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A Disney Dismay for Cash-Strapped Seniors

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Marisol Napoles, Staff Writer

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After hearing rumors about changes being made to the annual Disneyland trip, seniors have mixed feelings.

When senior year rolls around, students look forward to their senior privileges. One of the most anticipated is a trip to Disneyland that offers a chance to feel like a kid and forget that they are days away from entering the adult world. However, with the school and ASB experiencing a lack of interest and participation in activities where spending money is required among seniors, the cost of a one day ticket for $155 is controversial.

Humberto Ceballos, one of many seniors who are disappointed said that “tickets are too expensive.”

Ana Castillo also spoke about her dissatisfaction with the price. She explains that “It sounds like a waste of money because it’s not actually Grad Nite.”

Alexys Soto, an annual pass holder, explains that she is planning to attend the trip to Disneyland. “I could go any other day with the pass, it really won’t be any different but the school is going so I am going to go,” says Soto.

Sergio Pineda explains that he will definitely go to Grad Day. “Of course I’m going. It’s the same day as my birthday,” reveals Pineda. “I’m going because it’s a day I can hang out with my closest friends at the happiest place on earth.”

Daniel Tena, ASB adviser, clears up lingering questions that many students have. He explained that the only change this year is that seniors will have a Grad Day. Students will “leave here no later than 9 in the morning and leave the park at midnight.”

“This isn’t a fundraiser, it’s just a direct sale,” says Tena. He explained activity is provided for seniors to have fun, ASB does not benefit from it.

Grad Day has typically been the most popular and successful senior activity. The final day to buy tickets is February 28th.

Editor’s Note:  After a follow-up interview concerning the discrepancy in price of the Grad Nite prices listed on Disneyland’s website, the editors learned that Friday, May 25th was chosen due to conflicts within the SAUSD calendar. Surge pricing is in effect for weekends, therefore a discounted ticket sold at the group rate by Disney is $145 with a $10 busing charge added on to ensure transportation for seniors.



25 Responses to “A Disney Dismay for Cash-Strapped Seniors”

  1. frankie gutierrez on February 14th, 2018 8:24 am

    I think that the tickets are still expensive and not all my friends are going because they are expensive.

  2. tara soto on February 14th, 2018 9:19 am

    I also think the price is crazy expensive!

  3. Araceli Elias on February 14th, 2018 9:28 am

    Even if the school is short on cash, I don’t see why we have to pay over fifty dollars more than the seniors did last year.

  4. Emma Marting on February 14th, 2018 9:31 am

    Why has it changed? The last few graduating classes have had the traditional Grad Night, and tickets are at most $135 for the park hopper and “Grad Night” event, given that there are at least 20 seniors and 2 chaperones ( Given that the class of 2018 at Godinez has over 600 students, finding 20 should be no issue. I’m sure busing and chaperones are the main concern, but I feel that the information should have been given more candidly since I am not the only one who was unaware of a change.

  5. Jocelyn Sanchez on February 14th, 2018 1:01 pm

    It dosen’t seem fair that we seniors didn’t get a say on this sudden change after all it is our senior year.

  6. Ricardo on February 14th, 2018 1:07 pm

    The price is to high

  7. Erika on February 14th, 2018 1:07 pm

    Some students do not want to attend because it is during the day.

  8. nancy chavez on February 14th, 2018 1:12 pm

    The sudden change to our Disney trip is just devastating especially the fact that its not senior NIGHT, its senior day.

  9. MENEZ on February 14th, 2018 2:10 pm


  10. Areli Arroyo on February 14th, 2018 2:11 pm

    I agree the tickets are expensive!

  11. juan gonzalez on February 14th, 2018 2:11 pm

    I also agree that the tickets are a bit out of the roof

  12. Natalia on February 14th, 2018 2:13 pm

    The ticket is way too expensive, especially if it is just until midnight. I as well as many others can probably find cheaper tickets for that same day if possible. Seems like a waste and I feel like many seniors are going to back out if ASB does not clear this up with the senior class before February 28th.

  13. Jossiani Ballesteros on February 14th, 2018 2:13 pm

    I think we should go back the old way and have grad night instead of day. They are breaking a tradition and disappointing many. I feel like all these changes in senior year are making many of us not want to attend any senior activities.

  14. Reberiano Diaz on February 14th, 2018 2:13 pm

    I feel like the tickets are quite high and many people wont be able to attend due to the high amount of money a single ticket costs.

  15. Jennifer Fregoso on February 14th, 2018 2:20 pm

    The tickets are way to expensive and it’s not only about the money also it is not even Grad Night. Also, the park is not going to be closed just for Grad Night so there is going to be a lot of people and we are not going to be able to go on as many rides so I would rather go on my own with my friends or family on a day that there isn’t going to be as many people. This is why my friends and I are planning to go somewhere else and have more fun for less amount of money.

