‘The Princess and the Frog’ To Take Over Iconic Disney Attraction Soon

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Main Street Electrical Parade

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Disney just announced a very exciting new addition is coming to one of its most iconic shows.

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Guests visiting Disneyland in the coming weeks have a very exciting event waiting for them with Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade finally returning to the Disney Parks. We previously covered the changes coming to the parade but now, Disney has revealed even more additions to the lineup of floats.

Disney Characters at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Resort in California
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In a recent Instagram post, Disney announced that Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog (2009) will be added to grand finale of the parade:

We’re just 11 days away from the return of the “Main Street Electrical Parade” to @Disneyland! 🌟 The new grand finale will represent 14 beloved stories, including Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog.” Check out the concept art here, and come celebrate the 50th anniversary of this nighttime spectacular beginning April 22!

They also shared an image of what we can expect the float to look like!

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The Main Street Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland Park on April 22, 2022 and will be available for a limited time. Disneyland Forever will also return to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park on April 22, along with World of Color at Disney California Adventure.

Fantasmic! is preparing for its return as well, which will return on May 28, 2022.

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More on the Main Street Electrical Parade

D23 explains the Main Street Electrical Parade and its history as:

Main Street Electrical Parade Parade in summers at Disneyland beginning on June 17, 1972, and ending Nov. 25, 1996. The parade, featuring half a million tiny lights on floats themed primarily to Disney movies, became one of the most beloved traditions at Disneyland. The park’s lights were dimmed and the illuminated parade snaked from a gate next to “it’s a small world, ” past the Matterhorn, skirted the hub, and then continued down Main Street to conclude at Town Square. The parade’s synthesizer music was based on a piece called “Baroque Hoedown, ” with themes from Disney songs worked in.

The parade did not run in 1975 and 1976 because of America on Parade for the Bicentennial, but it returned in 1977 with a whole new edition. A 108-foot-long “Honor America” finale unit was added in 1979. During 1980 there was a special unit reproducing Sleeping Beauty Castle in honor of the park’s 25th anniversary. The parade did not run during the summers of 1983 or 1984.

A duplicate version of the Main Street Electrical Parade ran at Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World beginning on June 11, 1977, and ending on September 14, 1991, when it was replaced by Spectromagic. The Walt Disney World parade was moved to Disneyland Paris in April 1992. A version of the parade, called the Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade, ran at Tokyo Disneyland from March 9, 1985, to June 21, 1995, being replaced by Disney’s Fantillusion.

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The Disneyland parade floats were completely refurbished for a move of the parade to Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Park from May 28, 1999, to April 1, 2001. Then, on July 4, 2001, they made a return to California, this time as Disney’s Electrical Parade at Disney California Adventure. The Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dream Lights returned on June 1, 2001. The Disneyland Paris Main Street Electrical Parade ended on Mar. 23, 2003.

A new Tinker Bell float was created to lead the parade at Disney California Adventure, along with other updates, beginning June 12, 2009. The parade concluded on Aug. 23, 2009, to henceforth operate seasonally until Apr. 18, 2010. The parade then moved back to Walt Disney World, where it ran at the Magic Kingdom from June 5, 2010, until Oct. 9, 2016, returning to Disneyland Park for a limited engagement from Jan. 20 to Aug. 20, 2017.

The parade ended its run at Walt Disney World on October 9, 2016, returning to Disneyland for limited engagements between January 20 and August 20, 2017, and again between August 2 and September 30, 2019.

Are you excited for this parade to return?

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