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Walt Disney World Resort - Magic Kingdom, Part 8


Main Street Electrical Parade
Disney's Main Street Electrical Parade

The Main Street Electrical Parade

There's actual video of the Main Street Electrical Parade (as well as SpectroMagic) in the video section. These pics were just some incidental camcorder pics I took.

The Main Street Electrical Parade, June 2000
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The Main Street Electrical Parade (2010)

The need for construction staging at California Adventure (for the recently opened Cars Land, not to mention a new night show, World of Color), took the DCA Electrical Parade Unit out of DCA and put into Magic Kingdom.

It was part of the Summer Nightastic promotion. At the promotion's end, Disney announced the parade was going to stay indefinitely. Good move!

The new Electrical Parade unit has LED's as it's light source. They're all white LED's, it's the cap that gives it color. There are six different colors, each color has a light and dark variety, plus white, for 13 colors.

The lights are grouped in sets of seven, and each set of seven alternate with another set. So if an LED fails, an entire group of seven lights will go out, but since it's every other light, it's less noticeable.

Interestingly, the tech they use for the color caps fade in sunlight, so all the floats are kept indoors or under roof panels during the day.

There's a lot more information on the parade units from the D23's 2011 Magic and Merriment event I attended.

The first time I saw the Parade after it returned to Magic Kingdom was in December 2010. Let me say it was cold. (censored) cold. Tink was jumping all around, not because she was Tink, but because she was trying to get warm. Not a good night to have a skimpy costume...

PiC shot this parade, while I videotaped it.

The Main Street Electrical Parade, Dec 2010
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The Main Street Electrical Parade (2011)

The weather for the second time I saw the new parade, was perfect. High-80's, intense sun during the day, but a pleasant night.

I shot this parade. Hand held. I love my G12...

The Main Street Electrical Parade, May 2011
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The finale of Wishes during the Christmas Season


Wishes Nighttime Spectacular is available in the video section, including its Halloween and Christmas variations. It's a show that rivals Illuminations in every way, but shares none of the elements between the shows. This is Disney Imagineering at its best...

My camcorder allows me to capture up to 3-6MP images while taping. These are those captures.

Wishes and various captures during taping
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These were taken from the Tomorrowland Terrace. The counter service was actually open (until just before Wishes), so we munched on chicken fingers waiting for the show... The camera is on a tripod.

Wishes Nighttime Spectacular, Oct 2007
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The hub during Wishes
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End Magic Kingdom - Part 8.

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  • 04/17/2010 - Entire page re-imaged, rewritten
  • 06/02/2012 - Complete replacement
  • 12/31/2012 - Update to v3.1
  • 09/01/2014 - Update to v3.2