Disneyland celebrates Leap Day with late-night entertainment

Leap Day -- Wednesday, Feb. 29 -- will spark a special celebration at Disneyland.
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

Disneyland will celebrate Leap Day on Wednesday by offering late-night shows, music, food and character meet-and-greets while keeping the Anaheim theme park open for 24 hours straight.

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As part of the One More Disney Day marketing campaign, both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Florida will open at 6 a.m. local time on Wednesday and operate until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Here are the highlights planned for Disneyland on Leap Day:


> Free limited-edition mouse hats handed out to the first 2,000 visitors entering the park at 6 a.m. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Tuesday).

> Free Leap Day button for every visitor while supplies last.

> An additional showing of Mickey’s Soundsational Parade at 10 p.m.

> Special showing of Fantasmic on the Rivers of America at 1 a.m. (Let’s hope the fireworks don’t wake the neighbors in Anaheim.)

> Performances by Billy Hill and the Hillbillies at the Golden Horseshoe restaurant from 11:15 p.m. until 4:45 a.m.

> DJ playing dance music at Tomorrowland Terrace stage from 8:30 p.m. until 4 a.m.

> Meet-and-greets with Disney characters decked out in pajamas at Carnation Plaza Gardens and Darth Vader and his stormtroopers in Tomorrowland (Will Darth Vader show up in his PJs?)

> Free midnight snack at Big Thunder Ranch Barbecue from 11:45 p.m. until 12:45 a.m. for first 200 visitors. (Lineups begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday)


> Most restaurants will offer specialty food items from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. (A few places will close earlier.)

> Commemorative Leap Day merchandise will be sold at the Mad Hatter, New Century Jewelry and other shops.