Published: March 3, 2014 at 3:29 PMI'm hoping to work at a theme park very soon :)
Published: March 3, 2014 at 5:07 PMI worked at WDW during New Years Eve at Magic Kingdom. Worst Night ever.
Published: March 3, 2014 at 9:17 PMWow. Great story. Well written. Thanks for sharing.
Published: March 4, 2014 at 12:20 AMEnjoyed this, thanks for the story!
Published: March 4, 2014 at 3:19 AMThe moral of the story seems to be avoid the 24-hour Disney event. I understand part of the experience is the crowd, but I just couldn't handle it.
Published: March 4, 2014 at 11:23 AMI enjoyed both 24-hour events, but I should qualify that my saying that I went early to both. At the first one at Disneyland, I bailed when the crowd exploded in the evening, after work hours. I went to WDW for the second event, and stayed only for a short while in the morning, when the park was pretty much vacant. I think the extended hours at the MK encouraged WDW visitors to hit other parks during the day, with the idea that they could come to the MK for those extra hours at night.
Published: March 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM@Grant: I wouldn't necessarily say that is the case.
If you don't like big crowds, this event probably isn't for you. My experience wasn't good, nor was it bad...it was certainly exhausting, though. That being said, I was working, which means that the 24 hour Disney day was not designed for my pleasure and comfort (nor should it have been).
I'd love to try one of these from a guest's point of view, because I heard very positive things from people that went to this event and the one that followed it. So I guess the moral of the story is less "don't go to this event" as much as it is remember to be respectful and courteous to the people bending over backwards to make it happen.
Published: March 4, 2014 at 2:30 PMMy wife and I had my parents watch the kids for three days so we could fly in from Seattle for the "One More Disney Day" event. It was a disaster. We didn't get any of the merchandise we wanted, we go in the parks at night and it was PACKED shoulder to shoulder and we couldn't go anywhere. We left and decided to take a nap and come back later.
We came back at 10PM and weren't allowed in the park because it was at capacity. HUGE lines outside of Disney. We then came back at 3AM and got in, only to see all the good exclusive food was gone. The lines for rides were hours... I think I saw Space Mountain at a 4 hour wait or longer? I think we got to go on a few rides... Snow Whites Scary Adventure (over 30 minute wait) and a few other little kids type rides.
When we were in line for Snow White we saw TONS of local teenagers. One was doing some cocaine right in front of us (kid you not!). Really, the locals crowding the parks killed it for us (and I'm now a local at WDW).
The ONLY saving grace was that we go First Class both ways on our flight, and we were given extra magic and upgraded to a 1-Bed Suite at the Disneyland Hotel... but my guess is that the reason we got it was because the hotel was overbooked and we got in around 11PM... so they gave us a suite because nothing else was left. As nice as that was, the room was pretty much the farthest walk from any room at any on-propety hotel you could get.
Eventually I bought a "One More Disney Day" t-shirt online on eBay for $60 or something like that just to PROVE that I was there (since DisneyStore.com cancelled my order because they couldn't fulfill them all.... ahhhh!)
Overall, we hated it. When we saw the much lighter crowds at WDW we were very jealous. Now we live here in Florida so we may go to the one at WDW this year... although being allowed to dress up may make the party more packed.
Published: March 4, 2014 at 9:41 PMPersonally if I ever do another Disney 24 hour day I would try WDW rather than Disneyland. Hubby and I started the one more day in Magic Kingdom at 6 (we were up at 4). It was great we headed straight for Fantasy land and started our way around the park. We made it on all but a couple of the rides in the park by the time we left for the airport about 4. Hopped on a plane and headed for LAX. We were headed up the freeway to Disneyland and started seeing traffic at a stand still. Fortunately we were taking the next exit after the Disney exists so we missed the stand still but started getting worried. We checked in at our hotel and walked to Disneyland. The park was at capacity when we got there about 11 and we were starting to wish we had stayed at the Magic Kingdom. We did get in not to much later but it was crazy and not the Disney atmosphere we are used to. There were several groups of people that were obviously drunk or high being loud and obnoxious. The park was to crowded to me and I like hitting the Black Friday sales. We decided to try and at least do Mansion and Pirates before we headed out but the late Fantasmic was just getting out and we could not get close to either ride thru the river of people. I have to admit we had been up since 4 am FL time so coping abilities were down. However, it was no fun and we decided sleep sounded far more enjoyable. Maybe Magic Kingdom was just as bad as Disneyland in the evening but I got the impression it wasn't.