Grad Nite Reunion, 22, Brings to Disney California Adventures

Grad Nite Reunion, 22, Brings to Disney California Adventures ...

I did not attend my own Grad Night, held at Disneyland. There are a few reasons I could offer to explain why not. Especially when I can attend the Grad Nite Reunion event at Disney California Adventure park as part of the Disneyland After Dark series of themed events, which I very much did. Various times, from Star Wars to Disney villains to Pixar characters, I had a great time getting invited to watch the inaugural graduation themed evening, running from 8pm till midnight.

The most popular feature of the After Dark themed events at the Disneyland Resort is the character experiences and limited offerings. Rather than big meals, I usually stick with the more snack-sized offerings, mainly to ensure that I get a variety of options. The deep-fried PB&J, which included peanut butter and jelly filling, was quite delicious, and the Cherry Cone-Vertible Cozy Cone Motel soft-serve ice cream with warm cherries in a cinnamon bread cone, and the Terran Treats cart

The Cheeseburger Mac Burger, which consisted of double burger patties, cheese sauce, and pickles, might have been avoided mess-free no matter how hard you tried. On occasion, flavored churro, including a brownie, banana smoothie, and a cookie crumbs, all sounded like the winner, and the carrot cake churro, with cake crumble and cream cheese frosting.

The Fab Five (Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck) organized a pep rally along the way, putting the audience in constant charge. There was also a fun pep rally with the All-American College Band, which included DJs, dance lessons, and retro karaoke.

When it came to the special photo opps for the event (the Disney Photo Pass is included with the ticket), Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Daisy Duck, Chip N Dale, and Goofy, each in their cap and gown. While Tow Mater and Sulley hung out on Pixar Pier, the Aristocats and Professor Ludwig Von Drake were all guests at Paradise Gardens Park.

Some events have varying levels of popularity, depending on the fan base, but they often feel less populated than a typical day at the parks. Upon arrival, I was able to easily walk onto all rides I wanted to experience, usually waiting no more than a few minutes. Depending on how long the wait time was, it was easy to move on to something else, once the crowd had thinned out again. It was also fun to see some of the participants dressed in their own caps and gowns, or to commemorat

If you prefer to attend one of these events in the future, make sure to keep an eye on any announcements of these After Dark events, both at Disneyland and DCA. I highly recommend the upcoming Oogie Boogie Bash for Halloween at DCA, which follows a similar structure of taking place with a separate ticket and less capacity, with themed activities, entertainment, character experiences, and special food and beverages.

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