Carnation Plaza Gardens

Disneyland's legendary swing dancing nights will return to the park as part of its 24-hour Monstrous Summer All-Nighter on May 24, 2013.

The Magic Kingdom, Disneyland and Disney California Adventure will all stay open from 6am on May 24 to 6am on May 25, and are likely to pull in huge crowds over the busy Memorial Day weekend. The event is designed to promote the new Disney-Pixar movie Monsters University, the prequel to 2001's smash-hit Monsters, Inc..

Disney has revealed further details of the entertainment offerings that will be laid on for the expected huge crowds during the event via a post on the official Disney Parks Blog. This includes the news that the Royal Theatre at Disneyland's Fantasy Faire will host a Royal Swing Ball, with a live band playing tunes from 10pm - 1.40am.

Even better news for fans of Disneyland's swing dancing nights is that the "Jump, Jive, Boogie Swing Party" will return to the Royal Theatre on select nights throughout the summer. The events will take place on the same dance floor that was formerly part of the Carnation Plaza Gardens, which were closed in April 2012 to make room for Fantasy Faire.

The closure of the Carnation Plaza Gardens seemingly marked the end of a long-running Disneyland tradition - the swing dancing nights that were held there every Saturday. The events were moved to the Westside Stage in Downtown Disney, but it now seems that Disneyland is set to revive in-park swing dancing, at least on a limited scale.

Several other special events will take place during the Monstrous Summer All-Night at Disneyland. The park will host a Disney Character Pajama Party from midnight in Mickey's Toontown, while Tomorrowland will host a Star Wars meet-and-greet and the TLT "Monstrous Dance Club" on the Tomorrowland Terrace from midnight to 5.30am.

At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Monsters University characters Mike and Sullet will take part in the "Move It, Shake It, Celebrate It!" street party. They will also participate in a pre-parade featuring a cheer squad and a marching band, which will be held before the day's two performances of the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" parade. In the park's Tomorrowland, the Rockettower Plaza Stage will host the "Monster Mania" dance party from 4-9pm and the "Monsters University Movie Night" from 11-pm – 5am. The latter will feature back-to-back showings of the original Monsters, Inc.. Cinderella Castle, meanwhile, will be the setting for the "Disney’s Up All Night Dance Party" from 2 - 5.45am.

The Monsters University promotion will continue through the summer at Disney's US parks. This will include the installation of the Monsters University Student Union on Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot, while Monsters University dorms will be added to Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure. Walt Disney World also recently debuted a "Monsterail" train on its monorail system.


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