Disney parks to open for 24 hours straight for the first time

Posted Jan 1, 2012 by Leigh Goessl
Leap Day only comes once every four years, however this year something new is happening that Disney fans might find of interest.
On New Year's Eve Disney announced two of its parks will be open for 24-hours straight on Feb. 29, 2012.
On Leap Day Disneyland Park in California and Magic Kingdom Park in Florida will be "open for 24 hours of wonder, imagination and magic starting February 29", Disney's official website reports.
The two parks will open earlier than normal business hours at 6 a.m. on Feb. 29 and then remain open non-stop until 6 a.m. on March 1.
According to a Disney press release (courtesy of Sacramento Bee), Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chairman Tom Staggs said,“We’re honored that so many guests have shared their Disney memories with us as part of ‘Let the Memories Begin’, and I’m pleased to announce that the campaign will continue throughout 2012.
"To celebrate, for the first time ever, the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Parks will remain open for 24 hours on Leap Day, so that our guests can take advantage of every minute of their extra day to make memories with friends and family.”
Disney also announced a sweepstakes and a special offer. Beginning Jan. 1, Disney is offering a promotion that gives away a daily vacation package for four until Feb. 29. In addition, Disney is also offering with "select" resort bookings before Jan. 31 for a free day/night between Feb. 26 - March 10 (although it reads as if some days may be excluded during this time frame).
Disney says the 24-hour Leap Day is "subject to capacity restrictions" and that select entertainment, attractions and services will be open during the unusual hours. Valid park ticket is required in order to take advantage of the extra hours.