DISNEYLAND NEWS: A MONSTROUS SUMMER RECAP
It seemed that Disney was just about to create the perfect storm of crowd-control nightmares when they announced their "Monstrous All-Nighter" for May 24th. Both parks were open from 6am to 6am on a holiday weekend, right before summer, while hosting a Grad Night. I can still vividly remember their previous 24-hour event and would not think that Disneyland would be crazy enough to do something like this again. I also didn't think I would be crazy enough to go, but I was pleasantly surprised. Disney did a wonderful job managing the crowds. The parks were no busier than a regular Friday night, and closing down parts of DCA at night for the Grads worked like a charm. Hope you enjoy the pictures! I didn't stay for the entire 24-hours since I had to work the next morning. Here is the line for the bag check around noon: It was a beautiful day! Main street was not crowded at all! I assumed most people were in line for rides since the Jungle Cruise had to use its upper floor to accommodate guests The Esplanade was fairly empty and California Adventure had lighter crowds: Grad Nite was contained to some parts of DCA which helped with crowd control Over at the Hollywood Backlot, there was a Monsters University Photo-Op with Mike and Sulley: Over at the Muppet Vision Theater, Monsters Inc was being shown for guests that want a break from the crowds: It wouldn't be a special event without commemorative merch right? Here are some things Disney had to offer: It got a little crowded through the evening, but nothing out of the ordinary for a Friday night Over at DCA, the crowd levels were increasing a little bit as well: Cars Land was surprisingly calm for a Friday Radiator Springs Racers was non-operational when I was having dinner at Flo's, which might explain why it wasn't so busy there. The Mad T Party was in full swing with all the graduates dancing the night away: Most people had called it quits by 4 am. The entrance to the park was a breeze at that time: There was no line at the Storybook Land Canal Boats: "It's A Small World" was a walk-on too: In Toontown, the characters had their pajamas on for some rare photo-ops. Here's Pluto: There were some bean bags set up outside, where tired guests can watch old Disney movies: Braver souls had a chance to get on stage and sing some late night karaoke: There are countless pictures of Disneyland from every angle, but there are few pictures of the park during sunrise. That is the main reason I wanted to be here for this event. Hope you guys like them! On the way out, Cast Members were giving 'high fours' to guests: Finally, at Main Street Station, Mickey and Friends were saying their last farewell for the day: This picture was the one posted on Instagram that morning. Please follow @hojoanaheim if you're not already 🙂 That should do it for the recap. Thanks for reading and we'll see you at the parks! Tommy Visiting Disneyland and want the perfect hotel for your family? Look no further than TripAdvisor's #1 Anaheim Hotel for Families, the Howard Johnson Hotel and Water Playground! Four time award winner in the category "Best Large Hotels & Resorts for Families in the United States"