Disney announces Disneyland and Disney World theme parks will open for 24 hours on Leap Day 2012, vacation contests launch

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After a week of teasing, tonight Disney announced that “One More Disney Day” is coming to theme park guests in 2012.

Before Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest began to ring in the new year on ABC TV, the special announcement was first made online that on February 29, Leap Day (2012 is a Leap Year), both Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif. and the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla., will remain open to guests for 24 hours straight – the first time both parks have ever done so together. Entrance into the parks will be open as of 6 a.m. that day.

In addition, Disney will be giving away 60 vacation packages, one each day, through February 29. The prize winnings include:

  • A 5 day / 4 night trip for winner and 3 guests to Walt Disney World OR Disneyland
  • hotel accommodations for 4 nights
  • 5-day Park Hopper tickets
  • a Disney Gift Card with a value of $1,000
  • 1 Disney’s PhotoPass Book
  • 1 Disney’s PhotoPass CD
  • Round-trip coach air transportation or round-trip ground transportation
  • And a choice of:

  • Disney Tours with a value up to $500
  • Downtown Disney shopping spree with a value of up to $500
  • Relaxing Spa experiences with a value up to $500
  • Total value of all prizes estimated is at $378,000.

    Plus, those who book 3 nights or more at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, between February 26 and March 10, 2012, will receive 1 extra day for free. The purchase must be made before January 31, 2012.

    More details and a new teaser video can be found at the One More Disney Day web site and below:


    1. Jordan

      This is disappointing to say the least, especially for those who will not be there during those dates.

    2. OT

      Yep, disappointing . but I expected this. It’s tippical Disney to drum up a hype and fail in the execution.
      Can’t wait what Universal will anounce about the new Potter adition and the new nighttime show. Much more exited about that.

    3. Chet

      I could be wrong but I think the prize is a choice between the photo pass stuff, or the tours, or the shopping spree, or the spa. I don’t think you get them all.

      1. oswaldandmickey

        Yea you’re right, you get to choose one out of the five. I personally would choose the tour but thats just me lol.

    4. Alex

      As someone who cannot sleep if there is a park open, even if it means going to bed at 3am after extra magic night hours in Magic Kingdom and getting to the parks again by 7am for Epcot emh the next day this seems fun and also dangerous. Also it seems odd that so little in WDW is open late at night, I feel like there should be some activity specific to Disney available 24 hours a day (not the same one open all day, but something at any time, besides what? Deluxe property room service?)

      1. Alex

        During peak season at least.

    5. EricJ

      They always have to drum up SOMETHING for February (remember the Pirates & Princess Party?), so as events go, it’s not bad.
      My thoughts were either “When are they going to do the all-night cleaning?”, or feeling guilty for the CM’s, but if it’s for one night, it can have a New Year’s Eve 2.0 feeling to it.

      But then, I’m usually the cheapskate who goes in February anyway–And Value season ends after President’s Day to begin with.

    6. Joshdarkensins

      wooooot……. -_-…

    7. Sam

      I can’t wait. I’m going to try and do the full 24 hours at Disneyland. If any of you go, you’ll more than likely spot me around hour 20 as I scream/sing ‘It’s a Small World’ between rides due to lack of sleep and overload of sugar.

    8. francois

      wait, you mean it just a 24hour one day or it will start to operate 24 hours since febrary? confuse. it thats the case, theres no EXTRA MAGIC HOUR for those who stay at the disneys hotel? hummm


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