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Disney confirms Electrical Parade's return to Disneyland

August 10, 2016, 6:14 PM · Disney announced this evening that the Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom on October 9. After that, the parade will return to its original home, the Disneyland Resort, for a "limited time engagement."

(Update) In a follow-up post, Disneyland announced that the Main Street Electrical Parade will come to Disneyland "early next year" and that Paint the Night would continue to run on "select nights" during the holiday season.

Disneyland earlier had announced that its current nighttime electrical parade — Paint the Night — would close with the rest of the 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration on Sept. 5. There was no word in today's original announcement about what will happen to Paint the Night — whether it would replace the MSEP at Disney World, go to Disneyland Paris, or return to Disneyland at some later date. (We'd previously ruled out the Asian parks as potential destinations for the parade. Hong Kong already has it. Shanghai doesn't need a new parade yet. And Tokyo, because it is owned by a different company, typically doesn't get hand-me-downs from the other Disney parks.)

We'll have to wait for specific dates on when the Main Street Electrical Parade would begin shows at Disneyland (or Disney California Adventure), or for how long it would run. It's hard to imagine that the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade would elicit as much support from fans as Paint the Night has during its 15-month run. The Main Street Electrical Parade's 1970s technology looks and sounds ancient compared with the LED displays on Paint the Night. And Disneyland fans have gotten an "encore performance" of the ELP before, when it ran at Disney California Adventure for several years before being sent back to Florida in 2010. That run didn't move attendance at DCA, either.

As we mentioned on Twitter when this rumor first surfaced:

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Replies (19)

August 10, 2016 at 7:22 PM · Agreed. Caught this at WDW a couple year back and didn't really stop to watch... and I loved this in it's day. Paint the Night is what a modern MSEP should be. Oh, and feel free to use Baroque Hoedown anytime Disney if you want to honor the original, yet no need to bring this back west.
August 10, 2016 at 8:49 PM · In addition to 1972's Main Street Electrical Parade replacing Paint the Night, 1958's Fantasy in the Sky will replace Disneyland Forever, which debuted with Paint the Night in 2015. Disney's obviously betting that Disneyland fans will embrace throwbacks over its newer shows.
August 10, 2016 at 9:15 PM · Maybe we should embrace the wonder of it all and let the children of this generation enjoy the beauty that we did as children. Maybe we should stop thinking about what the next great adventure will be and let nostalgia take us back in time just one more time. Maybe...
August 10, 2016 at 9:37 PM · Nice! MSEP is better for Disneyland. Paint the night has so much pixar it fits much better in CA adventure.
August 10, 2016 at 10:36 PM · You're basing your commentary off of three twitter posts. Really? How about the scores of posts of people who wish Paint the Night would glow away forever or the scores of posts of people who are excited to see the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade?

I think you have become a bit jaded. Perhaps you should consider what the public at large is saying instead of what your opinion is.

August 10, 2016 at 10:58 PM · What a horrible decision. Why not move PTN to WDW? Now DL will have TWO nighttime parades, and WDW will have...zero. Thanks for nothing, Disney.

P.S.: Electrical Parade is wildly popular at WDW. I don't undersand this decision at all.

August 10, 2016 at 11:39 PM · Am I the only one who'd like to see a SpectroMagic return if Paint the Night doesn't go to WDW?
August 11, 2016 at 2:11 AM · WDW is getting Light Magic
August 11, 2016 at 3:23 AM · Not at all James - Spectromagic was my everything in regards to parades. I don't believe any of the floats are left in working condition are they? (This thought makes me cry)
August 11, 2016 at 3:50 AM · So if the parade is heading back to the west coast, Will they release the dates and travel route so that people can watch it across the country?
August 11, 2016 at 8:08 AM · What a joke Disney is becoming. This parade already said it's goodbyes at Disneyland. How many bought the light bulbs as souvenirs? They brought the parade back to California Adventure when the park was tanking. Now after Paint The Night was successful many years after the original successor LIGHT MAGIC, which is actually Light Tragic, failed massively, they want to discard it because they couldn't have a holdover from the Diamond Celebration. Anyways, WDWNT is reporting the parade might not actually leave Disneyland Resort. It can still remain for weekend performances. Frankly, they are messing with a good thing. Paint The Night is much better than anything before including SpectroMagic.
August 11, 2016 at 8:39 AM · I think a lot of people will feel the same way about the MSEP's return as I felt after riding Haunted Mansion at Tokyo Disneyland. It's practically a carbon copy of the Magic Kingdom version prior to the upgrades from a few years ago (improved audio in the stretch room, magnificent staircase replacing spiderwebs, upgraded hitch hiking ghosts). Haunted Mansion is a nostalgic favorite of mine, but after experiencing the new refurbishment in Florida, the version in Japan fell flat.
August 11, 2016 at 11:56 AM · So sad to see it leave Walt Disney world, was one of my families favourite parades, looking at the newer parades that are across the world of Disney resorts let's hope Walt Disney world is going to get a upto date modern light show, perhaps LED lighting show like others.
hint hint.
August 11, 2016 at 12:21 PM · MSEP is a Disneyland classic, but yeah, I feel it's time has passed. I do feel that PTN has too much Pixar, they could have done without the Monsters float, and replaced it with something more classically Disney, but I guess they're catering to the younger generation.

I would think that the cost of shipping the parades is significant, so I can't imagine shipping PTN to Florida after just 16 months. Magic Kingdom has an awesome daytime parade, Disneyland should keep PTN to balance the long in the tooth Mickey's Soundsational Parade. If it's a budget concern, just run PTN on the weekends.

August 11, 2016 at 3:30 PM · The cost is not significant, given that Disney is making tons of money from the parks division. They build cruise ships and $100 million rides, they can't afford to ship a parade to another coast? Come on.
August 11, 2016 at 6:23 PM · Great news! I loved the Electrical Light Parade as a kid and I haven't seen it since it left for Florida. According to the official announcement this is only going to be for a limited run so I wonder if they intend to just permanently retire this parade show after it's run at Disneyland? Maybe it's coming back home for it's last hurrah? I don't think Spectromagic is returning to the Magic Kingdom since they say it's "permanently retired" but I'm pretty sure they will be getting a nighttime parade. Maybe both parks will end up with Paint the Night parade?
August 11, 2016 at 6:37 PM · i like PTN, but still prefer the classic MSEP so I'm very happy with this. I'm looking forward to seeing MSEP cruise down Main St. again. Good move by Disney!
August 15, 2016 at 8:37 AM · The MSEP has been updated though, it has LEDs, and new designs. It's not the same as the 1980s conception but similar, and the music was updated. With Disney's billions and creativity, logistically moving a parade across the country probably isn't as big an issue than it would be for most of us. I'm probably in the minority, but I'll miss it for sure! :) - John Waite
August 15, 2016 at 10:06 AM · It's 2016, while I understand the nostalgia for many with MSEP, it's very dated, as is the music. PTN was timely, well done and truly amazing to watch. Move it to DCA if necessary, but why get rid of it, except for 'select nights'. Disney is taking so much from Disneyland, I hope attendance falls even more so they are forced out of this decision.

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