Grad Nite (Disneyland Resort)

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Grad Nite is a special time at the beginning of each summer when graduating high school seniors overtake Disneyland for a "Nite" of high-energy magic!

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Getting To Grad Nite

For the most part, the only way to arrive at the Disneyland Resort for Grad Nite is via chartered buses that are pre-arranged by participating schools. On very few occasions, concessions are made for private vehicles to be driven to Grad Nite. An Exceptions form must be filed and faxed to the Grad Nite office in order to drive a private vehicle to Grad Nite.

All buses are directed to park at the Toy Story Parking Lot. Guests are given wristbands that will help them locate their bus at the end of the event.

From the Toy Story lot, guests are taken to the old Timon tram route where the pat-down safety screenings occur near the eastern end of the Esplanade.

What to Expect

There are two different options when considering Grad Nite. There is the traditional Grad Nite at Disneyland Park from midnight to 6am. For a few dollars more, there is the "Blast-off" version which begins a few hours earlier at Disney California Adventure which also includes dinner.

Blast-Off! plus Grad Nite Ticket Includes (9:30pm – 11:30pm)

  • Admission ticket to Blast-Off! at Disney California Adventure prior to Grad Nite at Disneyland Park
  • Meal voucher for use at a select Blast-Off! location
  • Admission ticket to Grad Nite at Disneyland Park
  • Unlimited use of available attractions during Blast-Off! and Grad Nite events (except arcades).

Grad Nite Only Ticket Includes (11:30pm – 6:00am)

  • Admission ticket to Grad Nite at Disneyland Park
  • Unlimited use of attractions (except arcades)
  • Unlimited use of all available entertainment

Attractions in Operation

The first question most people want to know about the event is what attractions are open for Grad Nite? From year to year, the attractions in operation for Grad Nite can shift depending on refurbishment schedules and other factors. In general, the same attractions are run each year.

Disneyland Attractions Disney California Adventure Attractions

Shops in Operation

Disneyland

Adventureland Bazaar*, Candy Palace and Candy Kitchen, Disney Clothiers, Ltd.*, Emporium*, Mad Hatter, Market House, Pioneer Mercantile, Pooh Corner, Port Royal*, Professor Barnaby Owl's Photographic Art Studio, Star Trader*, South Seas Traders, and Space Mountain Image Capture.

Disney California Adventure

California Scream Cam, Man Hat 'n' Beach, Point Mugu Tattoo, Sideshow Shirts, Midway Mercantile, and Tower Hotel Gifts.
* Shops marked with a asterisk carry Grad Nite specific merchandise including Grad Nite themed Ear Hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts, toys, and more.

Restaurants in Operation

Disneyland

Bengal Barbecue, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Edelweiss Snacks, French Market, Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor, The Golden Horseshoe, Harbour Galley, Hungry Bear Restaurant, Redd Rockett's Pizza Port, Refreshment Corner, River Belle Terrace, Royal Street Veranda, Stage Door Cafe, Tomorrowland Fruit Cart, Tropical Imports, and Village Haus Restaurant

Disney California Adventure

Pizza Oom Mow Mow, Taste Pilots' Grill, and Award Wieners.

Grad Nite Exclusive Entertainment

Each year the evening's entertainment changes but generally includes three fireworks shows at Sleeping Beauty Castle, one for the Grad Nite Countdown, and two additional shows, one at 1am and another at 3am.

There are also Dance Clubs set up around the park that are hosted by local radio stations and/or corporate sponsors.

Character Greetings

Various characters can be found at the Plaza Gardens Stage and at the Main Entrance from 10:30pm – 2:30am. Characters include Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy in grad cap and gowns and other surprises, too.

Chaperons

Each participating school is required to bring a select number of chaperons (over the age of 25) to watch and guide students. Chaperons are responsible for the students from their own schools and ensuring that ALL students remain safe. They can be identified with distinguishing stickers and/or wristbands.

"Chaperon Headquarters" is located at the Main Street Opera House and is where chaperons can rest or get information.

