Disneyland confirms Sept. 5 close for Paint the Night parade
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:
As I replied to Matthew earlier today on Twitter...
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.
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.
I imagine paint the night will move to wdw.
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.
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.
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!
I also wondered if this will go to WDW. While MSEP is wonderful and classic - time for a refresh?
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.
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.
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.
More cost cutting. Disgrace.
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).
Bring back Light Magic!! ;-)
Maybe SpectroMagic 2.0 could happen?
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