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Disney World Ends Main Street Electrical Parade October 2016

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After a day enjoying the attractions at Disney World, it’s pretty much customary to settle down with the parade that caps off the evening with a show of dazzling light-festooned floats. However, that will be a mere memory as Disney World has announced the end of the Main Street Electrical Parade.

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The evening Disney World light parade has had a spotty past. It started in the California park, Disneyland, in 1971. The parade came to Florida in 1977, but took a hiatus from 1991 to 1999. Again, the park retired the parade in 2001, but it soon made its return in 2010.

I fondly recall sitting wide-eyed on the sidewalk as a child and getting kicked by a woman with pointy-toed boots, but not caring as Pete’s Dragon lit up the street along with other Disney favorites like Peter Pan. It wasn’t until my trip a few years ago I discovered getting reservations at Tony’s Town Square and requesting a spot on the porch for a far more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

However, the Electrical Parade will see another end. The last procession will be on October 9, 2016. Note that the parade will also not be a part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights. No reason was given in Disney’s statement revealing the change, but it was noted underlined that watching the parade was a “rite of passage” for families.

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If you can’t make it to Florida in time, try and check the limited-time encore that is due to run in California’s Disneyland in the start of 2017.

What do you think about Disney World retiring the Main Street Electrical Parade? Will it make another return? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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23 Comments

  1. Lucy Knox says

    That is one of the best memories I have of Disney. I hate to see it go before my grandkids get to watch it. Please keep it going or bring it back in another couple of years when my grandkids will be old enough to go.

  2. Alli Smith says

    I’ve always loved the electrical parade! I remember seeing it for the first time in FL in 1978 when I was a teen. My kids always loved the parade and now the grandkids love it. I’m going to miss that magical parade.

  3. dana vento says

    There is nothing we love more than the Disney World Main Street Electrical Parade it is a shame that it is ending in October. My kids waited for that part of the experience more than the rides themselves.

  4. Sarah says

    This looks like such a fantastic time. I would love to experience this electrical parade. I think that Disney World does so many cool things, this is by far one of the coolest I have heard of!

  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    This parade at Disney sounds like it would be really cool to see. We are thinking about going to Orlando sometime this year.

  6. Pier says

    This looks like SO much fun!! I love Disneyland/world, and the parade is one of the best parts. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  7. Jacqui - @TradesofJacqui says

    I have never been to Disney. I know!!! Completely unAmerican! lol. My daughter was and she loved it. I’m hoping to make this one of my trips soon!

  8. lisa says

    I can’t believe they’re ending the electrical parade. We loved it so much, we saw it every night we were there. What a fantastic parade.

  9. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    This looks like such a fun event. We are planning on going to Disney later this year. The kids will have so much fun.

  10. Vera Sweeney says

    We love Disney!! What a fun parade to attend, I know that my kids would have a blast with this!

  11. Liz Mays says

    Aww, it would be great to see this one last time. I’m glad I got my kids down there to see it while it was running.

  12. Bites for Foodies says

    I haven’t been to Disney since I was a child! I have such fond memories of time spent there with my family. I cannot wait to take my kids however, I’m going to wait until they are old enough to remember everything!

  13. Rebecca Swenor says

    When we had went to Disney World we did not stay for the Main Street Electrical Parade and now I wish we had for sure. It is sad to see something that is so popular and memorable end. Thanks for sharing the information and your experience.

  14. Terri Beavers says

    This parade has fond memories for me and my family. I don’t know if it will ever return but I can only hope it will.

  15. Heather Lawrence says

    We never got a chance to see the main street electrical parade when we were in Disneyworld back in December. Love that you mentioned it will be in Disneyland in ’17. We are planning a trip to Disneyland then so we will get a chance to see it there!

  16. Amanda Love says

    Ending something vital to its history like that can make anyone sad. Thanks for the tip and the dates, I’ll try my best to go to either day!

  17. Eloise says

    what a fun and entertaining way to end a day of fun, love parades!

  18. CourtneyLynne says

    Ahhhh I really will miss this parade!!!! I lived in Orlando for years and no matter how many times I saw it, it always brought a smile to my face

  19. Dana says

    I can’t believe they are retiring the electrical parade AGAIN. When you say it isn’t going to be a part of Mickey’s Not So Scary event – does that mean the special themed parade that goes on at night? I hope not – I look forward to that one and the one that they do for Mickey’s Merry Christmas Party.

  20. Mary says

    It’s not Disney without the Electrical Parade! “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it!”

  21. Chubskulit Rose says

    I haven’t seen the electrical parade but I heard it is a great one to see. That would be a bummer if they end it.

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