Disneyland Resort Update: The Return of the Main Street Electrical Parade

Disneyland Park, Anaheim, CA

Sit back and give this update a few moments to load, folks, because at its heart, today's post is basically just 100 instances of eye candy featuring the returning Main Street Electrical Parade, now running nightly at Disneyland Park until Sunday, June 18.  Last Friday, after 21 years away from its birthplace, the Main Street Electrical Parade came home for its final run--a few more months of magic and nostalgia until it finally goes away forever.  For reals this time (so Disney says). 

Banners advertising the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade are all around Downtown Disney.

This legendary parade started way back in 1972, and multiple generations of Disney fans have grown up under the spell of that charming synthesizer music and millions of colorful, sparkling lights.  The Main Street Electrical Parade was the predecessor to sequels such as Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade Dreamlights, or the former SpectroMagic at Walt Disney World, and the modern Paint the Night parades at Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland.  It has dazzled and entertained millions over the years, and seeing it back where it all began is definitely a major nostalgia trip for those of us who watched this beloved spectacular when we were young.

Indications of the classic parade are inside the park too!

The following photos were taken last Saturday, across both the early and late runs of the parade.  On peak nights, the MSEP will run twice a night, similar to Paint the Night.  From It's A Small World to Main Street at first, and then reversing route later.  On less busy nights, it may only run once.  But for those of you who may not be able to make it to the Disneyland Resort soon, or at all, enjoy this look at classic Disney magic and memories.

That concludes our first five-update week of the year--with three of those coming from the Disneyland Resort.  For locals with convenient access to the park, don't forget to stop by and check out the Lunar New Year festivities in addition to the returning Main Street Electrical Parade. 

And for my fellow Asians out there (and anyone else who enjoys the celebrations), happy Lunar New Year's Eve today!  Tomorrow, we welcome the Year of the Rooster--and not just any rooster, but the Fire Rooster (that's not a joke; the Chinese zodiac runs on a 12 year cycle but also runs through five elements for a larger 60 year cycle).  Which basically means 2017-18 is the Year of the Sriracha.  Not a bad thing, if I may say so myself!

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