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By the Numbers: ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disneyland Park

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

“Paint the Night” parade, part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, has quickly become a fan favorite at Disneyland park. With its bright lights and catchy music, the parade is a dazzling end to a magical day at the park. And it’s got some pretty dazzling numbers, too! Let’s take a look.

1.5 million – Total sources of light in “Paint the Night” parade
850,000 – Points of light on the Tinker Bell float
500,000 – Pixels in the video screens on the “Beauty and the Beast” float
26,730 – Individual orbs in the 3D display on the Mack Truck float
200 – “Universes of control” needed to operate everything from the video presentations on the floats to the lights on individual costumes
72 – Individual “ice shards” making up the central chandelier on the “Frozen” float, each lit by its own LED
12 – Height in feet of Triton on “The Little Mermaid” float
10 – Spinning disks rotating at 120 RPM on the “Toy Story” float


  • Would love to see a live stream, for those of us here in Florida 😀

  • This parade is amazing! Thanks Erin for the info. It is going to go down in history as a Disney fan favorite.

  • I enjoyed the parade on my first visit to DLR last year, except for the music. The amount of lights is incredible. I still like the good ol’ Main Street Electrical Parade better, even after seeing it several dozen times since it moved here.

  • I really love Paint the Night. I’ve said this a lot, but I feel that it is a worthy 21st century Electrical parade. I also love the fact that the music from the original Electrical parade is incorporated into the Paint the Night soundtrack. I also love all of the magical touches, such as Rapunzel’s glowing hair and Elsa’s ice palace.

  • My husband and I loved this parade when we visited Disneyland last July. Mr Disney would be so proud of the imagination and magic that went into making this parade come to life. Thanks to all who made this come true.

  • I went to Disneyland for the first time at the beginning of April, and it was awesome! I have seen the videos of the Paint the Night Parade online, and I couldn’t wait to see it live! All I can say is it didn’t disappoint at all! I have been to Disneyworld a bunch of times, and even took it in by myself once, but I have to say Disneyland nighttime parade beats Disneyworld! In fact the nighttime shows at both California parks are simply awesome! The traditional electrical parade to me is just ok in my book, and pails in comparison to Paint The Night! I can’t wait to get back to Disneyland in CA again!

  • My 3 year old and I saw the paint the night pictures online and planned a trip for Nov 1 – Nov 3 before the ending to the parade and fireworks were announced. With the ending of the Halloween activities will there be any evening entertainment during the week?

  • i just really hope we could see it again during the holiday season! i will keep close eye on the parades at disneyland…

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