Mardi Gras: Senior Year Trip

By Daniel Pott

Mardi Gras is coming up in a few weeks and as college seniors, my friends and I have decided to go. A few of us went freshman year with friends but now that we are older and can legally drink and go out and not have to worry we are excited to just go for a weekend and relax and just have a great time.

We decided to charter a private jet for the trip. At first we thought about a commercial flight, but with about 25 of us going, it seems a little crazy to get all of those tickets and then get to the airport 2 hours early. It all seems like a big hassle. We also considered a coach bus (for about a minute). It would be a 30 hour round trip and although we would sleep for most of it, it seems nuts to drive that long just to be there for a day and a half.

Chartering a private jet is definitely the best option for us. We have so many people and going through airport security and checking all of our bags would be such a huge hassle. Also this way we will get to spend more time there and not in a bus for hours. It will be more comfortable and convenient and much classier. It is a great way to kick off our trip.

Last time my friends and I went to Mardi gras we had such a great time. Although many of us aren't really into the gross parts of the mardi gras scene (if you have been there you know what I am talking about), we like to still watch and relax and have a great time. It is a great break from all of the school work and a way to go somewhere for the weekend that isn't full of stress (like job interviews).

We can't wait for the trip to come and our first private jet charter experience! It is amazing to be a college senior and have this last semester to be able to go out and travel a little bit and not really have a lot of responsibilities. We can just kick back and relax and have a great time with all of the other people who are breaking from reality for the weekend to celebrate Mardi gras. - 30654

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What Is Disney Grad Nite?

By John Miller

Everyone knows how much Disney World has to offer to little kids. Full-costumed cartoon characters, rides, and shows all appeal to this age group. But did you know that when you get to be too old for the Disney parade, you can still enjoy Disneyland? The theme park features Disney Grad Nite for high school seniors who are about to leave public school for the last time. On Grad Nite, the park is open to seniors so that they can dance the night away. No drugs or alcohol are allowed at the event, so it is a safe place for seniors to celebrate the major accomplishment of having graduated from high school. To find out more read the following paragraphs below.

This event is exciting for seniors. If you are a parent or administrator, you might wonder why your child's school should be interested in this event. The Disney graduation party is of interest to schools for a number of reasons

A trademark of the Disney World party is surprise celebrity visits. Teenagers are eager to come to this event because they never know who might show up. Musical acts for this coming year have not been announced yet, but many teens speculate that Taylor Swift or Black-Eyed Peas might perform.

Both events also include access to popular rides such as Space Mountain and Indiana Jones. In addition to dancing the night away, graduating seniors can go on as many of these rides as they like; unlimited access is part of the package schools pay for when they sign up to participate in the event.

Each graduation celebration is different, so it is well worth going to because you never know who might show up. Usually Disney picks a couple of celebrities who are popular to make surprise appearances, as well as booking the hottest possible graduation night acts for seniors to enjoy.

Several acts possibly in the running this year include Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, and Kelly Clarkson.

Disney security guards are also on duty throughout the night and communicate with chaperones via pagers should a situation arise with a student. Alcohol and drugs are strictly forbidden, and both chaperones and security staff search all incoming students to ensure this policy is not violated.

Disney Grad Nite is a fun, exciting way for graduating seniors to celebrate the accomplishment of having successfully completed all their coursework. The event is certain to create memories that students will share with their future families in years to come. - 30654

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Disney Grad Nite is a Memorable Graduation Celebration

By Julie Jones

Ever since 1961, high school graduates all over California have been attending Disney Grad Nite as a way to help them celebrate their graduations. It is a celebration that also happens in Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but Disneyland was the original. It has remained a great event for all high school seniors and their chaperons.

All over California seniors come to celebrate the end of their high school days. There are so many fun things for them to do and live music to dance and listen to. Some very famous artists play on Grad Nite.

Because there are so many celebrities that perform on Grad Nite, this night is unforgettable. Many celebrities show up unannounced, so you never know who you are going to see while you are there. It is a lot of fun for the seniors.

The fun can start early, now, with "Blast Off!" in Disney's California Adventure. This does cost a little bit extra but it is really worth it. It is normally from 9pm until midnight. Students can leave to go to Disneyland as early as 11:00pm.

There is one restaurant open where the students can redeem their food vouchers. All students will receive one voucher for California Adventure. Graduates can choose from a cheeseburger or chicken salad with french fries and drink. It is a good idea to have the students eat here first.

The official time Grad Nite at Disneyland opens is 10:30 but then only Main Street is open. The rest of the park doesn't open until 11:30pm. There is a firework show just before the rest of the park opens. Only the most popular rides are open. The park is them open until 6am but no one is allowed to leave until 5am, and then only if their chaperon escorts them to their ride. The only way they can leave before this time is if there is an emergency.

The park has fun decorations everywhere. There are even booths that are sponsored by different companies. The parade is also fun to watch. The theme of the parade is the top forty songs of that year. Most areas also have special lighting that is impressive.

With four dance floors, your graduates will have a great time dancing and listening to celebrity acts all over the park. The stage that is right in front of the castle features KIIS FM and they offer great music, strobe lights and fun images that are projected onto the front of the castle.

Chaperons are also treated to some great Disneyland treatment. There are chaperon headquarters in case the graduates have any issues. The headquarters includes messages, snacks, television and more. It is actually a lot of fun for them and Disney makes their experience worth every minute. Chaperons are responsible for their graduates.

Disney Grad Nite is a great time for graduates to spend with their high school friends. It helps to create memories that will last a lifetime. Not only that but the chaperons normally have a great time, too. - 30654

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