Disneyland will officially kick off the summer season with another 24-hour party on Friday. Luckily it seems like Disney is taking the lessons learned from the wildly-popular 24-hour events from the last two years and is working hard to ensure the third outing will be the smoothest yet. From carpooling incentives to lots of entertainment and food offerings in both parks for guests, this year’s 24-hour event could the best yet for guests. Disney has released its various schedules, menu offerings, and planning information in advance via a series of posts on the official Disney Parks Blog. We’ve gone through and compiled all of the must-have information into one handy guide here for your planning convenience. We’ll update this post if any new information comes available before Friday’s all-nighter. Are you ready to Rock Your Disney Side (whatever that means)? Then let’s get started!

Images in today’s guide are copyright Disney unless otherwise noted.

Guide to Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour Party

    Below is all the info you need to plan your visit to this year’s 24-hour party, including tips on early arrival, special entertainment, and more.

    Theme Park Hours
    Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will be open for 24 hours May 23-24, 6 a.m. – 6 a.m.

    Tickets and Annual Passports
    Regular park admission used on May 23 is valid for the entire 24-hour event — (6 a.m. on May 23 through 6 a.m. on May 24). SoCal Select Annual Passports are not valid for admission. All other levels of Annual Passport are valid. For more information on ticket prices, see our post on Disneyland’s recent ticket price increases.

    Disney Bounding and Costumes:
    Disney is allowing costumes to be worn by guests of all ages, but your vision cannot be obstructed and your eyes must be visible at all times. Costume Guidelines and Prohibited Items

    Early Arrival:
    Lining Up:Guests can begin lining up no sooner than 12 a.m. midnight on May 23 in the Disneyland Resort transportation plaza in the East Esplanade.

    Camping Out: Guests lining up can bring folding chairs, sleeping bags, tents, and personal items with them but these items must be returned to their cars or hotel rooms before 3 a.m. Guests will be allowed to leave and return to the line to go to the restroom or retrieve items from their cars, hotels, or lockers.

    Moving In: At 3 a.m., all guests in line will be moved through Security checkpoints to the Disneyland Resort Esplanade. The first 2,000 guests in line will receive commemorative Rock Your Disney Side 24-Hour event lanyards.

    Security: Disneyland Security and the Anaheim Police Department will be present throughout the evening. No smoking, fighting, or loud music is allowed.

    Disney released a video with a tips and info on waiting in line for the 24-hour party.

    Early Morning Parking:
    Guests arriving by car prior to 5 a.m. will be directed to park at the Simba Parking Lot.

    Disney is trying to reduce the strain on its parking infrastructure by offering special perks to guests carpooling to the Resort with four or more people:

    • All guests and Annual Passholders without prepaid parking will receive parking at the discounted rate of $8.
    • Annual Passholders with prepaid parking will receive one voucher per vehicle for free a popcorn scoop and a bottled beverage.
    • All guests and Annual Passholders without prepaid parking will receive parking at the discounted rate of $8.
    • All Annual Passholders and their passengers can also receive a special Toy Story commuter button, while supplies last.

    24-Hour Live Streams from the Park

    This year Disney is offering live video streams from the parks for the entire 24-hour event. We’ve embedded them below so you can watch all day and night from home or work! Video streams do not include sound.

    Disneyland — Main Street, U.S.A.

    Disneyland — Rivers of America

    Disney California Adventure — Cars Land

    Disney California Adventure — Paradise Pier

    Rock Your Disney Side Dining

    A large variety of specialty dishes, entrees, desserts and special treats are being offered at restaurants and snack locations throughout both theme parks. Below is a complete guide to what you’ll find during the event.

    Disneyland Park
    Table-Service Dining

    • [b]Carnation Cafe[/b], Main Street, U.S.A.
      Fried Sampler Plate with crispy fried zucchini, crunchy onion rings, and fried pickles. Reservations recommended.
    • [b]Blue Bayou[/b], New Orleans Square
      Pan-seared New York pepper steak topped with asparagus, poached egg, lump crab meat, Cabernet and Béarnaise sauces with potato galette. Reservations recommended.
    • [b]Café Orleans[/b], New Orleans SquareBreakfast
      Bananas Foster Brioche French Toast topped with caramelized bananas and caramel sauce and bacon on the side. Mickey-shaped mushroom-and-asparagus frittata. Slow-braised short ribs with ñora pepper sauce. Reservations recommended.

