Note the tribute to Paint the Night's primogenitor, The Main Street Electrical Parade, as the riff from that parade's theme, Baroque Hoedown, kicks in at the 2:52 mark. You'll hear the Baroque Hoedown rift throughout the parade, as Disney uses the theme to tie the various units.
In the video above, the first float rolls into view at 3:36, as Tinkerbell gets the party going. I've got to admit, though, her accompanying butterfly fairies made me think of Marvel's Whiplash, with those lighted strands they were flailing about. Next up is the Monsters Inc. unit, with DJ Sully and his dancing iPhones, er, doors. That's where we get to the big dance break, as the floats stop rolling and guests are invited to "paint the night."
To support the parade, Hong Kong Disneyland's selling interactive light-up paintbrushes. Disney says that guests can push a button on the paintbrushes to change the color of the lights on a nearby performer's costume. It's a neat crowd effect, in the spirit of the "Glow with the Show" ears, but without the ears' prisoner's dilemma problem.
But just wait until Mack, from Cars, rolls around the hub. The scale of this unit impresses, as does the lighting effect in Mack's trailer. Throw in the ever-present dance beat, and we're a step closer to Disney's Electric Daisy Carnival Light Parade here. Ariel and Belle follow before Toy Story steals the show with a psychedelic Slinky Dog atop a Lite Brite board. (We just had to have one of those for Toy Story in a light parade, right?) Mickey and his crew wrap up the event, with the Big Cheese in his Sorcerer Mickey gear.
Paint the Night continues Disney's tradition of night-time parades, begun by the Main Street Electrical Parade and continued with SpectroMagic, Fantillusion, DreamLights, and (even though everyone would like to forget it) Light Magic. Rumor has it that a copy of Paint the Night might be on its way to Disneyland as the centerpiece of that park's 60th anniversary celebration next year.
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