Disneyland is delighting park-goers with return of the Main Street Electrical Parade, as it ends its run at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando to make the cross-country trip to Anaheim. The Orlando-based parade will end October 9, 2016, making its debut for a limited run engagement in 2017 at Disneyland.
Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade was created in 1972 for the Disneyland park. The parade which was created Bob Jani and Ron Miziker features an array of performers and floats covered in thousands of lights which are synchronized to music. Passing on the parade experience from one generation to the next has been a sort of rite of passage of Disney fans for decades.
The team behind the Main Street Electrical Parade were also the first to design a “show-control” program. This program uses radio-activated trigger points along the parade route to stream music designed for the float as it arrives in that area through the park’s speakers.
The music of Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade is iconic for its underlying theme song entitled “Baroque Hoedown.” Woven in this song are the different musical traits from the Disney classic that are represented by the floats.
Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall clock tower over Cinderella’s ball, 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.