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Disney's Electrical Parade at Disney's California Adventure.
Disney's Electrical Parade at Disney's California Adventure.

The Main Street Electrical Parade was a regularly-scheduled parade, created by Bob Jani, long time Disney theme park entertainment leader, that ran at Disneyland most summers between 1972 and 1996. It featured floats and live performers covered in thousands of electronically-controlled lights and set to a synchronized soundtrack triggered by radio control along key areas of the parade route. Disneys Electrical Parade Photo by Evanwohrman. ... Disneys Electrical Parade Photo by Evanwohrman. ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

Main Street Electrical Parade 1995
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Main Street Electrical Parade 1995

The parade had counterparts of the same name and layout at the Magic Kingdom which ran from 1974 to 1991 when it was replaced by a similar parade called SpectroMagic. From 1999 to 2001 the original Disneyland parade also appeared at the Magic Kingdom, before returning to Disneyland for the final run. The Disneyland Paris version ran from 1992 till 2003, when it was replaced by "Fantillusion", a nighttime parade from Tokyo Disneyland, which had earlier replaced the Tokyo version of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Tokyo Disneyland's current Electrical Parade, Main Street Electrical Parade: DreamLights was a return to the style of the original updated with new music and floats. The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1974 calendar). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... One of the many brightly lit floats in SpectroMagic SpectroMagic is an evening parade presented seasonally at Disneys Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. It is similar to the Main Street Electrical Parade, which was its predecessor and is now presented at Disney... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Castle of the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland Park Disneyland Resort Paris is a theme park in Marne-la-Vallée, near Paris. ... Tokyo Disneyland is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ...

Main Street Electrical Parade 1995
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Main Street Electrical Parade 1995

The Main Street Electrical Parade was so popular that light bulbs certified as having been part of the show were sold to collectors. The 2001 opening of Disney's California Adventure Park immediately across from Disneyland proved to be the perfect venue for resurrecting the original parade, now titled simply Disney's Electrical Parade since California Adventure has no "Main Street, USA." The floats were from the original Disneyland parade (sans Pinocchio segment), which ran at the Magic Kingdom afterwards for a short two-year run, and was returned to Anaheim to help bring in crowds at the new park. The parade has been running year-round since July 2001 except on off-season evenings when the park closes at 6:00. The costumes and floats were used in the Walt Disney World version starting in 1999 and were shipped to the Southern California facility after the show's run ended. It will be going on a 9-month hiatus during the 2005 off-season at the Disneyland Resort, which will allow for a refurbishment, as the parade has run nearly every night since its opening, except for late 2001 through early 2003, when tourism was down from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Disneys California Adventure Park is a Disney theme park in Anaheim, California, adjacent to Disneyland Park and part of the larger Disneyland Resort. ... Main Street, USA, at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World Main Street, USA is the welcoming and entrance area of the many Disney Magic Kingdom-style parks around the world. ... Art by Fritz Kredel (1900-73) The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le Avventure di Pinocchio) is a novel for children by Italian author Carlo Collodi. ... The huge plume of smoke and fire seen coming from the North Tower. ...


The Main Street Electrical Parade's theme song, "Baroque Hoedown" by electronic music artists Perrey and Kingsley has even been covered by two famous musical groups: They Might Be Giants and Reel Big Fish. In Japan, Walt Disney Records released a CD called DJ Digs Main Street Electrical Parade which featured the theme music remixed by Japanese DJs. The version used in the parade was arranged by Don Dorsey. Electronic music is a term for music created using electronic devices. ... Album cover art from In Sound from Way Out! The musical duo Perrey and Kingsley (Jean-Jacques Perrey, b. ... They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) are an American pop/rock duo consisting of John Linnell and John Flansburgh, collectively known as the two Johns or John and John. Known for their experimental / pop music, they have been popular on college campuses and earned a reputation as intellectual... Reel Big Fish (RBF) is a southern California ska punk band who broke into the mainstream in the mid to late 1990s after the success of No Doubt and Sublime. ... Alternate meanings: Disney (disambiguation) The Walt Disney Company (also known as Disney Enterprises, Inc. ...


Origins

The predecessor to the Main Street Electrical Parade is the Electrical Water Pageant, a show made up of seven 25-foot-tall screens with electrical lights placed on them. The screens are placed on a string of seven barges which travel around the Seven Seas Lagoon just in front of the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort, beginning at 9pm at Disney's Polynesian Resort, or immediately after the fireworks if they are scheduled for 9pm. The Electrical Water Pageant still shows today. The Electrical Water Pageant has been showing since October 26, 1971, just weeks after the Walt Disney World Resort opened. The Electrical Water Pageant is a show that takes place in Walt Disney Worlds Seven Seas Lagoon. ... The Seven Seas Lagoon is the lake in front of the Magic Kingdom Park, at Walt Disney World, Florida. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is freshly decorated for the 18-month Happiest Celebration on Earth The Spaceship Earth sphere is the symbol of Epcot. ... October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ...


Show facts

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Attractions at Disneyland-style parks
Main Street, U.S.A.: The Dapper Dans | Fantasy in the Sky | Main Street Electrical Parade | Remember... Dreams Come True | Wishes | World Bazaar
Fantasyland: Cinderella Castle | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh | Matterhorn Bobsleds | Mickey's PhilharMagic |
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride | Peter Pan's Flight | Skyway | Sleeping Beauty Castle | "it's a small world"
Tomorrowland: Adventure Thru Inner Space | America Sings | Autopia | Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters | Captain EO | Carousel of Progress | Delta Dreamflight |
Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage | Honey, I Shrunk the Audience | If You Had Wings | Innoventions | PeopleMover/Tomorrowland Transit Authority | Magic Journeys |
Rocket Jets/Astro Orbitor | Rocket Rods | Space Mountain | Star Tours | Stitch's Great Escape! | The Timekeeper
Frontierland: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad | Country Bear Jamboree | Pinewood Indians | Rivers of America
Adventureland: Indiana Jones Adventure | Jungle Cruise | Pirates of the Caribbean | Raging Spirits | Walt Disney's Enchanted Tiki Room
Other: Club 33 | Critter Country | Fantasmic! | The Haunted Mansion | Liberty Square | New Orleans Square | Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin | Splash Mountain

 
 

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