Disneyland‘s special 24-hour party actually will last 32 hours for some fans.
Visitors can line up starting at 10 p.m. — eight hours before a 24-hour party begins at Disneyland on Leap Day, Feb. 29 called One More Disney Day. Disneyland will open gates at 6 a.m. Feb. 29 and close the park at 6 a.m. March 1.
Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida also will be open for 24 hours — the first time both parks are open simultaneously for a full day.
Disneyland occasionally permits visitors to line up early for special events, such as the opening of the return of “Captain EO” in 2010 and Star Tours last year, said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
For Leap Day, the first 2,000 fans in line will get limited-edition ear hats, the Disney Parks blog announced last week. See below.
For early arrivals, visitors can park between 10 p.m. next Tuesday (Feb. 28) and 6 a.m. Feb. 29 in the Pumbaa Parking lot on Disney Way across from the Anaheim GardenWalk. Visitors can walk to the esplanade outside the park entrance until 6 a.m.
Restrooms will be available for visitors in line.
Fans in the esplanade will get wrist bands, which will be different colors based on their arrival times, said John McClintock, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
Around 4:30 a.m., visitors will have to leave the esplanade for a while during a daily security check and then return to get in line, McClintock said.
The Pumbaa parking lot shuttle starts at 6 a.m., according to the Disney Parks blog.
Fans have discussed the upcoming 24-hour party on blogs and Twitter feeds since the event was announced on New Year’s Eve. Some Twitter users said they didn’t want to spend all night in line, while others said they were making plans to be there.
No special tickets are required for the party: A regular single-day park pass costs $80. Also, annual passes can be used for admission. A Ticket Booth will be open before Disneyland opens at 6:00 am for those who need to purchase admission.
The Disney Parks Blog posted the full list of eateries open between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., including rare opportunities to eat breakfast at Cafe Orleans or Redd Rocket Pizza Port.
From 11 a.m. to midnight, French Market Restaurant will be offering shrimp pasta and red beans and rice. From midnight to 3:30 a.m., the menu changes to chicken gumbo, corn chowder, French dip sandwich with N’Orleans chips, shrimp salad sandwich with carrot-citrus slaw and bananas Foster cheesecake.
For a more serious dining adventure, at Blue Bayou from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. you can order a fancy roasted bourbon shrimp stuffed with Dungeness crab mousse served with angel hair pasta and spinach in a smoked tomato-habanero-artichoke sauce. Or prime eye of round with two quail eggs, roasted cauliflower and potatoes, Brussels sprouts and a cabernet sauce.
If you remember when Café Orleans used to serve breakfast (three-cheese Monte Cristo French toast, anyone?) you’ll want to be sure to head over any time between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. for specials from their former breakfast menu: scrambled eggs, Creole eggs benedict, three-cheese Monte Cristo French toast, lump crab quiche, bananas Foster French toast and fresh fruit with yogurt and granola.
Other spots to find late-night snacks from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.:
- Cherry pie at The Golden Horseshoe
- Chili cheese corn dog, fries and cherry pie at Stage Door Café
- Brownie and krispy skewers at Bengal Barbecue
- Green chili cheese blue corn tamales at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante
- All-beef mac ‘n cheese hot dog with bacon bits at Refreshment Corner
- Creamy lobster bisque at Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
- Pot roast and chicken sampler at Plaza Inn
- Chorizo and egg breakfast pizza at Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port
- Spicy chipotle chile turkey burger and onion rings at Tomorrowland Terrace
CLICK HERE for a list of Downtown Disney Merchants who will have extended hours as well.
Source: Disney Parks Blog, Orange County Register