:30am
The Magic, Memories and You! should be starting any time now.




Mar 01, 2012 - 05:05am
As we move into the final hour of 'One More Disney Day', we can look forward to the days final performance of 'The Magic, Memories and You!' at 05:30am.




Mar 01, 2012 - 04:50am
Fantasyland at 04:15am








Mar 01, 2012 - 04:35am
4am at Pirates of the Caribbean








Mar 01, 2012 - 04:20am
Crews are still at work on Fantasyland construction!




Mar 01, 2012 - 04:15am
More treats
















Cupcakes








Mar 01, 2012 - 04:06am
Woody and Jessie meet and greet in Frontierland








Mar 01, 2012 - 04:00am
Special Edition chocolate cake pop treat








Mar 01, 2012 - 03:48am
Country Bears meet and greet with Big Al








Mar 01, 2012 - 03:40am
Country Bear Wendell walk about








Mar 01, 2012 - 03:30am
Breakfast is now available at The Lunching Pad, Main Street Bakery, Sleep Hollow, Westward Ho and Cosmic Ray's.




Mar 01, 2012 - 03:30am
Frontierland Hoe Down








Mar 01, 2012 - 03:24am
3am at the Hall of Presidents








Mar 01, 2012 - 03:20am
Duffy meet and greet








Mar 01, 2012 - 02:50am
Chip and Dale are meeting in the Tour Guide Garden, Duffy is outside Crystal Palace, Phineas and Ferb are at the Tomorrowland stage.




Mar 01, 2012 - 02:29am
80 minute wait for Mickey and Minnie at 2am








Mar 01, 2012 - 02:26am
Flynn back with Rapunzel at the Tangled Meet and Greet








Mar 01, 2012 - 02:23am
Phineas and Ferb Meet and Greet in Tomorrowland








Mar 01, 2012 - 02:21am
2am in Tomorrowland








Mar 01, 2012 - 02:14am
70min wait to meet PJ Mickey and Minnie in Town Square Theater




Mar 01, 2012 - 01:55am
The DJ at 'The Castle Hub Dance Party'








Mar 01, 2012 - 01:51am
A very rare Meet and Greet with Snow White and all Seven Dwarf's in Fantasyland








Mar 01, 2012 - 01:45am
The Castle Hub Dance Party with Goofy and Pluto








Mar 01, 2012 - 01:42am
The Castle Hub Dance Party gets underway








Mar 01, 2012 - 01:32am
1am at Cinderella Castle








Mar 01, 2012 - 01:27am
After a delayed start, the Castle Hub Dance Party has just started.




Mar 01, 2012 - 01:00am
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin is set to close at 1:30am, reopening a little later at 4am. *Also, Snow White's Scary Adventures is due to close at 1am reopening at 2:30am.




Mar 01, 2012 - 00:30am
1am sees the start of the Castle Hub Dance Party all the way thru to 5:30am!




Mar 01, 2012 - 00:28am
The restaurants that remain open are very busy indeed, Pecos Bill has around a 20min wait.




Mar 01, 2012 - 00:22am
Magic Kingdom Wait Time Update: Space Mountain: 45mins, Haunted Mansion: 25mins, Jungle Cruise: 30mins, Peter Pan's Flight: 35mins, Pirates of the Caribbean: 20mins, Splash Mountain: 15mins, It's a Small World: 15mins, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 20mins, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: 20mins.




Mar 01, 2012 - 00:18am
The Main Street Electrical Parade
















Mar 01, 2012 - 00:14am
Midnight with the Main Street Electrical Parade.








Mar 01, 2012 - Midnight - 00:00am
The Main Street Electrical Parade is about to start!




Feb 29, 2012 - 11:30pm
30 minutes to go for today's final Main Street Electrical Parade.




Feb 29, 2012 - 11:00pm
11pm on Main Street U.S.A.








Feb 29, 2012 - 10:55pm
For those of Welsh origin, Happy Saint David's Day!




Feb 29, 2012 - 10:49pm
Today's final showing of 'The Magic, Memories and You!' is due to start over at the Castle at 11pm. *If you miss this show, not to worry you can watch the one at 5:30am! *At 5:30am there are going to be a lot of memories to share!




Feb 29, 2012 - 10:43pm
10pm at the City Hall








Feb 29, 2012 - 10:38pm
Main Street Electrical Parade
















Feb 29, 2012 - 10:29pm
We found a great place for dinner, but on closer inspection our seats were already taken - A Ghostly Ball at the Haunted Mansion.








Feb 29, 2012 - 9:55pm
The Main Street Electrical Parade is going to start in 5 minutes! *




Feb 29, 2012 - 9:50pm
Partners statue








Feb 29, 2012 - 9:30pm
'The Magic, The Memories, and You!' finale








9pm brings up 9 more hours to go with a second performance of 'The Magic, The Memories, and You!'.








Feb 29, 2012 - 9:24pm
The Main Street Electrical parade is set to pass thru the Magic Kingdom at 10pm. *If you don't get a chance to see the parade then, the parade is back at 12am.




