For the third year in a row, Magic Kingdom is staying open for 24 hours straight, and for the third year in a row, thousands of Disney World fans will try to marathon their way to a full day inside of the theme park. From 6 am Friday, May 23 to 6 am on Saturday, May 24, Magic Kingdom will be open to the public. Here are a few tips to help get through the 24 hour long party if you are planning to rock your Disney Side on May 23rd.

Stock up on coffee

Ah, caffeine. The essential tool for all-nighters around the world will also be your friend for your all-nighter at Disney World when the urge to sleep starts to kick in. In my humble opinion, there is no better way to get a quick dose of caffeine than through a cup of coffee. Of course, the go-to place for coffee all day will be the Starbucks on Main Street. They serve a lot of great coffee drinks, and it is sure to be a popular destination.

However, what if you don’t want to deal with the crowds at the Starbucks? Should you try coffee from one of the other restaurants at the Magic Kingdom? No! The coffee offered at other locations is just not as good as the one that you can get at Starbucks, and it’s also not as strong. My favorite way to always have quick access to coffee at Disney World is to bring a few Starbucks Via Packets with me. These instant coffee packets are surprisingly good. Is it as good as fresh brewed coffee? Not quite, but they are leagues better than other instant coffees I’ve tried. Not only are they relatively cheap (you can get a pack of 24 for around $14 at Costco), but the convenience is great. Just go to any counter service location and ask for a cup of hot water and mix the Via Packet in. I also ask for a cup of ice, so I can either cool down the extremely hot cup of water they give me, or I can make an iced coffee on the fly. It also works great with a cold water bottle.

Keep your phone battery alive

A smartphone is an essential part of everyday life for many people, but it is very easy to chew through your battery while at Disney World. Between calling/texting other party members to make plans and posting Instagram photos of each ride you go on, you could easily run through your battery halfway through the 24 hours. So, what can you do?

You could try to limit what apps you use, but what’s the fun in that? Disney also rents charging lockers on Main Street that allow you to charge your electronics, but that costs money and means you have to be without your phone for a couple of hours. Whenever I go to Disney World, I bring a power bank, or external battery for my phone. These are small devices that you charge before you go into the park, and they allow you to charge any device via USB. The one I have is about the size of a small candy bar, and it carries at least two-to-three full charges for my phone. This is a Disney travel essential for me, and it’s even more essential on the Rock Your Disney Side day at Magic Kingdom. Just be sure to bring your phone’s charge cable!

Show off your Disney Side in style

One of the unique twists of this year’s 24 hour party at Magic Kingdom is that Disney is encouraging guests to dress up as Disney characters to show off their Disney Side. This is a lot of fun, as adults normally aren’t allowed to go to the parks in costume outside of Halloween. So, showing up in costume should allow you be feel like you’re in spirit of the day.

But, with the park being open 24 hours, that presents some challenges for those who want to show off their Disney Side from dawn until dawn. That means pick a costume that isn’t too hot or too heavy. Or bring a change of clothes and rent a locker.

Don’t carry around too much

Speaking of lockers, that might be a good investment for the 24 hour day. That would allow you to pack a backpack full of clothes, snacks, water bottles, and other travel essentials without having to carry them around the park.

If you prefer to keep everything on you, then don’t overpack. If you are bringing a DSLR, maybe pack one lens instead of two or three. Bring one water bottle and refill it instead of carrying around enough for the whole day. Avoiding carrying heavy bags will help you save your energy to make it through the night.

Know about special dining and entertainment before you go

As part of the Rock Your Disney Side party, Disney is adding a ton of unique food and entertainment offerings throughout the day. The day will kick off with a Heroes and Villains show at the entrance as the park opens. As “Heroes and Villains” is a theme for the day, expect a lot of special appearences by Disney’s baddest characters on Friday night and Saturday morning. At 1:45 am, the villains will take over popular meet and greet locations, which should provide a ton of memorable pictures.

Additionally, Magic Kingdom restaurants will be serving special items, including an Olaf Carrot Cupcake.

These special additions are akin to what Disney does for the holiday parties, but without the added cost of admission.

Read Disney’s official blog for more details:

Rock Your Disney Side Entertainment

Rock Your Disney Side Food

Rock Your Disney Side Merchandise

Head to the Mine Train… maybe…

I’ve heard a few rumblings about the possibility that Disney will soft open the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train during the 24 hour party. The ride officially opens May 28th, so we’re close enough to the official opening for this to make sense, but don’t make any solid plans around this. Just be sure to keep your eye out on social media to see if they’re letting guests ride Disney World’s newest ride.

Don’t overdo it!

Although part of the fun of a 24 hour day at Disney World is the idea of staying in the park for all 24 hours, there’s no shame in not being a park marathoner. Pick a schedule that works for you. Disney World is meant to be fun, and you don’t want to ruin the rest of your vacation because you completely exhausted yourself with one day at the Magic Kingdom. Pace yourself, and know that there’s nothing wrong with showing up late or leaving a little early.

Unless you’re a local, then you can exhaust yourself as much as you want! (Just kidding).

Well, I hope these tips help you survive the Rock Your Disney Side day at Magic Kingdom. If you go, let me know on Twitter or Facebook. I’d love to hear your stories or see your pictures from the event!

(Image Copyright Disney)

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James is a lifelong Disney Parks fan. While at the parks, he loves finding new details, learning more about Disney World history, and taking pictures. His favorite WDW attractions include Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours.
James is a filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles.

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