Read on for the most updated information for 2023 Disneyland Resort Grad Nites whether you're attending as a graduating senior or plan on visiting the parks during this annual event.
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What is Grad Nite?
Disneyland Grad Nites started in the 1960s as a way for high school seniors in Southern California (and surrounding states) to commemorate their educational achievement with some good old-fashioned fun. Live bands were common up until the 2000s when radio stations then came in with popular DJs. Students and chaperones would stay all night enjoying Disneyland Park. The tradition continues but Disney has streamlined the event for attendees.
Attending Grad Nite as a Senior
2023 Dates and Registration
Starting price for tickets are $89 per person and you can register here.
- 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 30, or 31
- 2, 4, 7, 9, 14, or 16
Grad Nite Ticket Options
2022 attendees can select from three different options for celebrating.
OPTION 1:The first ticket option is the Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience at Disney California Adventure park. After 9 p.m., Grads get exclusive access to Disney California Adventure park as it transforms into an immersive, once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Grads will get to enjoy this evening event with other Grads. ($89 per person)
OPTION 2: The second ticket option gives Grads the opportunity to enjoy a full day at Disney California Adventure park plus admission to the Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience later in the evening in the same park. ($119 per person)
OPTION 3: The third ticket option is a Park Hopper experience to both parks plus admission to the exclusive Disneyland Grad Nite Private Party Experience at Disney California Adventure park. Grads can access both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park on the same day during normal operating hours, then wrap up the night at the exclusive private party experience with other Grads. ($179 per person)
Activities for Grad Nite
All tickets include the Disneyland Grad Nite scheduled events occurring in Disney California Adventure's Cars Land. Ticket holders will enjoy mix-ins and dance parties with fellow gradates starting at 9-pm and concluding at 2-am. A special World of Color event- Grad Nite GOODNITE- is slated but is subject to change.
Disneyland Grad Nite Guidelines
Students must adhere to the dress code and behavior guidelines outlined for them and their chaperones. Guidelines are listed on the Disneyland website under “Field Trips.” Chaperones must be over the age of 25 and there must be one chaperone per 10 students. For every 20 student tickets purchased, the school will receive one complimentary chaperone ticket of the same option.
Visiting Disneyland during Grad Nites
Disneyland Grad Nite has changed over the years in more ways than just pricing. ]Increasing crowds and potential misbehaving students have steered guests away from the parks during the Grad Nites altogether. But, if you happen to be at the Resort while a Grad Nite is occurring, it is manageable.
Avoiding Grad Nite Crowds
As is the case when visiting the Resort any time of year, arrive early for rope drop. And, if you have Magic Morning tickets, take advantage of that extra hour in the park for that day. (Note- Magic Morning alternates between the two parks every other day so check your schedule to plan accordingly).
Figure that most of the hordes of teens will be in Disney California Adventure later in the day so start your journey there if you have an annual pass or park hoppers. Disneyland Park may well be less crowded while the students are in Disney California Adventure Park, so plan to attend then. If you only have a one-park pass, enjoying Disneyland Park for the day might be the best alternative.
Look for Short Queues
Utilize Genie+ to cut down on the lines. If you arrive early, you can find the shorter queues and pick up Genie+ return times in-between. Don't forget about Single Rider lines too. Disneyland Park offers up four locations including Indiana Jones Adventure, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Matterhorn Bobsleds. Disney California Adventure Park houses Single Rider areas at Grizzly River Run, Goofy's Sky School, Incredicoaster, and Radiator Springs Racers.
Have a Good Time
Disneyland Resort is the magical place to create life-lasting memories. Both the Disneyland Grad Nite participants and other visiting guests want to make the most of their trip. Rules and guidelines are in place to ensure this occurs every day but sometimes misbehaving does happen. As a Grad Nite goer, remember to follow the regulations for the events. As a guest, if you see misconduct, let the nearest cast member know for proper protocol. Safety is a key component for all Disneyland Resort guests.
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