Leap Year Trivia:
This leap day marks the first time ever that both Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom here in Florida are staying open for a full 24 hours!
Feb 29, 2012 - 9:00pm
Last chance to see Mickey Mouse at the Town Square Theater, set to close at 10pm.

Feb 29, 2012 - 8:55pm
Magic Kingdom Wait Time Update: Space Mountain: 60mins, Peter Pan's Flight: 65mins, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: 30mins, Haunted Mansion: 25mins, Splash Mountain: 20mins, Pirates of the Caribbean: 10mins, Jungle Cruise: 25mins, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 30mins, Stitch's Great Escape: 10mins, It's a Small World: 15mins.

Feb 29, 2012 - 8:50pm
Crowds are really picking up with Main Street being in complete gridlock after 'Wishes'. The Magic Kingdom is using the Main Street bypass to exit guests backstage behind Main Street.

Feb 29, 2012 - 8:36pm
'Wishes' lighting up the sky at 8pm




Feb 29, 2012 - 8:35pm
The Magic, The Memories, and You!


Leap Year Trivia:
The odds of being born in a leap year are 1 in 1,461.

Feb 29, 2012 - 8:13pm
We are hearing reports that the Emporium has new supplies of T-Shirts including smaller sizes.

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:58pm
'Wishes' is about to start! Get ready to make a wish!

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:40pm
Whilst we eagerly await 'Wishes', lets share some interesting facts about the show: Wishes replaced Fantasy in the Sky which had been running since 1971! Wishes was officiallly opened on October 9th 2003. During the 12 minute spectacular, 683 individual pieces of pyrotechnics are launched high above Magic Kingdom! The firework display was designed by Eric Tucker, whose award-winning pyrotechnic displays include 'IlluminNations: Reflections of Earth" over at Epcot.

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:36pm
'Wishes' starts tonight at 8pm, and crowds are already getting into position.

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:20pm
Today's final 'Dream Along with Mickey' stage show is starting at Cinderella's Castle Forecourt Stage.

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:17pm
'The Magic, Memories and You!' is set to start at 7:45pm, with further shows at 9pm, 11pm and a special show at 5:30am Thursday morning!

Feb 29, 2012 - 7:10pm
Castle pyro over Liberty Square


Feb 29, 2012 - 7:00pm
No better place than the Haunted Mansion to mark the 13th hour of 'One More Disney Day' !


Feb 29, 2012 - 6:55pm
Weather Update for tonight: Partly cloudy with areas of patchy fog. Temperatures dropping to 66 degrees.

Leap Year Trivia:
Many folk tales revolve around Leap Year, one such story tells of how in the 5th Century St Bridget complained to St Patrick that women have to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick therefore gave her a day in february for ladies to propose.

Feb 29, 2012 - 6:20pm
The Sun is starting to set over Pirates of the Caribbean


Feb 29, 2012 - 6:16pm
6pm at the Jungle Cruise


Feb 29, 2012 - 6:01pm
Partners, Walt and Mickey


Feb 29, 2012 - 5:55pm
Magic Kingdom Wait Time Update: Space Mountain: 25mins, Pirates of the Caribbean: 10mins, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: 30mins, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 30mins, Haunted Mansion: 35mins, Peter Pan's Flight: 35mins, Splash Mountain: 60mins, Jungle Cruise: 35mins.

Feb 29, 2012 - 5:45pm
Prince Eric's Castle in the new Fantasyland is topped off just in time for 'One More Disney Day'


Feb 29, 2012 - 5:37pm
Chip and Dale bronze sculptures


Feb 29, 2012 - 5:30pm
It's the final celebration of 'Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party' at 5:40pm for Wednesday.

Leap Year Trivia:
The rules for deciding if a year is a leap year is not straightforward. Each fourth year is normally a leap year, however a year which is divisible by 100, but is not divisible by 400 is not a leap year!

Feb 29, 2012 - 5:17pm
5pm at Pirates of the Caribbean


Feb 29, 2012 - 4:30pm
4pm at Splash Mountain


Feb 29, 2012 - 4:25pm
Fancy a walk into Tomorrowland?


Feb 29, 2012 - 4:07pm
Weather Update for tonight: Scattered showers and thunderstorms developing around early evening. Temperatures dropping to the mid 70's.

Feb 29, 2012 - 4:00pm
'Dream Along with Mickey' is due to start at 4:15pm.

Feb 29, 2012 - 3:54pm
'Celebrate a Dream Come True' Parade






Feb 29, 2012 - 3:51pm
3pm at Cinderella Castle


Feb 29, 2012 - 3:42pm
The Main Street Fire Dept...


... pulls away a little too fast!


Feb 29, 2012 - 3:23pm
Magic Kingdom Wait Time Update: Pirates of the Caribbean: 10mins, Stich's Great Escape: 10mins, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: 20mins, Haunted Mansion: 20mins, It's a Small World: 25mins, Jungle Cruise: 30mins, Splash Mountain: 35mins, Space Mountain: 45mins.

