Main Street Electrical Parade Extended to August at Disneyland

Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to the place it began, and today Disneyland announced that due to popular demand, this iconic parade will continue lighting up the night at Disneyland through August 20. The parade has delighted guests since its return in January, and the limited-time engagement is being extended with encore performances so even more will be able to enjoy its nostalgic magic this summer.

A classic Disney Parks nighttime parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade began at Disneyland park in 1972 and ended its initial run in 1996. It returned to the Disneyland Resort as Disney’s Electrical Parade, bringing magical Disney stories to Disney California Adventure park from 2001 until 2010, when it crossed the country to begin its run at Walt Disney World Resort.

Don’t miss this limited-time engagement of Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland through August 20!

Newest Issue of Disney twenty-three Goes Behind the Scenes on Beauty and the Beast

While we wait for Beauty and the Beast to enchant us once again when the live-action musical debuts in theaters March 17, D23 Gold Members can pore over the pages of the newest issue of Disney twenty-three, where stars Emma Watson (Belle), Josh Gad (LeFou), and director Bill Condon share secrets from the set of the highly anticipated film. From unique challenges to unforgettable moments, the cast and crew share just how much magic (and hard work!) it takes to transform one of the most beloved animated films of all time into a stunning live-action feature.

Plus, Disney Legend Kurt Russell and fan-favorite Chris Pratt give readers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Walt Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde takes us inside a breakout… Guardians of the Galaxy—Mission: BREAKOUT! to be exact, a brand-new attraction coming to Disney California Adventure summer 2017.

Tangled fans will have the best day ever when they receive the newest issue of Disney twenty-three––Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi talk about Tangled: The Series and all the fun they had stepping back into the studio to voice adored characters Rapunzel and Flynn Rider (now known as Eugene Fitzherbert, of course). From upcoming shows to beloved classics, this issue of Disney twenty-three reunites the Mouseketeers from The New Mickey Mouse Club, who come together 40 years later to look back on the ‘70s-era show.

If ye be seeking adventure, look no further—the spring issue of Disney twenty-three is celebrating all things pirates with a look at five decades of the iconic attraction, Pirates of the Caribbean, and a sneak peek with producer Jerry Bruckheimer at Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, coming to theatres this May.

Also included in the spring issue of Disney twenty-three:

  • A celebration of the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 45th anniversary, as it returns to its original home at Disneyland Park
  • The wonder and beauty of Disneynature’s newest film, Born in China
  • A peek at what’s to come during the 25th anniversary of Disneyland Paris
  • Eleven cool experiences you may not have known about at Walt Disney World Resort
  • A look inside the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios headquarters
  • Regular features including A Walk with Walt, D Society, and Ask Dave

New year, new member gift! Disney twenty-three readers will explore the 2017 D23 Gold Member Gift, “Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men,” a collection of 23 meticulously reproduced items that represent the work and legacy of the nine animators who created some of Disney’s most enduring characters.

Disneyland Releases Commercial for the Returning Main Street Electrical Parade

The Main Street Electrical Parade has been a cherished part of the Disneyland experience for many many years, and despite a decent amount of moving around, it’s always nice to see it return home.

Fortunately for guests, Disney recognizes this and has created a very loving commercial to build the hype a little bit! Check it out.

Co-Composer of Main Street Electrical Parade Music Dies

Jean-Jacques Perrey, co-composer of the “Baroque Hoedown,” which was made famous when it was used for Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade, died Friday, a music website reported.

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The French native died in Switzerland from complications related to lung cancer. He was 87.

Perrey was an early pioneer of electronic music as one of the first musicians to use the Moog Synthesiser. He and Gershon Kingsley co-wrote the music and recorded it for a 1967 album called “Kaleidoscopic Vibrations: Electronic Pop Music From Way Out.” It had a sound like an electronic harpsichord.

In 1972, it was picked as the kind of music needed for the famous Disneyland parade.