    Quick-Service Dining

    • [B]Plaza Inn[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      Fried chicken and Mickey Mouse waffles.
    • [B]Jolly Holiday Bakery Café[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      Super Sub Sammie with salami, cappicola, prosciutto topped with kicky arugula salad, whole-grain mustard and citrus aioli on a French roll.
    • [B]Rancho del Zocalo[/B], Frontierland
      Street Taco Trio with beef, chicken or carnitas on corn tortillas with cilantro and onion and topped with salsa casera or salsa verde.
      Fried sopes (fried masa cakes) with refried beans, beef, chicken or carnitas, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese and drizzled with salsa casera or salsa verde. Pozole, a mild chile and pork stew with hominy, garnished with shredded cabbage, julienned radishes and oregano.
    • [B]French Market Restaurant:[/B], New Orleans Square
      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.
    • [B]Village Haus Restaurant[/B], Fantasyland
      “Pastram’boli” Flatbread: Cheesy roasted garlic flatbread with beef pastrami, caramelized onions and pickles and topped with a Dijon mustard sauce.
      Apple berry flatbread: Poached apples on sweet cream cheese topped with fresh berries and mint.
    • [B]Hungry Bear Restaurant:[/B], Critter Country
      Sweet and Spicy Hot Dog on a jalapeño cheddar roll with honey mustard and sautéed onions and peppers.
    • [B]Harbour Galley:[/B], New Orleans Square
      Turkey Tortilla Soup with roasted corn and black beans, garnished with sour cream, pico de gallo and fried tortilla strips.
    • [B]Tomorrowland Terrace[/B], TomorrowlandBreakfast
      Breakfast Burrito with eggs, chorizo, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, queso fresco and black beans in a flour tortilla with fresh fruit.

    Desserts, Treats, and Snacks

    • [B]Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor[/B], Main Street, U.S.A.
      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.
    • Candy Palace, Main Street, U.S.A.
      Rock Your Disney Side – Heroes and Villains cupcakes.
      Maleficent-themed treats: candy apple, krispy treat, cake pop.
    • [B]Stage Door Café[/B], Frontierland
      Funnel cake fun with red velvet funnel cake with cream cheese frosting.
      Raspberry and mango funnel cake a la mode.
      Blueberry kiwi funnel cake a la mode.
    • [B]Bengal Barbecue[/B], Adventureland
      Sweet skewers – brownies and crispy cereal squares.
    • [B]Mint Julep Bar[/B], New Orleans Square
      Super Power Punch with sprite, a shot of cotton candy and Dessert Pear gourmet syrup.
    • Disney California Adventure Park

      Table-Service Dining

      • Wine Country Trattoria, Golden Vine Winery
        Surf & Turf featuring roasted lobster tail and grilled sirloin with mac ‘n cheese croquet and a lemon beurre blanc and blue cheese demi-glace. Reservations recommended.
      • World of Color Breakfast Dining Package at Wine Country Trattoria, Golden Vine Winery
        Available from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., enjoy a special late-night breakfast with reserved viewing for 3 a.m. showing of World of Color. Reservations recommended. Breakfast options include four choices that come with a selection of assorted pastries:
        All-American bacon and eggs, Bananas Foster French toast, Hot oatmeal and fresh fruit, or Steak and eggs
        Childrens menu includes pastry assortment plus the all-American breakfast, child’s portion of Bananas Foster French toast, or a breakfast slider.
      • World of Color Breakfast Dining Package at Ariel’s Grotto, Paradise Pier
        Available from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., enjoy the regular Ariel’s Grotto breakfast menu with reserved viewing for 3 a.m. showing of World of Color. Reservations not accepted; walk-up only.

