I do a lot of crazy things - mostly on accident. This craziness, however, was planned. Sort of.
I was down to tackle the Disneyland 24-Hour Event this year because it was the kickoff to Disneyland's 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. I wanted to see the new night-time parade Paint the Night, the new fireworks show Disneyland Forever and of course the new World of Color - Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney. All the #Disneyland60 shows and merchandise were set to debut during the 24-Hour event and I wanted to join in on the fun.
Having just come home from the Disney Social Media Mom's Celebration at Walt Disney World the week before, I had no to time to plan my 24-hour strategy. I left work on Thursday, May 21st at 5:00pm, came home and packed and was on a plane a few hours later. I didn't hit the bed until 1am Friday, May 22.
By the time the Disneyland 24-Hour Event was all said and done I had been awake for 29 hours straight, 25 of of which were spent in the parks. Was it fun? Yup. Would I do again? Watch the videos to find out!
Friday, May 22nd: Disneyland 24-Hour Event
1:00am Go to bed
3:00am Alarm goes off. Is it too late? Am I too early? I need a plan. I hit snooze.
3:10am Alarm goes off. I panic. I. HAVE. To. Get. Up.
4:00am Reach out to my friends Crystal and Patty to see how they are doing and what the crowds look like. I get ready. I pack the biggest, fattest, heaviest backpack ever. I am ready for whatever comes my way.
4:15am As I'm getting ready to leave I trip and fall, slamming my knee into the bed. I'm starting to think I'm too old for this shit.
4:53am I'm in a taxi heading towards Downtown Disney because my knee is screaming at me. I have the driver stop to pick up Patty who is walking by herself on Katella because friends don't let friends stroll Katella alone pre-5am.
5:07am Thanks to Crystal, I'm at the locker she reserved for me on the Esplanade.
5:10am I'm on Main Street U.S.A. Thank you, Crystal!
6:00am It begins. So do the hourly selfies and videos.
9:00am Yay - my friend Betsy and her family are here!
10:00am Yay - my friend Emelia is here!
11:30am Yay - my friend Beth and her family are here!
Saturday, May 23rd: Disneyland 24-Event
6:00am It ends. And it was awesome.
8:00am After being awake for a full 29 hours I go to sleep.
10:30am I'm up.
12:00pm Emelia and I are back at Disney California Adventure for cocktails and lunch at Carthay Circle.
Check out the two videos below for full details. Part 1 is an intro as well as my thoughts on the day and event as a whole. Did I think Disneyland was really at capacity? Find out.
Part 2 of my Disneyland 24-Hour video series is the fun one! See hourly video clips and photos from 6am - 6am, including the super cute closing ceremony with pajama wearing Disney characters.
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