This year’s 24 hour party at the Disneyland Resort to kick off the summer starts this Friday, May 23 at 6:00 a.m. and continues until 6:00 a.m. the next day, Saturday, May 24.  The 24 hour party to kick off summer is starting to become an annual tradition at the Disneyland Resort, beginning with last year’s Monstrous Summer ‘All-Nighter’ (2012’s One More Disney Day occurred during Leap Day).  This year’s theme of Rock Your Disney Side encourages guests to come in costume as their favorite Disney hero or villain.  This is one of the rare times that guests will be allowed to wear costumes at the parks, as it is generally not allowed, except for the annual Halloween party events.  Not sure yet how to fill your 24 hours at the Disneyland Resort?  Here’s a complete guide, including information about entertainment, food, merchandise and even how to line up!

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Arriving and Lining Up

The parks officially open at 6:00 a.m. on May 23, but guests will be allowed to join a pre-opening queue starting at 12 midnight on May 23.  Games, blankets, chairs, tents and sleeping bags will be allowed in the pre-opening queue, but these items must be returned to your car or stored in a locker at 3:00 a.m., at which time all guests will be moved through security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade.  Why fall in line this early?  The first 2,000 guests in line will receive exclusive commemorative event lanyards.

Be sure to carpool to the event – cars with four or more passengers parking at the Disneyland resort will receive the following incentives:

  • Guests and Annual Passholders without pre-paid parking will receive a discounted parking rate of $8 (oversize vehicles not eligible)
  • Annual Passholders with pre-paid parking will receive one voucher per vehicle for one free popcorn scoop and one bottled beverage, redeemable at any outdoor vending cart within the parks
  • All Annual Passholders and their passengers will also receive a special Toy Story commuter button (button quantity is limited and will be given only while supplies last)

Costumes will be allowed during the event, and are allowed to cover your face, but your vision cannot be obstructed and your eyes must be visible at all times.  Full costume guidelines may be found here.

Entertainment and Special Events

At Disneyland Park:

  • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
  • The Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland will host the Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon throughout the event, featuring Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
  • Fantasmic! will be presented at its usual times at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., along with the Magical fireworks spectacular at 9:25 p.m.
  • A DJ will be spinning tunes for everyone until 5 a.m. in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • The Royal Swing Band Ball presents a live band in the Royal Theatre at Fantasy Faire from 10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace features Tomasina from 7:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and a late night dance party that lasts until 5:00 a.m.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • Live music throughout the day and night at Paradise Garden Bandstand, with performances scheduled from 11:55 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
  • Extra performances for Disney Junior – Live on Stage! at 9:30 a.m. and Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular at 7:55 p.m.
  • Muppets Theater will host sing-along screenings of Frozen starting at 11:30 a.m.
  • World of Color will be presented on Paradise Bay at 9:45 p.m. and again at 3:00 a.m.
  • Pacific Wharf will host The Wharf Dance Party from 10:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
  • Join the Mad T Party Band for some T during hourly performances from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.and White Rabbit DJ, from 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Special, Tasty Food

At Disneyland Park:

Table-Service Options:

  • Carnation Café: Fried Sampler Plate with crispy fried zucchini, crunchy onion rings, and those addictive fried pickles.
  • Blue Bayou Restaurant: Pan-seared New York pepper steak topped with asparagus, poached egg, lump crab meat, Cabernet and Béarnaise sauces with potato galette.

Quick-Service Options:

  • Plaza Inn: Fried Chicken and Waffles (see photo below)

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  • Jolly Holiday Bakery Café: Super Sub Sammie with salami, cappicola, prosciutto topped with kicky arugula salad, whole-grain mustard and citrus aioli on a French roll.
  • Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor: Black and White Ice Cream Sandwich with hand-scooped vanilla ice cream between chocolate chip cookies with a white and dark chocolate drizzle and mini chocolate chips.
  • Rancho del Zocalo: Street Taco Trio with beef, chicken or carnitas on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion and topped with salsa casera or salsa verde. Also lightly fried sopes (fried masa cakes) with refried beans, beef, chicken or carnitas, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese and drizzled with salsa casera or salsa verde. Or pozole, a mild chile and pork stew with hominy, garnished with shredded cabbage, julienned radishes and oregano.
  • French Market Restaurant: Shrimp Po’ Boy with crispy popcorn shrimp, mayo, sliced tomato and shredded lettuce with oil and vinegar, served on a toasted potato roll with house-made potato chips and fresh fruit.
  • Village Haus Restaurant: “Pastram’boli” Flatbread: cheesy roasted garlic flatbread with beef pastrami, caramelized onions and pickles and topped with a Dijon mustard sauce. Also try the apple berry flatbread (see photo below) with poached apples on sweet cream cheese topped with fresh berries and mint.

