The Main Street Electrical Parade has had many renditions at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Park, and Disneyland Paris over the years, but hasn’t made an appearance since September 2019; but that is about to change in a few days as it will officially return to Disneyland Park on Friday April 22!
When the Main Street Electrical Parade returns, it will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, there will be “an all-new enchanted grand finale that celebrates the theme of unity.”
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Guests will be able to catch a glimpse of iconic films such as The Jungle Book, Aladdin, Coco, Mulan, and Disney’s latest animated film, Encanto! The Disney Parks Blog said:
As the new grand finale rolls by, guests on either side of the parade route will see a different set of stylized scenes from favorite classic and contemporary stories such as ‘Encanto’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘ Raya and the Last Dragon”, “Aladdin”, “Coco”, “Mulan”, “Brave”, “The Princess and the Frog” and more. See one of the first pieces of concept art, featuring Mirabel and Antonio from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Oscar-nominated film, “Encanto.”
And today we get a first look at what the new parade float looks like!
In the image above, you can see the new final tank, which will make its debut when the Main Street Electrical Parade returns this Friday. The float features iconic Mary Blair styling and features various Disney characters including Moana, Pocahontas, Tiana, and more.
Disney Parks Blog shared new details regarding the new final tank, as well as the following details:
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 unity. This universal theme is reflected in the creative concept for the new final sequence.
Inspired by both the original design of the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade” floats and the iconic art style of Disney Legend Mary Blair on “It’s a Small World,” the new grand finale brings together more than a dozen Disney Animation stories and Pixar. These stories are performed in thousands of twinkling lights and electro-synthetic-magnetic musical sounds, with unique depictions of beloved characters as animated dolls.
Here, to tell you a little about the new finale and give you an exciting first look, two of the show directors of “Main Street Electrical Parade”, Jordan Peterson and Robin Trowbridge.
The iconic Night Parade will return to Disneyland Park on April 22, 2022 and will be available for a limited time. Disneyland Forever will also return to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park on April 22, along with World of Color at Disney California Adventure.
Learn about the Main Street Electric Parade
D23 explains the Main Street Electrical Parade and its history as follows:
Main Street Electrical Parade Parade in the summer at Disneyland beginning June 17, 1972 and ending November 25, 1996. The parade, with half a million small lights on floats mostly inspired by Disney movies, has become one of the traditions favorites at Disneyland. The lights in the park were dimmed and the illuminated parade meandered from a gate next to “it’s a small world”, past the Matterhorn, around the hub, then continued on Main Street to end in Town Square. The parade’s synthesizer music was based on a piece called “Baroque Hoedown”, with themes from Disney songs worked into it.
The parade was not held in 1975 and 1976 because of the America on Parade for the Bicentennial, but returned in 1977 with an all-new edition. A 108-foot-long “Honor America” final unit was added in 1979. In 1980, there was a special unit replicating Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary. The parade did not take place during the summers of 1983 or 1984.
A duplicate version of the Main Street Electrical Parade was held at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom Park beginning June 11, 1977 and ending September 14, 1991, when it was replaced by Spectromagic. The Walt Disney World Parade was moved to Disneyland Paris in April 1992. A version of the parade, called Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade, was held at Tokyo Disneyland from March 9, 1985 to June 21, 1995, replaced by Disney’s Fantillusion.
The Disneyland parade floats were completely refurbished for a parade move to Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom park from May 28, 1999 to April 1, 2001. Then, on July 4, 2001, they made a return to California, this time as Disney Electric Parade at Disney California Adventure. The Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights returned on June 1, 2001. The Disneyland Paris Main Street Electrical Parade ended on March 23, 2003.
A new Tinker Bell float was created to lead the parade at Disney California Adventure, along with other updates, beginning June 12, 2009. The parade ended August 23, 2009, to now operate seasonally until April 18, 2010. The parade then returned to Walt Disney World, where it ran at the Magic Kingdom from June 5, 2010 to October 9, 2016, returning to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement from January 20 to August 20, 2017 .
The parade ended its run at Walt Disney World on October 9, 2016, returning to Disneyland for limited engagements between January 20 and August 20, 2017, and again between August 2 and September 30, 2019.
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