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Old 04-28-2013, 10:37 AM   #1
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My thoughts on Disney World open 24 hours...

Having "closed" Disney World several times on a normal operating day, I can think I can give some good advice as to what to expect when the park remains open for 24 hours.

On a normal operating day, historically, the population DRASTICALLY drops off after the evening parade, so much so that for the most part the remaining folks have the run of the park. In fact, about an hour or so before the parade begins, one will notice a much reduced wait at most rides as most folks, especially those with age appropriate children, start lining up to watch the parade.

Disney veterans know this is the time to finally get on those rides that have had very long wait times as now those wait times are often 10 minutes or less. (In fact for some of the "lesser" rides you can go multiple times without getting off)

After the parade is over, many folks, especially those with younger children, decide to call it a night and the park empty outs. Again, veterans know this is the opportune time to catch up on rides they have missed.

Now, again, on a normal operating night, usually an hour before closing time, DW slowly turns into a ghost town, you wonder where everyone is. In fact, it can be a bit spooky. At this point in the night, one can just walk on most rides.

I remember one time, my two kids an I caught the last showing at the Hall Of Presidents at 12:45am! It was us and three other people for a total of 6. When we emerged, the weather had become, cloudy, drizzly, and foggy. Very spooky if you ask me.


Now when the park is open 24 hours, it is going to be different. Folks will come out specifically to try and stay as late as possible. This is going to make for a totally different scenario as unfortunately, some parents are not going to care that their younger children are exhausted at 2am. This is not going to be something I want to be a part of.

My advice for those going to the park that day: get there at rope drop, try and get as much done as possible. Crowds are going to build dramatically as it gets later in the day. Probably, as in years past, especially at DisneyLand, the park will reach capacity as people will be turned away. There will be probably no noticeable drop off after the evening parade.

With the exception of seeing the characters in their pajamas, is there anything else worth staying for in an overcrowded park, with extremely tired children? My answer is no.

If you must go to DW this day, follow my advice of getting there early, and when the crowds get to unbearable, head to a probably much less crowded, Epcot, or HW Studios.

Anyway, just my 02.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:03 AM   #2
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I would love to see the sunrise from the Astro Orbitor !
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:29 AM   #3
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I would not be one to visit over parks over night. Throwing off normal sleeping habits can make for a miserable trip both for young kids and adults. I would not be willing to take the chance. It could be a good idea for attempting to spread the crowds out over a 24 hour period of time. I just would not be the one changing my plans to go overnight. I guess i much prefer to be the one that arrives at mk at 7 am for an early breakfast ADR at eight.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #4
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Is this for real- open for 24 hrs- or just someone's thought of "what if"?
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:58 AM   #5
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Is this for real- open for 24 hrs- or just someone's thought of "what if"?
Yes, its for real. MK (and DCA and DLR) open 24 hours straight on 5/24.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Not that I will be there on this date. Will the restaurants be going that whole time also.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:33 PM   #7
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I would love to see the sunrise from the Astro Orbitor !
Good point!
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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I was there for the Leap Day 24 hour, and it was AWESOME. It actually was not crazy crowded all night and early morning and I did not see many children (or maybe rather none, I was not really paying attention to that) during those times at all. I went for the experience of it, to be able to say "I was there!" and will be doing it again. The time of year has me knowing it most likely will be more crowded then the last time, but you go for the experience of it and every one around you is sharing that experience with you...but so agree children doing this? Not so much, nor would they want to! But this big child can't wait to do it again!
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:56 PM   #9
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I would love to be there (and I've been checking airlines for a good price) from opening to closing! But I would never bring my children to the MK on a 24 hour day.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:00 PM   #10
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I was there for the Leap Day 24 hour, and it was AWESOME. It actually was not crazy crowded all night and early morning and I did not see many children (or maybe rather none, I was not really paying attention to that) during those times at all. I went for the experience of it, to be able to say "I was there!" and will be doing it again. The time of year has me knowing it most likely will be more crowded then the last time, but you go for the experience of it and every one around you is sharing that experience with you...but so agree children doing this? Not so much, nor would they want to! But this big child can't wait to do it again!
I was going to ask if anyone who was there for Leap Day could comment on crowds. I can't imagine too many with young kids would do all night.

I wonder how many people actually stay the full 24 hours. I know I'd never make it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:28 PM   #11
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I was there on Leap Day too ALTHOUGH we skipped the whole need to be there 24 hours and came in about 9:30 or so in time for the last MSEP of the evening and then started our night. We did a lot of character hunting, a few rides, ate dinner at Pecos Bills at like 2AM and never found anything to be super crowded past midnight.

The character lines were the busiest and the longest wait we had of the night was Mickey and Minnie in their pjs. I think they seriously underestimated the popularity of that and perhaps were not staffed appropriately.

We left around 5:30 AM.

March 1 was my daughter's bday and she did not have to work so the timing of this just worked out perfectly for us. She got a birthday button when we came into the park and we had a great evening.

IF I was around again at that time I might go at opening just for any special merchandise, leave and then come back later in the evening.

Like others have mentioned though this time it might be busier..it's a Friday night that kicks off the Memorial Day weekend and the summer season of fun and vacationing. They have blocked Cast Members from using their IDs to enter so that will eliminate a lot of the guests that may have attended (they can use their e-tickets or pay as guests to attend though).

It will be interesting.

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I was there on Leap Day too ALTHOUGH we skipped the whole need to be there 24 hours and came in about 9:30 or so in time for the last MSEP of the evening and then started our night. We did a lot of character hunting, a few rides, ate dinner at Pecos Bills at like 2AM and never found anything to be super crowded past midnight.

The character lines were the busiest and the longest wait we had of the night was Mickey and Minnie in their pjs. I think they seriously underestimated the popularity of that and perhaps were not staffed appropriately.

We left around 5:30 AM.

March 1 was my daughter's bday and she did not have to work so the timing of this just worked out perfectly for us. She got a birthday button when we came into the park and we had a great evening.

IF I was around again at that time I might go at opening just for any special merchandise, leave and then come back later in the evening.

Like others have mentioned though this time it might be busier..it's a Friday night that kicks off the Memorial Day weekend and the summer season of fun and vacationing. They have blocked Cast Members from using their IDs to enter so that will eliminate a lot of the guests that may have attended (they can use their e-tickets or pay as guests to attend though).

It will be interesting.

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This is what I am also thinking. This is taking place on the Friday night of the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Also, Star Wars Weekends is going on over at Hollywood Studios so many people may do that in the morning then hop over to MK in the evening. Before the 24 hour event was confirmed we were planning Friday 5/24 as our second MK day; but we are now planning our two MK days for earlier in the week and are instead going to do either Animal Kingdom or Legoland on Friday 5/24. I realize not everyone has that option, so I agree with the OP's advice of getting to MK very early if you want to get a lot of attractions/rides done before the crowds get very heavy.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #13
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I would LOVE to be there. The 24th is my birthday! That would be cool... maybe they could bring back the free day at Disney for your birthday and I could 24 hours for free!!

But since we head out to Aulani on the 27th I guess I will be OK not being there on my birthday

As far as what I would love to experience out of a 24 hour day at Disney, I think the thing that would be the coolest would be to watch the sunrise from inside the park (can think of a few great places to watch), and then to walk out of the park satisfied with a great day, instead of just coming in to start the day
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I just wonder why they canceled the 2nd MSEP that night...I imagine the first one will be jam packed for those trying to see it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:29 PM   #15
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Any thoughts on what 5/25 might be like? We arrive that day and are planning to spend it at MK.
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