Our California-based participants recently passed the halfway point of their program, which means they only have a few more months in Southern California.

So far, they’ve learned so many things about the Disneyland Resort, took several backstage tours of popular attractions and shows, gained valuable skills and met a ton of friends. Last week, they also learned that nobody throws a party like Disney!

Every season, we host a mid-program celebration and we honor the true stars of the Disney College Program…our participants! It’s our way to thank them for their hard work and celebrate all of their accomplishments.

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This season, we decided to pay tribute to the 1950s when Disneyland used to host a party called Date Nite at Disneyland, which was one of the park’s first ever after-hours special events offering nighttime spectaculars and entertainment for adults. Everyone dressed in their finest clothes and enjoyed an enchanting evening at the park.

We decided that Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park was the perfect setting for our private party and we hosted Date Nite on Route 66 for all of our spring participants. They work so hard during their program creating Disney magic for our guests, so it was an honor to host such an amazing celebration for them.

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Everyone wore their finest attire, danced the night away to some rockin’ music and enjoyed a perfect night under the stars with 350 of their closest friends from their Disney College Program. We also enjoyed a few snacks, lots of prizes and a special appearance from some of our beloved residents of Radiator Springs, Mater and Lightning McQueen!

Spending an afternoon at Cars Land is always a lot of fun, so you can only imagine how excited our participants were to have this area of the park all to themselves for over three hours!

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The second half of their program will speed by and it won’t be long until their adventure is over and they’re all heading in different directions. But no matter where they go or what they do after the program, they’ll never forget the night we got our kicks on Route 66. Ka-chow!

BrandonDisney College Program Housing Communications- Disneyland Resort