When the news released earlier this week, it still gives me goosebumps as I write this. The Disneyland blog released that for a limited time an encore engagement of the Main Street Electrical Parade will return home to Disneyland in California in early 2017.
The sheer emotions that guests will have hearing the famous Baroque Hoedown blast thru the speakers down the parade route once more, and the electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds will give guests of all ages a magic vibe in the air. The older generations can now share and “relives fond memories of the past…and here youth may savor the” original night time spectacle form many moons ago. I feel the sheer joy and happiness of this pageant of lights will bring families and generations closer together. Maybe to some of our younger generations only know the Main Street Electrical Parade was a thing of the past or that this current generation has been introduced to or familiar with only Paint the Night Parade.
The original Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade opened on Saturday, June 17, 1972 and it ended its run on Monday, November 25, 1996, over the 24 years this night time parade ran at Disneyland almost nightly. Years later Disney brought it back to Disney’s California Adventure Park on Tuesday, July 3, 2001 to bring in guests during Disney’s California Adventures first summer to draw in the crowds and it closed on Sunday, April 18, 2010. The parade currently running at the Magic Kingdom in Florida will conclude its open end run on Sunday, October 9, 2016.
Now that the Main Street Electrical Parade will grace us with its presence once more here in California for a limited time engagement, I wonder what new surprises they might have up their sleeves. Are we going back to the original concept that Walt had envisioned with the Blue Fairy opening the parade once more? I sure hope so… when I learned that the Blue Fairy was Walt’s favorite fairy also since she was the original, for many years the Blue Fairy would open each Disney parade, her last nod was during Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary with Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams.
Who else is ready to join us and the hundreds that will come out and relive the magic of this nighttime spectacle, dust off that denim jean jacket, T-shirt, sweatshirt or button the Main Street Electrical Parade will be on its way back home soon enough! More news and updates about its return as we get word of the official date. Join us at SoCalThrills as we will be their on opening night.