Current Status: Paint the Night Parade ends its current run on November 4, 2018. It may return in 2019, but dates have not been announced.
The Paint the Night Parade first premiered at Disneyland during the park's 60th anniversary celebration in 2105. It's a twenty-first-century reboot of the classic Main Street Electrical Parade that uses 1.5 million LED lights to create an eye-popping light show.
The procession of illuminated floats kept visitors gasping while the upbeat music kept them smiling. Everyone gasped when Disney suddenly retired the parade in 2016, after only two years.
However, in true Disney style, the parade wasn't dead, just in mothballs. It returned to California Adventure in 2018 with a new Pixar-themed float featuring The Incredibles.
How to Have More Fun at the Paint the Night Parade
Paint the Night drew standing-room-only crowds during its entire two-year run at Disneyland. Expect the same at California Adventure.
To get the best look at it, ask Cast Member where and when you can start waiting to see it. Stake out your spot and have something to do while you're waiting.
If the parade runs twice in the same day, try getting close to the parade route shortly before the parade ends and you can get your spot just as someone else vacates it.
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.
Fun Facts About the Paint the Night Parade
When the parade moved to California Adventure, a few changes were made. Portions of the Little Mermaid unit and the entire Frozen unit were removed from the parade because they were too tall to clear the Red Car Trolley's overhead wires.
It takes more than 200 “universes of control” to operate everything in the parade, from the video presentations on the floats to the lights on individual costumes