Feb 29, 2012 - 3:00pm
Don't miss 'Celebrate a Dream Come True'. The parade is about to start!

Feb 29, 2012 - 2:50pm
The one that got away!


Feb 29, 2012 - 2:40pm
2pm at Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin


Feb 29, 2012 - 2:22pm
The 'Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade' is set to start at 3pm, so nows a good time to find a great viewing location.

Feb 29, 2012 - 2:15pm
'Dream Along with Mickey' is just about to start over at the Castle.

Feb 29, 2012 - 2:12pm
The Main Street Philharmonic in Liberty Square


Feb 29, 2012 - 2:00pm
A picture perfect Cinderella Castle


Feb 29, 2012 - 1:52pm
Fantasyland construction never stops, not even on 'One More Disney Day'.


Feb 29, 2012 - 1:45pm
Mickey and the gang in 'Dream Along with Mickey'


Feb 29, 2012 - 1:35pm
1pm at Space Mountain


Feb 29, 2012 - 12:49pm
Dream Along with Mickey is scheduled to start at 1:15pm at the Castle Stage.

Feb 29, 2012 - 12:40pm
Disney Topiary looking better than ever


Leap Year Trivia:
According to age-old tradition, when rules of courtship were very strict, women could only propose marriage on Feb 29th.

Feb 29, 2012 - 12:15pm
A quarter way through this Magical Day! Midday at Peter Pan's Flight.


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:59am
Blink and you will miss it! - Monorail Red zooms by the Magic Kingdom


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:55am
Last chance to see the Main Street Trolley Show at 12:00pm.

Feb 29, 2012 - 11:40am
What is left of the T-Shirts, mainly large sizes.


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:35am
Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!




Feb 29, 2012 - 11:34am
Town Square at 11:15am


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:30am
The Main Street Station in full bloom on 'One More Disney Day'


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:27am
The Frontierland Hoedown is due to get underway at 11:40am.

Feb 29, 2012 - 11:23am
11am at the City Hall


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:15am
The Main Street Trolley Show


Feb 29, 2012 - 11:10am
Casey's Corner, Columbia Harbour House, Cosmic Ray's, Pecos Bill, Pinocchio Village Haus, Tortuga Tavern and The Plaza Restuarant are now all open.

Feb 29, 2012 - 11:00am
See the Mad Hatter, Genie, Lumiere and Sebastian pop out of huge boxes by the Castle!

Feb 29, 2012 - 10:53am
Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It! Street Party is due to start at 11am.

Leap Year Trivia:
Someone who is born on February 29 is called a 'Leapling' or a 'Leaper'.

Feb 29, 2012 - 10:41am
Its lovely weather here at the Magic Kingdom!


Feb 29, 2012 - 10:19am
Magic Kingdom Wait Time Update: Haunted Mansion: 15mins, Space Mountain: 10mins, Pirates of the Caribbean: 10mins, Splash Mountain: 10mins, Jungle Cruise: 15mins, Peter Pan's Flight: 50mins, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin: 10mins, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: 20mins.

Feb 29, 2012 - 10:11am
10am at The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh


Feb 29, 2012 - 09:50am
The Dapper Dans are in good voice


Feb 29, 2012 - 09:44am
9am on Main Street U.S.A.


Leap Year Trivia:
Why do we have a leap year? In a nutshell, the Earth does not take precisely 365 days to orbit the Sun, in fact its closer to 365.2 days, which is roughly 365 days and 6 hours. Therefore every 4 years we have an extra day. This extra day is added to our calandar to keep everything in sync, including the weather. Without the leap year we would eventually start to see Summer in January!

Feb 29, 2012 - 09:25am
Princess and the Frog Meet and Greet is all set to go at 09:30am. Pooh Meet and Greet starts at 10:15am.

Feb 29, 2012 - 08:50am
Tangled Play and Greet is ready to open at 9:15am. Also, Woody and Jessie Meet and Greet at 9:30am.

Feb 29, 2012 - 08:38am
Whats the best thing on the menu? The cinnamon roll of course! This could take a while, catch up with you in a moment...


Feb 29, 2012 - 08:38am
The Main Street Bakery - the place to go for breakfast at the Magic Kingdom


Feb 29, 2012 - 08:35am
8am at the Main Street Station


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:49am
Weather forecast for today: Partly Cloudy with mixed sunshine, with a high of 87 degrees, with a low of 66 degrees. There is a 20% chance of rain, and a short spell of thunderstorms is possible.

Feb 29, 2012 - 07:27am
Cast Members are handing out One More Disney Day buttons, hurry they are going fast.


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:25am
A view of a deserted Frontierland


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:24am
Its not everyday that you see Main Street looking like this!


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:22am
1 hour down, 23 to go!


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:19am
Daylight creeping through the fog


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:15am
An early morning on Main Street U.S.A.


Feb 29, 2012 - 07:07am
Maximum wait time right now is 10 minutes, most rides are pretty much walk on.

Feb 29, 2012 - 06:45am
The Main Street Trolley Show starts on Main Street in 30 minutes, 07:15am.

