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So you want to spend 24 hours at the Magic Kingdom?

Clearly I am a HUGE Disney junkie.  I jump on just about every chance I get when it comes to going to Disney so I feel my knowledge of the parks is helpful, and I know more than the average bear when it comes to making the most out of your trip to Disney.

Which is why I can tell you, spending 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom is no easy adventure.

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me, approx 2 hours before my 2am melt down. 🙂

In 2012, when Disney announced their One More Disney Day celebration, I jumped on that train as fast as I could.  I was booked for a trip to Disney that evening and counted down the days until I would spend a full 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom.

Well friends, Disney has announced another celebration the “Rock Your Disney Side Party” which is going to occur on both coasts from 6am May 23rd to 6am May 24th.

As I am someone who often Rocks Her Disney Side, I think this is going to a be a totally stellar celebration.  Even adults are welcomed to come dressed up for the occasion!

Rocking my Disney side :)
Rocking my Disney side 🙂

As I have been through a 24 hour event before I think it is very important I share my knowledge with you, because you DO NOT want to have a total meltdown at 2am like I did. Seriously it wasn’t pretty. I even wrote a note the company apologizing to the cast member.  (I hope he got the apology lol)

Let’s talk costumes:  Disney has laid out very specific rules and guidelines, so don’t be THAT person that shows up breaking the rules then feels like it is Disney’s fault your costume didn’t follow the rules.  I see it EVERY year at the Halloween Party. I am sure some loser will do it again at this event.

Taken from the Disney Website:

Costume Details:
• Costumes should be child-friendly and adhere to any guidelines determined by Disney.
• Costumes should not be obstructive, offensive or violent; drag on the ground; contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest; contain any weapons or objects which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
• Masks may be worn, but they must not obstruct vision, and eyes must be visible at all times.
• Guests who dress like Disney characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs.
• Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused admission.

How to prepare for this most EPIC event:

Do your self a favor and start exercising now. Disney is a beast during normal business hours, trying to last 24 hours is that much harder.  I would recommend walking as much as you can, and making sure you power walk to build that stamina! Eat healthy too! Why cause it is better for you lol.

Make sure you have a solid pair of shoes.  You will be standing a lot during this event, as finding a seat is not easy especially later in the evening.  You want the best shoes possible for your feet.  I would also make sure you are not breaking in a new pair of shoes during this event.

If you are going to wear a costume make sure you work on that now, you do not want to pull an all nighter before you pull an all nighter with Disney.

Tips for surviving the event:

Make Rope Drop.  End of story.  When I went in 2012, I made rope drop, by 11am, I had tackled every ride in Tomorrowland and Adventure Land.  If riding rides is your intention, then you must under no circumstances miss rope drop. Plus if you plan on leaving and not lasting you will get a lot more done. 

Why make rope drop?  Because by noon the park will be so crowded that if you were hoping to ride Space Mountain, be prepared to wait 2 hours.

Understand if you leave, you MAY NOT be able to get back in, yes even if you get your hand stamped.   Disney uses Phased Closures and this could become a phased 4 closure.  When I went in 2012 it rumored as a phased 4 closure around 6pm.  In fact, I remember thinking man, as every hour passes, we were slowly descending into madness.  I had the whole park to myself at 6am… around 9pm I waited a HOUR to get on the PEOPLEMOVER.  Seriously it was insane.  Fun. But FREAKING INSANE. 

It is my understanding that Disneyland was that much more insane, 90,000 in the park.  Crazy right?

What are the phased closures? Taken from a reliable source. Some things may be untrue, but do you really want to risk it?

Phase 1 Closure

Casual visitors are turned away at the automobile toll plazas. This means that people without tickets, those with one-day, single-park tickets, and those intending to use cast member passes will not be allowed to park.

Other guests may enter:

  • Those with multi-day or multi-park tickets
  • Those staying at a Disney Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Those re-entering the park that day.
  • Those “hopping” from another park.
  • Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
  • Those arriving via Disney transportation

Phase 2 Closure

The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:

  • Those staying at a Disney Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Those re-entering the park that day.
  • Those “hopping” from another park.
  • Those with in-park reservations or appointments.
  • Those arriving via Disney transportation

Phase 3 Closure

The following guests are allowed through the turnstiles and into the parking lots:

  • Those staying at a Disney Resort
  • Annual Passholders
  • Those with in-park reservations or appointments.

Phase 4 Closure

The park and parking lot are closed to all arriving guests.

So if you want to make the whole event? Don’t leave.

At the Crystal Palace :)
At the Crystal Palace 🙂

My next tip?  Make dining reservations.   This might be a little too late on the tip, because I just checked the Disney site and sadly there are NO RESERVATIONS available, but never fear friends people do cancel, and I highly recommend you check every single day, if you want a reservation.  It will be an opportunity to eat while sitting down and get that much needed rest.

Another tip? If you want to meet characters, utilize fast pass.  Schedule those passes now. This has been pitched a very “character” heavy event, and I think you can expect a lot of surprises, especially when it comes to meeting characters.  Kenny The Pirate is an excellent source if characters are your thing.

Ride rides early, watch shows later. Again I had zero wait first thing in the morning but waited a hour for the people mover.  Which I never wait for.  If you must ride space mountain do yourself a favor and ride it early.

Rent a locker.  The very first thing I did when I entered the park on Leap Day was buy a locker, I found this to quite possibly be the smartest thing I did.  I brought a change of clothes and some first aid items.   Again this was the BEST idea ever.

Finally? Have fun.  I had a blast at the event in 2012, I still smile about the time I had.  Yes I had a major melt down around 2 am.  Seriously I made 2 year olds look tame, but all in all it was a fantastic event and one that I hope you get to experience and one that you enjoy!

Any questions? Please feel free to comment below or email me 🙂