Magic Kingdom’s longest running fan-favorite nighttime parade will officially be leaving Walt Disney World on Oct. 9.
Disney Parks Editorial Content Director, Thomas Smith, has officially announced on the DisneyParks Blog that the Main Street Electrical Parade, which features “glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters,” and “half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack” will be leaving the Magic Kingdom on Oct. 9.
This fan-favorite historical parade will continue to operate until Oct. 9, excluding the days of Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and will then travel up to California’s Disneyland where it will operate for a limited time before officially being disbanded.
This isn’t the first time that this parade has disappeared from the parks though, as it has a long history of being moved from park-to-park and even being put on hiatus from time to time.
Originally the parade ran in California’s Disneyland from 1972 to 1996 before moving to Orlando’s Magic Kingdom where it remained from 1977 to 1991. It then went on a 7-year hiatus before it resumed operation in The Magic Kingdom from 1999 until 2001.
It then disappeared from the spotlight until an updated version of the parade was created in 2010 at Disney’s California Adventure. Afterwards, it returned to the Magic Kingdom, where it once again became an iconic must-see event for the next 6 years.
Disney has also announced that Disneyland’s “Paint the Night” parade will be leaving California shortly.
As of this moment, there is no word yet on whether the Magic Kingdom will be gaining access to the “Paint the Night” parade or if a completely brand new parade is in the works but looking at the history of this Electrical Parade it may not necessarily be a goodbye forever but rather a see you later.
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