Disney Parks Monstrous Summer Coast to Coast Adventure

The mission seemed impossible.  Celebrate Disney’s Monstrous Summer kick-off by visiting all three participating Disney Parks on May 24th during their special 24 hour 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. park hours.  The challenge?  One park is located in Florida.  The other two across the country in California.

On Friday morning at 5:55 a.m. ET, my daughter and I stood in front of the Magic Kingdom train station as the park began 24 hours of Monstrous Summer fun.

We watched the sun come up over Space Mountain…

Visited with Walt and Mickey with the early morning sun shining on Cinderella’s Castle…

Partied like rock stars on the People Mover…

Blasted some bad guys on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin…

Spun our Tea Cups way too fast…

Marched down Main Street U.S.A.’s sidewalk next to the Monsters University marching band…

And then we headed to the airport to hop on a 7 p.m. ET flight from Orlando to Los Angeles.  We landed at 9 p.m. PT, chasing the sunset for five hours and finally passing it, landing in the dark at LAX.  

Emma and I piled into a mini-coach along with the folks from Radio Disney, Disney Parks Blog, AOL Travel, a Disney Interactive Cast Member, and a couple new friends from the Disney Channel shows Shake It Up and Austin and Ally.

After a quick stop at Disney’s Grand Californian to drop off our bags, we went straight to Disney’s California Adventure, pausing just long enough to grab middle of the night (early morning?) churros.  If you’re going to enjoy Disney Parks for 24 hours on two coasts, you need to fuel up.

A quick stop for a picture of Paradise Pier…

And from there we headed to Cars Land, an area within Disney’s California Adventure that opened last year and recreates Radiator Springs right there in Anaheim.  We headed to the Radiator Springs Racers, which completely blew both of us away…

With time ticking and one park remaining, we crossed over to Disneyland.  Before heading to the Indiana Jones Adventure attraction, I stopped in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle for the first time, totally exhausted, completely overwhelmed, and having the time of my life…

Mission accomplished!

We were guests of Disney Parks for this event.  No other compensation was provided.  All opinions are my own.


  1. […] My good friend Amy @ResourcefulMom experienced a whirlwind trip full of coast to coast Disney goodness! She and her daughter had the experience of a lifetime traveling from Florida to California in order to be a part of Disney’s 24 hour Monstrous Summer Fun! What a trip that must’ve been! Her trip recap can be found HERE. […]

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