Disneyland open 24 hours to kick off summer

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(LA TIMES) — The Happiest All-Nighter on Earth?

Hundreds of people flocked Friday to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Friday, which opened for 24 straight hours beginning at 6 a.m.

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The Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Fla., was also opened for the “Monstrous Summer All-Nighter,” part of the promotion for the entertainment giant’s upcoming movie, “Monsters University.”

The event marked the first time all-night opened for all three parks, Disney officials said.

The last 24-hour event at Disneyland — on Leap Day 2012 — caused several headaches after a large after-work crowd overwhelmed the park, prompting officials to close gates for several hours. Traffic was snarled for miles as the parking structure nearly reached capacity, and many visitors voiced frustrations on social media.

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