Feb 29, 2012 - 06:42am
Merchandise is flying out the door, queues 50 people deep at all the emporium registers. Size small and medium are close to sold out right now.

Feb 29, 2012 - 06:37am
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom seems very popular right now, queue out of the door!



Feb 29, 2012 - 06:34am
Live picture of Main Street


Feb 29, 2012 - 06:31am
One More Disney Day banner at the station


Feb 29, 2012 - 06:26am
Pictures from the Welcome Show earlier




Feb 29, 2012 - 06:22am
Mickey Mouse with TV segments


Feb 29, 2012 - 06:15am
Guests queuing at the turnstiles before the park opened


Feb 29, 2012 - 06:15am
The official times guide is available for viewing here.

Feb 29, 2012 - 06:00am
"One More Disney Day" begins with the opening of the Magic Kingdom.

Feb 29, 2012 - 05:57am
The Welcome show looks like its starting!

Feb 29, 2012 - 05:53am
The Welcome show to begin in 5 minutes has just been announced!

Feb 29, 2012 - 05:47am
The area from the turnstiles to the station is completely full with queues of about 20 guests at each turnstile.

Feb 29, 2012 - 05:45am
At the Entrance to the Magic Kingdom, TV stations are lined up in front of the station doing segments with Mickey and Minnie.

Feb 29, 2012 - 05:30am
Welcome to our 24 hour coverage of Walt Disney World's "One More Disney Day". With just 30 minutes before the Magic Kingdom opens, we hope you can join us here at -------- and enjoy with us this very special day!
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Broccoli, are you sure about that? I'm sure there's tons of people who'd try the same thing ;D I know I would.
Yes, but I know from experience and observation that most families normally leave directly after the fireworks. (This is at DLR.) It's mostly older teens and adults in the parks after the fireworks - most of families with children under the age of 11 or so leave after the fireworks. I doubt there would be many families with young children in the parks at 2:30 AM. (Me being, well, me, would stay there until 4:00 AM, and then come back when the parks opened the next day at normal time.)
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Yes, but I know from experience and observation that most families normally leave directly after the fireworks. (This is at DLR.) It's mostly older teens and adults in the parks after the fireworks - most of families with children under the age of 11 or so leave after the fireworks. I doubt there would be many families with young children in the parks at 2:30 AM. (Me being, well, me, would stay there until 4:00 AM, and then come back when the parks opened the next day at normal time.)
you're awesome. i normally can stay awake until 7 AM but seeing as this is disneyland, and disneyland is so awesome that it drains me, maybe i wouldn't be able to...

NOW I WISH I WERE THERE RIGHT NOW!
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I've had a busy week. Not to mentioned cried this past thursday morning. Why you might ask?... I did it. I stayed through it all. Being a passholder I got in at 5:00 AM and did not leave until 6:30 A.M. next morning. I have been tired all. week. long... O_O it was good at some parts bad at other times. I wore my new t-shirt that glows in the dark and says: "I took the Leap and didn't sleep! I pulled an all nighter at the Magic Kingdom." I will post a lot more later, but bare with me its been a busy week.

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I would have loved to go, but I had school and I wouldn't have been able to convince my parents to take me anyway. If I had gone I would have just walked around the parks and did what I wanted. I normally have a strict order of when and where I go to certain attractions, get fastpasses, and eat. It would be nice to see what Magic Kingdom has to offer when I stop and smell the roses. I could watch the different street performances, get my haircut at the Barbershop, eat a Mickey ice cream bar, ride the train around the park three times, and meet the different characters. The possibilities are endless. I think that is what Leap Day is really about, having an extra day to do what you have always wanted to do.
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Post My One More Disney Day Part 1

I did attend the One More Disney Day and this was my schedule:

4:45 - Got to Magic Kingdom Park
5:00 - realize annual passholders are getting in now, go in, get free Leap Year one more disney day ear hats, and button
5:53 - special Leap day "Good Morning" show to open park officialy
6:00 - park opens
6:01 - first Sorcerer of the day to get cards for the game
6:05 - start my battle alone on Main Street USA against Cruella De Vil on medium level

6:50 - Beat Cruella, and go but my "I took the Leap and didn't Sleep. I pulled an all nighter at Magic Kingdom" t-shirt
6:55 - finish buying shirt, go to change shirts and put it on, and go meet up with friends in Adventureland where we are all battling
7:00 - start my battle against Scar
7:50 - beat Scar and go on Pirates of the Caribbean with my friends
8:25 - get our pictures taken with Stitch in Tomorrowland
8:30 - ride Astro Orbiter
8:50 - ride TTA Peoplemover
9:05 - get fastpasses for Space Mountain
9:06 - ride Space Mountain
9:25 - ride Space Mountain again with Fastpasses
9:40 - get another fastpass for Space Mountain
9:45 - go on Stitch's Great Escape
10:10 - ride Mad Tea Party
10:15 - get fastpasses for Peter Pan's Flight and end up getting surprise fastpasses for Mickey's Philharmagic
10:20 - get in long wait for Mickey's Philharmagic (ironically we didn't think about it or care xD lol)
11:15 - go ride Peter Pan's Flight with fastpasses
11:25 - ride It's A Small World
11:45 - go ride Haunted Mansion
12:10 - go eat at Columbia Harbor House


I shall give you my part 2 later on.

