Light Parade Returns to Disneyland’s Main Street

By Michael Berick

Goofy helps to light up Main Street. PHOTO COURTESY DISNEYLAND RESORTS

Goofy helps to light up Main Street. PHOTO COURTESY DISNEYLAND RESORTS

In 1972, Disneyland debuted an evening attraction that became an icon of the amusement park’s experience. “The Main Street Electrical Parade” entertained more than 75 million guests during its original run, which ended in 1996. The parade continued at California Adventure from 2001-2010 and – during the 45 years since it first stepped off – there have been Electrical Parades at Disneyland Paris, Tokyo Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, too.

This Disney history lesson is just a reminder of the parade’s prominent role in park lore and why its return to its route of origin is such major news. Starting Jan. 20, the Electrical Parade will again appear on Main Street with nightly performances through June 18.

The parade will still feature a selection of beloved Disney music, including the “Baroque Hoedown,” along with such favorite characters as Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Alice and Pinocchio. Around a half million lights will illuminate the procession of memorable floats. You’ll see Tinker Bell – now accompanied by other fairies – on the Peter Pan float, and Elliot, the 16-foot smoke-breathing star of “Pete’s Dragon,” will ride on a 5,600-pound float. Capping off the festivities will be the massive 108-foot-long finale float.

The Main Street Electrical Parade will only be at the park for five months, so it’s a limited chance to see this classic part of Disneyland history that has entertained generations of guests. Go to for all the details on ticket prices, park hours and other Disneyland information.

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