Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to the Walt Disney World Resort television commercial from 2000.
The Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime parade, created by Robert Jani and project director Ron Miziker. It features floats and live performers covered in over 600,000 electronically controlled LED lights and a synchronized soundtrack triggered by radio control along key areas of the parade route.
Versions of the parade existed in five Disney parks worldwide, however, as of August 21, 2017, only one continues to exist. The version at Disneyland Park in California’s Disneyland Resort ran from 1972-1996, and again in 2017. The neighboring Disney California Adventure park hosted the parade between 2001 and 2010. Another version, at the Magic Kingdom in Florida’s Walt Disney World Resort, ran between 1977 and 2016, with two major gaps during 1991–1999 and 2001–2010.
The parade has also spun off several other versions that ran or continue to run at Disney parks around the world. An updated version runs at Tokyo Disneyland as the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights. In 2014, Hong Kong Disneyland premiered a spiritual successor to the Main Street Electrical Parade, the Paint the Night Parade. An extended version of Paint the Night premiered at Disneyland on May 22, 2015, as part of the park’s 60th-anniversary celebration, and moved to Disney California Adventure on April 12, 2018.
The original Disneyland version of the parade ran at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom as “Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade” from June 5, 2010, to October 9, 2016, when it closed in preparation for a limited-time run at Disneyland. The Disneyland run started on January 20, 2017, and was planned to run through June 18, 2017, but due to popular demand, Disney extended the parade’s run to August 20, 2017. Disney has not made any announcements regarding the parade’s future.
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