Disneyland kicked off its busy summer season with another 24-hour party that encouraged guests to rock their “Disney Sides” by “Disney Bounding” and wearing costumes to the parks. The popular 24-hour event included special entertainment, dining, characters and more to keep guests entertained throughout the day and night. Today we fill you in on the highlights from the Rock Your Disney Side event as well as bring you up-to-date on the current refurbishment and construction projects in both theme parks.
Don’t miss your weekly Disneyland Resort crowd forecast — provided by our friends at MouseAddict — in the Weekly News and Information Roundup at the end of today’s update!
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Disneyland kicked off its big Rock Your Disney Side 24-hour party early Friday morning with a fireworks countdown from actor, and voice of Olaf from “Frozen,” Josh Gad.
Long lines of overnight guests moved into the parks and for the first few hours of the day the parks felt relatively empty as crowds spread out.
Disney also debuted a new Maleficent face character based on the upcoming movie starring Angelina Jolie. The character appearance was a surprise announcement made via Disney social media and guests had to obtain a special ticket at the Blue Sky Cellar to meet Maleficent late Friday night in front of the 3D movie preview entrance. Our good friend Izabelle’s (@izkosti on Twitter) shared these photos with us from the special meet-n-greet.
You can see more of Izabelle’s great Disney photography on Flickr.
Overall, the 24 hour party seemed like a typical busy Friday in the park with a couple small special offerings here and there. It wasn’t until after the evening fireworks show that the party really started and the parks turned into giant dance parties.
I can understand wanting to change the atmosphere in the parks for special events like this but it’s one thing to create a party atmosphere after dark but turning the hub into a huge dance party with songs like “#SELFIE” blasting lyrics like “After we go to the bathroom, can we go smoke a cigarette? / I really need one / But first, let me take a selfie.” The atmosphere went from traditional Disney to a giant Grad Nite-like event for adults, unfortunately turning the parks into pretty family-unfriendly places.
That charming ramp that once looked like leaves is now significantly widened with permanent railing going up soon. The mild thrill of zipping down that ramp and feeling like you might fly off as your caterpillar comes dangerously close to the edge will likely now be entirely lost. Hopefully the new ramp will turn out to at least look nice.
|Weekly News & Information Round-Up|
|Weekly Theme Park Hours
May 26 — June 1, 2014
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|Monday: 8 am – 12 am
Tue.-Thur.: 9 am – 11 pm
Fri.-Sat.: 9 am – 12 am
Sunday: 8 am – 12 pm
|Monday: 8 am – 10 pm
Tue.-Sat.: 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday: 8 am – 10 pm
|[CENTER]For a complete listing of theme park hours,
visit the Disneyland.com Theme Park Calendar[/CENTER]
|[center]Closure and Refurbishment Schedule[/center]|
|[b][center]Disney California Adventure[/center][/b]|
|[b][center]Downtown Disney and Disneyland Resort Hotels[/center][/b]|
A quick look at noteworthy Disney theme park headlines from around the web.[/center]
|Alright, that’s it for this week’s update. Did you stay for all 24 hours on Friday? Let us know what you thought of this year’s 24 hour party in the comments section below!
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