After more than 10 years of absence, Disney’s fan-favorite Main Street Electrical Parade has finally returned to its home on Main Street, U.S.A.! Last night, June 5, 2010, the parade made its public premiere at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom with its thousands of sparkling lights making their way through Town Square and traveling down Main Street toward Cinderella Castle.
We were there to see the Electrical Parade’s triumphant return to Orlando and have brought back a complete video of the entire parade performance. For the most immersive experience, watch the video using headphones as it features binaural audio:
Cheers erupted from the crowd as the famous electronically-enhanced voice opened the show. When the parade moved from Orlando to Anaheim, Calif. in 2000, the name was changed to Disney’s Electrical Parade, as it was no longer being performed on Main Street but instead the streets of Disney’s California Adventure theme park. But now that it has returned home, the opener once again exclaims its original name: “the Main Street Electrical Parade!”
While the parade’s famous “Baroque Hoedown” score remains largely the same as it has for decades, it has been updated and enhanced to include new phrasing and melodies. As with the California Adventure version of the show, Tinker Bell now leads off the parade instead of the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio. Later in the show, Pinocchio now has his own parade unit, which has replaced the Dumbo/circus section. Swirling alongside many of the parade’s floats is a pixie dust trail, uniting all traveling vehicles.
The Main Street Electrical Parade runs twice nightly at the Magic Kingdom (9 p.m. and 11 p.m.) now through August 14. Rumors suggest that it will stick around beyond the Aug. 14 end of Disney’s Summer Nightastic promotion, but Disney has not confirmed any later dates.
In between showings of the Electrical Parade, Guests can catch the new Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular.
To learn more about how and why the Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to Walt Disney World, don’t miss our behind-the-scenes access in Disney’s backstage parade warehouse including a tour of many of the parade’s floats. Show 269 of the Inside the Magic podcast also features four interviews about the Main Street Electrical Parade and an additional three conversations about other Summer Nightastic offerings.