Disney rang in the new year with an official announcement of the often rumored 24-hour park schedule. To celebrate leap day 2012 the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland Park will remain open from 6:00am on February 29 until 6:00am on March 1, 2012. Disney is calling it “One More Disney Day.”
As to how this event will affect crowds, it is unclear. This is the first time an event of this type has occurred. Our guess is that the wait times in the park will remain fairly close to seasonal norms for that time of year but that the extra attention from the media and Disneyphiles may make these parks a little difficult to navigate on February 29. Watch for an update to the crowd calendar where the Magic Kingdom will become a park to avoid due to a special event.
Incidentally, since the TouringPlans.com team falls into the categories of both media and Disneyphile, we fully expect to take part in the festivities. If you do head to the parks that day, watch out for herds of TouringPlan-ers armed with caffeine and smelling salts.