This Classic Disney Parade Is Returning This Summer, but Only for 8 Weeks

Disney Main Street Electrical Parade
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Disneyland is bringing back its long-running vintage Main Street Electrical Parade this summer for eight weeks only. The illuminating spectacle, which originated in the 1970s, will once again travel through the paths of Disneyland Park each night from August 2 through September 30, 2019.

With a half-million lights and an electro-synth soundtrack, the Main Street Electrical Parade is one of the last vintage relics of Disney yesteryear, and its return has thrilled fans who grew up on the embellished sight.

The retro display brings spinning turtles, speedy snails and even character appearances, like Alice atop a giant mushroom and Captain Hook on a shining pirate ship, to the park. It’s also a way to see sights you can’t find elsewhere, like Pete’s Dragon billowing smoke or Cinderella gliding in on a brightly-lit carriage, before it ends forever this fall.

The nighttime extravaganza, which employs 80 dancers wearing 11,000 LED lights, is a glimmering performance offering nostalgia on high, which became a crowd favorite after its decades-long run at Magic Kingdom.

The Main Street Electrical Parade ended its historic run at Walt Disney World in 2016, followed by a stint at Disneyland from January through August 2017, after which its collection glowing floats were not poised to make a return. (Disneyland’s renown Paint The Night parade, a modern, tech-savvy evening showing which moved to Disney California Adventure park last year, has not yet returned to the theme park.)

It’s not the only Disney show that will end a historic run on September 30. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, EPCOT’s nighttime presentation for the last 18 years, will close that same day. Epcot Forever, a new, interim show, will debut on October 1, the following night.

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