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I did attend the One More Disney Day and this was my schedule:

4:45 - Got to Magic Kingdom Park
5:00 - realize annual passholders are getting in now, go in, get free Leap Year one more disney day ear hats, and button
5:53 - special Leap day "Good Morning" show to open park officialy
6:00 - park opens
6:01 - first Sorcerer of the day to get cards for the game
6:05 - start my battle alone on Main Street USA against Cruella De Vil on medium level

6:50 - Beat Cruella, and go but my "I took the Leap and didn't Sleep. I pulled an all nighter at Magic Kingdom" t-shirt
6:55 - finish buying shirt, go to change shirts and put it on, and go meet up with friends in Adventureland where we are all battling
7:00 - start my battle against Scar
7:50 - beat Scar and go on Pirates of the Caribbean with my friends
8:25 - get our pictures taken with Stitch in Tomorrowland
8:30 - ride Astro Orbiter
8:50 - ride TTA Peoplemover
9:05 - get fastpasses for Space Mountain
9:06 - ride Space Mountain
9:25 - ride Space Mountain again with Fastpasses
9:40 - get another fastpass for Space Mountain
9:45 - go on Stitch's Great Escape
10:10 - ride Mad Tea Party
10:15 - get fastpasses for Peter Pan's Flight and end up getting surprise fastpasses for Mickey's Philharmagic
10:20 - get in long wait for Mickey's Philharmagic (ironically we didn't think about it or care xD lol)
11:15 - go ride Peter Pan's Flight with fastpasses
11:25 - ride It's A Small World
11:45 - go ride Haunted Mansion
12:10 - go eat at Columbia Harbor House


I shall give you my part 2 later on.

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Sounds like an awesome start to your day, can't wait to see the rest.
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1.You are abot to see one more disney day covrage from a website i folow. PS this is from disneyland.A house party spirals out of control. Unexpected guests arrive with each ring of the door bell, and before long, hundreds, even thousands of people are dancing on the furniture and trashing the yard—until the sun rises and everyone vanishes, leaving the hapless host wondering just where it all went wrong, and what they could have done to prevent it.

Could this be the plot of the next Disney Channel movie? No, this was the Disneyland version of the One More Disney Day event, a 24-hour party hosted at both Disneyland in California and the Magic Kingdom park in Florida. We can only imagine the reactions of senior Disney managers who woke up the next morning and checked their e-mail, only to find two wildly different reports from the Orlando and Anaheim theme parks.


An estimated 2600 people lined up before Disneyland opened on leap day, hoping to receive a free pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

By most accounts, the Walt Disney World event was a smash hit. Although the Florida park saw large crowds turn out for the evening fireworks show, and reportedly experienced some frustration with transportation delays as thousands of arriving visitors temporarily exceeded the monorail and ferry capacity, the park never neared capacity.

Disneyland's event was, by many measures, also a rousing success. Though the resort did not quite break all-time attendance records (due no doubt to the early closure of Disney California Adventure), Disneyland attendance approached that of the highest New Year's Eve number the park has ever recorded. Almost all of the merchandise created for the event sold out, most restaurants ran out of the special menu items devised for the 24-hour party, and the extra performance of Mickey's Soundsational Parade and the bonus 1:00 a.m. showing of Fantasmic were packed to capacity. Inside the park, the mood was "New Year's Eve meets Grad Nite," with a noticeably younger crowd arriving as the families and day guests went home for the night. Yet while the Florida park's attendance waned in the late evening hours, Disneyland became increasingly crowded as thousands of local annual passholders came to join the party.


A family from Banning, California was selected to lead the countdown to One More Disney Day. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.



6:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. - the opening and closing moments of One More Disney Day at Disneyland. Video by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Even with 20/20 hindsight, and as someone who stayed for the entire 24-hour event, it's hard to believe just how quickly the park went from comfortably busy to completely packed, seemingly in mere minutes. Disneyland's managers seemed equally surprised by the sudden attendance spike, and the measures taken to address the problem seemed to come too late to really make a difference.

One Disney, two parties

From the outset, the Disneyland and Walt Disney World events were vastly different, with some East Coast Disney fans complaining that Disneyland was hosting a far better party. Disneyland promised a free limited edition "One More Disney Day" Mickey Mouse ear hat to the first 2,000 people to enter the park Wednesday morning, and even arranged for a parking lot to remain open overnight for those who wanted to wait for the party to start. Hundreds of people did just that, forming a line outside Disneyland shortly after the park closed Tuesday night. By 5 a.m. Disney estimated that there were 2,600 people waiting outside the gates.


