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    4 Essential Guidelines You MUST Follow if You Want to Survive a FULL Day at Disney

    24 Hour Disneyland Opening Ceremony

    The brilliant minds of the Walt Disney Company are constantly at work. In just their recent history, the unrivaled collective of creative genius has decorated the Disney landscape with a real-life Cars Land, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a Star Wars Half Marathon, World of Color, oh, yeah, and also Frozen, the highest grossing, most popular entertainment venture in the history of anything.

    Lost, slightly, amongst the dramatic and wonderful developments are innovations like the special 24 Hour Disney Day events. Less vivid, but immensely well-received and attended, the 24-hour engagements have taken hold and shall take place again this year at Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts. Magic Kingdom Park helps kick off the “Coolest Summer Ever” on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 6am. A few short hours later, at 6am PST, the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration semi-simultaneous 24-hour event embarks.

    An examination of the too-much-of-a-good-thing discussion, the 24 hours of Disney opportunities actually receive mixed reviews. While a prevailing majority of Disney guests, and this is true every day, enjoy themselves during the spectacular overnight spectacle, it can be a tough slog for visitors who don’t approach it properly. This following advice, addressing common all-nighter pitfalls, should help:

    1. Do skip the 6am opening

    24 Hour Disneyland Opening Ceremony

    This seems counterintuitive. These are extraordinary, perhaps once-in-a-lifetime, special 24-hour opportunities. If you are attending one of them on purpose, you should probably try to take advantage of the full spectacle. If you are optimistic about getting into the park at 6am, staying and lasting until six the following day, though, know you are going to have to earn it.

    To be within the opening crush – despite Disney’s every attentive effort these hugely popular gigs don’t commence with authentic smoothness – you will need to arrive exceedingly early then secure parking and a spot in line. Commensurate to Black Friday or the release of a new Harry Potter novel, the queue begins forming rather early the night before. By 4am, the line at Disneyland practically wrapped around the park, and the Magic Kingdom entrance plaza resembled a One Direction concert.

    For some, the initial mayhem is worth it for the memories, bragging rights and limited edition Mickey Ears. Most of them, though, don’t make it through the entire day, and all but a haggard few are long gone before the closing ceremony.

    2. Don’t try to ride rides all day

    Main Street at Midnight

    You cannot treat this as a typical Disney visit if you intend to remain within the resort for the entire 24-hour period, or even a significant portion of it. Admittedly, on Disney property adrenaline seeps out of the ground, and as a guest it is customary to be beset by increased, if unfamiliar, energy and enthusiasm. 24 hours is much longer than most realize, however, even if engaged in something positively wonderful.

    A full day of Disney is exhausting even on a reasonably slow day. The 24-hour events draw like Walt himself is at the park, elevating energy consumption to hazardous levels. If you compete with these crowds all day you will be spent before the evening parade, and you will not be able to enjoy the day for what it is. Social media is riddled with those who lose their minds and patience, even complaining about the frozen bananas being too cold.

    Take your time. Get in a few lines. And remember, if you get on one ride an hour (you might not) that’s like 20 rides, which is a pretty full day. Also, Disney packs the day with a myriad of additional attractions and distraction to celebrate the event, and also to knowingly disperse the masses. Which leads us to the following “Do.”

    3. Do take advantage of the extras

    Josh Gad appears during 24 Hours of Disney

    Disneyland is going to be erupting with added elements as this day marks the opening of its 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration. Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks and the Cast will be donning brand new festive finery, and a wealth of limited-edition live entertainment shall be spread throughout. While the experts, us included, advise you to forgo the parades, performances, etc., in favor of shorter lines for the better attractions, this tactic is invalid during the 24-hour melee. Lines are going to be long pretty much all day. Don’t fight it.

    Make time for the parade. Especially the one at night. It’s brand-sparkly new, and supposed to be like nothing you’ve experienced before. Disney last said that about Radiator Springs Racers, which is amazing. Watch a live show. Disney musicians are largely underrated, and provide a perfect opportunity to get off your feet and enjoy some true talent. Everyone knows, and rightfully loves, the Dapper Dans and Main Street piano player, but on this day there will be additional bands, thespians and dance parties, any and all of which are worth seeking out. Catch a quartet, catch your breath and restore your sanity. Your kids will object, but the live performances truly do enhance the Disney experience. Give one a try. You just might discover a new tradition.

    4. Don’t overdo it on the adult beverages

    Disney California Adventure Cove Bar with an IPA

    Sensible consumption is recommended for everyone, whether you have children or not. Further, restraint is advised for every Disney visit, 24-hour ambitions or otherwise. Disney offers alcohol, so, if you are of age, you are allowed to partake. Yet, it’s not simply pointless to lose control, it goes against the togetherness and wholesome experience Disney represents. Admittedly, getting drunk and on each other’s nerves is, for many, part of the family dynamic. But please, save it for the privacy of your own home and your own doomed Thanksgiving.

    Alcohol is not available at Disneyland or Magic Kingdom Park. Resorts and restaurants surrounding each offer a delicious selection of adult beverages. You can enjoy one and be back inside either park before the taste wears off or the vodka takes effect. Again, on every visit, control and behave yourself. During the 24 Hours of Disney, maybe don’t drink at all.

    Let’s analyze this: you get to spend an entire rotation of the Earth inside the Magic Kingdom. Yes, this gives more than enough time to monorail over to the Grand Floridian for Sempé Cocktails, but does anything contribute to exhaustion more thoroughly than withdrawal? Imagine trying to combat dehydration locked in the Space Mountain queue eighteen hours into your day.

    Bayside Brews at Disney California Adventure

    At Disneyland, the situation is even more tenuous. Disney California Adventure and the Downtown Disney District are a churro’s throw from the main gate. Both will be open extended hours during the event. Access to Fillmore’s Pomegranate Limeade, Trader Sam’s, House of Blues, etc., will be a blessing and a curse to overwrought adults. A Karl Strauss Tower 10 IPA can very well resuscitate a beleaguered guest. Twenty hours trading elbows with tens of thousands of fellow enthusiasts will test anyone’s patience. With a couple cocktails diluting your better judgement, your 24 hours might well be a day worth forgetting.