      Quick-Service Dining

      • Award Wieners, Hollywood Land
        Raven’s Feast hot dog with barbecued pulled pork and seasoned red cabbage slaw on a garlic-chive brioche bun.
        Dragon Storm with lemonade and grape syrup topped with Sprite and a green glow cube or Maleficent stir stick.
      • Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta, Paradise Pier
        Mac & Cheese Flatbread with sun-dried tomato sauce, crispy bacon, mozzarella, and basil pesto.
      • [B]Paradise Garden Grill[/B], Paradise Pier
        Mediterranean Angus Beef Pita Wrap – beef drizzled with feta pepperoncini hummus. Comes with Greek salad in a warm pita. Tabouleh on the side.
      • Cucina Cucamonga, Pacific Wharf
        Chicken Mole Plate with grilled half chicken topped with a spicy, smoky mole negro and served with rice, beans and a side of tortillas.
      • Flo’s V8 Cafe, Cars Land
        Beef and Cheddar Sandwich. Breakfast menu available during regular breakfast hours and again from 11 p.m. – 6 a.m.
      • Lucky Fortune Cookery, Pacific Wharf
        Steamed Chicken and Veggie Dumpling Bowl with rice and rice wine vinegar dipping sauce.
      • Pacific Wharf Cafe, Pacific Wharf
        Green Chile Corn Chowder in a sourdough bread bowl.
      • Taste Pilot’s Grill, Condor Flats
        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.

      Desserts, Treats, and Snacks

      • Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream, Buena Vista Street
        S’mores Bar dipped ice cream treat.
      • Trolley Treats, Buena Vista Street
        Rock Your Disney Side – Heroes and Villains cupcakes
        Maleficent-themed treats: candy apple, krispy treat, cake pop.
      • [B]Mad T Party:[/B], Hollywood Land
        Rum cocktails – Hurricane and Mai Tai.
      • [B]Boudin Bread Cart[/B], Pacific Wharf
        Captain American Shield-shaped sourdough bread.

      Special Event Entertainment

      A wide variety of special entertainment is planned for this year’s event including offerings big and small in both theme parks. New this year is live entertainment in the Main Entrance Esplanade leading up to the event as well as live artists creating sand sculptures and chalk art.

      Kick-Off Entertainment

      • Disney Side DJ, Main Entrance Esplanade
        Live DJ. 4 a.m. – 6 a.m., May 23
      • Character Appearances, Main Entrance Esplanade
        Visits from favorite Disney chracters. 4 a.m. – 6 a.m., May 23
      • Rock Your Disney Side Fireworks Kick-Off, Main Entrance Esplanade
        Special fireworks countdown and opening moment. 6 a.m., May 23

      Live Artists

      • Olaf Sand Sculpture, Main Entrance Esplanade
        Eight-foot tall, hand-crafted Olaf Sand Sculpture will welcome the summer season at Disneyland. On display throughout event.
      • Show Your Disney Sidewalk, Main Entrance Esplanade
        Artist Noah will chalk art measuring showing Mickey Mouse enjoying a summer day on the beach at Paradise Pier. Work will be donated to Autism Speaks for auction.

      Disneyland Park

      • Sleeping Beauty Castle DJ Dance Party, Central Plaza, 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.
        Dance party with live DJ in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.
      • Royal Swing Ball, Fantasy Faire, 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
        Swing dancing late into the night at the Royal Theater in Fantasy Faire.
      • Mickey’s Soundsational Parade:, Parade Route, 6:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
        Special evening parade performances.
      • Tomorrowland Terrace Dance Party:, Tomorrowland, 12 midnight – 5 a.m.
        Dance party with live DJ.
      • Avengers Super Hero Movie Marathon:, Tomorrowland, All day and night.
        Movie marathon in Magic Eye Theater featuring “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

