Disney World Puts an End to Grad Nite

After a long run of nearly 40 years, Disney World has decided to pull the plug on its annual Grad Nite festivities for high school seniors after this year.

The event, in which the park allows high school seniors to visit from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. for musical performances and firework displays, will wrap up in Florida with four more events in April and May.

"In recent years, we've added more specific programming for this age group such as educational programs and festivals. These new programs provide teen-age guests with experiences all year long," Disney World spokeswoman Andrea Finger tells AOL Travel News.

"We recognize that Grad Nite has become a rite of passage for high school seniors and are proud to have hosted the special event for 39 years," she continues.

As an alternative, Disney will offer Florida school groups a one-day, one-park ticket for $55.

"This way, students can experience when they want to and the way they want to," says Finger, who adds that the park now sees students visit for several days as part of senior class trips.

The program will continue at Disneyland in California, where it is now in its 50th year.

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