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Walt Disney World, Disneyland to stay open 24 hours on Feb. 29

Disney fanatics, rest up. You'll need your energy on Feb. 29 when Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland celebrate Leap Year by keeping a theme park on each coast open for 24 straight hours.

It's the first time that the Magic Kingdom in Orlando and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., have ever stayed open for 24 consecutive hours, according to a news release announcing the promotion, which is called "One More Disney Day." Set your alarms, because guests can enjoy the attractions and rides from 6 a.m. Feb. 29 to 6 a.m. March 1 local time.

A disclaimer on the release says that only select attractions, entertainment and services will be available and are subject to capacity restrictions. Valid theme park admission is required.

Busch, SeaWorld sweeten kids passes

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld in Orlando have expanded their free Preschooler Pass to include kids 5 and younger. Previously, children younger than 3 were free, and kids ages 3 to 9 paid the children's rate.

The free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an online-only offer, available at BuschGardensTampaBay.com or SeaWorldOrlando.com. It is exclusively for Florida residents ages 5 and younger and is valid for unlimited admission — with no blackout dates — through Dec. 31. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Premium Passport discounts or benefits.

Tickets start at $69.99 online for Florida resident adults, $61.99 for children at Busch Gardens. At SeaWorld, tickets start at $71.99 for adults, $63.99 for children.

So what can little ones find there? Busch Gardens' Sesame Street Safari of Fun, with a wee coaster experience aboard Air Grover and water play splash park. And SeaWorld's Shamu's Happy Harbor play area is designed for the tots with kid-sized rides, a four-story net climb, and a family-oriented roller coaster, Shamu Express.

Walt Disney World, Disneyland to stay open 24 hours on Feb. 29 01/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 4, 2012 9:34pm]
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