Rumors have been swirling in the online commuity as we waited to hear what the folks at Disney Parks and Resorts had up their sleeves for 2012. We were told we would hear news on New Year’s Eve about a new promotion and sure enough, as the east coast rang in the new year, I received an email that laid out two unique endeavors for Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
“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,” says Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “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.”
For one day this leap year, February 29, 2012, the parks will be open from 6 am to 6 am the following day, March 1, for the first time in Disney history. Further information on “One More Disney Day” was posted this morning on its exclusive web site: here.
Along with “One More Disney Day” in February, starting today, Disney Parks and Resorts will be giving away 60 vacation packages for Disneyland and Walt Disney World — one a day through February 29, 2012. The packages include 5-day/4-night vacation at Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida! You can go to the sweepstakes page and enter everyday.
You can also text your entry: Text DISNEYDAY to 347639, Good luck! There are also some sweet and funny messages from a variety of celebrities on the page telling you what they’d do with an extra Disney Day.
Though this campaign will be over by March 1st, 2012, don’t forget, Disney Parks and Resorts’ “Let the Memories Begin” campaign will continue throughout the whole year. That means you can still share your favorite Disney Parks memories — vacation videos, photos and stories — online on the “Let the Memories Begin” web site. And when you’re at the park, you’ll have the chance to be part of the special nightly show “The Magic, the Memories and You” projected on to “it’s a small world.”
I caught the premiere of the show last year, watch my exclusive video here:
Also, don’t forget all of the other fantastic things happening at the resort this year — the opening of Cars Land and then Buena Vista Street with the new shops, red car trollies and Carthay Circle Theatre! All set to open in mid-2012! It’s going to be a landmark year for Disney Parks and Resorts. Stay tuned here for updates on it all!