Are you an early bird – the type who likes to get up at the crack of dawn? Perhaps you are a night owl – the type who likes to stay up late at night? Maybe you are one of those folks who doesn’t need much sleep at all?
For all kinds of folks – early birds, night owls, or those who simply can’t get enough of Disney magic – Disney celebrated the start of the summer season with some pretty crazy operating hours.
For the third time in as many years, Disney decided to keep the Magic Kingdom open for 24 hours straight from 6:00 AM on May 23, 2014 to 6:00 AM on May 24, 2014.
Let’s take a look:
The event started with an extra-early welcome ceremony. Guests showed up as early as 4:45 AM for the fun.
Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse joined with Disney villains and heroes to open the park in an expanded welcome ceremony at the Main Street USA Train Station.
Throughout the day, Disney put on its usual assortment of parades – just a bit more often. The Festival of Fantasy parade made two appearances, and the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Street Party boogied down Main Street USA three times. The Main Street Electrical Parade lit up the night twice, at both 11:00 PM and 1:00 AM.
No all-nighter would be complete without some food and drink to give you energy to push through.
Disney delivered with an Olaf specialty beverage served in a souvenir cup at The Lunching Pad and The Friar’s Nook. There were also plenty of cupcakes and breakfast options around the park.
For those who truly wanted to party the night away, the “Up All Night” dance party took place in front of Cinderella Castle from 2 AM to 5:45 AM. A Frontierland Dance Party also ran during the same hours.
Meet And Greet
The day started out with hero meet and greets around the park, but as the night went on the Disney villains took over.
Good Night Kiss
Disney capped off the excitement early on Saturday morning with a “kiss goodnight” at 5:50 AM on Main Street USA.