2000 pairs of Mickey Mouse ears were distributed to the first guests to enter Disneyland Wednesday. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Following the opening "moment," where a local family officially announced the start of One More Disney Day, eager guests flooded through the turnstiles to claim their Mickey Mouse ears. As anyone who has been to a Disney pin release will believe, the distribution process for the 2000 ear hats was a bit of a mess, with some guests given their hats before they entered the park, others issued wristbands to exchange for one of the special souvenirs once they got inside, and others told that they only needed to enter through a specific gate to snag the hat. The ear hat distribution point was positioned inside one of the two tunnels leading onto Main Street, U.S.A., causing a huge backlog once the gates opened. Disney also created a special button for the event, and readers have reported that they were able to get one as late as 7:00 p.m.


A row of park managers and cast members line Main Street to greet guests arriving for One More Disney Day. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Inside the park, lines immediately formed at the Emporium, where shoppers snapped up the logo clothing designed for the event. Many made a bee line for the Main Street lockers to stow their extra layers of clothing, and a long line formed at the Main Street Market House as savvy Disneyland regulars bought their first cup of coffee. The Market House offers free same-day coffee refills, a perk some guests seemed detemined to take full advantage of during the 24-hour party.

Others headed directly to their favorite restaurant, with lines forming outside the Jolly Holiday Bakery and River Belle Terrace. Though a posting on the Disney Parks Blog seemed to indicate that the special menu items created for One More Disney Day would only be available from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., it turned out that many of the locations offered these items all day, with the chorizo and egg breakfast pizza at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port becoming a popular breakfast alternative to the usual Tomorrowland Terrace fare.

By 7:00 a.m., Star Tours, Space Mountain and Indiana Jones Adventure all had stand-by lines of 35 to 45 minutes, though other popular rides like Pirates of the Caribbean were still walk-ons. The lines were still light by mid-morning, as it seemed that many of the early birds had returned to their hotels or homes to rest.


Breakfast was the first order of the day for many early visitors to One More Disney Day. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

We noticed that passholders were not required to get a hand stamp upon leaving Disneyland. The resort only ever requires passholders to obtain a hand stamp on days where there is a chance a park will reach capacity, in the event they later restrict admission to re-entering guests only. The absence of this measure by early afternoon was a strong sign that the resort still had no expectation that the park would reach capacity that day. Further indicating that Disney wasn't terribly worried about crowds, the television show Modern Family taped an episode inside Disneyland on Wednesday, with areas of the park closed off for the filming throughout the day.


A number of visitors wore pajamas to the 6:00 a.m. park opening, or changed into them at night to pose for photos with the characters. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

For most of the afternoon, the lines for Disneyland attractions—though larger than normal for an off-season weekday—were still fairly short. Attendance seemed to pick up around 4:00 p.m. as the earliest of the after-work crowd arrived, and grew steadily for the next several hours.

Traffic tie-ups and ticket booth lines

As darkness fell and thousands of local annual passholders left work and headed to the resort, the first reports of traffic delays began to surface. Someone who arrived around 7:00 p.m. described the gridlock on the surface streets immediate around the resort, with inbound traffic eventually causing a back-up several miles long on Interstate 5.

The Mickey and Friends parking structure turned into a free-for-all, as the arriving cars were left to find their own parking spots in the nearly full structure. What has been described by a cast member as "a scheduling snafu" at the Toy Story parking lot left the toll booths unstaffed. There were intermittent reports that one parking lot or the other had briefly closed, but no official word from Disney.


Mickey and friends dressed in their pajamas for this One More Disney Day photo opportunity. Photo by Doug Williams.

After taking shuttles from the various parking lots, visitors were next confronted with a long wait at the two bag checkpoints, followed by lines of up to 40 minutes at the ticket booths. Readers sent photos showing the line waiting to get into Disneyland stretching to the middle of the Esplanade between the two parks; later, the line would extend all the way back to the DCA entrance gates.

Perhaps reassured by the reports coming out of Florida—where everything happened three hours ahead of California—Disneyland managers seemed completely unprepared for how much busier the park was about to become. But while Walt Disney World's party was winding down, Disneyland's was just getting started.

Food and souvenirs sales stronger than expected

The large array of menu items created for the One More Disney Day event drew a large crowd of hungry visitors eager to try the new dishes. By 8:00 p.m., the line for the Plaza Inn restaurant stretched into Tomorrowland, and several restaurants had already sold out of their special entrees. A cast member at Rancho del Zocalo said guests were complaining to her about lines at every Disneyland restaurant and food cart. The wait at the French Market reportedly wrapped around the building, and Cafe Orleans and the Blue Bayou were booked solid until dawn the next morning.


The Jambalaya Jazz Band performed at the French Market during One More Disney Day. Photo by Doug Williams.

The special merchandise created for the event was equally popular, and by early evening the little remaining inventory was consolidated to a single Main Street location. The Mad Hatter shop reportedly sold over 300 pairs of a regular Mickey Mouse ear hat embroidered with the One More Disney Day logo in just a few hours—at $21 a pop—with a long line waiting for more to be embroidered.


