Disney News & Listener Questions from 12/4/2016 – Episode 16

In this week’s episode, for December 4, 2016, Jon and Lysa will be discussing news and current events at Disney Destinations around the world as well as taking your listener questions on Disney travel.

Show Notes
Disney Debuts Holiday Light Show at Disney Springs
New Enhancements Arrive on the Disney Wonder
Disney Announced New “4 Park Magic Ticket”
Pandora – World of Avatar Confirmed Opening in Summer 2017
Disney Offers Private Cabanas for Rent in Magic Kingdom
Rivers of Light Opens for Cast Member Previews
Main Street Electrical Parade Returning to Disneyland on January 2

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Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park on January 20

msep-2Guests at Disneyland Park will have a chance to take in the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade for its final run beginning on January 20, 2017 and running through June 18. This parade first premiered at Disneyland in 1972 and has been in use ever since at Disney Parks around the world.

Disney is also hosting a special preview event on January 19 where guests will get to stay in the park after closing for a special performance of the parade as well as access to select rides and restaurants from 7:30 pm to midnight. Tickets to this preview night go on sale on Tuesday, December 6 to annual pass holders and on December 13 to the general public. Tickets may be purchased at a ticket booth or by calling 714-781-INFO (714-781-4636).

Disney described the Main Street Electrical Parade as…

…treasured Disney tunes interwoven with the distinctive “Baroque Hoedown” synthesized soundtrack, the Main Street Electrical Parade brings a variety of beloved Disney stories to life in parade floats covered in approximately half a million twinkling lights. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy lead the way and Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio and Alice in Wonderland are among the characters whose stories unfold along the parade route. Tinker Bell now appears with other fairies on the Peter Pan float.

Some of the parade’s most impressive scenes are the 23-foot-tall Clock Tower looming over Cinderella’s Ball, attended by elegant ballroom dancers in costumes covered with lights; and the 108-foot-long finale unit, a red-white-and-blue tribute to America. Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-wagging “Pete’s Dragon,” weighs more than 5,600 pounds and is 16 feet tall, more than 10 feet wide and 38 feet long. Guests will need to keep an eye out for Elliot, who disappears from time to time along the route.

Let us know your thoughts below on the return of the Main Street Electrical Parade to Disneyland Park.

Main Street Electrical Parade Leaving Disney World, Heading to Disneyland

MSEPAfter news not too long ago that the Paint the Night Parade was ending at Disneyland in September, Disney World has now announced that their Magic Kingdom nighttime parade, the historic Main Street Electrical Parade, will end its run on October 9, 2016. This parade, which started in 1972 at Disney Parks, returned to the Magic Kingdom in 2010 for what was called a “limited engagement”, but has been around for six years.

After this news came out it was also confirmed that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be traveling across the country and finding a new home at the Disneyland Park in what is again being called a “limited time engagement”.

The popular Paint the Night parade at Disneyland, which is closing on September 5th, now appears to be returning for select nights during the 2016 Holiday season before being completely replaced by the Main Street Electrical Parade. It remains to be seen if Paint the Night will head to Disney World, as rumored, after that time.