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The Main Street Electrical Parade Is Returning to Disneyland for a Limited Time

The "spectacular festival pageant" first opened in 1972.


Just when you thought Disneyland couldn’t get any more overstimulating, there’s this. This week, the park announced that its fan-favorite, the Main Street Electrical Parade, is returning to Disneyland Resort for a limited summer 2019 engagement.

The parade, which first opened in 1972 at Disneyland, is described as a “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination.” The display also features half a million twinkling lights and “electro-syntho-magnetic musical sounds.” The event has been held as several Disney park venues over the years. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom put on a version of the parade from 1977 to 2016. From 2001-2010, it was held at Disney California Adventure. In 2015, Disneyland debuted Paint the Night as a “spiritual successor” to the Main Street Electrical Parade.

This year’s Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland on August 2 with nightly performances running through September 30. You might think that such an event would make the long lines at Disney even more unbearable, but visitors have reported that wait times have been shorter than usual in the last few weeks. CinemaBlend speculates that this might be because fans are assuming the park is packed after the opening of Disneyland for Galaxy’s Edge, choosing to wait out the fanfare.

Since its 1996, the Main Street Electrical Parade has run in “limited-time engagements”, but don’t let those words scare you. The last “limited run” was from January 20 to June 18 in 2017, and then extended through late August due to popular demand. So, if you miss it this time, it’s somewhat likely that this summer’s run will be extended beyond September 30.