The Country Bears made a rare appearance during One More Disney Day. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Back in Frontierland, an unofficial line had already formed for the very limited-capacity "midnight snack" hosted by the Disney Parks Blog. Though Disney said hopeful attendees could not line up before 10 p.m., one reader let us know that there were already over 300 people waiting by 9 p.m. The 200 people who did get in were treated a dessert buffet, live entertainment, character meet-and-greets and reserved seating for Fantasmic. If you were not one of the lucky few, the Disney Parks Blog posted a photo recap last week.

...And then it got busy

The first official indication that attendance had spiked beyond expectation came at 9:30 p.m., when Disneyland published a Twitter message that read " 'One More Disney Day' at Disneyland park is extremely popular. Disneyland park is currently full. Updates to follow." While this message came as a surprise to those inside the park, the thousands stuck in traffic outside the resort knew all too well exactly how "popular" the park had become.


Lines of cars entering the Mickey and Friends parking structure just before midnight. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

This initial message was really the first step in the normal sequence of events leading to an eventual gate closure; in reality, Disneyland would not close the front gates for more than another hour.

Shortly after the "full" message went out on Twitter, traffic signs around the resort and on inbound freeways displayed a message reading "Disneyland is full," and main entrance managers deployed a team of cast members to each ticket booth. These cast members alerted visitors just joining the line that the park was nearing capacity, and they might not be allowed to purchase a ticket. Normally when Disneyland reaches capacity, new arrivals are offered a ticket granting immediate admission to Disney California Adventure, and entry to Disneyland later that same night when the gates reopened. With DCA already closed for the night, there was no alternative to offer the hundreds of people still looking to buy admission.


Disneyland was closed to new arrivals for nearly two hours, leaving hundreds waiting outside the gates for the crowds to thin. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Meanwhile, traffic outside the resort worsened. The southbound I-5 freeway was now backed up all the way to Highway 91. One reader who made it into the park just before the gates closed said it took her two hours to get from the Disneyland Drive exit to the Disneyland main gate.

"So sorry, we're full"

Though the Mickey and Friends parking structure remained open, tram drivers warned new arrivals that the park was already closed. Downtown Disney restaurants and bars filled with people waiting for word that the gates had reopened. Just before 11:00 p.m., Disney published another update message on Twitter, saying, "'One More Disney Day' at Disneyland continues to be very popular. Disneyland park is currently full. Updates to follow."

In fact, the resort had just closed the gates to new entries 10 minutes earlier, but was still allowing guests who had previously entered the park to re-enter. Even if you knew that re-entry was still allowed (something most visitors would only have learned by following updates from fansites), Disney did not set up a dedicated re-entry gate for these people, forcing them to make their way through the growing crowd to an open gate.


The line of cars trying to enter the Mickey and Friends parking structure at midnight stretched back to the 5 freeway. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

Some cast members tried shouting into the crowd asking if anyone was re-entering the park, but those waiting all the way back by the DCA entrance gates had almost no hope of making their way to the front. One reader stuck outside the gates said, "I didn't feel safe out there, and I wasn't going to risk annoying someone by cutting in front of them."

Even cast members had trouble getting to work. One third-shift maintenance worker reported being late to work because it took nearly two hours to travel the 15 miles from home to the resort. Other workers were asked to extend their shifts to help keep rides and restaurants operating with as much capacity as possible, since it was clearly too late to call in added workers.

Special entertainment and bonus Fantastic packs in the crowds

Inside the park, Disney announced that the viewing area for Fantasmic was completely full. Some believe the 1:00 a.m. bonus Fantasmic, the show's first performance since closing in January for a seasonal hiatus, actually made the crowding situation worse than it might have been. Where many of the passholders who came out for the event may have been content to come for dinner, stay for the 10:00 p.m. parade and then go home, the opportunity to see Fantasmic seems to have lured many to stay an extra few hours.


Special shows and atmosphere entertainment kept the crowds energized during the 24-hour party. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

Disneyland usually sees large crowds leave the park after the evening fireworks or second parade, and cast members at the main gate set up the exit gates and traffic control usually needed to handled the evening exodus. Instead, the small trickle of people heading to the exit gates after the 10:00 p.m. parade proved that capacity wasn't going to drop as park managers no doubt hoped.

All of the extra entertainment proved very popular, with standing room only crowds packing the Golden Horseshoe for late night performances of Billy Hill and the Hillbillies, and long lines forming at three character greeting locations so guests could snap photos of a pajama-clad Mickey and friends, or rare appearances by the Country Bears.

Radio station-hosted dance club adds to the party atmosphere

At the Tomorrowland Terrace, local radio station KISS-FM hosted "Club 29," a dance party that some claim resulted in some very un-Disney-like behavior among the mostly high school and college-age crowd that assembled in Tomorrowland. Twitter reports of a "rave" at Disneyland may have lured even more people to the event.


Hundreds wait in line to purchase tickets for One More Disney Day, even after Disneyland closed the gates to new arrivals. Photo by Tony Phoenix.

For the first time in all of my Disney visits, I was surprised when I left the parking structure the next morning by the trash and empty bottles littering the lot. Perhaps some saw this event as a way to relive their Grad Nite experience, and took full advantage of the lack of dress code and full-body pat downs to sneak in some normally-prohibited items but some say they saw nothing of the sort during their One More Disney Day.

