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When is the Electrical Parade coming back to Disney World?

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The Main Street Electrical Parade, a beloved Disney World tradition, has been rumored to make a comeback. This nighttime event, featuring dazzling floats and performers adorned in thousands of lights, has been a crowd favorite for decades. However, the exact return date remains a mystery, with speculations hinting at a debut as early as late 2023 or as late as sometime in 2024.


The exact return date of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disney World is still unknown. However, speculations suggest that it could make a comeback as early as late 2023 or as late as sometime in 2024. The parade is expected to return with a grand finale featuring floats dedicated to popular Disney films.

A Brief History of the Main Street Electrical Parade

The Main Street Electrical Parade was first introduced to Disneyland in 1972 and made its way to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in 1977. This parade, with its unique electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds and sparkling floats, was inspired by the Electrical Water Pageant, a show of 25-foot-tall screens decorated with electrical lights that has been presented on Walt Disney World’s Seven Seas Lagoon since 1971.

The parade ran at Magic Kingdom until 1991, when it was replaced by SpectroMagic. However, its popularity led to multiple returns and refurbishments, with the parade appearing at various Disney Parks, including Disneyland Paris and Disney California Adventure. The parade’s last run at Disneyland Resort was from July 14, 2022, to September 1, 2022.

What’s New with the Return of the Electrical Parade?

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Main Street Electrical Parade is expected to return with a grand finale featuring floats dedicated to popular Disney films like “Encanto,” “The Jungle Book,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Aladdin,” “Coco,” “Mulan,” “Brave,” “The Princess and the Frog,” and more. The grand finale draws inspiration from the original classic design of the parade and the iconic art style of Disney Legend Mary Blair on “it’s a small world”.

The parade now also uses a mix of incandescent and LED lights, making it more energy-efficient. However, the debut date for its return to Walt Disney World is still unknown and could be as early as late this year or as late as sometime in 2024.

How to Best Experience the Electrical Parade

To maximize your experience during the Electrical Parade, consider the following tips:

  1. Arrive early: Secure a good viewing spot by arriving at least 1-2 hours before the parade starts. Prime parade viewing areas can fill up quickly, especially for the first showing.
  2. Choose a good viewing spot: Some recommended viewing spots include the raised area to the right as you walk toward “it’s a small world” from the Matterhorn, looking up Main Street toward the entrance of the park, and the end of Main Street on the curb by Refreshment Corner.
  3. Consider watching the second parade: If there is a second parade, it usually has fewer crowds and might be a better option for those who don’t like waiting around or feeling packed in.
  4. Plaza Inn Dining Package: The Plaza Inn Dining Package offers reserved viewing access and meal options for the Main Street Electrical Parade. Guests will receive a viewing voucher during the meal for the day’s first performance of the parade. The voucher will list the location of the viewing area and the time to arrive.
  5. Be mindful of pedestrian crossing points: When choosing a parade viewing spot, make sure not to sit directly behind a pedestrian crossing point, as people crossing can obstruct your view.

Enjoying the Parade with Kids

If you’re planning to enjoy the parade with kids, consider these tips:

  1. Make sure kids are well-rested before the parade. Encourage napping earlier in the day to help them stay awake for the event.
  2. Bring items to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the parade to start, such as snacks, games, or coloring books.
  3. Be prepared for varying weather conditions by bringing extra layers of clothing or rain gear if necessary.

While we eagerly await the official announcement of the Main Street Electrical Parade’s return to Disney World, these tips and insights should help you prepare for an amazing experience when the moment arrives.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of the Main Street Electrical Parade?

The Main Street Electrical Parade typically lasts for about 20 minutes, but this can vary depending on the specific event and location.

Is the Main Street Electrical Parade included in the park admission?

Yes, the Main Street Electrical Parade is included with your park admission. However, special viewing packages like the Plaza Inn Dining Package may come at an additional cost.

Are there any restrictions for the Plaza Inn Dining Package?

The Plaza Inn Dining Package is subject to availability and advance reservations are highly recommended. Also, the package does not include park admission.

Is the Main Street Electrical Parade accessible for guests with disabilities?

Yes, Disney Parks are committed to providing a welcoming and accessible environment for all guests. There are designated viewing areas for guests with disabilities for the Main Street Electrical Parade. It’s recommended to arrive early to secure these spots.

How many times does the parade run each night?

The number of parades each night can vary. Typically, there is at least one parade, but on busier days, there might be two. It’s best to check the park’s daily schedule for accurate information.

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