I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun we had when we attended the One More Disney Day event at Walt Disney World in 2012. We spent the entire 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom and while we were soooo ready for bed when it was over we were also really glad we had the experience. We had a good plan but I learned a lot that day that would help us out if we ever attend another 24 hour event. Here are a few tips:
Plan on getting a lot done in the morning.
At the One More Disney Day event the crowds were much smaller in the morning. Our main goal was to meet a lot of characters and we met almost everyone on our list before 1:00 pm. I would also make your FastPass+ reservations for the afternoon and evening so you spend less time in line when the crowds pick up. Also, some of the attractions are not operating during certain hours in the evening. Make sure to check the times guide when you arrive.
Make a dinner reservation.
I had never been more ready for a dinner reservation. We had gotten to the Transportation & Ticket Center at 4:45 am so by the time dinner rolled around we were ready for a break. There are lots of specialty food items to take advantage of during the day at the counter service locations but a nice dinner can help reenergize you.
Since you have the time you can finally explore parts of the park that you usually skip. Take a ride on the Liberty Belle or visit Tom Sawyer’s Island. It’s also a great time to play one of the interactive games in the Magic Kingdom, A Pirate’s Adventure or Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
Do something to commemorate each hour.
It can be something as simple as snapping a photo where ever you are every hour or as ambitious as visitng the Haunted Mansion every hour at on the 13th minute every hour. But make sure to commemorate your 24 hours by doing something that is special to you. It will make the entire experience even more special and fun.
Make sure to bring everything you need.
If you are going to spend 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom you are going to need supplies. We took a backpack to make sure we had everything we needed for the day. We also decided to rent a locker so we didn’t have to carry everything around with us all day. Somethings you might want to consider taking:
- Extra shirts – It rained that morning and was humid all day so it was nice having something to change into without having to buy it.
- Ponchos – You never know when a rain shower will pop up in Central Florida.
- A Light Jacket – Even though it will probably be pretty warm during the day you might want something for the evening and early morning hours.
- External Battery for Your Phone – We brought a couple and it made a huge difference. If you don’t want to invest in one you can take your phone and it’s charger by City Hall. You can drop it off for a few and pick it up when you think it’s charged. If you don’t want to leave your phone there are some outlets where you can charge it near the Rapunzel themed restrooms in Fantasyland and in the seating section next to Pete’s Silly Sideshow in Storybook Circus (that would also be a great place for a nap!)
- Snacks – We took some extra bottled water and granola bars to help get us through the day so we didn’t have to spend too much money on food.
This year’s 24 hour event will take place Friday, May 22 to Saturday, May 23 from 6:00 am to 6:00 am. It will kick off Walt Disney World’s “Coolest Summer Ever” and there are lots of special events scheduled.
- The extravaganza kicks off with some very special appearances in the Welcome Show as Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf join the rest of the gang welcoming everyone into the park.
- A Flag Raising ceremony will be held at dawn in Town Square, featuring the Reedy Creek Honor Guard.
- Some of your favorite stars from Disney Channel will be joining us as Grand Marshals for the “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade” at 3 p.m.
- Over in Tomorrowland, Disney Channel Club Chill takes over Rockettower Plaza Stage from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., with DJ Frost leading a dance party with music videos from Disney Channel stars and sneak peeks of upcoming Disney Channel Original Movies “Teen Beach 2” and “Descendants.”
- Once things cool down in Tomorrowland, Rockettower Plaza switches gears for sing-along screenings of Disney’s “Frozen” from midnight – 4 a.m.
- There’s even more “Frozen” fun in store, when Olaf, Kristoff, Anna and Elsa put Magic Kingdom Park “on ice” with pre-parade appearances just ahead of the 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. performances of the Main Street Electrical Parade.
- Looking to dance the night away? You can join some of your Disney pals – all dressed in their PJs – at one of two late-night dance parties. Kick up your heels at the Frontierland Dance Party, near Country Bear Jamboree, from 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. At Cinderella Castle, Disney’s “Up All Night” Dance Party keeps things hopping from 2:00 a.m. – 5:45 a.m. with awesome DJ, stiltwalkers and lots of fun party people!
- As that 24th hour comes to a close, make your way to Town Square on Main Street, U.S.A., for a special finale moment with Mickey and the gang that you won’t want to miss.
Plus, guests who have ever dreamed of riding Space Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the wee hours now have their chance. Other around-the-clock surprises in store during the celebration include late-night dance parties hosted by characters donning pajamas in Frontierland and the Castle Hub, plus chalk artists, and tasty “Frozen” treats to keep guests cool as the magic continues through the night.
We will be there early Friday morning (and may show back up later) so if you see us make sure to say hi!