Disney 24-Hour Day 2015 Experience

Saturday, May 23, 2015

The best day of the year happened yesterday: the 24-Hour Disney Summer Celebration! On this day every year, Disney leaves Magic Kingdom open from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday, a full 24 hours. The point of this event is to kick off summer, and this year's theme was "The Coolest Summer Ever" (can you guess what movie this was based off of?). Some people take on the challenge of trying to make it the entire day, while others (a.k.a. me) choose to show up close to midnight and fight to make it till morning. However this year, I ended up winning the Disney-24 Tomorrowland Contest! So my plans ended up changing a bit at the last second...

This contest gave me the opportunity to have breakfast inside Magic Kingdom in Tomorrowland, a free private screening of the new movie Tomorrowland with the rest of the winners, and a free ticket into the park for the event (not that I needed one being an annual passholder, but still cool!). All this was for me and one guest. Since I have always wanted to go to Magic Kingdom and spend the day with my boyfriend, I took him along with me.

Our day began at 3 a.m. when we left on our way to the park; we had to be there at 4 a.m. to check in and on the ferryboat by 5 a.m. We were greeted at check-in with a few goodies and our tickets for the day. The winners and their guests were brought to a special viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show that is performed before the park opens every morning. It's something I have always wanted to see, but I was never willing to wake up early for - but since I was required, I finally got to haha!

From there we went to our private breakfast at Cosmic Ray's in Tomorrowland. We had a selection of delicious foods to choose from, cinnamon rolls to bagels to danishes and more. After our yummy breakfast, we headed to the private screening of the new movie Tomorrowland at Downtown Disney. The movie was absolutely amazing; it was a bit confusing but very inspirational and definitely worth the watch. I don't normally like sitting through movies but I would sit through this one over and over again!

After the movie we headed back to the park for the day, taking in all the parades and events that it had to offer us. Surprisingly, wait times also weren't that bad either - we didn't have to wait more than an hour for any ride. We even managed to see a few Disney stars throughout the day! To finish off our time at Magic Kingdom, we met up with a few friends later on at night and had a great time despite the dreary weather; it was raining a little bit and nearby lightning caused a few rides to shut down, but it all blew over fairly quickly.

We ended up leaving the park at 3 a.m., a great accomplishment considering I woke up at 2 a.m. and thus had officially been awake more than 24 hours. I am so thankful for the wonderful day I had, it really was one of the best days of my life so far. Did anyone else go to Walt Disney World or Disneyland yesterday for the 24-hour event? Let me know how it went in the comments below! Time for me to go take a much needed nap...

1 comment

  1. That seems so fun and it looks like you had a great time!



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