Walt Disney World is hosting a Rock Your Disney Side 24 hour event this coming Friday May 23. As with the previous two 24 hours events, the Magic Kingdom will remain open from 6am Friday to 6am Saturday. This event is truly for the die-hard Disney fan.
You may think that 24 hours in the Magic Kingdom sounds like a great idea and there’s definitely a lot of fun to be had if you plan ahead of time. We’ve put together a quick list of survival tips to help you get through the day.
1. Keep a water bottle with you
You would think this one would be a no-brainer, this is Florida after all, but many people find themselves getting dehydrated or overheated during the day. Bring a water bottle or pick one up at the park and keep refilling it from the fountains during the day. The weather report for Friday is showing a high of 93 degrees and 0% chance of rain, it’s going to be a hot one.
2. Get your FastPasses now
Since Walt Disney World implemented the new MyMagic+ system with FastPass+, guests to the parks have been able to use the My Disney Experience app or website to schedule FastPasses 30 days in advance with hotel guests able to schedule out 60 days ahead. If there’s any rides that are must sees for you, schedule them now. While some FastPasses will be available on Friday, they may not be the rides or times you want.
3. Bring your phone charging cable with you
It’s going to be a long day and most phones won’t survive the entire 24 hours. Disney has set up multiple charging stations throughout the Magic Kingdom over the past few months and even installed a few charging lockers. Take advantage of the power options available to you but come prepared with any cables you might need.
4. Find time to just relax
24 hours is a long time to be at the Magic Kingdom. The energy and excitement of the park will drive you to keep going but once the sun goes down you will feel the drain. Take time for a sit down meal or find a shady spot to just relax. After experiencing the past two 24 hour events at Magic Kingdom, by the time 3am hits, most people are zombies.
5. Keep snacks with you
The short burst of energy from a quick snack will help keep you going through the day. By bringing in small snacks from home, you always have something available and save money by not purchasing them at the park.
6. Bring deodorant, baby wipes, a tooth brush
After hours in the Florida sun, its refreshing to be able to clean up a bit without leaving the park.
7. Plan your day around the sun
Noon to around 4pm is the hottest part of the day in Central Florida. Bring sunscreen and try to avoid standing out in the sun in the afternoon. The sun is hot here and you will get burned. Plan your meals or FastPasses around this time of day and hit the indoor attractions.
8. Bring a small fan if you’re bringing kids
Children get cranking when they’re overheated so having a small battery powered fan will help. Disney sells water bottles with fans attached but small fans can be found cheaper at local stores like Target or Wal-Mart.
9. Be on Main Street USA early on Saturday morning
When the 24 hours end, there’s a rush of people heading for the monorail. Be near the front of the park when 6am rolls around to make it out quickly. The monorail and ferry lines get backed up with everyone leaving at once.
10. Don’t let the crowds get to you
You will have a mix of vacationing tourists, locals and Memorial Day travelers all trying to get in as much fun as they can. Things will get crowded so be prepared to take your time getting around.