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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    My sister and niece will be there this Friday and Saturday (5/17, 5/18). I warned them that it will be one of the Grad Nite weekends but I thought the 'kids' will be there just at a certain time in the late evening. I had NO idea they have the run of the parks in the day as well. I agree with the idea of a private party for these kids. It's not fair for families with little ones having to deal with unruly teenagers and their inappropriate language whether they are in line or on the rides!
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    If Disney isn't going to go back to the private parties, they really need to start curbing the unruly behavior. It is ruining things for the other guests and it's bringing Disney's rep down.

    And I mean that in general. When I was at the park yesterday there was some kid who was leaning all the way out of the Golden Zephyr to impress his friends. Et al. If you're going to behave like a hoodlum, no matter your age, you shouldn't be in Disneyland.
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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    mwellsfitz, I noticed the trash as well. I think it had a lot to do with the amount of children (yes, I am referring to teenagers as children because they were acting like them) in the park. I noticed a lot of them eating snacks and throwing the wrappers on the ground, spilling popcorn on the ground and stepping all over it, throwing water and soda bottles on the ground and kicking them, etc.. The list goes on and on.

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    If they went back to running it as a completely separate, private party, without all-day admission tickets beforehand it would solve most (or all) of the issues.
    Bottom line is they need to make Grad Nights the way it was before and not allow the students into the park until their overnight event begins. I talked to my mom and she said that is how her Grad Night was. They would close the park early and let the grads in overnight and boot them out before the park opened to the public the next morning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrFink View Post
    Here are all the 2013 Grad Night dates:

    I also wonder if there are there really chaperones for the high school kids for Grad Night? I never noticed any chaperones for any group other than obvious school groups.
    I was there on May 9 as a chaperone for Grad Nite. I, too, was horrified at the behavior of some schools: chanting their school names, dressed inappropriately... Worst of all, school chaperones encouraging their students to cut lines. That really made me angry. My co-chaperone and I confronted a group of 30+ kids cutting the line at Space Mountain around 7:30pm. Horrified to find out their chaperones motioned them over. One of their students got in my face and said, "Grad Nite ain't started yet!" My response, "Really? Grad Nite started the minute you entered the park!" To top it off, their chaperone tried to pick a fight with my co and I in the line for the car ride. GROW UP, lady! Now, I know I went over rules extensively with my Grad Nite group and I monitored the best I could. However, upon mentioning my experience to the so-called "Ride Leader", I was ignored. When speaking to park security, which I was under the impression where there to help chaperones keep everyone safe, I was blown off. I have a witness. As for the complaints on this forum, I agree. There needed to be more support from the park and chaperones needed to do THEIR jobs!

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    Ugh, the crowds are so ridiculous now it is intolerable. I have a premium pass I got back in February and I've only used it a couple of times. It's just maddening having to navigate through the sea of people, getting your heels stepped on and your legs nicked by strollers. Plus with all the wait times exceeding well over a hour for any decent ride and the multiple ride closures this year it has not been fun. I remember waiting in line for clam chowder in NOS for almost 45 mins on my last trip and I thought to myself what am I doing here. So I feel your pain ..... going to the resort anytime from April to September just seems like you are asking for it which is a bummer.

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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    Quote Originally Posted by JessR View Post
    I was there on May 9 as a chaperone for Grad Nite. I, too, was horrified at the behavior of some schools: chanting their school names, dressed inappropriately... Worst of all, school chaperones encouraging their students to cut lines. That really made me angry. My co-chaperone and I confronted a group of 30+ kids cutting the line at Space Mountain around 7:30pm. Horrified to find out their chaperones motioned them over. One of their students got in my face and said, "Grad Nite ain't started yet!" My response, "Really? Grad Nite started the minute you entered the park!" To top it off, their chaperone tried to pick a fight with my co and I in the line for the car ride. GROW UP, lady! Now, I know I went over rules extensively with my Grad Nite group and I monitored the best I could. However, upon mentioning my experience to the so-called "Ride Leader", I was ignored. When speaking to park security, which I was under the impression where there to help chaperones keep everyone safe, I was blown off. I have a witness. As for the complaints on this forum, I agree. There needed to be more support from the park and chaperones needed to do THEIR jobs!
    A majority of the chaperones I noticed in school groups were just as bad as the kids. As you mentioned they were encouraging the bad behavior so they had a fun day, too. I got cut in line by at least 15 kids plus two chaperones while waiting for Star Tours and the kids screamed so loud during the entire ride that I wasn't able to hear the ride audio. We all know how loud the rides are so the fact that I couldn't hear C-3PO's voice or a majority of the sound effects is absurd. I was tempted to request a re-ride from a CM, but I didn't want to waste the time.
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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    I was just there today, no grad night but there were middle school groups that had name tags on for Disney Youth Education. Of the groups that I saw there were 10-12 students, a chaperone, and a Disney youth Ed worker. All were well behaved and were not just going on rides. I saw one group on a tour of Redwood Creek, with the guide discussing eduction stuff, the others I just saw in passing. Grad nights are terrible, I will agree to that, but the other groups weren't a problem that I saw

