True Disney fans are in for a real treat this summer at the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World. The company announced just a few days ago that the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade will be making a return for a limited time this summer to help celebrate the seasonal promotion called “Summer Nightastic!”
This parade is truly a classic among Disney aficionados and features multiple floats and cast members that are lit-up with individual tiny colored lights which are electronically controlled. The shapes of the floats are very diverse ranging from a locomotive reminiscent of the Main Street Railroad to Elliott, the dragon from the Disney Movie Pete’s Dragon.
What makes this parade extremely unique (aside from the light effects) is the soundtrack. Guests are treated first to a synthesized voice stating something like “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Walt Disney World proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!” With these words, very bouncy music starts and does not end until the parade is over.
The parade itself was first introduced back in 1972 in Disneyland. It was a land-based version of the Electrical Water Pageant which premiered the year before on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake in front of the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World.
It ran off and on for 24 years at Disneyland before its run was officially ended. Capitalizing on the crowd draw seen by the parade, a version was also created over the years for the Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
The parade opened in Disney’s California Adventure in 2001 and was seen as an effort to boost attendance in the Disneyland sister park.
Whatever the history, fans are sure to enjoy the return of the parade to the Magic Kingdom. As of right now, Disney only states it is for a limited engagement this summer, so plan accordingly.
Thanks to indiepopgirl for providing the video of the parade shown above.