    Disney California Adventure Park

    • World of Color, Paradise Park, 9:45 p.m. and 3 a.m.
    • Pacific Wharf Dance Party, Pacific Wharf, 10:30 p.m. – 5 a.m.
    • Paradise Garden Bandstand, Paradise Pier, 11:55 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.
      Live bands throughout the day and night.
    • Mad T Party, Hollywood Land, 9 p.m. – 5 a.m.
      Special extended hours for nighttime dance party with live music and DJ.
    • “Frozen” Sing-Along Screenings, Hollywood Land, Starting at 11:30 a.m.
      Special sing-along screenings of the hit animated film at Muppets Theater

    Special Event Merchandise

    A selection of special merchandise for the event will be offered at stores throughout both parks. All items available at the following locations unless otherwise noted: Emporium, Disney Showcase, Pioneer Mercantile, Star Trader, Elias and Co.

    • Classic Embroidered Ear Hat
      Mickey ear hat embroidered with Rock Your Disney Side event logo. Also available at Main Street Mad Hatter, Newsstand.
    • Heroes & Villains — Rock Your Disney Side T-Shirt
      T-shirt with glow-in-the-dark art featuring Mickey and Maleficent. Also available as long-sleeved fleece.
    • Limited Edition Pin
      Trading pin with Heroes and Villains artwork. Also available at Trolley Treats.
    • Heroes and Villains Glow Baton
      Special color-changing glow baton. Available at glow carts during the event.
    • Special Artist Sketches
      Special commemorative Hero and Villain artist sketches. Available at Disneyana, Off the Page, WonderGround Gallery.

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    YA, what is up with thst Rock Your Disney Side moniker, sounds pretty stupid to me. Good luck to all who show up to this sardine fest.

    • MrsMonroe

      someone is in a bad mood. just dont come and let us have all the fun

      as for the event: it wasnt crowded at all and was a blast, i got the ears, the lanyard and the pin and shirt and i was so happy to see the castle transformed into a stage party thingy haha

  • ayalexander

    Then count me as a sardine, I wanna go!

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    Can i get in if i showed up later? like are they letting people in constantly tho?

    • Yes. You can enter at any time during the 24 hours. However, regular park capacity rules apply. If the park fills up, you’ll have to wait for others to leave before you can get in. With both Disneyland and DCA open 24 hours, I’d bet that at least DCA will remain open for the full 24 hours without needing to limit access. You should be fine. 🙂

      HAVE FUN!!!

  • 2DieFR

    Pacific Wharf Dance Party tho

  • SRGFernandez

    Can anyone tell me how crowded it will be at say 3:00 pm tomorrow? I wanna go for a few hours with my mother who got back from Manila and my brother but if it’s too crowded we’ll just leave. My little brother went to the Monsterous 24 hour event and said it wasn’t that bad but i want multiple opinions. Thank you.

    • In previous years, that’s about the time it starts to get busy. By the time folks are out of work at 5pm, it really gets crowded and the crowds continue to grow through midnight and then many of the families start to go home.

    • sixalex

      These 24 hour events are growing in both stature and legend. The appeal is increasing and MANY people are in it for the Endurance Test quality as well. They will be there for the entirety of the time allowed. And who wouldn’t be enticed by the marathon of Disney Mania? It is a unique opportunity.

      My advice? Based on your limited description of your goal? Stay away. If you just want some relaxing and wandering of the parks with mom, pick a different day.

      If frenzy and mania is your cuppa tea,(or hers!) then go for it! At 3:00p.m. it *might* not be too crazy, but things will be gearing up (or is that down? These 24 hours things confuse me a bit) for night time fun. You’ll likely encounter Red Bull fueled Disney Die Hards in a mildly crazed Happier than Happy Place.

      It is a different experience than what you might be used to and a fun one. But the population of Disneyland is definitely high during these events. And I mean that both ways. 😉

      Whatever you decide, always go with an attitude of fun and enjoyment based on the way the park is THAT day. Crowds can really add to the energy of Walt’s gift.

      As for me? I wish I had the stamina! You will see me wandering and sauntering about on the slow days. But I will be tuning in to any and all reports of those who rocked their Disney sides. Vicarious living will suffice.


