Three Disney theme parks will stay open for 24 hours straight one day next month to celebrate the start of the summer season.
The Magic Kingdom Park in Florida, along with Disneyland Park and Disney Adventure Park in California, will stay open from 6 a.m. on May 24 to 6 a.m. May 25, Disney officials announced Thursday.
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The all-nighter is part of the theme parks' Monstrous Summer,
inspired by the upcoming Disney Pixar comedy "Monsters University." As part of the event, Disney officials also announced that the park's Spaceship Earth sphere has been transformed into "Eye-con," a 180-foot-tall, fully animated Mike Wazowski, the loveable green-bodied, one-eyed monster who joins best friend James P. Sullivan ("Sulley") in the prequel to "Monsters, Inc."
"This summer, Disney Parks are bursting with a monstrous lineup of new thrills, shows, and happenings," Walt Disney World President George Kalogridis said at the press conference announcing the event. "Guests can start Memorial Day Weekend with a 24-hour-marathon of memory-making as three parks stay open all day and all night to celebrate the bi-coastal kick-off of a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks."
In Florida, the Magic Kingdom will feature a "Monsters University" theme where Mike and Sulley will be the Grand Marshals of the "Celebrate a Dream Come True" day parade and make appearances in Tomorrowland.
In California, guests can party the night away at both parks with special entertainment, including a "Monsters University" "TLT Monstrous" Dance Club and Star Wars characters in Tomorrowland, and late-night Character Pajama Party in Mickey's Toontown at Disneyland.
"Monsters University" is slated to hit theaters June 21.
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