Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour party kicks off busy summer season at Disneyland

Written by Andy Castro. Posted in Dateline Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Features

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Published on May 26, 2014 at 5:05 am with 54 Comments

About Andy Castro

Andy is a Southern California native, raised with Disneyland and a life-long fan of Disney theme parks and animation. Andy writes the weekly Dateline Disneyland column, which can be found every Monday on MiceChat.

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  • RemainSeatedPlz87

    I was there the full 24 hours and even after the dance parties began I never really saw it become “unfamily friendly” I thought it was all handled very well.

    • GDub80

      I would agree with you. It was easy to walk around, and everyone was on their best game! The Disney CM’s and entertainment did a phenomenal job!!

    • MrsMonroe

      i agree, just because they mentioned cigarettes doesnt mean that kids who hear it will start smoking and Walt was a heavy smoker, people need to stop being politically correct, its annoying. music and styles change and just because Disney wants to be contemporary for their crowds doesnt make them unfamily friendly

  • LoveStallion

    How has it taken so many weeks to do the woodwork over at Paradise Pier? Shouldn’t a job like that take a few nights, tops?

    Am I alone in vehemently disliking the entire “Disney Side” campaign? It just seems like such phoned-in marketing. “Hey! We haven’t put an entirely new ride in here since 2005 (and even that was a copy of a Florida attraction), but we’re happy to harvest your social data and, if you’re lucky, you might see your picture on a screen!”

    • CaptainAction

      Show them your Disney side; it’s your backside as you head to Universal or somewhere else.

      • ayalexander

        you say that a lot

      • thebear

        good one Captain. the 28th time is always the funniest.

      • WDWfanBoston

        Wow, Captain. You get perturbed when I say you copy and paste all of your comments. We are still looking for some original thoughts…

      • LoveStallion

        A Captain. Unlike you, I do love the Disney parks and don’t look for any excuse to belittle them. Working in marketing and communications, I just think “Disney Side” is a pretty weak marketing move and represents laziness on the part of Disney’s M&C team.

        Also, while you might relish the chance to promote Universal’s Florida properties, this article is about Anaheim, and if I have to choose between Disney in CA and Universal in Hollywood, I will definitely go with Disney. Universal Studios may be expanding and changing – and undoubtedly for the better – but my back shall not turn on Disney if we’re in California.

        And if I crave cheap thrills I just go to Knott’s.

        Hey MiceChat, I know it’s important to have registered users and all, but maybe you can switch your commenting engine to Disqus so we can more freely vote down Captain’s comments. What say ye?

    • LoveStallion

      Also, I’d like to note that my query regarding the woodwork at the Pier is a genuine one. I can’t understand why it should take more than a few days, but I’m also no expert. Anyone have any elucidation for me?

      • YidChef

        From what it looks like to me ( by the pictures show here and in past weeks editions) is they’re replacing all the wood, not just the rotted one, if this is the case this would be very smart of them, so they don’t need to replace wood every couple of months. I’m no carpenter, so I very well might be wrong, but his might be why it’s taking so long

  • jcruise86

    Josh Gad is up there with Nathan Lane and Jack Black. I hope he gets film parts that let him show off, like a movie version of “The Book of Mormon.”

    The princesses on their cell phones reminded me of seeing Show White singing “Proud Mary” at the Oscars with Rob Lowe, or of seeing her backstage in the early 80s smoking.

  • DisneyLover66

    As always, fantastic photos and commentary! I think it’s good that you pointed out the “family unfriendly lyrics.”

  • MyFriendtheAtom

    Hanging at NOS this weekend –
    I realized that all THAT construction (and the inconveniences its caused is ME) is for something I’ll prolly never see

    it’d be nice if they spent that kind of attention to the subs tho, or haunted mansion or tomorowland or whatever

    that dude took the subs

  • Haven

    So, is there a parking lot tram that services that stroller parking area in front of Small World? Whaaaat.
    Also, too bad a retractable railing system could not have been acceptable at Alice for times when the attraction is being serviced or evacuated.

  • Oregonmom2

    The disney princesses on their cell phones…I am guessing/hoping that these are actually two VISITORS dressed as princesses…not actual disney cast members??? I once saw a cast member by Disneyland hotel who was outside and on a cell phone. I have never seen anyone run and hide so fast!!!

