The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., as well as Disneyland and California… (Christina House / Los Angeles…)
Grab your mouse ears and get ready to spend an all-nighter at Disneyland and Disney World at the start of Memorial Day weekend, with Pixar characters from the upcoming movie "Monsters University" roving around and other special events.
The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., as well as Disneyland and California Adventure Park in Anaheim will open at 6 a.m. May 24 and remain open for 24 hours, according to a Walt Disney World announcement. It's the first all-night opening for all three parks.
The marathon Disney day will feature characters and special events at each of the theme parks. That effort got off to an early start in Florida, where the big, round Spaceship Earth on Thursday was turned into "Monsters" character Mike Wazowski, the one-eyed green pal to James P. "Sulley" Sullivan.
In California during the all-night event, a new "Monsters University" float will lead the Pixar Play Parade, and monster-style dorm rooms will be in place in Hollywood Land at California Adventure.
And of course there will be music too. Guests can dance the night away at the Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre, which will be transformed into a music hall with live bands, or party in a dance club with "Monsters" and "Star Wars" characters in Tomorrowland.
One caveat: Go early if you really want to party all day and night. Last year, Disneyland was forced to close for several hours during its 24-hour Leap Day celebration on Feb. 29. After-work crowds turned up for the event but the park was already filled to capacity.
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