How NOT to Make it 24 Hours in the Parks

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The big buzz around Disney parks is the upcoming 24 hour event to be held May 24th (how appropriate) .  This event titled, the Monstrous Summer All Nighter is similar to the “One More Disney Day” Event held leap day of 2012.    Were you there?  I was.  But, today I have a HUGE confession; a confession of monstrous proportions.  I attended the “One More Disney Day 24 Hour Event” and I did not make it 24 hours.  I failed miserably!  I made the freshman mistakes and I’m not proud of them.  But, don’t worry, I’ve learned from my grotesque past attempt and I think I’m ready to repeat the course (unfortunately I won’t be able to test out these theories during the upcoming 24 hour event…maybe next time).

Today I’m here to serve as your tutor.  I’m sharing what NOT to do to make it 24 hours in the parks!  Fingers, paws, and claws crossed, when we finish you’ll be able to add the twenty four hour challenge to your transcript! Let’s get started with this syllabus for success…and yes there will be a midterm exam.

What NOT to do…

I. Stay up late the night before.  While you’re at it, sleep in  and miss the opening of the park.  

I may or may not have done that for the Leap Day Event.  No matter how amazing those late night Extra Magic Hours are, don’t overdo it the night before.  Get in bed a reasonable hour!

II. Take lots of breaks.  The more, the better.  

Find a bench and park it…or not!  The best way to take a turn for the worst is to take lots breaks midterm. Keep going!

III. Eat Heavy Foods.

Filling up your belly with lots of heavy food will do NOTHING to ward off sleepiness!  Eat a little a long the way.  Any rate, who wants to miss out on 24 hours of magic sitting in a table service restaurant?

IV.  Sit Through lots of dark shows.

As much as I love the Carousel of Progress, this attraction did nothing to keep me pumped and awake.  If you have to sit in the dark for more than 10 minutes, I say drop it!

V.  Get overly cozy.

Cuddle up with a cozy hoodie or a comfy pair of pajamas (I saw a ton of people at the 24 hour event for Leap Day in pjs!) and your chances for falling asleep increase exponentially!  Avoid getting too cozy and you’ll ace the test!


So…if you want to pass the class and receive full credit, make sure you enroll in these courses.

Rest Up 101

That’s right, learn from my mistakes!  Get a good night’s rest the night before the 24 hour event.  If you can swing it, keep your traveling and half-marathon running (yep, we did the Princess Half just days before) to a minimum on the days leading up to the event.  Consider making the day before a relaxation day, a water park day would be perfect!

Hydration and Caffeina”tion”  718

Staying hydrated is a good idea any day, especially on a day walking around Disney.  To stay up 24 hours, you’ll want to stay well hydrated.  Along with this hydration, if you are anything like me, caffeine will help.  I don’t really “do” energy drinks (I’m afraid I’ll go all Jessie Spano EXCITED), but you might be into that kind of thing.  For me a caffeinated soda or cup of coffee will do the trick…maybe more than a cup for 24 hours straight.

 Stay Active 201

I don’t really feel like this is a problem when it comes to Disney World, but just so everyone is prepared, plan on staying active.  From the schedule of special happenings for the event to the multitude of rides, staying active shouldn’t be that hard.  Remember, just avoid those rides that are slow moving (think It’s a Small World) or attractions that might lull you to sleep (think Hall of Presidents).  Don’t let things get slow!  Keep on the go!

 Plan Ahead 510

Make a plan for each hour to renew and reinvigorate.  Maybe you’ll hit one of the mountains ever other hour or so,  you might indulge in some jumping jacks during the wee hours of the morning,  or maybe you’ll create an literary for the day filled with things you want to ride/watch/see.  Disney does 24 hour events right, creating an upbeat environment complete with meet n’ greets, dancing in the streets, and of coursing shopping till you drop for special event merchandise!   It really can’t hurt to plan ahead (before you are slap happy from lack of sleep).


I hope these tips will help you avoid failing like I did!  So, are you ready for the final?  Here it goes…

1.  Are you going to the Monstrous Summer All Nighter?

If so…

2. Are you headed to Florida, to play the day away in the Magic Kingdom or are you heading staying up in Cali to party in both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure?

3. What are your strategies to make it 24 hours?


With full inspiration from Disney-Pixar’s Monsters University, this 24 hour event is sure to leave you shrieking with joy!  We’ll have coverage of the event here on the blog for us all (me too) to live through!  With all that excitement, how could you pass?  I hope you guys have a monstrously good week!  (and thanks for putting up with all my college/monster word play).


Thanks for reading and commenting!


See ya’ real soon,



How NOT to Make it 24 Hours in the Parks


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3 thoughts on “How NOT to Make it 24 Hours in the Parks

  1. 1. Oh yeah! When the rumor came out a few months ago, I went ahead and requested the day off (I figured that if the rumor didn’t pan out, I’d still get a 4-day weekend out of it!)

    2. We live in North FL, so we’re a 2 hour drive from WDW. We are staying for the whole weekend, so we booked a stay at POP.

    3. We, too, did Leap Day, and we only made it to 2am. This time, we plan on doing special things – hubby and the kiddo are going to do 24 rides on BTMRR in 24 hours. I am a photographer, so I’ll try to do a photo an hour of something (clocks, Main Street, I don’t know yet….) I also plan on ingesting a LOT of caffeine and sugar (though, not going to get to Level: SPANO). I am also thinking that, in the wee hours when I’m draggin’, hop on a Mountain for some adrenaline. The fam doesn’t like Splash, so I’d do it while they do another ride on BTMRR.

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