    Does anyone know about the picture in the article???

    Great article!!! Everything looks great, and I wish I was there!

    • ayalexander

      Of course those are not actual characters. Disney doesn’t allow women of that age to be a princess. Plus Disney gives their princesses wigs that are highly cared for, those women had their real hair done up, and Cinderella has blonde hair, not brown. Plus their costumes aren’t up to the Disney standard, they are cheap. Nothing about them or their activity says they are Disney cast members. They are so obviously guests.

      • Susan Hughes

        It’s really quite easy to tell those were NOT actual Disney Princesses. Too old…too unattractive. After all, it’s Disneyland…not Walt Disney World (oh, I’m gonna catch hellfire for that).

  • Algernon

    I guess all the water on the ground by Club 33 is from people who just barely made it to the restrooms before seeing the “No Restroom Access signs.” I hope they’ll understand that they were probably hooking up the golden toilets in Club 33 that day, and had to close them off.

    Can’t they do anything about the stroller blight in front of Small World? It looks horrible!

    Too bad about the Alice in Wonderland leaves.

    No way would I go to Disneyland when it’s that crowded!

  • JiminyCricketFan

    While I think occasional parties at Disneyland is a great idea, I cannot help but feel the underlying profit motive for the whole event. When Disney finds something that makes money, they usually beat it to death. I think once a year parties like this is fun, but I foresee Disney doing this as often as they can to rake in the dollars as fast as they can.

    I really do wish that there was more attention put to the 60th activities and attractions. I am glad there is a parade, but I want a new fireworks show, a new attraction open, and truly unique and attractive Disneyland exclusive commemorative merchandise.

  • pinkertonfloyd

    Strange… on Halloween Nights, you are not allowed to dress like a Disney Character… but it’s okay for this?

    • ayalexander

      Because on Halloween, people go completely overboard. During a summer day, people don’t have immediate access to crazy costumes cause its not Halloween yet. But I do see your point. I don’t think its right to dress up as a disney character, while in a Disney park. One girl was dressed as slutty Roger Rabbit! Oh ppppplease, WHO DOES THAT?

      (“ppppplease” -you know I had to do it)

      • Eeee-va

        My understanding is that if Disney has an event where they say you can dress as a Disney character (paid Halloween party, Rock Your Disney Side event) you can certainly dress as a Disney character. Guests are supposed to follow the rules (no masks that cover your eyes, costume shouldn’t drag the ground, guests dressed as Disney characters can’t pose for photos with other guests, etc.).

        There are a lot of gray areas, with people sometimes practically dressing as characters for Dapper Days (which was never the creator’s intention), people “Disneybounding” in outfits that are basically costumes, etc. And certainly, Disney does not enforce their rules consistently. On their blogs, they have actually been encouraging “Disneybounding” (dressing in outfits of the same colors as/reminiscent of characters; not dressing outright AS the characters). But their rules still say:

        Ensuring that the parks are family friendly is an important part of the Disney experience. In that spirit, we ask you to use your discretion and common sense. Attire that is not appropriate for the theme parks (and which may result in refusal of admittance) includes but is not limited to:

        *Adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character
        *Masks (unless you are dressing up for a particular event)
        *Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
        *Excessively torn clothing
        *Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
        *Tattoos that could be considered objectionable, such as with obscene language or graphics

        Anyway, for Rock Your Disney Side, Disney explicitly encouraged guests of all ages to dress as their favorite heroes and villains. I do wish guests would all keep it classy and family-friendly. But when Disney invites and encourages guests to dress as Disney characters in their park on certain days and guests take them up on the invitation, then if anyone doesn’t like it, I think their quarrel is with Disney more than the guests.

      • ayalexander

        No I understand. I’m just saying that Disney shouldn’t allow people to dress up exactly as a Disney Character in a Disney Park. It’s just not right. Yes Disney told them to dress up, so I’m not blaming the guest. I’m saying Disney shouldn’t let adult people dress up as a Disney Character. Because then you get girls that dress as inappropriate versions of characters like slutty Roger Rabbit or all-too-revealing Belle. A girl once dressed up as mickey, She had red, super short shorts and a black tube top. She was dressed very inappropriately for a family environment, let alone mimicking a family-friendly Disney character. Its just not right.