When the parade returned in 1977, after a two-year hiatus for America on Parade, the parade returned and then-musical director Don Dorsey made sure to bring it back.

“His music was visionary,” Dorsey said. “‘Baroque Hoedown’ is only one tune from his catalog, but brought happiness to millions and millions of people all around the world through Disney’s parade.”

The music has been used for versions of the parade at Disney parks around the world, and it can be heard in parts of the music for Disneyland’s “Paint the Night” parade as well. At Walt Disney World, the music was initially used for the Electrical Boat Pageant, but when the parade moved to Florida, it resurfaced on Main Street U.S.A. at that resort’s Magic Kingdom as well.

It is expected that “Baroque Hoedown” will once again be heard when the “Main Street Electrical Parade” returns to Disneyland in 2017.

Originally posted by Mark Eades in the Orange County Register

Main Street Electrical Parade Ending Run at Walt Disney World, Heading to Disneyland

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9th and then head to Disneyland for a limited-time encore engagement.

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Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

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If you’re planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort to see the parade one last time at the Magic Kingdom before it ends its run, please keep in mind that Main Street Electrical Parade is not offered on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights.  Check for the latest parade dates and times on WaltDisneyWorld.com or in the My Disney Experience app.

Twenty years since it last glowed down Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, this “spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination” will return for a limited-time encore engagement.

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The quintessential Disney Parks nighttime parade, the Main Street Electrical Parade began at Disneyland park in 1972, shining brightly in the memories of thousands of Disneyland park guests until the end of its initial run in 1996. It returned to the Disneyland Resort as Disney’s Electrical Parade, bringing magical Disney stories to Disney California Adventure park from 2001 until 2010, when it crossed the country to begin its most recent run at Walt Disney World Resort.

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Before its half-million tiny lights return to illuminate the imaginations of a whole new generation of Disneyland park guests, there is still time enjoy the experience this beloved favorite inspired – “Paint the Night” parade.

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“Paint the Night” parade will continue nightly performances, just before “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, through September 5 as part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. This popular parade will return on select nights during the holiday season later this year. Be sure to keep an eye on the entertainment calendar at Disneyland.com for performance dates and times.

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant to Offer Main Street Electrical Parade Viewing Package

Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom will be offering a new Main Street Electrical Parade dining package beginning June 7th.

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The dining package will be a three course lunch along with reserved viewing for the Main Street Electrical Parade. (View the Tony’s Town Square menu)

Included is a choice of appetizer, entree, dessert and beverage, for the fixed priced of $45 for adults, and $17 for ages 3-9, plus tax and gratuity. It is also available on the Disney Dining Plan for one table service entitlement.

Viewing for the parade will be on Main Street U.S.A. in the hub near the flagpole.

Reservations begin June 7 2016 online or at 407-WDW-DINE.

Magic Kingdom Removes Parades and Fireworks from FastPass+ List

Disney has changed the Magic Kingdom FastPass+ offerings so that parades and fireworks have been removed.

Wishes, Festival of Fantasy Parade and the Main Street Electrical Parade are no longer part of the FastPass+ line-up at the park.

Disney only recently built dedicated FastPass+ viewing areas in the new Main Street Plaza Gardens for firework viewing.

Disney Announces Easter Entertainment Line-Up for the Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom will be adding additional entertainment over the next few weeks as part of the busy Spring Break and Easter periods.

  • Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny will be appearing in the Town Square Courtyard from March 14 to March 27 2016, 9am to 6pm.
  • The Tomorrowland DJ Dance Party will extended operating hours from March 20 to April 2 – midday to 11pm.
  • Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade will perform twice daily at 12pm and 3pm.
  • The Azalea Trail Maids will take part in an Easter pre-parade before Festival of Fantasy Parade on March 26 and 27, and will meet and greet around Town Square on March 27 2016.
  • As second Main Street Electrical Parade has been added from March 28 to March 31 at midnight.