High school seniors will need to save more money or ask their parents to dig deeper into their pockets if they want to go to Grad Nite at Disney California Adventure in 2023 and take part in the graduation celebrations that have been an annual tradition for decades.
Disneyland has raised prices 8% to 22% on Grad Nite packages for 2023 compared to ticket costs from the previous year.
Grad Nite 2023 celebrations will be held on 15 dates in May and June at Disney California Adventure.
Grad Nite 2023 will take place on May 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 30 and 31 and June 2, 4, 7, 9, 14 and 16. The dates fall on select weekdays (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays) and weekends (Fridays and Saturdays).
Grad Nite celebrations will run from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at DCA with dance parties, meet-and-greet photo ops with Disney characters dressed in graduation gear and themed food and drinks.
Disneyland will offer tiered pricing for Grad Nite 2023 with costs varying for weekday and weekend tickets.
The three ticket options include the Grad Nite private party experience ($99 weekdays/$104 weekends) with access to DCA starting at 9 p.m., all-day DCA admission ($129/$134) that includes the Grad Nite party or a parkhopper option ($199/$219) with admission to both parks and the after-hours party.
Grad Nite 2022 ticket prices were lower at $89 (party only), $119 (all-day at DCA) and $179 (all-day parkhopper).
Disneyland raised general admission prices up to 8% in October 2021 with the multi-tier ticket cost structure ranging from $104 to $164 for a single park and $164 to $224 for a parkhopper.
Schools can get more information at the Disneyland Grad Nite website. DCA will close to day visitors by 9 p.m. on Grad Nites.
Visitors planning vacations in May and June 2023 should keep in mind Disneyland and DCA will grow increasingly crowded as high school seniors arrive throughout the day on Grad Nite event dates, according to MousePlanet.
“Of course, Grad Nites are not the only times that the Disneyland resort is crowded with student groups,” according to MousePlanet. “The last weeks of school are typically popular times for class trips, something that Disney has actively encouraged in past years through special pricing and activities for school groups. Those visits won’t appear on any calendar, but are a fact of Disney life during May and June.”
Grad Nite returned in 2022 after the events were canceled in 2020 and 2021 while Disneyland and Disney California Adventure were closed or under capacity restrictions due to state-mandated COVID-19 restrictions.