Disneyland is making preparations to stay open for a 24-hour party, including special foods that will only be available overnight.
The company is having a promotion for Leap Day, called One More Disney Day, in which both Disneyland in Anaheim and Magic Kingdom in Florida will operate for 24 hours -- the first time resorts on both coasts will be open for that long at the same time. The parks will open at 6 a.m. Wednesday and close at 6 a.m. Thursday local time.
Late-night logistics aren't new: Disneyland has hosted all-night parties before, including a 60-hour event for the debut of Star Tours in 1987. Each year, the park brings in high schoolers overnight for Grad Nite events in May and June.
This time, Disney is offering an incentive to get there early: The first 2,000 guests will get commemorative Mickey Mouse ears. Disney is even letting visitors line up as early as 10 p.m. Tuesday -- eight hours before the park opens.
Disney plans on offering special foods between midnight and 5 a.m. Thursday.
A midnight snack event, including character greetings, is at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue from 11:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.
Cafe Orleans no longer serves breakfast on regular park days. But between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., it is reviving some of its breakfast plates, such as three-cheese Monte Cristo French toast. Other Disneyland foods include cherry pie at The Golden Horseshoe and all-beef mac-and-cheese hot dog with bacon bits at Refreshment Corner.
Disney has yet to announce if any extra entertainment will be added overnight.
Fans have buzzed on blogs and Twitter about the event since a splashy announcement on New Years Eve on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" show. Some are planning meet ups, marathon rides and special trips for the chance to stay at the parks for 24 hours. One couple is planning to go to both Florida and Anaheim parks on the same day.
No one is sure if the park will reach capacity, which is about 65,000 people.
Resort-area hotels have slightly more reservations than usual for the traditionally slow season: The Disneyland Hotel was sold out as of midweek, but two other Disney hotels still had space. The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel is expecting a sell out Wednesday, but others nearby were available.
Usually, crews do maintenance and safety checks on attractions overnight. For Leap Day, some attractions will be closed temporarily at times for maintenance, but visitors will get a list of the down times when they enter that day, said Betsy Sanchez, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman.
After closing at 6 a.m. Thursday, Disneyland will reopen at 10 a.m.
Extra police officers will be on staff and the city traffic management center will stay open until midnight Wednesday because of the Leap Day event, city officials said. But other services, such as fire, are staying the same.