Walt Disney World cancels Grad Nights after this year
I'm sorry, was it something I said
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.
Thanks for ratting us rebellious youngsters out, Robert. Might as well be Theme Narc Insider.
Well, I think its pretty clear why its going away......
LOL @ "Smokey McPuff." I'm glad cast members are doing this job when times like this roll around. The social values of the rest of society seem to have gone to hell but at least in Disney it's good to see a tight ship is still run. Well done.
Can't say that I've been there during a Grad Night time frame - however, I was just there during a 'Senior Trip', and sadly they were in the same building as I and my husband at All Star Sports. We were in town for the Princess Half - thank goodness this was after the race (Monday - Wed afterward). There were at least a couple hundred of them - shirtless boys, girls in bikinis, wandering all over at night. No chaperones to be found. Oh wait - no, there were chaperones... We saw them - about 10 of them, at the bar by the pool. We didn't realize they were the chaperones until the next morning until they were arranging the kids to give them theme park tickets. I can't even imagine what was going on in the rooms, because I saw what was going on on the balconies (I'm no prude - but this was a school trip... C'mon...).
I remember Grad Night. I attended DL's back in 1974. Everyone had to be dressed appropriately, boys in suits and girls in dresses or well dressed. They frisked us before entering. They told us that the CM's searched the river's edge to see if anyone planted alcohol prior to the event. Someone I knew brought high proof alcohol in an ink pen and squirted it in their cokes. We all seemed to gravitate to Small World around 6 am for a last ride of the night.
Sad :( . I understand that adults may find these teens to be annoying, but they are teens, what the heck do u expect! Its the time of their lives, mannnnn!
^ I completely agree, anonymous, though I was afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation from people such as the other anonymous commenter above ("...the rest of society seem to have gone to hell but at least in Disney it's good to see a tight ship is still run"). Vandalism, etc. is not cool, but teens will be teens. If they're causing problems
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