Parades come and go at the various Disney parks but few have been reincarnated and bid adieu as often as the Main Street Electrical Parade. This fall the night time favorite will make its last appearance at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before being moved to Disneyland for a brief encore engagement. This is not, however, the first time the parade has left the Magic Kingdom and fans might not be remiss in hoping it will one day make a triumphant return; in one form or another.
The original parade, which was also titled Main Street Electrical Parade, debuted at Disneyland on June 17, 1972, a little less than a year after its inspiration, the Electrical Water Pageant, debuted at Walt Disney World. The Electrical Water Pageant was such a success that some of the same design technology was used on the inaugural Main Street parade. These consisted of flat screens on rolling platforms decorated with lights that would flash in a sequence to make it appear as though they were animated. Since then the float designs have become much more intricate and advanced, including over half a million shimmering LED lights.
One of the many reasons people have come to love the Main Street Electrical Parade is because it is a unique way to see many beloved, and rarely seen, characters. Once lead by the Blue Fairy, the honor of grand marshal passed to Tinkerbell on June 12, 2009, and she has been lighting the way with pixie dust ever since. Mickey Mouse himself makes an appearance along with Goofy and Minnie and are followed by the likes of Alice, Cinderella, Snow White, and Pinocchio. Want to see Pete and his magical dragon, Elliott? The Main Street Electrical Parade is the only place to do so. And what about that music? Created in 1967 by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, two early pioneers of the synthesizer, “Baroque Hoedown” sets a whimsical mood for the 20-minute show.
If you are one of the lucky ones visiting Walt Disney World Resort between now and early October this will be your last time to see the spectacle before it goes dark. The parade will step off for its final performance at the Magic Kingdom on October 9th at 9pm. Don’t worry, though, for those of you visiting Disneyland, it will make a limited appearance in 2017.
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