Last year I went to the Villainous Disney 24 hour Event. I had so much fun and though I did not make it all 24 hours I learned quite a lot. This year’s 24 Hour Event is Olaf’s Frozen Summer Dream. I am curious to what they will add for special things to do. I have to miss this year because of my husband’s new job. I am sad to not be able to go, but some exciting things are happening in my life that I will be sharing with you in the coming months. Here are my tips for a Disney 24 Hour Event that will leave you wanting to go again.
24 Tips for a Disney 24 Hour Event
- Be there for Rope Drop. It is a little bit different and the excitement is a lot more. Plus, some years during the 24 hour event the parks reached capacity so you want to make sure you get in.
- Grab a times guide. So many special events, parades, and character showings are not announced ahead of time but can be found on the times guide. I have also discovered that during the event Kenny the Pirate is the Facebook Page you want to follow. He had more information that the Cast Members last year.
- Buy an external battery for your cell phone. Disney does have charging stations and outlets throughout the park but they are hard to get on these busy days.
- Have extra camera batteries and make sure your memory card is empty or big enough.
- Tweet, Instagram, and Facebook your experience so those of us who can’t go can enjoy the experience through you!
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring an extra pair of socks to change into about mid way through.
- Make a loose plan ahead of time, but expect unplanned magic.
- The parks get a lot less crowded after midnight and even less crowded after 2 am.
- Remember your manners. Many people come to this event. Lines are going to happen. Cast members are going to make mistakes. People will get cranky and tired. Be nice to the Cast Members and to other people around you.
- Take some time to do the things you usually don’t get the chance to enjoy because you are usually running from attraction to attraction. Having a YOLO philosophy will tire you out so quickly. Look for Hidden Mickeys, do some extra pin trading, play Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.
- Find out when and where special merchandise is going to be released. During the Villains event last year the pin was available at Downtown Disney a day earlier. Shirts were available online.
- In the middle of the day (if you are not planning on leaving the parks for a break) use that time to enjoy indoor shows and rides. It was VERY hot last year and tons of people were just laying low in gift shops sitting on the floor.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lot of water.
- Be on the look out for freebies. Last year I got a free Maleficent movie button, Maleficent ears (cardboard ones), and a couple other things.
- Save your energy for the night time. Last year we made the mistake of doing too much during the day and only made it to about 3 am.
- Eat lighter meals. We actually packed our breakfast, lunch, and dinner and honestly didn’t eat anywhere close to what we thought we would. They do offer some special snacks, so look out for those. Bigger meals will have you filling stuffed and make you tired earlier. Choose fruits, veggies, proteins to keep you going.
- Take pictures. So many unique photo opps are available that you normally don’t get to see. Take a picture of the sunrise over Cinderella’s castle. They have special photo pass areas set up and you can get some great shots that way.
- Check out my article with my favorite places to rest at the Magic Kingdom. This will help you out so much!
- People watch. There’s going to be a lot of them, and this is prime people watching time. Grab a seat have fun watching all the excited kids, people dressed up, and all the different cultures.
- Go to bed early the previous day. Being well rested will help you out greatly.
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t make it all the way through. My husband and I left early at 3 am and still felt like we accomplished something wonderful.
- Have a plan for the following day. What I mean is to have a plan to not have a plan. My husband and I slept most of the next day and then went to Epcot for a little bit in the evening.
- Make a Bucket List. If you have done 24 hour days before, add a little more challenge to the day. Kenny the Pirate did an attraction challenge. Other ideas are how many times can you ride such and such ride in one day. how many characters can you meet, etc.
- HAVE FUN! You are at the Happiest Place on Earth for 24 hours!! Smile, play, and make the best memories!
Are you going to the 24 Hour Event this year? What are you most looking forward to? If you have gone in the past, what is your best survival tip?