Disney’s “Main Street Electrical Parade” Leaves Walt Disney World
After a six year run, the iconic nighttime parade had its final performance on Sunday, October 9th.
The spectacle of dancing lights has entertained people around the world for decades, enjoying runs at Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland. The parade even performed in New York City on two separate occasions and at the 1978 Orange Bowl.
The parade was originally retired from Walt Disney World in 1991, after a near 14-year run, and made a limited-time return in 1999 to celebrate the millennium. The second limited-time run began in 2010, but the park’s ten-current parade, SpectroMagic’s floats were damaged in storage. The parade ended up running another six years.
The parade will make another limited-time appearance back at Disneyland in early 2017. In 2015, Disneyland premiered Paint the Night for the park’s 60th anniversary. The parade, which originally ran at its Hong Kong park, is Disneyland’s first nighttime parade in nearly two decades. The parade is an homage to MSEP, even using a remixed version of the original parade’s “Baroque Hoedown. It ended its run along with the rest of the park’s anniversary celebrations in September, but will be returning on select nights during the holiday season.
There is no word yet on what will be replacing the parade at the Magic Kingdom in Florida, but as the resort’s other theme parks are all opening new attractions, an announcement can’t be far away.
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