  • ayalexander

    Great update. I wish I could go to Disneyland on the 24hr day. Crowds only bother me during regular business hours because you usually can’t ride much rides. But during a 24hr day, you have 24 hrs to at least get twelve rides in. Probably much more, though I wouldn’t leave one park just to visit the other, I would pick Disneyland and stick with it for 24hrs.

    Truly is sad to see New Orleans Square blocked off and under tarps… and even sadder to see each shop still open. At least close one shop to show that Disney is willing to make a sacrifice on their part… but nooo. I feel strongly that the Court of Angels should still be open to regular guests, that is a lovely hidden corner of the park, and now they took it away to hand it to their elite guests whom I’m sure won’t appreciate the courtyard the way we do. Every time I took a first-timer to Disneyland with me, Court of Angels was a mid-day stop as part of my tour. But now, you have to be an elite member just to see it. How truly sad.

    MiceChatters, don’t blame the company for this, if you must put blame, then blame the individuals that came up with the idea. I used to work for Disneyland, and I know what its like for people to blame me for something that my higher-up told me to do. One person creates the mistake that makes the guests blame the whole company.

  • dcaguy

    It’s just a matter of time before Mary Niven brings a night time rave mad t party to Disneyland.

    • ayalexander

      If that were to happen, which I’m sure it won’t. It would most likely be in Tomorrowland, but you see, Disneyland isn’t a failing theme park with no means to keep people at night. For all intensive purposes, her idea succeeded and kept people in DCA at night. So don’t knock it too much :)

      • LoveStallion

        Intents and purposes. No worries. I’ve been there, too.

  • CADisney

    Great update, thank you! Andy, in your next update, can you provide a picture from the Pirates exit? In the past few updates you have showed us that – wondering if they wrapped it up as part of the refurbishment.

  • Ravjay12

    Great update and pictures! Hey, people pay all that money, if they can get through security checkpoint and through the main gate, than they can wear whatever they want. I’ve seen people dressed as characters all the time in Disney theme parks. Tokyo Disneyland is a great example. They don’t work there, so Disney can’t tell them they can’t wear character outfits. Most kids can tell who the actual characters are anyway.

  • pvcoasterguy

    Regarding the “family unfriendly” aspect:

    This event took place late at night. Most families, particularly those with young children, likely refrained from late night festivities. Obviously most of the people going to stay the late night would have been old enough where the lyrics to a song like #Selfie (oh my gosh, cigarettes!) would be fine. Let’s not forget that smoking is not illegal and children can see people smoking around areas of the parks and may have parents who are smokers.

    Additionally, I’ve seen families enjoying and having fun at things like the Mad T Party. There are plenty of calmer areas around the park that those disenchanted by the party atmosphere could seek refuge. But it’s great to give teens and young adults a way to see that Disney is actually relevant and in-tune with pop culture.

    • Will G

      Your point about younger children and late night is valid.
      But please don’t mock the opinion that songs promoting cigarette use are family unfriendly.
      Pre teens will have been old enough to have stayed up overnight and immature enough to take the message of smoking as a positive and glamorous one.
      You are correct that Disney showed themselves to be in-tune with pop culture, but in this case, I feel it was a flat note.
      There is much in our current pop culture that is better unrepeated

      Even if your parental examples are addicted to smoking, it would be better if Disney (or any corporation) did not re-enforce a poor choice.

      Will G

      • DisneyLover66

        Perfectly said, Will G. Walt’s vision was to set the standard and not be a follower. Disney is known for its attention to detail. That is what sets it apart from other theme parks. And, that is why people pay what they do to spend time there. In this case, I think someone dropped the ball in allowing those foolish lyrics.

        Also, Walt Disney died of lung cancer. In his day doctors were encouraging people to smoke, saying it was “good for you.” I don’t think Walt would want to hear anything that glamorizes cigarettes.

      • LoveStallion

        Not only that, but Walt was ashamed of his smoking habit and went out of his way not to let people see him smoke or promoting smoking in any way. “Saving Mr. Banks” wasn’t just making that part up.