Is the Main Street Electrical Parade really ‘glowing away’ forever at Disneyland? – Daily Bulletin


The venerable Main Street Electrical Parade that has bid farewell and returned again so many times at the Disneyland resort it’s easy to lose count is saying goodbye one more time after a limited summertime run.

But is the 50-year-old parade really “glowing away” forever?

Don’t count on it.

The workhorse parade that seems to reappear at just the right moment whenever Disneyland needs an attendance boost or has a temporary entertainment gap to fill will likely be back again someday soon for a return engagement. In fact, there’s nothing to keep the Electrical Parade from glowing again and again for another 50 years.

The Main Street Electrical Parade and the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show that returned in April will end their limited-time runs at Disneyland on Sept. 1.

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The Electrical Parade and “Forever” fireworks were part of a nighttime spectacular package that returned a year after the pandemic closure of the parks that heralded the return of large-scale entertainment at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland’s “Fantasmic” and DCA’s “World of Color” — which also returned in the spring — will continue their indefinite runs.

The “Disneyland Forever” slot in the entertainment schedule will be filled by the nightly “Halloween Screams” on Sept. 2 through Oct. 31 — with fireworks shows on the weekends and projection-only performances on weekdays.

The parks won’t be without a nighttime parade for more than a few days when the lights are doused once more on the Electrical Parade and the strains of “Baroque Hoedown” fade away again.

The Frightfully Fun Parade will run on select nights from Sept. 6 through Oct. 31 during the separate-admission, after-hours Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland also has the Magic Happens parade in reserve — which ran for only a few weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic closed the parks for more than a year in March 2020. Magic Happens can run in both daytime and nighttime modes.

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Much like the Elliott the Dragon float, the Main Street Electrical Parade never seems to disappear for very long. The parade initially ran at Disneyland from 1972 until 1996 — when it famously glowed away forever with a long farewell.

The Electrical Parade moved across the esplanade in 2001 to help boost lagging attendance at the then new Disney California Adventure theme park — where the parade stayed until 2010.

The original Disneyland Electrical Parade then traveled across the country for an extended run from 2010 to 2016 at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida. The Disneyland original returned home in 2017 for a return engagement and repeated the limited-time runs in 2019 and 2022.

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Will the Electrical Parade ever return again to Disneyland’s Main Street USA?

The Anaheim theme park just invested a lot of time, effort and money to create a new seven-segment grand finale sequence that replaced the parade’s 108-foot-long patriotic American float titled “To Honor America.”

The new 118-foot-long “Togetherness” finale features a host of It’s a Small World-style characters inspired by the designs of Disney Legend Mary Blair. The new float includes more than a dozen Small World-like dolls based on characters from “Encanto,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Coco,” “Brave,” “Mulan,” “Princess and the Frog,” “Aladdin and “Jungle Book.”

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