On Saturday, May 21, some graduating seniors will arrive at school at 9 a.m. The purpose will not be to take a class or exam, but rather to board the bus to Disney California Adventure Park. In celebration of their graduation, high school seniors partake in a tradition known as Grad Nite, during which they visit Disneyland Resort Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure Park and enjoy the park with other graduating seniors.
“Because I usually go to Disneyland with family members instead of friends, I feel like this experience will be more fun. I’m excited for the food, the rides, taking tons of pictures and spending time with friends. However, I’m not looking forward to waiting in line,” senior Donlie Gu said.
Students will be allowed to go around the park by themselves, but will not be allowed to continue enjoying the park if they break the rules for Grad Nite. Participating seniors who get in trouble while at the park will be chaperoned by an adult until the event ends. Participants will return on Sunday at 3:30 a.m.
“I’m not excited about waiting in line for the good rides. I’ve been to Disneyland before, but I’m not excited about being chaperoned by the high school. It’s annoying because we can’t drive ourselves there,” senior Andrew Simmons said. “[However,] I’m excited for the big turkey legs and [hanging] out with senior friends who I most likely won’t see after high school.”
Many seniors are excited to attend Grad Nite as they feel it will be a new experience and one of their last high school memories.
“I’ve never been to Disneyland, so I don’t know what to expect. I’m excited for the rides, but the food seems oevrpriced and I’m not excited for long lines,” senior Kathryn Lee said.