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Main Street Electrical Parade Ends Run at Walt Disney World On October 9, Heads to Disneyland Resort for a Limited Time

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Magic Kingdom Park’s long-running nighttime parade, will officially end its historic run at Walt Disney World Resort on October 9 and then head to Disneyland Resort for a limited-time encore engagement. We wanted you to be among the first to know while there’s still time to plan a trip to Walt Disney World Resort to enjoy the magic and nostalgia of the parade one last time.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime procession filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor favorite Disney characters. Animated Disney films that are represented include “Alice In Wonderland,” “Cinderella” and more. During the parade, Tinker Bell lights the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack.

If you’re planning to visit the Walt Disney World Resort for our fall experiences and see the parade one last time at Magic Kingdom Park before it ends its run, please keep in mind that Main Street Electrical Parade is not offered on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. Check for the latest parade dates and times here on or in the My Disney Experience app.

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  • Will anything take its place? When will it return? How long is the limited time run at Disneyland?


  • Does that mean we’re getting paint the night?

  • So when does Paint the Night begins at MK?

  • That’s not much notice, being less than 2 months from now.
    Why start that lunch package at Tony’s for parade viewing if the parade was just going to be leaving soon?
    My trip starts October 12. I’m bummed. Will there be a new nighttime parade at WDW in the near future?

  • So what will the parade be for DisneyWorld? We have a Christmas trip planned and always enjoyed the night time parades

  • No! Not going back to WDW until December. Can’t believe we’re going to miss it.

  • Would SpectroMagic be coming back!?!

  • Please don’t take this parade away! I love this part of my visit and made sure both my kids saw the parade.

  • When will it return to Walt Disney World? Will another show take its place in the meantime?

  • Will WDW be getting Paint the Night?

  • Hello, I will be there the 8th to the 15th. Will something be replacing this that week?

  • Will the Electrical Parade be performing at Disneyland Park or at Disney California Adventure?

  • Any details regarding when it will be coming to Disneyland would be appreciated. This provides a wonderful opportunity to bring my mom back to DL for this first time in 20 years..thanks

  • Will the Magic Kingdom be getting another nighttime parade or entertainment when the Main Street Electrical Parade glows on home to Disneyland?

  • Let’s get Paint the Night Please!!!!!

  • Yay! Great news! It’s coming home to us! Will the MSEP return to Disneyland Park, or to California Adventure? The last time we had the Electrical Parade at Disneyland Resort it was in California Adventure.

  • Thank goodness. That music gets irritating.

    Looking forward to Paint the Night!

    That’s coming, right?

  • Devastated. 🙁 So many detailed floats in DEP, and such a great variety of characters. The last ‘classic’ Disney parade. Really hope we aren’t getting Paint The Night. The technology is nice, but it just doesn’t feel like a traditional Disney parade to me. The float design is very basic to focus on the lights, and the character line-up is very bland. I’m in the minority, I know… but give me DEP or Spectro any day.

    I’m going to miss the Cinderella unit so much!

  • Yes!! Please bring Paint the Night! Parade swap!

  • When will it return? We just booked our vacation for June 2017 and it will be my daughter’s first trip and my son’s second. We would be very disappointed if it’s not back!

  • Bring back SpectroMagic!!!

  • The Walt Disney World Resort deserves a night time spectacular that no other resort offers. A new version of SpectroMagic would be amazing! Not another parks left overs.

  • By temporary at Disneyland, do you mean in the same way it was temporary at WDW in 2010?

  • PLEASE give WDW Paint the Night!

  • How long will be at Disneyland? Is it gone permanently from WDW or will return at later date?! Planning trip next December and need to know if it will be back.

  • This is so disappointing! One of our favorite things during our trips to Disney. I do hope that a new parade will take its place! Thankful to have seen it twice this July! And I have video to watch, although it’s not the same.?

