On May 24, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts started its “Monstrous Summer” promotion with its “All-Nighter” event held at the start of the Memorial Day Weekend. The all-night party enabled guests to spend up to 24 hours straight inside one of three Disney theme parks, and featured special touches themed to Disney-Pixar’s upcoming film “Monsters University.”
“Monstrous Summer All-Nighter” took place at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Resort’s two parks, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Disney Parks Blog live-blogged the 24-hour event at all three parks.
The monstrous good time began early – 6 a.m. local time on each coast – and continued until 6 a.m. on May 25, with characters and Disney guests alike appearing in their pajamas in the wee hours. In addition to the opportunity to enjoy Disney attractions around the clock, the “All Nighter” featured special entertainment, commemorative merchandise and themed food and drink treats.
In Florida, Magic Kingdom opened its “All-Nighter” with appearances by Mike Wazowski and Sulley, the collegiate-aged characters who star in “Monsters University.” The two later served as Grand Marshals for Celebrate a Dream Come True Parade, which featured special pre-parade entertainment themed to “Monsters University,” including the MU fight song.
The evening brought about Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party in front of Cinderella Castle, where guests could keep their own glass slippers moving way past midnight.
A few hundred Magic Kingdom guests also attended Disney Parks Blog “Monstrous Morning” Meet Up, which included a Monstrous donut breakfast bar, character meet-and-greet, special college I.D. badges and a preview of “Monsters University.”
And for Disney fans who couldn’t attend Magic Kingdom’s “Monstrous Summer All-Nighter” in person, Disney Parks Blog even set up a live cam at the end of Main Street, U.S.A. It was the next best thing to being there.
In California, where thousands lined up for the 24-hour event, Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure started its “All-Nighter” with fireworks and live entertainment. Disneyland kept the energy high with Fantasy Faire’s Royal Swing Ball and Tomorrowland’s “Monster Mania” dance parties. For a sleepier nighttime treat, guests visited Disney Character Pajama Party at Mickey’s Toontown; the location offered hot chocolate, milk and Disney cartoons as well as photo opportunities with characters wearing their jammies.
Meanwhile, Disney California Adventure showed off its new “Monsters University” dorms in Hollywoodland and a “Monsters University” float in the Pixar Play Parade.
The “All-Nighter” marks the beginning of Disney’s “Monstrous Summer” fun. In California “Mickey and the Magical Map” stage show just opened, the latest in number of new experiences – from Fantasy Faire with Disney Princesses at Disneyland park to the still-new Cars Land and Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.
Walt Disney World marks its first summer for New Fantasyland and Epcot’s re-imagined Test track, Disney Hollywood Studios’ new Disney Junior Show (with Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins). The Florida resort also debuts an interactive “Pirates Adventure” game at Magic Kingdom and Wilderness Explorers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. As part of summer Limited Time Magic, Cinderella Castle features a seasonal projection featuring scenes of Lilo and Stitch at the beach, “Under the Sea” with Ariel and some Goofy fun.
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