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24-Hour Events Kick Off Summer at Disney Parks

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

This weekend, we kicked off summer with 24 straight hours of fun at the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. And during our live blog coverage from both coasts, we shared nearly 50 stories beginning with the official start to the “Coolest Summer Ever” in Magic Kingdom Park at the Walt Disney World and then continuing with coverage from the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. Here’s a look at some of our favorite highlights.

During the 24 hours, many of you watched the experiences on our live video feeds and showed off your Disney Side with some amazing costumes.

Now, it’s time to look forward to all of the summer experiences at Disney Parks.

Here are some of the other stories we worked on this week.

Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Has Officially Begun – It’s here! A celebration 60 years in the making is now underway. Thousands of guests helped us kick off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration and our 24-hour event.

‘Paint the Night’ Parade and ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks Premiere at Disneyland Park – The all-new “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks open for Disneyland park guests as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration.

PHOTOS: Step Inside Our Disney Parks Blog ‘Tomorrowland’ Breakfast & Screening – The Disney Parks Blog team kicked off our 24-hours of fun here at Walt Disney World Resort by hosting a special “Tomorrowland” – themed event for 500 of our readers.

Behind the Scenes: Building Harambe Market at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the team worked together to bring Harambe Market to life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

New Construction Milestone as Golden Spire Tops Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disney Resort – Shanghai Disney Resort celebrated a major construction milestone this week with the topping out of the Enchanted Storybook Castle.

Enter the Coolest Summer Disney Side Contest for a Chance to Win a Sleepover in the Cinderella Castle Suite! – Enter for a chance to win a Walt Disney World Resort package including a night’s stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite – the ultimate Summer sleepover!


  • Saw videos of the event. Looked like an absolute mad house. I would like to attend an event like that but don’t see how anyone could enjoy it when you can’t even move.

  • I attended the 24-Hour Party at Disneyland. Thank you so much to the Blog Staffers at Disneyland Resort for the advance advice, tips and information.

    I was one of the “early arrivals” and thanks in part to the Blog, my experience was awesome, as I know the day brought forth its challenges for both guests and Park Management.

  • I proposed to my girlfriend on Friday during the 60th Diamond Celebration at Disneyland!

  • …. And to The Disney Parks Blog people ,
    I will always thank heaven and earth for you all .
    Thank you for the webcasts and everything allowing those like me who are or were not able to attend to look in .
    It meant the world to me , living the sum of 3 states away from Walt Disney World and being the only Disney Parks enthusiast in My House .
    More over , My Family .
    Again , Thank you . Your allowing me to look in on Disneyland and Walt Disney World helps me ( an autistic person ) connect to the things that I love although I live so far .
    The Disney Parks have been and are the happiness in My Life since My 1st visit to Walt Disney World back in April of 1986 .

  • Don’t tag WDW posts with the DLR link… people click on that to sort WDW out of the feed.

  • Kudos to the photographer of the Goofy, Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Pluto image. Outstanding photo!

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