Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Disneyland

There's a lot of commotion about the Main Street Electrical Parade returning to the Disneyland Resort January 20th, 2017. We thought it would be fun to give you a timeline of this classic parade.

The parade debut on June 17th, 1972 at Disneyland Park. It almost didn't debut due to the original contractor being way behind schedule. Disney insisted it debut when they had said it would so they brought all the floats from Chicago to a back lot at Disneyland and finished them up. Their first rehearsal was a disaster, with some of the floats going off course and one evening crashing into a building. However, the day it debut it was perfect!

Main Street Electrical Parade Disneyland

One really interesting thing that came from this parade was the design of radio trigger zones. These zones, when entered, would trigger certain music and dancing of lights. As they left, they would be queued for a different set of music and lights. These zone allowed all the guests sitting along the parade route to see the exact same show no matter where they sat. They still use this today!

On November 25th, 1996, the parade was closed at Disneyland Park and sent over to the Magic Kingdom in Florida where it ran until April 25th, 2001. That year the parade was supposed to come back to Disneyland Park but was postponed because of the failing numbers of attendees at Disney's new California Adventure Park. They didn't want the parade to pull people away from the new park.

So what did they do? They debut the parade under a new name at Disney's California Adventure Park! The Electrical Parade ran here from July 2nd, 2001 to April 18th, 2010. During its run it received many updates including the first new parade float to be added in over 20 years. Which float was it? It has to do with Pixie Dust...

Main Street Electrical Parade

On June 5th, 2010 the Main Street Electrical Parade debut again at the Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom Park. The run was supposed to be for just a short time but was eventually changed to an open-ended run. It closed on Oct. 9th, 2016 to make its way back to the Disneyland Resort.

And here we are. The Main Street Electrical Parade will once again debut at its home resort on Jan 20th, 2017. Its run will be short thus far, supposedly ending on June 18th, 2017. If this is true you better make plans to come see it! 

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