Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland

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    Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland

    Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland
    ••• Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland. ©Betsy Malloy Photography

    On August 20, 2017, the Main Street Electrical Parade made its final run down Main Street USA, more than 45 years after it first rolled out in 1972.  Some people estimate that this cheerful little lighted parade has likely been seen by more human beings than any entertainment offering with live actors on the planet.

    For now, there is no night parade at Disneyland. If you're looking for entertainment, The Pixar Play Parade makes an early evening run, and Fantasmic! is back on.

    I was in denial after the Main Street Electrical Parade made its last run down Main Street U.S.A. in 1996 and again when "Disney's Electrical Parade" ended in 2010 after it came back to help draw people to the then-new California Adventure Park. 

    So far, Disney isn't giving out information about what will replace the Electrical Parade when it ends its temporary run at Disneyland, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    They aren't saying what will happen to the plucky little parade, either. And...MORE even though Disneyland is well known for recycling things, some people are speculating that its decades-long run will finally be over for good.

    What You Need to Know About the Main Street Electrical Parade

    Among the well-loved bits of the glittering processional were Goofy driving a train which carried Mickey and Minnie, Alice in Wonderland on top of a mushroom and Cinderella in a Pumpkin Carriage. In a press release, Disney said the parade’s return also marked the first time since 1996 that the original opening float for the Main Street Parade — a train pulling a giant drum that proclaims in bright lights, “Disneyland Presents … Main Street Electrical Parade” — will be included in the route.

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    How to Have More Fun at the Main Street Electrical Parade

    Elliott the Dragon in the Electrical Parade
    ••• Elliott the Dragon in the Electrical Parade. Evan Wohrman/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

    With a limited run, a b-jillion fans and young parents who want to their kids to see the magic, the Electrical Parade attracted crowds for every run. If Disney would have let them, some of those fans would probably have camped out all day just to watch.

    To get a peek at the parade check out this video taken in the Magic Kingdom in 2016.

    Accessibility

    You can watch the parade from anywhere along the parade route, just like the park's daytime parade. You can also ask cast members if there are special viewing areas you can use. City Hall will have information about assistive listening devices.  More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV.

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    Fun Facts About the Main Street Electrical Parade

    Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland
    ••• Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland. Scott Brinegar/Disneyland

    The previous "Paint the Night" parade was retired after the 60th-anniversary celebration. It is currently planned to do an encore at California Adventure in 2018.

    On June 17, 1972, Disneyland introduced one of its most beloved events—the Main Street Electrical Parade. It ran for 24 years. It is the only the only parade to appear at three of Disney’s U.S. parks.

    The cute little electronic music that accompanies the Electrical parade is called "Baroque Hoedown." It was written in 1967 by Moog synthesizer inventors Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley. Perrey and Kingsley had licensed the song for commercial use but didn’t realize that Disney had based an entire parade around it until Perrey happened to visit the park in 1980 and heard it being played.

    The parade includes 80 performers—and 11,000 LED lights worn by the dancers alone. In case you're a Disney history buff, this is a great history of the parade.