Rock your Disney Side: 24 Hours at the Magic Kingdom

| May 23, 2014 | 9 Replies

Warning: This is a Disney fan post!  My love of all things Disney will be obvious in this blog.  Today is the Rock your Disney Side 24 Hour event at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. This annual event takes place in Disneyland, California Adventure and Walt Disney World.

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I got up bright and early this morning to join the thousands of people that were ready to Rock their Disney Side for the next 24 hours. This will be my 3rd year of attending one of these all-night events, but the first time I arrived when the park opened.  I wanted to do something I don’t usually do when I go to the park. We will be back for the event later tonight and then close the park tomorrow morning at 6 AM.

    DSC_4040   The lines were long for the event merchandise. I will be checking back later to see what I missed but this was like a Black Friday sale. Hands were reaching over everyone to get the merchandise as the cast members were bringing out more boxes of merchandise.  I collect the Mickey Ears hats so of course I had to get one. You will spot me wearing it later when I return to the park.

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After all this hard work I decided to treat myself to a Starbucks Latte. It was a busy place this morning. I also got to meet several friends while waiting in line. Once I had my caffeine it was time to venture out into the park.

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It was the perfect time to take some pictures in the Castle area.  I took a moment to thank Walt Disney for his brilliant ideas and the fact that I was standing there enjoying them.

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I was anxious to see what the wait times where for the two hottest attractions in the park.  Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is supposed to open on May 28, and the Anna and Elsa Character Meet and Greet both had long wait times and it wasn’t even 7 AM yet. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was a 120 minute wait and Anna and Elsa was already 210 minutes! I do understand that the queue was moving quickly for Mine Train.

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I am going to try riding Mine Train later tonight when it isn’t so crowded but I had to stand and watch the ride for awhile.  I feel like a proud parent finally seeing the ride.  I have watched the construction since they first started. I appreciated the holes in the fence so I could follow and document the process.  It’s all grown up now.  It is ready for the public.  WDW has a hit on their hands!

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Notice the details on the mountain. Take a little time to enjoy the theming in this area.

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I decided to just wander around the park.  There was a different feeling in the air in the park today.  It was more festive, it should be interesting to see how it is at 2 AM tomorrow morning.

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Another painted scrim I can add to my photo collection. A scrim is something that WDW uses to hide construction work.  I love them because they are so detailed.

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If you see me in the park later, please say hi! I am so excited that I will be there when they close tomorrow morning at 6 AM.  I am an early bird so you will very rarely see me in the parks late at night. I will be updating the blog with pictures from tonight. See you in the Parks!!

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  • joe

    really enjoyed your post. great job

  • MommaPeel

    Thank you Kathy! You made me smile. I was watching a bit on the camera available and it kept freezing. This will get me through the day. Hope you had a great time that evening!

  • Sam Vigorito

    Your photo coverage gets me to the party even when I can’t actually be there – thanks Kathy!

  • Rodneyt74

    Wish I would have saw you Kathy I would have said HI. My wife and I were there in morning and then came back later that night and stayed till closing. It was my 40th birthday so pretty cool for Disney to throw me a party! LOL We did see Dustin, Craig, and Shaun on TTA at about 4:00 AM Saturday. Spoke with Justin for just sec, nice to meet one of yall in person, since I see yall every week. Great photos and post so far!

    • Kathy Werling

      Sorry we missed seeing you. We rode TTA around 4:30. Happy Birthday!

  • darlene nagi

    I really enjoyed following you Kathy & all of my friends this last 24 hours in MK. Thank you for all the pictures! It means the world to me when I couldn’t be there myself! Hugs!

  • Sharon

    Thanks for keeping us updated -sounds like you had a great time!

  • Sunshine

    My husband and just returned last week from Flower and Garden, and my b-day! Thanks for the awesome pics and details…we are feeling the ‘magic’! We love the late Magic Hours at the Parks, and hope Disney expands this 24 hour party to additional dates that we can take advantage of.

  • Donna D

    Thanks for posting all the pics! Wish I was there. Can’t wait for the rest of your report.