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Honoring Disney’s Electrical Parade Heritage in the All-New ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

Shawn Slater

by , Senior Communications Manager, Disney Live Entertainment

When the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration kicks off May 22, one of the brightest gems promises to be the new, state-of-the-art “Paint the Night” parade. This dazzling nighttime procession is led by Tinker Bell flying in a magical, musical overture, spreading pixie dust along the Disneyland parade route. Right on her tail (but never growing up!) is Peter Pan, perched high atop an enormous drum inspired by a float from the classic “Main Street Electrical Parade.”

And that’s not the only nod to Disneyland parade heritage. If you look closely, you may just spot a rosette taken from a light on one of the original Main Street Electrical Parade floats, hand-placed on the tip of Tinker Bell’s wand!

Of course, “Paint the Night” is just one facet of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, which is also bringing the all-new “World of Color – Celebrate!” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular, all starting May 22.


  • This is going to be Awesome!!! Think we’ll see a new night parade here at Magic Kingdom soon too?

  • I got choked up watching this!! This parade is going to be so amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing this on the blog for those of us who won’t be able to go see it live this year!

  • The thing is I don’t like it being called an ALL NEW PARADE! It seems to be the same exact parade as the one in Hong Kong.

  • Very cool. I’m looking forward to the parade. It will be great to finally have a nighttime parade in the park.

    John– From what I understand, the parade will be similar, but *not* identical to the one in Hone Kong. The drum unit seen in this video is not in the Hong Kong version. And there will also be a Frozen float that is not in the Hong Kong parade.

  • *Hong Kong

  • @3 John, I’ve heard several reputable sources discuss how this parade, while based on the one in Hong Kong, is decidedly different, with numerous additions and modifications. I would at least wait to see it first!

  • “Paint the Night” is an awesome spectacular that will be popular for years to come!

    The visual effects are stunning!

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