Depending on the size of the school group, select numbers of complimentary Chaperon tickets are available. (Usually about one free per 20 students). Additional chaperon tickets may be purchased at regular ticket price.

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Ground Rules

Dress Code

Although the dress code was once very strict, it has been drastically loosened over the years. In general, most casual clothes are acceptable except those that are sports, school, or gang related. Also, overly baggy or worn/shredded clothes are not allowed.

See the Prohibited Items section for more details.

Smoking Policy

Grad Nite is a completely smoke-free environment. No students or chaperons are allowed to smoke in the park. If chaperons or others over the age of 18 wish to smoke they must exit the park to do so.

Medications

Guests who require medication must either leave it with a chaperon or make prior arrangements before the event. An Exceptions form must be filed and faxed to the Grad Nite office in order to bring medications into Grad Nite.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are complimentary during Grad Nite, they can be picked up at the Disneyland Main Entrance.

Leaving Early

Guests cannot leave Grad Nite before 6am unless they have pre-arranged an early departure prior to the event. An Exceptions form must be filed and faxed to the Grad Nite office in order to leave early.

Leaving Grad Nite

At the end of Grade Nite, all guests make their way back to their buses which are located the Mickey & Friends Structure. Guests must walk the tram route back to the Pinocchio lot. Guests who require assistance back to the lot can take a shuttle from the backstage Indy gate.

What to Bring

For safety, Disney strongly enforces a list of items that are not allowed into the parks. Some items on the Grad Nite prohibited list are items that normally are allowed into the parks so it's important to understand what can and cannot be brought into Grad Nite.

Prohibited Items

Any prohibited items will need to be discarded or placed into a locker just outside of the park entrance where they can be retrieved at the end of the night.

Apparel

  • Spike jewelry/belts (Dull/rounded spikes are ok)
  • Belts heavy in weight, large in size with sharp/pointed edges
  • Shoes with skate wheels (Flip flops/sandals are ok)
  • Bags/backpack larger than 8.5” x 11”
  • Apparel with logos larger than the size of your fist
  • Custom/home made T-shirts (i.e. Class of '10)
  • Clothing affiliated with schools, sports teams, clubs
  • Jerseys (professional or school related)
  • Letterman jackets
  • Head wear: hats, sock hats, bandanas (except for official, Disney-licensed hats and Religious/traditional headwear such as Yarmulkes/Turbans)
  • Costumes

Food & Beverages

  • All food (candy, gum, mints, chips, etc.)
  • All fluids (water, drinks, perfumes, lotion, etc.)
  • Glass containers

Miscellaneous Items

  • Weapons
  • Markers
  • Pens

Controlled Substances/Medication

  • Alcohol and any controlled substance
  • Non-prescription medication (aspirin, vitamins, etc.)
  • Contact solution/eye drops larger than 4oz. (120mL)
  • Tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, chew, etc.)
  • Tobacco related items (lighters, matches, etc.)

Allowed Items

Sometimes certain items might be perceived as items that would not be allowed into the parks. The items below ARE permitted in the parks for Grad Nite.

Make-up/Toiletries

  • Compacts with Mirrors
  • Cough drops
  • Make-up in non-glass containers
  • Lip balm and/or lip gloss (in non-glass containers)
  • Deodorant (sticks or gel only, cans are not allowed)

Miscellaneous Items

  • iPods or other MP3 players
  • Cell phones
  • Small cameras

Controlled Substances/Medication

  • Asthma inhalers
  • Cough drops
  • Contact solution/eye drops smaller than 4oz. (120mL)
  • Contraceptives (birth control pills, condoms, etc.)
  • Insulin/Syringes (need to be inspected at nurse station

Sign Up Your School

To enroll your school, or if you have any questions regarding Grad Nite, you can contact the Grad Nite office:

  • Phone: (800) 232-7980
  • E-mail: dlr.grad.nite@disney.com.
  • Fax: (714) 284-6362

Grad Nite office hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm

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