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Disney parks to stay open for 24 hours in May

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Apr 25, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Walt Disney World is in the middle of a press event to hype up their "Monstrous Summer" promotion. The event is themed around the Monsters, Inc. sequel, Monsters University, which opens in theaters June 21. At Epcot tonight, media gathered to hear an announcement from George Kalogridis, President of Walt Disney World. First up was a list of attractions that are new since last summer, such as the remodeled Test Track, New Fantasyland, new dining locations in the France Pavilion, Wilderness Explorers adventure at Disney's Animal Kingdom and the addition of Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First to Disney Junior - Live on Stage!

To help Kalogridis deliver the announcement, a larger-than-life Mike Wazowski was projected onto Spaceship Earth. Mike talked about how much he loves summer vacation and that we need to cram as much fun in as we can. So, how better to do that than by pulling an all-nighter? To kick off Monstrous Summer, on May 24th, the first day of Memorial Weekend, three of the U.S. Disney parks will be open for 24 hours. The Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure will open at 6:00am on May 24th and close at 6:00am on May 25th (but will reopen at normal park opening time that day). Kalogridis said all three parks will feature "nonstop Disney magic, including special entertainment and merchandise, exclusive food and beverage and many other surprises." Mike and Sulley will be on hand as official mascots of the all-nighter, acting as Grand Marshalls for the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" parade and visiting with guests in Tomorrowland. After dark in Florida, guests can mingle with Disney characters dressed in pajamas in Town Square and take part in late-night dance parties in the Castle courtyard. At Disneyland, the "TLT Monstrous" Dance Club will take place in Tomorrowland, along with a Character Pajama Party in Mickey's Toontown. Fantasy Faire Royal Theatre will become a Royal Dance Hall, complete with live music. In Hollywood Land, guests can take their photos with Monsters University "Dorms" and see the new Monsters University float in the Pixar Play Parade.

The all-nighter is just the beginning of the experiences, shows and celebrations planned for this summer. More announcements will be made tomorrow at a media breakfast and morning presentations.