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“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls! Disneyland proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination. In thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”
Does this introduction sound familiar? Just months ago, thousands of frequent Disneyland Resort visitors were delighted to hear that the Main Street Electrical Parade would be coming home to Disneyland Park after 21 years of being away, and just last month park visitors were able to hear this iconic introduction once again! The parade made its return back down Disneyland’s Main Street on Friday, January 20th, 2017. If you haven’t had a chance to see this electrifying spectacle, you aren’t too late! The parade will continue to run through June 18th of this year, which is the parade’s 45th anniversary!
The incredibly popular parade’s original run lasted from June 17, 1972 until November 25, 1996. Different floats from the original parade made their way around the globe and were showcased in many different Disney Resort parades throughout the years. But now the unforgettable parade has returned to its original home, and the Tsum Tsum Elliot and I had a chance to check it out!
The street lights on Main Street USA in Disneyland Park are adorned in themed banners to celebrate the return of the parade!
The parade is made up of 600,000 lights and if you were to lay them out in a line they would stretch over the span of 500 miles! That is a lot of lights!
The catchy tune that is heard throughout the course of the parade is called the “Baroque Hoedown.”
One of the most iconic of all of the parade floats is the 38 foot long, 16 foot tall and 5,600 pound Elliot, also known as Pete’s Dragon! This lovable float can breathe smoke out of his nose and disappear just like the real Elliot!
All kinds of fun merchandise has been created to celebrate the beloved parade’s homecoming, including pins, shirts and artwork, including some Annual Pass-holder exclusives. But alas, no parade themed Tsum Tsums... yet! Some of our favorite offerings for the return of the parade are the sweet treats inspired by some of the parade floats! These themed cake pops and marshmallow treats can be found at the Candy Palace and at Pooh Corner in Disneyland Park, Trolley Treats in Disney California Adventure, and at Marceline’s Confectionery in the Downtown Disney District.
The cute spinning turtles, bees, caterpillar and snails would make some adorable Tsum Tsums, don’t you think? Which characters from the parade would you like to see as Tsum Tsums? Let us know in the comments below!1 Likes