Main Street Electrical Parade
Walt Disney World, Florida
Main Street Electrical Parade Walt Disney World Reviews
Very nice nighttime parade in the Magic Kingdom Mar 10, 2013
A nighttime parade at the Magic Kingdom, the Main Street Electrical Parade is well worth the time to watch, as it puts on a very nice light show with a lot of different colors.
Originating at Disneyland in 1972, it would debut at the Magic Kingdom in Florida in 1977. It would come and leave Florida over the years, having 3 different runs. The latest run came back in 2010, and staying put for the time being.
The parade route starts from Main Street USA, going around Town Circle, down Main Street towards Cinderella Castle, then crosses into Liberty Square, and finishes off in Frontierland. The lights dim along the parade route, almost to a point of total darkness, so it may be hard for some people to see their way around.
The theme music is “Baroque Hoedown”, created by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley in 1967. It starts playing with an introduction from a computerized voice, then plays in loops along the parade route. Very catchy, and just adds more to the experience.
The parade starts off with Tinkerbell, then followed by a train run by Goofy, which also carries Mickey and Minnie. After that, there are floats from Alice In Wonderland, Peter Pan, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Pinocchio, among others. And when a certain float passes by, you can hear the music from that film, like Heigh-Ho when the Snow White float is passing by.
The parade is just a delight to watch, that I often try watching it twice during my time there. It is just amazing to watch the different bright lights on the floats.
If there was any problem with it, it does not update to include characters from the later films, like ones from the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999). Surprisingly, Donald Duck does not make an appearance in this parade. I’m sure he is not too happy to be left out haha.
But that is a very small problem, as it is very much worth the time. Often run twice nightly, at 9 PM and 11 PM, depending on the time of year. Other times, it may run only once, or none at all. Definitely check the Times Guide for a schedule, and get there ahead of time to get the good spot. Included in the theme park admission.
(NOTE - I did have a hard time taking photos, as my camera would act up at times!)
Part of the USA - Florida 2013 travel blog
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