On August 20, 2017, Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade made its final performance at Disneyland. As of this writing, Disney has not made an official announcement on the parade’s future. However, this is not the first time that Disney has ‘retired’ this beloved parade. The lights on this parade have been turned off at other times in its history. After a 24-year run at Disneyland, the parade was retired in 1996. Disneyland even sold off certified light bulbs that were a part of the parade. The parade ran from 1977 until 1991 over at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Much to fans’ delight, it returned to the Magic Kingdom on June 5, 2010, but that run ended on October 9, 2016. On January 20, 2017, the parade returned home to Disneyland and ended its run this week.
What is Main Street Electrical Parade?
What is the Main Street Electrical Parade you ask? This is a nighttime parade that features floats and live performers. Everything is covered in thousands of electronically controlled lights. This parade even has a soundtrack that syncs to all the lights. At various points along the parade route, sensors will trigger different light patterns and music changes.
So, What Happens Now?
After being retired numerous times, what happens now? This is where things get interesting. Each time when the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom had ended its run, it was replaced with another crowd favorite nighttime parade called Spectromagic. Spectromagic ran from 1991 to 1999 and then returned again in 2001 which lasted until June 4, 2010. The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has not had an evening parade since the start of January 2017. For those who have bought a ticket to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party or the upcoming Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, an evening parade is included during those seasonal events. Over in California, it was announced in July that the Paint the Night parade would be moving to Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting in 2018. Not only that, but a new float will be joining the parade when it returns in 2018.
That still leaves fans speculating about Disney’s Magic Kingdom and the possible return of a night parade in 2018. Let’s briefly look at when Disney took the evening [Paint The Night] parade off at Disneyland. Why not bring it over to the Magic Kingdom last year? We have a feeling that this was the original idea; however, once again it is not confirmed. We have seen various reports that the floats were too long in size to make the turns that are along the Magic Kingdom parade route. This does leave us to wonder why Disney Imagineers did not make some smaller floats to compensate for the longer ones that could not be in it? This would have given Disney’s Magic Kingdom a unique parade experience complete with the merchandising that could have accompanied it.
What About Spectromagic?
Is Spectromagic still around? We don’t believe so. We found this reported on The Disney Wiki, “On July 1st, 2013, Disney officials confirmed that all of the Spectromagic units were destroyed due to poor storage conditions, henceforth the parade has permanently been retired’. We have seen this report pop up every now and then for the past few years.
Our guess is that Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade will return to the Magic Kingdom. We are hoping that a new float or two will be added in. With the 50th anniversary approaching, we cannot imagine them being without a nighttime parade. When it is finally announced for Magic Kingdom, guests should be prepared. Park guests have continuously been known to line up for two hours early (or longer) to see the night parades. Coaster Addicts. what are your thoughts? Do you think Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade will return, a new one will be unveiled, or can they continue without one and only make it an add-on event ticket?