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I lived in the Magic Kingdom 24/7: an Insider exclusive

The newest overnight accommodations at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Sam Howzit [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.

“No, I didn’t have permission.”

WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — Zeb Olson, a 23-year-old self-described “adventurer” from Somerset, PA, recently accomplished what many dream of but few achieve: for almost a week, he lived inside the Magic Kingdom Park, 24 hours a day.

“Like a lot of Disney fans,” Olson tells Uncle Walt’s Insider, “I’d visit Walt Disney World and think, ‘man, I wish I could live here’ — but it was just, you know, a vague dream. Then they created the Cinderella Castle Suite, and suddenly you had people actually getting to spend the night inside the Magic Kingdom. That just kindled the dream, man. I vowed then to find a way to make it happen.”

We inspire

Interestingly, it was an article on Uncle Walt’s Insider that showed Olson how to make his dream come true.

“I knew winning a stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite was a long shot, especially with it now booked up for years after it went on AirBnB. But then I read that article on Uncle Walt’s about how hardly anybody visits the Swiss Family Treehouse, and I thought, ‘Boom. That’s a perfect hideout.'”

Olson set up camp in the Treehouse, and on the rare occasion during park hours when he was at his hideout and a Cast Member or lost guest came by, he pretended to be an audio-animatronic character.

Coming series

“I was only there for a little more than six days,” Olson shares, “I probably could have kept it going forever, but I started pushing the envelope when pretending to be an animatronic. I think they noticed when I yelled, ‘We wants the redhead!'”

Olson plans to publish a detailed, minute-by-minute account of his adventure in a book, excerpts of which will appear here in an exclusive 163-part series beginning in October. Don’t miss it!

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Cover photo showing the newest overnight accommodations at Magic Kingdom by Sam Howzit [CC BY 2.0] via Flickr.