This year is a “Leap Year”, and in celebration, two Disney parks will remain open for 24 hours!  The ‘One More Disney Day’ promotion will be held from 6am on Feb 29 – 6am on March 1st, 2012 at Disneyland park in California and the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World.
Aside from the parks being open for the 24 hour duration and guests being able to enjoy most of the attractions and shows during operating hours, not much else has been announced as of yet, and the park looks like it will operate as normal.  The Disneyland Calendar lists the normal shows through the evening on February 29: one performance of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at 7pm, The Magic the Memories and You at 7:45pm, the Jedi Training Academy through 4:30pm and The Laughing Stock Co through 5:40pm.  The schedule seems to be missing quite a bit of entertainment for a park which will remain open past midnight.  Fantasmic! is currently under refurbishment through March 2nd, and a firework show is mysteriously missing from the schedule.  These holes in the entertainment schedule either means Disneyland is not planning any special entertainment, or they are waiting until the last moment to make the announcements. If you are planning on attending the “One More Disney Day” event, you would have most likely made your plans by now; being that we are less than two weeks out from the event and any announcements of special entertainment now probably can not sway most guest’s into attending.

The Magic Kindgom park schedule looks very similar to Disneyland’s, but at least lists a firework show at 8pm.

So when the Disney Parks Blog ran a story yesterday titled, “Guests Celebrating One More Disney Day at Disneyland Park Could Receive Limited-Edition Commemorative Ear Hats“, I couldn’t believe what I was reading.  I was hoping that there would be something buried in the story, but alas, no.

“Big News”, the article starts out with:  “If you are one of the first 2,000 guests to enter Disneyland park on February 29th when the park opens at 6am, you could receive a “limited-edition ear hat commemorating the event”.

Disney Parks Blog Author Erin Glover Wears her One More Disney Day Limited-Edition Ear Hat

The remainder went on to spell out the rules for lining up:

  • Guests may begin lining up no earlier than 10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28.
  • Guests planning to line up before Disneyland park opens must park in the Pumbaa Parking Lot on Disney Way between 10 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 and 6 a.m. on February 29. Please note that the Pumbaa Lot will not begin to offer shuttle service to the East Esplanade until 6 a.m. on February 29. Click here for a map of Disneyland Resort parking areas.
  • Restrooms will be available for guests who line up before Disneyland park opens.
  • A special ticket booth will be available prior to Disneyland park opening for guests needing to purchase park admission for February 29. Valid park admission is required in order to enter Disneyland park and to receive the commemorative ear hat.
  • Commemorative ear hats will be distributed, while supplies last, to guests who enter through the designated turnstiles beginning at 6 a.m. on February 29, when Disneyland park officially opens. Limit one ear hat per person, and you must be present at the time of distribution.
  • Please remember that being in line and entering the park does not guarantee that you will receive a commemorative ear hat. Ear hats are limited to a supply of 2,000 for guests who enter through the designated turnstiles when Disneyland park opens at 6 a.m. on February 29.
  • Be sure to check the list of items that are not permitted inside Disneyland park as you plan what you will bring with you that day. Admission to the park is subject to capacity restrictions.

I don’t run editorials very often, but if this is Disneyland’s big promotion for the year, and it’s over by March 1st, don’t you feel that something is missing?  Or perhaps the vacation package giveaways, a free night when you book 3 nights at a Disney hotel and celebrating “Leap Year by keeping a theme park on each coast open for 24 hours of nonstop memory-making fun” is the special entertainment.

Are you planing on attending the 24 hour operation of Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom park?  What will you do during your ‘One More Disney Day’?