    • RuneM

      I’d also say it depends. I mean at 3, I don’t remember it being TOO crowded, but it wasn’t AS bad as it was last time. The downside of last time was that they had a Grad night going on at the same time that shut off a good deal of California Adventure, and locked the grads into whatever park they were in after around 9 or so. So here’s the thing, it probably won’t be “oh dear lord it is legion” bad till 10 or so, and even that depends on which lands/areas you’re in. Same basic rules apply as any disney trip, but just be a bit more weary because the crowd could be a bit more fervent, bigger and just plain scarier than the usual crowd you might be used to.

    • SRGFernandez

      Thanks for the responses! We’re gonna give it a shot and if it’s too insane we’ll save it for another day. Sounds like it’s a catch 22. It could be packed but then again it could not. i’m hoping it’d get packed at or around 10 (We leave before the fireworks so not to get stuck in the madness that is post-fireworks main street) I guess we’ll have to play it by ear.

      • sixalex

        Trip Report! Please!

    • applegui

      I went to the first 24/hour event at Disneyland in 2012, which was on Leap Day. The plan was that I was going to meet up with a few friends at 3pm, since I took the day off I got in a little early around 12pm. The population was perfect. It wasn’t over crowded, it was extremely manageable. However come 3pm my friends were stuck on the Freeway. In fact this event shut down all surrounding freeways leading up to the park. Instead of getting in at the park at 3pm, they finally made their way into the park at 9pm. It took them 6 hours to get in! When they finally got in, about 30 minutes later the park was sold out or they stopped letting people in. I remember heading up to Main Street Train Station and seeing 1000s of people lined up trying to get in. It was so remarkable, I couldn’t believe what I was witnessing. The park was at total capacity and the relief shift employees couldn’t make into the park either. We never thought the park would be this INSANE. For one this was off season, second this was on a WEDNESDAY too! LOL!

      There were so many people that even the Disney staff were overwhelmed. The trashcans were all full and overflowing garbage, people were beginning to sleep on main street. The Main Street Cinema was full of people sleeping on the floor. It was just crazy. Never seen anything like it at Disneyland. At first I thought there is no way they are going to do this again, because just the sheer mess and they had to prep the park for an 8-9am reopen. It didn’t give them time to really recover from it.

      We stayed until 6am, 18 hours for me. It was very cool to do once, but I have no desire to do it again. There was just WAY too many people to make it enjoyable. It is fun to watch the chaos once.

    • SRGFernandez

      We couldn’t even get into the parking structure. We got there around 6 because we live 30 minutes away and Ball and harbor was packed for at least 2 miles. Parking garage was closed and we only assumed that it would be insanity to attempt to get in. Guess we’ll have to go another day. Kinda bummed.

  • Ravjay12

    Sounds really cool! Looking forward to the update and pictures! Would have been really fun to go to!

  • ayalexander

    I miss Disneyland 🙁 I used to go every month for years, then when i became a Cast Member, going to the park (besides to work a shift) became a very regular occurence) now I’m lucky if I get to go to Disneyland every 6 months. I already went for the Cast Preview of Big Thunder, hopefully I will at least see Disneyland once more before the year is out.

  • Droberts1395

    Will they two your car if you leave it at DTD overnight?

    • sixalex

      The rules are fairly strict in DTD parking lot. I would never chance it unless I KNEW for CERTAIN that they were allowing overnight parking. Better to park safe than try and find the impound lot and admire all the new scratches you might gain.

      In all things Disney, it is best to follow their rules. After all, who’s the leader of the club? Not you and not me!

  • Droberts1395

    Will M/F still have space at 4?

  • tooncity

    How many attractions do they close for this event?

    Looks like that had a bunch of MMEars that needed to be sold.
    Slap a 24 logo on them, bada bing! Iger gets a bigger check.

  • Tinkbelle

    It’s nice that they have some live cams running. I’ve been checking them every now and then to see the crowd levels. Earlier I saw a couple dressed like Ariel and Eric walking with a couple of pirates through Cars Land. It looks like there are quite a few people in costume. I hope Dateline gets pictures.