updated 3/10/2011 12:21:42 PM ET 2011-03-10T17:21:42

Walt Disney World is ending its annual Grad Nite festivities for high school seniors from around the country after this year because of concerns about scheduling and handling extra spring attendance at the Florida theme park.

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Officials at the park announced the news on the Disney Parks Blog on Wednesday, saying the increased spring attendance has made it difficult to schedule the separate-ticket, after-hours events. The four Grad Nite dates in April and May will take place as scheduled.

Grad Nite is in its 40th year at the Florida park and in its 50th year at Disneyland in California. Disneyland will continue to hold Grad Nite.

Disney World will offer Florida school groups a one-day, one-park ticket for $55 as a future alternative.

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  3. Birthday girl

    Singer Miley Cyrus performs at the "Miley's Sweet 16 Share the Celebration" party at Disneyland in October, 2008. (Mario Anzuoni / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Boo! in Big Easy

    This New Orleans Square attraction opened August 9, 1969 and is the home of 999 happy haunts. As Disney's Web site suggests, "make yourself at 'tomb.' " (Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Time for supper

    Ghosts dine inside Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Disney classifies the ride as gentle, but warns younger children could be frightened by its special effects. (Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Fifty and fabulous

    Fireworks explode over The Sleeping Beauty Castle as part of the "Remember ... Dreams Come True," the biggest fireworks display in Disneyland's history. The display took place during the Disneyland 50th Anniversary Celebration back in 2005. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Shiver me timbers!

    Villainous pirate Barbossa is hot on the trail of the eccentric Captain Jack Sparrow in Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean ride. The classic attraction re-opened following an extensive 3-month enhancement and featuring new characters and elements from Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" films. (Scott Brinegar / Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Around the world

    Walt Disney World's It's a Small World ride is a great option for youngsters, and lets visitors sing along with the famous song while visiting countries around the world. Hong Kong Disneyland opened the classic boat ride in 2008 in an attempt to boost sluggish attendance at the theme park. (Disney) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. My, what big ears you have

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  10. Eating under the sea

    Larger-than-life replicas of prehistoric sea creatures combine with giant aquariums of exotic fish in the lounge area of "T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, at the Downtown Disney Marketplace in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 600-seat restaurant, operated by Landry's Restaurants, combines table-service dining and retail in an interactive prehistoric environment built around water, fire and ice. (Gene Duncan / Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Mickey hops the pond

    Roy Disney, nephew of Walt Disney, poses with Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, in front of the Sleeping Beauty castle during a press preview of Euro Disneyland, now called Disneyland Paris, in Marne La Vallee, France. The site opened in 1992. (Eric Feferberg / AFP - Getty Images file) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Dive! Dive!

    The original submarines from the Disneyland Submarine Voyage, a popular attraction for many years at the California theme park, have been extensively refitted for the 21st Century adventure of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage. The attraction now takes explorers on an undersea voyage where they'll have close encounters with the fish characters from the Disney-Pixar movie, "Finding Nemo." (Paul Hiffmeyer / Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Fun after dark

    Downtown Disney is a promenade that offers shopping, dining and other activities. The avenue shown here leads to both Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure. (Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Should've seen it in color

    Circa 1955, Crowds are seen walking around the Disneyland theme park in Anaheim, Calif. (Archive Photos / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A visionary's vision

    In front of an early rendering by Disney legend Peter Ellenshaw, Walt Disney unveils his plans for Disneyland to a national television audience during the premiere of "Disneyland," the television show, on October 27, 1954. (Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Blank canvas

    Originally covered with orange groves and made up of parcels of land owned by 17 different people, Walt Disney purchased 160 acres in Anaheim to build his dream of a place where parents and children could have fun -- together. (Disneyland) Back to slideshow navigation
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