If you’re a Disney Parks fan, you may have found it difficult to look away from the blog this week. We had a continuous stream of great stories, including the official announcement that we’re keeping three theme parks open for 24 hours on Memorial Day Weekend to kick off a Monstrous Summer on both coasts.

The Huge Sphere of Spaceship Earth was Transformed from Disney Parks Icon to Disney●Pixar 'Eye-con' for the Announcement
Sulley from the Upcoming Disney●Pixar Film 'Monsters University' Helps Announce a Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks

A 180-foot-tall Mike Wazowski from the upcoming Disney●Pixar film “Monsters University” helped make the official announcement at Epcot. The huge sphere of Spaceship Earth was transformed from Disney Parks icon to Disney●Pixar “Eye-con” for the announcement.

Our first-ever, three-park all-night party is happening at Magic Kingdom Park in Florida and Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park in California. The parks will stay open from 6 a.m., May 24 to 6 a.m., May 25, 2013, local time. Check our Monstrous Summer story for more details.

TThe Story of 'Tangled' Will be Highlighted in the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014
 'Peter Pan'-Themed Float for the Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade Coming to Magic Kingdom Park in 2014

And did you hear? The new Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will march into Magic Kingdom Park in spring 2014. The Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will bring a celebration of New Fantasyland to Main Street, U.S.A., through fantastic and innovative new parade floats, vibrant costumes, and an original soundtrack that will feature beloved songs from favorite Disney films, plus a parade theme song. Jennifer has more details about the parade in her original Festival of Fantasy story.

Here is a look at some of the other stories we shared this week.

First Look: Setting the Stage for “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland Park – Take a sneak peek at the newly refurbished stage inside the Fantasyland Theatre and “Mickey and the Magical Map” at Disneyland Park.

Just Announced: More Magic Coming to the Disney Magic and Disney Cruise LineDisney Cruise Line has added an extra dose of magic aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship!

A Fresh Take on Blue Bayou Menu Debuts Today at Disneyland Park – Blue Bayou fans have some new dishes to try and can revisit classics that have been lovingly tweaked at Disneyland park.

Top Five Best-Selling Dishes at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival – Jenn shares with us the top five best-selling dishes at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Walt Disney World Resort – May 2013 Merchandise Events – This May, visit Walt Disney World Resort for a variety of fun and unique merchandise events.

Big Fun for Little Ones at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort – See the best rides and events for children at Downtown Disney.

Meet the Steam Engines of the Disneyland Railroad: E.P. Ripley – Erin introduces us to E.P. Ripley, the next steam engine on the Disneyland Railroad tour.

Disney Parks Blog Weekly Recap by Thomas Smith: Originally posted on the Disney Parks Blog

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