I remember one of the highlights of my Disney trips as a child was the Main Street Electrical Parade. I remember lining Main Street with thousands of other guests, holding my Mickey Ears Ice Cream Bar, and wearing Mickey ears waiting for the parade to begin. Then ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at all of the beautiful lights on the floats holding my favorite characters.
Years later, I was able to take my children to see the same parade. Updated with their favorite characters and even more beautiful lights. I would then carry my tuckered out kiddos to the monorail where we would head back to the car and sometimes get a glimpse of fireworks in the sky.
The classic Main Street Electrical Parade, will take its shimmering farewell trip through Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World in Florida on Oct. 9, 2016. The parade has been around since 1977 and has been a favorite of many.Families will have one more chance to see the parade and share this special memory, on select nights, before it departs to travel cross-country to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., for a limited engagement beginning early next year.
ABOUT: Brought to light in the early 1970s, the original Main Street Electrical Parade helped establish a Disney Parks reputation for innovative, trend-setting live entertainment. As lights go down along the parade route, the parade brings a variety of beloved Disney animated feature films to life through three-dimensional floats covered with approximately half a million colorful LED twinkling lights. The parade’s iconic musical theme, the electrically synthesized “Baroque Hoedown,” is interwoven with favorite Disney themes. It all adds to the unique upbeat excitement of the procession.
Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall Clock Tower over Cinderella’s Ball, complete with elegant ballroom dancers in light-covered costumes; the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging Pete’s Dragon; and the 108-foot-long red, white and blue flag finale. Other characters who make appearances include Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and, of course, Mickey Mouse.
The Main Street Electrical parade at Walt Disney World Resort will not appear during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Walt Disney World guests interested in seeing the parade before it departs on Oct. 9 can check for the latest parade dates and times on WaltDisneyWorld.com or in the My Disney Experience app.
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Disclosure: I was provided with passes to the Disney Parks to help assist my posts. All opinions are my own.