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Main Street Electrical Parade Is Leaving Disneyland (Again) This Weekend
Disneyland may be forging ahead into the future, what with a Star Wars-themed land, and an upcoming VR attraction that's slated to drop in at Downtown Disney. On occasion, however, the park takes a nod at its analog roots.
That's what happened when the Main Street Electrical Parade made its triumphant return to Disneyland in January for its 45th anniversary. The attraction—a procession of
fire hazards lit-up parade floats that include Cinderella's pumpkin coach—started at Disneyland in 1972 and was later moved to Disney's California Adventure, where it stopped running in 2010. The spectacle was popular enough to sprout carbon copies in Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disney Paris. Disney says the attraction—which features a very particular combination of Disney characters, patriotism, and psilocybin-producing mushroom—uses over a half million lights.
The parade's return was meant to be a limited run. As noted at LA Mag, the attraction was supposed to wrap up in June, but its popularity led organizers to extend its run to August, and now its coming to an end (again) this Sunday. The parade will happen at 8:45 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. After that it's dunzo (for now).
While the parade is free for all (who are able to pony up the exorbitant sum to get into the park) to see, you can also purchase a dinner package that comes with "reserved viewing." If you want to have a fleeting moment as a one-percenter (just as Cinderella had) you can get that package here.