  • Any chance “limited” could mean through March? That’s when I’m headed to DLR…

  • This is awful news. That parade is one of my favorite things to see/do in WDW. It brings back so many memories of my trips as a child and I love to see the wonder and excitement on my childrens’ faces when they see it. I can’t hear the music without getting emotional. I am completely devastated.

  • I will be there Sept 28-Oct15. Will we possibly get to see two different nighttime parades?! I loved Spectromagic but would love to see Paint the Night.

  • We have tickets for lunch with reserved seating for this in mid-October after it is scheduled to close. What will happen to those?

  • I would also like to know if anything is taking it’s place. We’ll be there the last week in October and it was one of my favorite night time entertainment options 🙁

  • I just hope Rivers of Light will finally be running during my October trip to make up for the disappointment of losing the Electrical Parade…

  • Hopefully this means WDW is getting Paint the Night!


    Thankfully we’ll be able to see it right before it ends. What’s taking the place of MSEP?

  • Call me crazy, but 2 months notice is not a lot of time to plan a trip to catch a last run. 🙁

    Love this parade (like PTN a lot too). Loved it when I first saw it at DL in early 80’s and 90’s, then loved seeing it @ WDW when I started visiting FL around 5 years ago.

  • What about the Main Street Electrical Parade dining package with lunch at Tony’s and the VIP seating? I have reservations for October 26th for my granddaughters first visit to WDW. She is autistic and this was the perfect way to get the perfect spot to see the parade.

  • I’m ready for Spectromagic 2.0! lol would love for that parade to be rebuilt into something new with that similar whimsical music! My first memory of my life is sitting on the curb on Main Street wearing my
    Minnie ears and my 20th anniversary zip up sweatshirt waiting for Spectromagic to start. That parade will have a special place in my heart forever!

  • i am so glad we get the electrical parade back in disneyland. but we should not swap parades. sorry wdw has many things in different locations. we only have two lands. your taking away disneyland forever, we should at least keep paint the night for more than an year. no reason why we only have it for one and swap with wdw when wdw has kept things well past a year.

  • It would be AMAZING if we got a new parade inspired by SpectroMagic, just like how Paint the Night is inspired by MSEP

  • Tell Disneyland to get their own parade. I hope this is only temporary. :'(

  • I am so upset by this news. I am finally making it to DisneyWorld for the first time at end of October and this was the one thing I really wanted to see. We actually planned an entire night around this! So disappointed!

  • The Main Street Electrical Parade will be taken place in Disneyland Park, and not DCA, starting in early 2017. No ending time has been announced. This was confirmed to me via DM on twitter

  • I haven’t seen Paint the Night, but MSEP holds so much nostalgia for me I hate to see it go

  • This is awful news. At least we will arrive on Oct 8 and had already planned to go to Magic Kingdom on the 9th …. will be bittersweet.

  • This makes me sad. I’ll be arriving the last week of October. Haven’t seen it since 2007. I hope there’s something in its place.

  • Then so far I am in luck because if somethings continue to go right in my life as it is now , I will be at Walt Disney World for My 38th Birthday this coming September and watching the Main Street Electrical Parade dates back to My 1st Visit to Walt Disney World back in April of 1986 with My Family 30 Years ago this past April . It was truly one of My Happy Memories of Walt Disney World and it always will be . The music maybe a little updated from where it was back in 1986 but it still brings back those memories and this would be the way to relive those memories .
    With that said in my view after it leaves WDW this October I really really hope that it goes back to Disneyland Park to fill the void that will be left by the end of the Paint The Night Electrical Parade because I really really feel for those people who are going to have to wind up traveling to Hong Kong Disneyland in the future just to get their Paint The Night fix after the 60th Celebration .

  • YES!!! It’s finally returning to its rightful home. I am so excited, it will be so fun watching it at Disneyland where it belongs.

  • Thank you so much Disneyland for bringing back a part of my childhood!

  • I couldn’t be more disappointed, and frankly at a loss as to why you would discontinue such a cool event! I am bringing my grandchildren in December for their very first trip to DisneyWorld and had them all psyched up for this parade because it was something I always loved. Boo hiss on Disney!

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