Disneyland gates finally reopen at 12:30 a.m.

By 12:30 a.m., the crowd waiting to get into Disneyland filled the Esplanade and stretched to the DCA entrance, with the bag check line reportedly reaching the World of Disney store. The restless crowd just outside the Disneyland gates periodically struck up a chant of "let us in," only to be quelled by the managers and security officers inside the gates. When Disneyland finally reopened the gates nearly two hours after halting first entry, streams of guests poured into Disneyland to enjoy the last five and a half hours of the party.



A vocal crowd waits for Disneyland to reopen the main entrance during One More Disney Day. Video by Jennifer Rich.

Even with the park shutting down in a few hours, hundreds were still waiting at every open ticket booth to purchase tickets, with lines again approaching 40 minutes. Reader Oleg said people were still buying tickets when he left the park after 3:00 a.m., many purchasing the Southern California resident 2-day ticket so they could return the next day, and that the shuttles coming from the Toy Story parking lot were still filled with late arrivals.


This group concluded their One More Disney Day with breakfast outside the Jolly Holiday Bakery. We're still trying to figure out how they got a toaster through security. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

The rest of the event passed without incident, though we hear park managers were ready to close the gates again if in-park attendance did not drop sufficiently after Fantasmic ended. The most popular attractions still boasted lines of up to 120 minutes, and the restaurants continued to do brisk business right up to closing time.


The Disney characters returned to the Main Street train station to wave farewell to departing guests Thursday morning. Photo by Adrienne Vincent-Phoenix.

As the sun rose over Disneyland and hundreds of sleep-deprived guests made their way to the exits, cast members lined Main Street U.S.A. to wave good-bye—and begin the clean-up process to get the park ready to reopen in just four hours. Some of the park managers had worked the entire 24-hour party, while other workers were just arriving to learn what had transpired overnight.

Lessons learned

Unfortunately, thousands of visitors had a poor experience, due primarily to Disney's lack of planning, failure to keep ahead of a rapidly changing situation, and confusing communication practices. Disney is famous for crowd management, but clearly, this was not the case for the event.

Disneyland reaches capacity several times a year, usually during the busy holiday season, and the resort has a time-tested system of limiting ticket sales and restricting admission to keep in-park attendance at the desired level. For this event, Disney may have made a serious error by assuming that the park would not reach peak capacity, and so never implemented the type of capacity-control measures used on busier days.

To make matters worse, there appeared to be no special plan to address the unique aspects of this 24-hour event as they pertained specifically to Disneyland. The crowds that swarmed Disneyland Wednesday night weren't normal vacationers who arrive during the day and can be diverted to DCA if Disneyland is getting too full. A large number were Annual Passholders, none of whom were blocked out on this off-season weekday, arriving after DCA had already closed for the night. The normal techniques used to slow admission didn't work the same way. Short of closing the parking lots—a step park managers did not seem willing to take—there was nothing Disney could do to stem the flow of guests arriving at the resort into the early morning hours.

As Disneyland managers evaluate the event and discuss how to better prepare for a next time, hopefully they also look to their social media channels. Disneyland's "we are full" announcement at 9:30 p.m. was not only inaccurate, but confusing and incomplete. What does "full" mean? While the word seems self-explanatory, consider that the park didn't actually close the gates for another hour, and even then, they still continued to allow re-entry.

The 11:00 p.m. announcement, made once the gates had actually closed, still failed to communicate that re-entry was allowed. There's only so much detail that can be included in 140 characters, but this may have been the time to use the official Parks Blog to post a more detailed update, to explain to guests exactly what was going on—or at least post two Twitter messages in quick succession.

What will this mean for Cars Land?

In the wake of One More Disney Day, several bloggers and readers have asked if Disney will be able to prevent a repeat once Cars Land opens this June. While blockouts for the least expensive annual passport begin before the rumored opening date of Cars Land, Southern California passes are valid for a few days after the new land opens. Deluxe passholders are only blocked out on Saturdays, and Premium passholders have no blockout dates at all. Annual passholder previews may help alleviate some of the demand, but it's not unreasonable to expect DCA to set attendance records in the days and weeks following the Cars Land opening. How will Disney respond if thousands of passholders descend again on Anaheim to see the newly reimagined California Adventure? Given the lack of preparation when they were overwhelmed by the demand to get into Disneyland, how will they handle the crowds trying to get into a single land with just a fraction of Disneyland's capacity?

While we agree Cars Land will be the biggest test DCA has faced since opening in 2001, the situation is not the same as faced the resort last week. For one thing, Disneyland will be open whenever DCA is open, meaning park managers can divert guests to Disneyland if (ok, when) DCA gets too crowded. Also, the resort will almost certainly treat the opening weeks of Cars Land as they would Christmas Eve or New Years Eve, with the usual capacity plans and practices in place. Disney definitely has some issues to resolve and plans to make before Cars Land opens, but how to handle 5,000 passholders arriving at midnight won't be among them.

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