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  • Hungry Bear Restaurant: Sweet and Spicy Hot Dog on a jalapeño cheddar roll with honey mustard and sautéed onions and peppers.
  • Harbour Galley: Turkey Tortilla Soup with roasted corn and black beans, garnished with sour cream, pico de gallo and fried tortilla strips.

Sweet Snacks:

  • Stage Door Café: funnel cake fun with red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese frosting, raspberry and mango funnel cake a la mode and blueberry and kiwi funnel cake a la mode.
  • Bengal Barbecue: two sweet skewers – brownies and crispy cereal squares.
  • Mint Julep Bar: Super Power Punch with sprite, a shot of cotton candy and Dessert Pear gourmet syrup.

Breakfast Bites:

  • Café Orleans: Bananas Foster French Toast made with thick-cut brioche that’s battered and grilled then topped with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce. Bacon on the side. Also a Mickey-shaped mushroom-and-asparagus frittata and slow-braised short ribs with ñora pepper sauce.
  • Tomorrowland Terrace: Breakfast Burrito with eggs, chorizo, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco and black beans in a flour tortilla with fresh fruit.

At Disney California Adventure park:

Table-Service Options:

  • Wine Country Trattoria: Surf & Turf featuring roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin with mac ‘n cheese croquet and a lemon beurre blanc and blue cheese demi-glace.

Quick-Service Options:

  • Lucky Fortune Cookery: Steamed Chicken and Veggie Dumpling Bowl with rice and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce.
  • Award Wieners: Raven’s Feast hot dog with barbecued pulled pork and seasoned red cabbage slaw on a garlic-chive brioche bun. Also the Dragon Storm with lemonade and grape syrup topped with Sprite and a green glow cube or Maleficent stir stick.
  • Taste Pilots’ Grill: Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sliders – one with teriyaki glaze, the other with Cajun seasoning and spicy Buffalo sauce. Served with combo of fries and onion rings.
  • Cocina Cucamonga Mexican Grill: Chicken Mole Plate with grilled half chicken topped with a spicy, smoky mole negro and served with rice, beans and a side of tortillas.
  • Pacific Wharf Café: Green Chile Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
  • Flo’s V8 Café: Beef and Cheddar Sandwich; breakfast menu during regular breakfast hours and again from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
  • Paradise Garden Grill: Mediterranean Angus Beef Pita Wrap – beef is drizzled with feta pepperoncini hummus and comes with Greek salad in a warm pita. Tabouleh on the side.
  • Boardwalk Pizza & Pasta: Mac & Cheese Flatbread with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella, and basil pesto.

Sips and Snacks:

  • Mad T Party: two rum cocktails – Hurricane and Mai Tai.
  • Boudin Bread Cart: Captain America Shield-shaped sourdough bread.
  • Clarabelle’s: S’mores Bar dipped ice cream treat.

Instead of the usual World of Color dinner package, a breakfast package will be available from 11:30 p.m. on May 23 to 1:30 a.m. on May 24 at Wine Country Trattoria and Ariel’s Grotto in Disney California Adventure park where guests will receive access to reserved viewing for the special showing of the nighttime spectacular World of Color at 3:00 a.m.

Special Merchandise

The 24 hour party wouldn’t be complete without merchandise only available at the event itself.  A visit to Disneyland would not be complete without Mickey ears – a special edition featuring an embroidered event logo will be available.

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The official event T-shirt features a Heroes & Villains design on the front and the event logo on the back.  Pin traders will not be left out as a special event pin will be available, but no sign yet of any Vinylmation figures!  Nighttime spectaculars wouldn’t be complete without a glow in the dark items, including a special glow baton.

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Finally don’t miss these two special event cupcakes featuring a chocolate disk with the Heros & Villains artwork.

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You can find the aforementioned special merchandise at the following locations around the Disneyland Resort.

Disneyland Park

  • Emporium, Disney Showcase, Pioneer Hall, The Star Trader (all items except cupcakes)
  • Main Street Mad Hatter, Newsstand (ear hat only)
  • Candy Palace (cupcakes only)

Disney California Adventure Park

  • Elias & Co. (all items except cupcakes)
  • Trolley Treats (cupcakes and pin only)

Downtown Disney District

  • World of Disney (all items except cupcakes and glow baton)
  • Marceline’s Confectionery (cupcakes only)

There is definitely plenty of entertainment, food and merchandise to keep you rockin’ for all 24 hours!