From June 6th through August 14th the Main Street Electrical Parade will perform nightly in the Magic Kingdom.
Tinker Bell Leads The Parade
The parade, which normally is featured at the Disneyland Resort in California, was last at the Walt Disney World Resort from 1999 into 2001. This version of the Main Street Electrical Parade will have some new features added just for this summer.
Tinker Bell will now lead the parade in a newly built float that is designed to look like a hot air balloon floating above a magical garden sparkling with fairy light. She will also be adding her pixie dust to enchant all of the floats in the parade, making it extra special.
Making a special return to the Main Street Electrical parade this summer will be favorite scenes from classic Disney movies: the shimmering diamond mine of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and the Pleasure Island haunts of Pinocchio.
Main Street Electrical Parade Facts:
- There are nearly 500,000 lights in the parade. This includes 10,000 new Pixie Dust lights spread over the 23 parade floats.
- The Tinker Bell Float alone has over 25,000 lights that are controlled by 160 dimmers that took over 2 months to program.
- The parade theme music is based upon the 1967 synthesizer piece by Gershon Kingsley and Jean-Jaques Perrey called the "Baroque Hoedown." New audio technology improvements to this year's parade will make it sound even richer and fuller than ever before.
- Over 80 performers appear in the parade with over 11,000 lights appearing on their costumes.
- All of the floats are battery powered, using over 500 batteries to power the entire parade.
- To connect all of those lights it took approximately 5 miles of wire.
- The tallest float in the parade belongs to Cinderella and her clock tower, topping out at 18 1/2 feet.
- The longest float is the Fireworks Finale, which uses 7 cars that total 118 feet.
- The original Main Street Electrical Parade debuted at Disneyland on June 17, 1972 and performed every summer until 1996. It has been performed over 5,000 times.
- The Magic Kingdom in Florida first saw the Main Street Electrical Parade in 1977 and continued until 1991 when it was replaced by "SpectroMagic."
- One of the original floats, the Title Drum Unit near the beginning of the parade, was created using an actual bass drum, one of the world’s largest in 1972. This drum had been used in Disneyland parades in the 1960s, when Mickey Mouse used to beat it using large drumsticks.
- The updated version of the parade uses LED lighting technology resulting in a major reduction in energy consumption to operate the parade.