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Disneyland confirms Sept. 5 close for Paint the Night parade

August 2, 2016, 2:54 PM · Disneyland's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration ends September 5, after a 15-month-plus run at the Anaheim resort. Thanks to reporting from our Matthew Gottula on Twitter, we've known for months now that the Disneyland Forever fireworks and World of Color Celebrate shows would be making their final performances on that date. But Disneyland confirmed today that the Paint the Night parade also will close on Sept. 5.

The three shows were the highlights of the Diamond Celebration event, which started in May 2015. The World of Color show starred Neil Patrick Harris is a new version of Disney California Adventure's popular World of Color show, while Disneyland Forever used projection mapping on Main Street USA, the Matterhorn, and other locations around the park to create a new type of immersive fireworks show. Paint the Night was the only new show that wasn't original to Disneyland, as it was a copy of the new nighttime parade that had premiered earlier at Hong Kong Disneyland. (There was a new Frozen-themed float in the Disneyland version, because apparently it's now Disney corporate policy to include Frozen in all theme park live shows. We kid ...maybe.)

World of Color Celebrate debuted to shrugs and longing for the original show, while Disneyland Forever and Paint the Night were big hits for the resort, drawing enthusiastic crowds to Main Street every night of their run. Disney has announced that it will resume performing their latest version of the original World of Color show starting Sept. 6, while the old Fantasy in the Sky fireworks will run Fridays through Sundays during the fall. There's no word yet on if Disneyland will be getting any replacement for Paint the Night.

Our original reviews of the Diamond Celebration shows:

Replies (16)

August 2, 2016 at 3:03 PM · As I replied to Matthew earlier today on Twitter...

Actually, Paint the Night was beloved enough that, coupled with Disneyland Forever's demise, the announcement of their impending closure should help boost attendance at the park for their remaining month.

August 2, 2016 at 3:28 PM · I guess Disney really wants to reduce attendance at Disneyland. I considered Paint the Night in particular as the reason that crowds were so huge in the evenings, so much so that they had two performances.

Along with the construction, no Fantasmic, no train, no river attractions and no Hyperspace Mountain, there's not much to draw crowds come September. On to Universal where they have new stuff in Harry Potter and the Walking Dead attractions.

I predict the number of Disneyland Annual Passes will reduce the next couple of years until Star Wars Land opens, which is probably what Disney wants. If they try to increase the price too much then, it may backfire, like I've heard that Universal Hollywood hasn't gotten the numbers it was expecting after opening Harry Potter.

The good news is the die hard Disneyland fans will have a couple of years of a quieter Disneyland to enjoy.

August 2, 2016 at 3:49 PM · No way we will never see this parade again. I see it as a way to boost the "gotta see it one more time" attendance as summer winds down.
August 2, 2016 at 4:02 PM · I imagine paint the night will move to wdw.

I guess Disney wants to drive attendance down until next summer.

August 2, 2016 at 7:39 PM · So sad about this, yet I think there is a strong chance it moves to the Magic Kingdom in Orlando. I have a friend who works at WDW and he said there is a rumor saying they might get the parade.
August 2, 2016 at 10:21 PM · I have to wonder whether this is truly a closure or more of a hiatus for any of the three shows. I could definitely see Disneyland Forever becoming the park's new summer show with smaller, cheaper productions during other parts of the year, but I could also see a new show under development for next year that utilizes all the upgraded effects. World of Color somewhat makes sense as the technological upgrades for that were limited and the new version isn't as popular as the original (despite that, I actually prefer Celebrate). However, I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around Paint the Night being a permanent closure. Not only is it an extremely popular performance, it also likely cost quite a bit to create and only getting 15 months out of it seems strange. I have a feeling we'll see this parade return next summer, either in California or at Magic Kingdom in Florida, and I wouldn't be surprised if Disney creates a second set of floats to run it on both coasts.

It may be just me, but it seems like a lot of the news relating to Disney over the past month or two has been unusual and/or unexpected. I'm really curious what this means for the future of the company, and it definitely backs up my theory that we're in a transition period as far as the parks are concerned.

August 2, 2016 at 11:50 PM · Is the parade going to Disneyland Paris for the 25th starting next year? I've read news/rumors (not sure which) that DLP is getting a new generation led parade next year. I wouldn't mind having it here!
August 3, 2016 at 12:37 AM · Mr. Hummel,

First, thank you for all of the info regarding the park and all the changes. We might be taking a trip later on this month prior to Her first day of school. I already knew that a new attraction was in the works, however, to hear that half of the park is closed off for construction makes me think twice. We truly Love going to Disneyland and always have the best time with each other. Let me just say that IMHO, STAR WARS has come in and now is trying get rid of DisneyLand as we know it. Make it a STAR WARS themed park. Either way, a lot of people are going to be very rich. Walt Disney is turning in his grave right now. His vision is slowly disappearing, all for financial gain. This makes me truly ill and I hope and pray that I'm wrong. A world without Disney makes me feel so sick, like nauseous sick. It breaks my heart to suspect that there are future generations of children that will never know about Walt Disney, and his true vision of what Disneyland was always meant to be.

August 3, 2016 at 2:19 AM · I also wondered if this will go to WDW. While MSEP is wonderful and classic - time for a refresh?
I am personally very disappointed. I am going to the parks in late September and had really hoped to catch this on non-Halloween party nights.
August 3, 2016 at 7:53 AM · I could actually see WDW and DLR swapping nighttime parades, send the original Main Street Electrical Parade over to DL and letting WDW get Paint the Night. Though this is me literally wishing for things out loud not any actual rumor or whatnot.
August 3, 2016 at 10:49 AM · I'm actually really shocked to hear that it's leaving. Disney spent quite a bit of money on the parade, and in my opinion, PTN is one of the best parades that Disneyland has ever had. However, since Disney spent so much money on this parade, I can see it moving to WDW in the near future to help lift attendance at the Orlando parks. Hopefully one day it'll come back to us.
August 3, 2016 at 4:44 PM · Sorry, MSEP fans, but that parade looks like a tired, worn-out, 40-year-old amateur production next to PTN's modern floats. Let us have the positive memories of MSEP at Disneyland without destroying them by bringing that show back to follow PTN.
August 3, 2016 at 11:44 PM · More cost cutting. Disgrace.
August 4, 2016 at 12:40 AM · The Main Street Electrical Parade ran at Disneyland for over 20 years, then despite a highly publicized closure it returned to DCA for nearly a decade. The chances of it playing again at the Disneyland Resort are slim to none. The parade is on it's third run at Magic Kingdom right now, and honestly if it leaves there that is probably the last time we will ever see the parade in it's original form (the DreamLights version in Japan is a bit different).

50.168.116.77, I still encourage you to make a visit to Disneyland if you are considering it. While the construction is noticeable, the size of the closure is being vastly exaggerated by fans and is more like 15-20% of the park (maybe 25% if everything the railroad passes through is counted). I personally will withhold judgment of Star Wars Land and any future projects until they are completed, but provided they are incorporated tastefully I'm all for the new lands. As Walt Disney once said, Disneyland will never be completed, and while the current direction may not be what Walt would have done, I think times have changed too much for anyone to truly know what his vision would be now.

August 4, 2016 at 2:04 AM · Bring back Light Magic!! ;-)
August 4, 2016 at 3:47 PM · Maybe SpectroMagic 2.0 could happen?

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