disney all night

Moon over Matterhorn

Growing up I always heard about the infamous all night events at Disneyland, usually for grad night or other such celebrations. Being that I’ve always been a huge fan of Disneyland, even in my more rebellious days, it was always with a pang of regret that I was never able to go to such a thing. You get older and these special events pass you by. When we found out about Disneyland being open for 24 hours this past Friday there was no way we could resist.

disneyland_ 220 Shawn, Jenn, Scott and I trekked out to Anaheim after work on Friday in the thick of holiday weekend traffic. We arrived with a few hours of daylight left, full of enthusiasm. The park was packed to the brim. I’ve been to Disney on busy days before but never have I seen anything like this. Wall to wall people, with cast members directing traffic down every pathway.

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disneyland_ 222 We contented ourselves with the rides with the shortest lines, often the ones for small children. Our spirits were high and even riding the Storybook Land Canal Boats was exciting.

disneyland_ 223 There was a pajama party in Toon Town where a giant screen was set up playing classic cartoons. In California Adventure, they played Monsters Inc. on repeat. Hours passed and exhaustion set in but we stayed.

True to form, a section of California Adventure was closed off for actual grads. At 3:30 in the morning, we waited with the masses for it to reopen. When they removed the barriers, we ran full speed towards California Screaming, hoping to reach it before the line formed. It was exhilarating, embarrassing as that may sound.

disneyland_ 219 As the sun started to rise, we queued up for Space Mountain and made it on just before the park closed.

disneyland_ 225 As we exited the park, we were greeted with high fives from the staff for making it through the night.

disney And of course, the Disney characters in the pajamas.

Sometimes it’s easy to get wrapped up in all that being an adult entails. It may not be cool to hang out at a theme park, but I’m glad that I don’t care and can just have fun, even if it’s just for a night.

6 Responses to “disney all night”
  1. Vegyogini says:

    How fun!! I went to grad night at Disneyland when I was a senior in HS and it was so great. We all had to dress up (I think as a deterrent to bad behavior).

  2. Caitlin says:

    This was so fun to read! So glad you got to go, I love your sense of adventure!

  3. Beth says:

    That sounds awesome. Ohhhhh Disneyland…

  4. Amber says:

    That is so cool! I would have gotten very cranky around 3:30am 😉

  5. JULIA says:

    I would never be embarrassed!! I’ve never been to Disney Land but I LOVE Disney World. It’s so cool that you got to do this!

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