Earlier this month, Disneyland announced a change in its nighttime entertainment lineup. The park announced that they would discontinue both the “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate” show on Labor Day weekend while the “Paint the Night” parade was only listed as running through mid-September on their website. The park also announced that the two nighttime shows besides Paint the Night would be replaced by classics. Today, the park announced that a classic would return to replace Paint the Night as well!
The “Main Street Electrical Parade” will end its run on October 9th at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and return to Disneyland as the park’s nighttime parade in early 2017. The parade debuted at Disneyland in 1972 and ran there until 1996, when it left for five years followed by a return at Disney California Adventure from 2001 to 2010. Since 2010, it’s been running at the Magic Kingdom. The parade will only run at Disneyland for a limited time.
Although it was previously reported that Paint the Night was on its way out in September, the park confirmed today that it will continue to be presented at Disneyland on select nights through the holidays. It is unclear whether or not the parade will return to Disneyland after the Main Street Electrical Parade is discontinued. There have been rumors that the parade would move to Walt Disney World after its run was complete at Disneyland, but these are unconfirmed at this time.
It is also unclear whether or not there will be a nighttime parade at Magic Kingdom during the holidays this year. Unless the park surprises us and debuts something new, it seems that no nighttime parade will run during the park’s busiest season.
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