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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    I guess I probably should go back and read the entire thread before responding. However, I visited Disneyland/DCA during the month of May last year, and had an absolutely wonderful time. I was there on one of the Grad nights, and encountered absolutely no problems.

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    I'm sorry you had a bad time at the park. I went once about three years ago at the end of May/beginning of June. We, too, hit it during Grad Night time a couple of the days. We also had Jr. High students as well. We were in line at Space Mountain for 90+ minutes when we almost was at the tunnel entrance and lo and behold here came about 25 kids to get in line with the two already there. Luckily, the castmember told them they couldn't crowd in and their two friends could go to the back of the line with them. It did help that there were several gentlemen ready to help move them. I decided then and there, no May or June visits for me. I did go to Grad night in 1980 when it was closed to the public and it was nice for everyone. We had a dress code and a behavior code. Break either, and you were escorted out of the park. I hope your next visit is better.

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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    Thank-You for the heads up, we just made reservations today for the 22nd and 23rd of May that I just found out are Grad Nights, so we are going to cancel those days and go on the 20th and 21st instead... no Grad night...If I went on the Grad Night days and they pulled that stuff on me I know I would be in big trouble with someone...My brother went on one of the very 1st Grade Nights back in the late 60's and you had to wear a tie and your hair had to be cut short,the girls had to wear a dress..Walt was very strict on dress code and manners..what happened?
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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    If you go on a day when Grad Nite isn't happening, it's fine in May, IMHO. I was there on Tuesday and while I did see some small school/community center groups in their matching shirts they were fine. Most rides were walk-ons, as Dr Fink described in the OP, and even Space Mountain was down to a 25 minute wait. RSR was down to a 55 minute wait and the other two Cars Land rides were walk ons.

    I suppose the trick is to know when it's not a Grad Nite. If you're coming from out of town that can be tricky. How far in advance do they announce the dates?

    I think the difference between the regular school groups and the Grad Nites has to do with context. These are kids that are graduating. They're not going back to school. At that point their teachers have no leverage over them to force them to behave, so it's a free for all for the kids who have bad manners.

    So the leverage needs to be with Disney: they need to get serious about kicking out kids who are misbehaving and perhaps banning certain schools from returning.
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    I don't know if it was just my high school, but if seniors attended trips or events and acted out of context we were threatened with not being able to walk at our graduation. On my music trip when I was in 10th grade our teacher and chaperones told the seniors if they did anything out of line they wouldn't receive their diplomas. There are several ways for the schools and for Disney to ensure that the grads don't act like zoo animals.
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    I agree with the idea that they should go back to the original grad night set up. Now that they are using DCA I think it is the perfect solution. In the past when Disneyland was closed to the public due to the grad it was a let down to those people who had no other options. Now they can keep the kids in DCA and people still have access to Disneyland. Anyone buying single day tickets should automatically be given a park-hopper so that when DCA closes for grad the people just go to DL.

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    Re: My week at Disneyland - Learning the hard way to avoid the month of May

    Quote Originally Posted by Malina View Post

    So the leverage needs to be with Disney: they need to get serious about kicking out kids who are misbehaving and perhaps banning certain schools from returning.
    they have, at least in the past, banned schools for a certain number of years. My high school had previously been banned so oth my sister, two years ahead of me, and I missed out. I think I remember hearing it was 10 years that the ban lasted, but I'm not sure what you even have to do for that to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamiele View Post
    Anyone buying single day tickets should automatically be given a park-hopper so that when DCA closes for grad the people just go to DL.
    That or they need to not give the grads Park Hopper passes and make their admission for DCA only. It sucks for other guests in DCA, but I would rather not be able to do DCA than Disneyland.
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