Monday, March 01, 2010

GRAD NIGHT! June 1962



This photo was taken in Tomorrowland on June 16, 1962 during Grad Night festivities. At the top of the photo, you can see the Art of Animation sign. The caption for this AP wire photo was fairly gushing about the event:

They had a ball—it looks like an ordinary graduation dance, but it isn’t. It’s the 1962 version, Disneyland-style. The famed amusement park re-oened its doors at 11 pm after it closed to the public, and threw an all-night graduation party for more than 26,000 grads on Thursday and Friday nights. Besides the rides there were eight bands and the kids were doing the “twist” all over the park.

Just look at those crazy teens dancing! Hey readers—were any of you there that night?

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5 comments:

stu29573 said...

I kind of look like those teens when I dance....That's why I never, ever dance...

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Awesome photo! I can't see them in your photo, but my parents (not married yet) were there that night (link)!

Davelandweb said...

Tim - too bad they aren't in the photo. That would have been a holy grail image, huh?

Major Pepperidge said...

Yep, that's about what I look like when I dance. This makes me feel better!

Connie Moreno said...

LOL! That is so cool. Well I wasn't there that night. My Grad Nite was in May of '74....still a long time ago!