Walt Disney World cancels Grad Nights after this year
Published: March 9, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Walt Disney World announced today that it is ditching its annual Grad Nights for high school seniors, after this year's events. Grad Nights will continue at Disneyland in California.
(And by the way, I know that Disney calls its event "Grad Nite," but as someone who once taught writing to college students, I just can't bear to go there. So it's "Grad Nights" when I write about these events, okay?)
Disney's offering the excuse that increased attendance at the parks in April and May is making the Grad Nights too difficult to schedule, which I believe. With Disney's continued push to convert more of its visits to on-site stays, with more hotel or Disney Vacation Club guests, those on-site visitors resist the shorter park hours that Disney needs on days when it schedules a Grad Night.
Disney instead is pushing $55 one-day theme park tickets for school groups, for schools that which to continue sending their soon-to-graduate to Disney World. (Those tickets are available throughout the year, actually. More info on that and other Disney school programs is online at disneyyouth.com.) You'd lose the special event feeling, however, since you'd no longer be in the park with just other kids your own age. But a trip to Disney World on even a "normal" day is still a nice way to celebrate.
I can't help but think that all this really is my fault, though, after ratting out Smokey McPuff and his buddies earlier this year. So to Florida's high school juniors and younger students, I apologize. I'm sorry that you're losing this special event.
But I do hope that you'll enjoy your evening at Hogwarts, instead.