Disney Pulling the Plug on Famous Main Street Electrical Parade
Tinkerbell, Alice, and Cinderella are packing up and heading West.
The famous nightly entertainment that long has been a hallmark of the Magic Kingdom experience will march down Main Street for the last time on Oct. 9 before it returns home to California for a limited engagement.
The legendary parade features half a million lights and introduces characters from classic animated films such as Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, and Cinderella.
After it premiered in Anaheim in 1972, Disney released a companion soundtrack album featuring the parade’s “electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds.” Listen to it:
The Electrical Parade was last seen in California in 1996, when it closed after a 24-year run. The return to its hometown will be a temporary replacement for the Paint the Night Parade, which was imported from Hong Kong last year as part of the year-long celebration of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary. Paint the Night will end on Sept. 5.
The Electrical Parade’s stint in Anaheim will begin in early 2017, but an official start date has not yet been announced.
Anyone wishing to catch it at Disney World one last time will have to get to Orlando before Oct. 9, but keep it mind that it will not run on the same nights as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which begins on Sept. 11.