Disneyland Resort Update: Return of the Electrical Parade... Again

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA

Somehow, it’s August, which means that pretty soon, things are going to start getting a lot spookier and spookier at Westcoaster.  It’ll kick off with our coverage of Midsummer Scream this upcoming week, recapping the events of this awesome Halloween and horror convention happening right now.  But first, lets check in again with the Disneyland Resort, where our quantity of things to update has dropped, now that Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has opened, and Pixar Pier is done, and the new parking structure is operational.  But there are still a couple of major projects going on, and some entertainment returns to catch up upon.  Oh, and the Main Street Electrical Parade is back.  Again.  So lets check it all out?

Pixar Pals Parking Structure

The Pixar Pals parking structure may be open, but there are still some components that remain incomplete.  For one, that bridge over Magic Way and connecting walkway all the way to Downtown Disney is still ongoing, with an anticipated completion of September.  In addition, the tram promenade between the escalators of the Mickey and Friends and Pixar Pals parking structures is getting landscaping and pavers. Plus, work continues on the new elevator tower on the Mickey and Friends side that’s going up next to the existing elevators!

Marvel Land Construction

Progress from the ground is less obvious now that the building has gone behind tarps. They’re working on putting the wall framing and beginning the process of covering up the building. But from higher above, though, we can see that the expanded architecture around the old It’s Tough to Be a Bug building is actually getting pretty substantial, wrapping around to the Hollywood Land side as well! Marvel Land will open next spring, and we’re likely to get more details at the D23 convention later this month. But for now, we can only watch the future Spiderman attraction show building slow progress.

Tale of the Lion King

In our last update, we talked about the new Tale of the Lion King stage show at Paradise Park, but we didn’t have any photos, because the showing that I planned to watch ended up being cancelled due to the heat wave of that week. Fortunately, there was no such postponement last Friday.

Tying into the live action release of the movie this summer, Tale of the Lion King is a theatrical retelling of the famous movie and story, featuring music and dance and a spirit cast of fantastic performers who bring the tale to life. Occurring at the Paradise Park stage multiple times a day, this 15-20 minute show is a lively way to relive the classic movie.

Main Street Electrical Parade Returns… Again

In Disney’s haste to try to bring back lost crowds after an abnormally slow start of summer despite the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the park is dusting off the old classic Main Street Electrical Parade and running it for a limited time this month and next. Remember how they said the parade was going away forever… for real this time… two years ago? Yeah, apparently, that was about as trustworthy as the retirement of a professional wrestler. Or the disbandment of a beloved rock band. Of course it was coming back. If the park can milk nostalgia to manufacture attendance (and get some merchandise bonus out of something), it will. At least under this current administration.

The silly thing about this is that the biggest driver of low crowds is most likely the Annual Passholder block out dates. Lets see what happens at the end of this month when Deluxe Passholders are allowed into Disneyland. And next month with SoCal holders can visit Batuu. If crowds are still low, then we can worry. But as the summer as progressed, the crowds have come back closer to normal. So really, I’m not sure there’s any need for drastic measures.

In the meantime, if you loved the OG Electrical Parade, then visit the park these next two months. For its age, it actually looks pretty good. The floats seem to be pretty operational, with fully functional lighting. And it is a catchy, classic theme.

Disneyland Forever

The 60th Anniversary Fireworks also returned earlier this summer—the first time guests have seen them since the end of the actual Diamond Anniversary celebration for the park. It’s nice to have this show back. It’s not as good as Remember… Dreams Come True, but it’s still an excellent nighttime spectacular. Here are a few shots from Main Street last Friday.

And that wraps up this week from Disney! Join us starting tomorrow as we review the 2019 iteration of Midsummer Scream. Before you know it, the fog will descend, and it will be that haunting time of year again!

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