“Grad Night” Finds New Home In Tampa

ORLANDO (CBS4) –  High school seniors in Florida will now have a new place to celebrate their graduation.

Two months after Disney World announced it would no longer host a Grad Nite party, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay says it will host its own.

Starting in 2012, Busch Garden will host a two day event, where the park will stay open after hours for roller coaster rides in the dark and live entertainment. The dates for the 12th Grade Grad Nite events are Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2012. Tickets will cost $55.

Disney World announced in May that it would no longer be hosting its Grad Nite, which began in 1972, shortly after the Magic Kingdom opened. Disney World’s 2011 Grad Nite was its last, but the event will continue at Disneyland in California.

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