We previously were all but certain that the Paint the Night nighttime parade, most recently at Disneyland, was packed up and ready to be shipped off to another Disney Park. The Main Street Electrical Parade has been running at Disneyland Park since January after leaving a hole in the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime parade schedule. With all this information it seemed like the most logical place for Paint the Night to go to was the Magic Kingdom.
Well, we will admit it. We were wrong. While it was announced at the D23 Expo that Paint the Night is indeed going to another Disney Park, it’s just going across the Esplanade at Disneyland to California Adventure. Lots of people didn’t think it was going to be coming to Disney World anyway due to the size of the floats not being able to fit the streets of any of the Disney World Parks. While the Pixar Play Parade is coming back to Disneyland Park, the Main Street Electrical Parade is scheduled to end it’s run there next month. (It was actually scheduled to end in June but was extended to August.)
Now the question is, what happens to the Main Street Electrical Parade? The folks over at The Kingdom Insider give us three theories:
- Disney retires the parade completely.
- Disney ships the parade off on a “world tour” of the other Disney Parks around the globe.
- The parade is sent back to the Magic Kingdom.
Rumors have been circulating that Disney is working on a next-gen replacement for the parade ever since it left the Magic Kingdom last Fall. However, the debut of a brand new parade does not appear to be happening anytime soon. We can only hope that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be sent back to the Magic Kingdom so we can have our nighttime parade back to hold us over until a new one is released in the future!
Let us know what you think will happen to this iconic parade.
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