Grad nights at Disneyland are celebratory events for high school graduates, offering access to both parks and a special nighttime experience in California Adventure. Hosted since the 1960s, they feature attractions, dance parties, and exclusive shows.
Trust me, these parties are a big deal for grads and something they look forward to for years.
But as a Disney Nerd, you may be wondering how these events will impact your visit to the parks.
Introduction to Grad Nites at Disneyland
As I mentioned earlier, Grad Nites at Disneyland include access to both Disneyland and California Adventure during normal operating hours, as well as a private experience in California Adventure from 10:00PM to 2:00AM.
This private experience includes access to attractions, dance parties, and character meets, as well as exclusive showings of World of Color for seniors.
Now, if you’re a fan of Disneyland history, you may know that Grad Nites at Disneyland have been around for quite a while. In fact, they started all the way back in the 1960s! These events used to be overnight affairs and featured popular music groups, and students were required to meet dress code standards.
But times have changed, and these days Grad Nites are held during normal park hours and take place exclusively at California Adventure (they were previously held at Disneyland until 2013).
So, what does this mean for you as a Disney Nerd visiting the parks on a Grad Nite?
Well, it means that you’ll have access to both Disneyland and California Adventure during normal operating hours, just like any other day.
However, starting at 9:00PM, grads are encouraged (but not required) to leave Disneyland and head over to California Adventure for the private experience.
This means that if you’re planning to stay in the parks late, you may want to consider spending your evening in Disneyland instead of California Adventure.
Keep in mind that on Grad Nites at Disneyland California Adventure will close early to accommodate the event, so you’ll want to plan accordingly if you have a one-park-per-day ticket and want to stay late.
And if you’re not interested in participating in the Grad Nite activities, you may want to consider visiting the parks on a different day to avoid the large crowds of grads.
Tips for Grad Nites at Disneyland
So, you’re planning a visit to Disneyland during a Grad Nite and you’re looking for ways to avoid the crowds of grads.
Don’t worry, I’ve got some strategies for you!
First of all, if you’re not interested in participating in the Grad Nite activities, you may want to consider visiting the parks on a different day.
This is especially true if you’re not a fan of large crowds or loud music, as Grad Nites can be quite busy and energetic.
If you do decide to visit the parks during any of the Grad Nites at Disneyland and you’re not interested in participating in the event, there are a few things you can do to avoid the crowds.
One option is to stay in California Adventure later in the evening, as the grads are more likely to be at Disneyland after 9:00PM.
Another option is to visit California Adventure earlier in the day and then go elsewhere in the evening, such as Disneyland or out of the parks entirely.
It’s also a good idea to use the Genie+ tool to plan your day and make use of the Single Rider and Rider Swap options when available.
This can help you save time and avoid some of the crowds.
And if you’re planning to stay in the parks late, consider starting your day at Disneyland instead of California Adventure, as many grads will be starting at DCA and may not stay late.
Finally, it’s a good idea to keep your plans flexible and be prepared to adapt to the crowds and the atmosphere of the event.
You may find that you want to leave the parks earlier than expected or go elsewhere in the evening, and having a backup plan can help you make the most of your day.
So there you have it, some strategies for avoiding the crowds of grads on a Disneyland Grad Nite.
How much does Disneyland grad night cost?
The cost of a Grad Nite ticket at Disneyland varies depending on the date of the event and the ticket options that are available. In general, Grad Nite tickets cost more than regular one-day tickets to the parks. You can check the prices for Grad Nite tickets on the Disneyland website or by contacting the park directly.
Does Disneyland still have Grad Nite?
Yes, Disneyland still hosts Grad Nites for high school seniors (and sometimes juniors) to celebrate their graduation. The event has been taking place at Disneyland since the 1960s and has evolved over the years to include access to both Disneyland and California Adventure during normal operating hours, as well as a private experience in California Adventure from 10:00PM to 2:00AM.