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Watching the moon set & the sun rise inside of the Magic Kingdom during WDW's Monstrous Summer! All Nighter

Watching the moon set & the sun rise inside of the Magic Kingdom during WDW's Monstrous Summer! All Nighter

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Seeing as Jim has already covered what the Disneyland Resort version of the Monstrous Summer! All Nighter was like, I thought that I'd share Angela Ragno & myself's experience at the WDW version of this 24 hour-long party.


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In the spirit of full disclosure here, I guess I should mention that we did not in fact spend a full 24 hours inside the Magic Kingdom. Given that I was actually down in Central Florida to cover the grand opening of SeaWorld Orlando's new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins attraction (which didn't officially open to the public 'til 9 a.m. this past Friday morning, a full three hours after WDW's Monstrous All Nighter had gotten underway), Angela and I weren't able to make over to the theme park 'til 11:30 p.m. that evening.

And as you might have expected, even at that late hour, the Magic Kingdom was still very busy. Full of Walt Disney World Guests who were determined to make the most of their after-hours access in that theme park ...


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... but on the upside, there was still Monstrous Summer! All Nighter merchandise available for purchase when Angela and I arrived. According to what Jim told me, most of Disneyland's All Nighter merch was sold out by late Friday morning. 


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Which isn't to say that every character in the Park was pleased to see this stuff. Take -- for example -- Captain Jack Sparrow. Who clearly didn't know what to make of this Guest wearing a special set of Sulley-inspired Mouse Ears.


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Speaking of "Pirates of the Caribbean," Angela & I spent part of our time in the Park playing "A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas." This new interactive quest is now in soft opening mode at the Magic Kingdom and it really is a fun new way to fold more of the characters & the mythos of Disney's "Pirates" movies into the Magic Kingdom.


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And speaking of things that have recently been added to this theme park which bring more of Disney's more modern motion pictures into the Magic Kingdom, I have to admit that I just loved the look of Fantasyland's new "Tangled" bathrooms.


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And while I applaud the Imagineers for finally adding a place inside of this theme park where Guests can go to recharge their handheld devices, this past Friday night / Saturday night ... Well, it seemed like people were more interested in using the benches around the "Tangled" bathrooms as a place where they themselves could go to rest up & recharge, rather than recharging their Droids or iPhones.


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And speaking of new things in Fantasyland, over the course of this All Nighter, Angela and I spent a good amount of time revisiting New Fantasyland. It had been six months since we had last explored this new addition to the Magic Kingdom. And I was hoping that -- this time around -- that we might now get to experience the one attraction that we had missed back in December ...


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... which was "Enchanted Tales with Belle." On each previous trip to this theme park, the line to this New Fantasyland attraction had been so long that it just hadn't seemed wise to queue up for the thing. But given that there was only a 20 minute-long wait this past Saturday morning at 3:45 a.m., Angela and I finally decided to give this show a shot. So we entered Maurice's cottage, stepped through that magic mirror and thoroughly enjoyed our brief visit with Belle.


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If you wanted face-time with your favorite Disney / Pixar characters, this 24 hour-long party at the Magic Kingdom certainly gave you plenty of opportunities to do so. You could get your picture taken with the two hosts of the Monstrous Summer! All Nighter, James P. Sullivan & Mike Wazowski.


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Or -- if you were willing to wade into that teeming crowd which had assembled in front of Cinderella Castle for the Up All Night Dance Party -- ...


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... you could do the Dougie with Goofy & Pluto ...


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... or shake your tail feather with Donald Duck.


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Mind you, as Friday night gave want to Saturday morning, more & more Guests found themselves fading. Which led to some of these people finding some pretty unusual places to catch some Zzzzs.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

But the Cast Members at the Magic Kingdom did what they could to keep us energized & entertained. Whether it was by drawing our favorite Disney characters on some theme park pavement by using only some water & a broom ...


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... or by staging spontaneous group dance numbers right there in the street.


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But as the moon began to set ...


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... more & more people began to gather on Main Street, U.S.A. to see how the Magic Kingdom was going to bring this 24 hour-long party to a close. And Disney, they did not disappoint. They brought the Fab Five & friends out in pajamas and then had these characters stand at the Main Street Train Station ...


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... as thousands of people streamed out of that theme park.


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After all, by the time 6 a.m. rolled around ...


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... there were a lot of Guests who were ready to call it a night ...


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... not to mention those who had already fallen asleep.


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Me personally, what I loved most about my Monstrous Summer! All Nighter experience is that I got to see the Magic Kingdom in a whole new light ...


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... not to mention getting to see yesterday turn into today in the skies over Tomorrowland.


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If Walt Disney World ever does another one of these All Nighters, I'd love to try and do the full 24 hours. Mind you, just the 6 1/2 hour version of this after-hours event left Angela & I feeling exhausted. But even so, we got to see & do so many amazing things this past Friday night / Saturday morning in the Magic Kingdom, I can't imagine what we'd have been able to accomplish if we'd stayed inside of that theme park for the full 24 hours.


Photo by Nancy Stadler

There must have been a few of you JHM readers who actually spent the full 24 hours inside of the Magic Kingdom on Friday & Saturday. What was that experience like? Do you have any stories that you'd like to share about Disney World's Monstrous Summer! All Nighter?

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