Changes Coming To Disneyland Grad Night In 2012 And 2013

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From the Disney Parks Blog:

As our 50th Grad Nite season comes to an end, we are excited to announce new twists and enhancements coming in 2012 and 2013 to this traditional rite of passage so many of us experienced as high school graduates.

In 2012, Grads will have more time, more flexibility and more room for their celebration at the Disneyland Resort including the opportunity to enter Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure park at any time during their Grad Nite visit. Students will receive a park hopper ticket allowing them a full day to experience both parks!

In addition, 2012 Grads will now receive a special FASTPASS option to use during their visit and a private showing of “Fantasmic!” to kick off the exclusive private party that begins when Disneyland park closes.

Beginning in 2013, the private party will move to Disney California Adventure park where Grads will enjoy all the newest offerings including an exclusive “World of Color” viewing and the new Cars Land.

Disneyland Resort Grad Nite, 1966 Disneyland Resort Grad Nite

As these pictures show, our Grad Nites have become an important milestone for millions of graduating seniors in the last five decades, and we are excited to share new experiences as Grad Nites evolve just like the Disneyland Resort continues to evolve each year. We look forward to celebrating many future classes to come!

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Let us remember that WDW’s Grad Night followed a similar course as they decided to move Grad Night over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2009 and was deemed a massive failure, they moved back to the Magic Kingdom in 2010 and Grad Night did not return to the East Coast for 2011. Let’s hope Disneyland does not follow the same path.

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  • Grad nights 2012 — will regular visitors still be able to see Fantasmic on the weekends when grad night is scheduled — or does the park close early and only grad night kids get to see Fantasmic?

  • I think Disney should make an 8th grade grad night as well. I would so go there if they did because I'm graduating 8th grade this year and I saw this grad night promotion and I got really excited to be turned down and SUPER bumbed out when I read it was only for high school seniors instead of 8th graders and seniors.

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