  16. Bryan Barranon on February 15th, 2018 10:17 am

    I think the prices are too high I want all my friends to be able to go, I feel like the school jacks up the prices so they can get the most money out of us. The school has other things like prom and other activities we are most likely going to pay for they make enough money to at least make it 20 dollars cheaper.

  17. Briyana Martinez on February 26th, 2018 10:17 am

    I think it would be a memorable experience to enjoy Disneyland with all your high school friends, it might even be the last time you see them. The park will be an absolute chaos but there is not really a way to avoid it. Disneyland is only becoming more expensive and packed everyday. If it isn’t for you then there are other local amusement parks that you and your friends could enjoy, for instance like Knots, Soak City, Great Wolf Lodge and many more for half of the price. It is feasible to pay for the ticket. Most students may have jobs already therefore you’ll need to plan ahead and begin saving as soon as possible.

  18. Kelby Padilla on February 26th, 2018 10:18 am

    The tickets are expensive and it’s not even the traditional Grad nite which is pernicious. I think many students should not go and just go another day with the same friends and find a cheaper price with fewer people. As well as their options are not limited, they can go where ever they please.

  19. Dalia Gutierrez on February 26th, 2018 10:39 am

    If you buy your own ticket to Disneyland, the max you will pay for it is $122 (plus tax). In this case $155 does seem rather expensive when you compare both of these prices, but we have to keep in mind that we are paying for chaperones and our transportation. I do understand the main concern with this senior day is the time change which honestly is a bit drastic when we realize the seniors who will be attending and paying for this day had no say. Regardless, ASB should have a set plan for this day and should be concerned of the contentment of the seniors themselves. After all, it is their way of being a kid one last time.

  20. Giovanni S on February 26th, 2018 10:43 am

    I feel like the price is not the only issue about Grad Day I feel that everyone is disappointed about how it’s going to be open to the public instead of just being towards seniors therefore since its going to open to the public fewer people are going to want to attend because the lines are going to be filled by random people instead of them and their friends.Also, it should go back to how it was in the night because if Disneyland feels better going in the night because of all of the lights, it just sets a fun vibe especially if you’re going with all of your best friends.

  21. Julie Gaona on February 26th, 2018 12:21 pm

    In my opinion the tickets are a bit to pricey due to just being at Disneyland for one day. The part that accosted me was having that feeling that future seniors will have to go through new changes. We should enhance “Grad Day “at Disneyland because seniors, in general all of future seniors too, deserve their last few days of high school to be remarkable. If the cost of $155 just go have “Grad Day” is not acceptable to not having the park to their own like “Grad Nite”. In other words one should be at least grateful that we are some of the few schools that hadn’t gotten banned from Disneyland. If they want students to pay much money, one should at least included something new as perks to make in convenible too a pricey cost just to go to “Grad Day”.

  22. yuliana on February 26th, 2018 12:26 pm

    I think the prices for going to Disneyland is expensive and some might not be able to afford the ticket .The seniors have to pay 145 dollars and they have to bring there own money for the food they eat I am assuming and they have to pay 10 more dollars for the transportation .In my opinion I believe it is really not worth going to the field trip because the tickets are expensive and seniors have to pay for there food which is really expensive and have to pay 10 more dollars for transportation.

  23. Kimberly Angeles on February 27th, 2018 9:50 am

    As well as other students, I believe it is unfair that the seniors of this year will not get to enjoy the same tradition the other senior classes do. The sudden change of price and the trip in general is not pleasing. The seniors are paying money to enjoy less of their trip. I think they should have waited for this years class to graduate to announce any changes to the senior activities.

  24. Gabriela Tapia on February 27th, 2018 10:50 am

    This was a humongous chagrin to seniors. Grad Nite is laudable and is what most students look forward to in there Senior Year. The school is making this occasion a disparage which is angering students. Many are dubious that people are going to attend because of the time of the event and the price being charged to be able attend. If this issue is not fixed there will be a fiasco throughout the Senior class.

  25. Ron on November 19th, 2018 5:08 am

    I am so lucky that I graduated BEFORE Disney “changed” Grad-Nite (I am almost positive it was 1997 when the “all-night party” turned into what happens now, but I am not sure because I was already out of college well beforehand)…anyways, my school went on an “off-night” and the crowds were so thin, I was able to ride almost every single ride in Disneyland at least twice or even more because I got to spend ALL night there (I think I was there at least 12 full hours)…it really is a shame that Disney now basically FORCES the kids to go during the day, especially since what would normally be a fairly CALM time at the park (because early-to-mid May has always been kind of a “lull-time” in SoCal) totally transforms into the EIGHTH CIRCLE OF HELL by the time 3 P.M. rolls around!!! I think Disney would be wise to ONLY have Grad-Nite events on Saturdays going forward because it is not fair to the kids to have to deal with this on a “school night” (not to mention that it is definitely not fair to older folks like me who like to go during the week to AVOID the crowds), but I doubt Disney cares one bit about my humble opinion…

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