The Main Street Electrical Parade has been a staple of Disneyland since 1972. It is one of Disney’s most popular and well known night time parades due to its unique focus on LED lights and effects. First debuting in 1972 its first run ended in 1997 and was replaced with the poorly received “Light Magic” that lasted only a few months. It briefly returned in 2017 from January to August and then once more in 2019 from August to September.
Now it is officially back once more to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the parade. It will begin April 22nd and will run through Disney’s California Adventure park. But this time with some brand new additions.
From the Disney Parks website:
“In honor of the parade’s milestone anniversary, the ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ will return with an all-new, enchanted grand finale that celebrates the theme of togetherness. This universal theme is reflected in the creative concept of the new finale sequence.“
“Inspired by both the original design of classic ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ floats and Disney Legend Mary Blair’s iconic art style on ‘It’s A Small World’, the new grand finale brings together more than a dozen Disney Animation and Pixar stories. These stories are interpreted in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound, with unique representations of beloved characters as animated dolls.“
The ending of the parade culminates in a float that features animatronics of characters from various Disney/Pixar films such as Moana, Aladdin, Princess and the Frog, Coco, Hercules, Raya and the Last Dragon, Mulan, Encanto, Brave and more.
The main esthetic was inspired by the popular “It’s A Small World” ride. And depending on what side of the street you are standing on you will experience different views and characters to entice guests to come back for another show.
Are you excited for the 50th Anniversary of this historical parade? Better hurry before it disappears once more.
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