Saying farewell to anything Disney is hard especially if it’s been part of your childhood. But as sad as I am to see the Main Street Electrical Parade bid farewell and leave I am a wee bit excited to see what is to come.
I can remember the first time I saw the parade I was around 10 or 11 and there was a wonderful smell of popcorn in the air. It was late of course much later than I had ever been allowed to stay up before. My eyes were getting drooping when the music filter into the air letting me know the parade was coming. Every fiber of my being raced to life with excitement of seeing the lights.
As the first magical float went by I was in awe. I knew in that moment that this truly was a magical place. Over the next 30+ years I would still stand in awe of seeing the parade just as I did that very first time.
Disney Electrical Parade
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.
Seeing the parade
The Main Street Electrical parade at Walt Disney World Resort will not appear during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. If you are interested in seeing the parade before it departs on Oct. 9 you can check for the latest parade dates and times on WaltDisneyWorld.com or in the My Disney Experience app. The vibrant parade will next travel cross-country to Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif., for a limited engagement beginning early next year.
Let’s Talk: Have you seen the electrical parade? what is you favorite Disney memory?
Disclaimer: I received free passes and PR material to facilitate this post no other compensation was given. Regardless all opinions are 100% my own.