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Two top theme parks shows say goodbye this weekend

August 18, 2017, 10:08 AM · As the summer season winds down at theme parks across the country, two popular nighttime shows are closing in Southern California.

The Main Street Electrical Parade will conclude its "limited time engagement" at Disneyland on Sunday, Aug. 20. The parade returned to Disneyland in January after a 21-year absence. The parade headed west for the summer to cover for an extended refurbishment of the Paint the Night parade, which is expected to return to the resort over the winter.

Disneyland recently brought back its blockout day ticket for annual passholders, to allow blocked-out SoCal Select annual passholders to buy a one-day park hopper for $79 to have one last chance to see the parade before it closes.

What's next for the Main Street Electrical Parade? Will it return to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom? That seems like a logical next destination, as Disney World did not replace the parade with a new production. But Disney hasn't announced anything yet.

Up the 5 at Universal Studios Hollywood, the park will saying goodbye to its The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle show on Sunday, as well. That show premiered in June, playing nightly in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Unlike the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland, all indications suggest that the Hogwarts Castle show will return to Universal Studios Hollywood at some point, becoming a seasonal production. In fact, a holiday version of the light show will debut in the park's Harry Potter land in November. But for now, your last chance to see the production in its current form is this weekend.

Check out our reviews of each production:

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August 19, 2017 at 11:49 AM · I really love the nightime lights at Hogwarts castle and wish it would have been extended to labor day weekend

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