Photos and Video: Main Street Electrical Parade Is Back at Disneyland!

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Main Street Electrical Parade Is Back at Disneyland for the parade’s 50th anniversary. The parade officially premieres at Disneyland on April 22, 2022, but we caught a special preview performance on Wednesday night, and we’re here to share our pictures and video.

Here’s video of the full performance of Main Street Electrical Parade from our YouTube channel.

We’ll jump directly to what’s new in the parade. A gigantic parade float inspired by Disneyland’s “it’s a small world” has replaced the To Honor America float. The new float features stylized Disney characters, similar to those found on the “it’s a small world” ride. The new float is lead by the Blue Fairy.

Merida from Brave. On the other side you can see Miguel from Coco.

Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.

Mulan in the foreground and Pocahontas in the background.

The Frozen sisters, Anna and Elsa.

Here’s Mowgli. You can kind of make out Raya (she was facing the other side of the parade route).

Mirabel from Encanto.

The final float in the parade is this beautiful “it’s a small world” float.

Here’s the back.

During the Main Street Electrical Parade these beautiful projections are shown on Sleeping Beauty Castle, the Matterhorn, Main Street, U.S.A. and “it’s a small world.”

Okay, now we’ll jump back to the beginning of the parade.

The classic train float with Minnie, Mickey, and Goofy lead off the parade.

Several favorites return, including the turtle with glasses.

Alice and Cheshire Cat.

Who doesn’t love this bug?

The fan favorite turtle with hat is back as well.

Cinderella and Fairy Godmother greet viewers from their coach.

Plenty of ballroom dancers.

Tinker Bell and her fairy friends don’t lead the parade anymore, but they’re still there.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are still a large part of Main Street Electrical Parade.

It wouldn’t be MSEP without this creepy dude.

Pete and Elliot make their return to Disneyland.

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What are your thoughts on the new parade floats in Main Street Electrical Parade? Are you glad to see this classic back in action? Let us know in the comments. 

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Guy Selga Jr.

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6 thoughts on “Photos and Video: Main Street Electrical Parade Is Back at Disneyland!

  • April 21, 2022 at 12:12 pm
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    Thanks for this post. I am confident I will be attending retirements and reopenings of the MSEP for the rest of my life.

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    • April 21, 2022 at 7:56 pm
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      Three things in live are certain; death, taxes, and Main Street Electrical Parade ending and returning.

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  • April 21, 2022 at 6:01 pm
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    I’m glad it’s back. A nighttime parade is always charming. It does seem like Disney pulls this one out when they are having a bad news/financial cycle. But maybe that’s just my perception.

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    • April 22, 2022 at 10:13 am
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      Oh my goodness @Tiffany, this is so true! It’s their PR “ace in the hole”

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  • April 22, 2022 at 12:37 pm
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    New Parade: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart

    Someone on Rat Chat is saying that in 2023, Festival of Fantasy will be replaced with a new parade called A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart (title still being worked on). Here are some of the details:

    It’s a day parade for Magic Kingdom to replace Festival of Fantasy, set to open less than a year from now for 2023. The working title is A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart. The theme is the Dreaming Your Heart in Disney stories, and the float dreams on, set to be a veritable circus of animation and entertainment, with the advertisement calling upon bungee acrobats, wheel of death, jumping stilt, spreader bar acrobats, flag artists, puppeteers and stilt walkers. Float and unit rundown is;

    Rumours suggest the parade will only feature around 110 dancers (around 20-40 fewer than current parades in high season), since the balance will be shifted more towards character performers for the new parade.

    Characters in the new parade will include Fantasia 2000, Mickey and Friends, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio, Winnie the Pooh, Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Encanto, Coco, Raya and the Last Dragon, Turning Red, Frozen, Rapunzel, Belle, Aurora, Cinderella and Snow White.

    1. Dreams of Fantasy (Mickey and friend and Fantasia 2000)

    2. Dreams of Laughter & Fun (Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio)

    3. Dreams of Friendship (Winnie the Pooh and Toy Story)

    4. Dreams of Another World (The Little Mermaid and Peter Pan)

    5. Dreams of Imagination (Encanto and Coco)

    6. Dreams of New World (Raya and the Last Dragon and Turning Red)

    7. Dreams of Wonder (Frozen)

    8. Dreams of Romance (Disney Princesse)

    They also stated some other things about the parks: “Burbank peeps want WDWR to announce A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart at D23Expo this September be open anytime soon. They’ll also announce at D23Expo that TRON Lightcycle/Run is coming to Magic Kingdom and built north of tomorrowland, but that’s no big secret. We are already prepping to move out of our big Entertainment building and the rehearsal halls north of Tomorrowland so it can be torn down for the ride!!”

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  • April 22, 2022 at 9:20 pm
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    I know I’m a sucker but MSEP was my favorite thing as a kid and it still takes me right back. And as the proud owner of an overpriced lightbulb from the original parade, I’m all in for another 50 years.

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