Grad Nites are Just Around the Corner at Disneyland Resort
It’s that time of year where celebrating graduates descend on Disneyland Resort as part of the annual Grad Nite tradition. These special evenings at the parks for local graduates are making a return to the Happiest Place on Earth for the first time since 2019.
Grad Nite events officially kick off this Friday (May 13th) culminating in evening after hours events at Disney California Adventure.
Though I’ve visited during Grad Nite and found it had little impact on my family’s Disneyland getaway, you may notice Disneyland teaming with high school graduates during the day before moving over to Disney California Adventure for the nighttime festivities.
As a recent piece in the OC Register tells us, there will be 16 Grad Nites happening throughout the months of May and June at Disneyland Resort.
Grad Nite parties start at Disney California Adventure at 9pm but attendees also have the option of booking a parkhopper pass that gives them access to both parks throughout the day.
Though you’ll start to see students as the park opens, typically levels of Grand Nite visitors increase in the late afternoon or early evening.
If you’ve have plans to visit Disneyland in the days and weeks ahead, you’ll want to be aware of Grad Nite events but you probably don’t need to change your travel plans because of them.
Dates for this year’s Grad Nite soirees take place on Tuesdays through Saturdays and are as follows:
- May: 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 26 and 31
- June 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 17.
The Grad Nite celebrations last well into the evening (usually until 2 am) and include special offerings like DJ dance parties, special photo ops, exclusive merchandise and themed food and drinks.
During Grad Nites, Disney California Adventure will close to the general public starting at 9pm.
For the first time, Disney has also introduced Grad Nite Reunion events taking place after the last regular Grad Nite on June 17th. Reunion nights are an opportunity for graduates the missed Grad Nites in 2020 and 2021 because of COVID-19 to return for their own celebration. Grad Nite Reunion will take place on the following dates:
- June 23, 28 and 30
Anyone is able to attend the Grand Nite reunion events .
Whether you’re the Class of 2022 or simply thinking about a getaway to Disneyland, now is the perfect time to visit. If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog you’ll know that Disneyland Forever (fireworks show), World of Color (water pageant) and the Main Street Electrical parade have all returned to the theme parks.
In addition, Fantasmic! nighttime show will start dazzling guests again beginning on May 28th. .
Readers are encouraged to keep following along with MickeyBlog for further Disneyland news and updates!
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Source: OC Register