Disney World pulling plug on famed Electrical Parade

Author: Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – Disney Parks says the famed Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom park Oct. 9.

The parade has dazzled visitors with floats covered in colorful lights featuring Disney characters since it first debuted at the Florida resort in 1977. The Orlando Sentinel reports the parade went on an eight-year hiatus at Disney World beginning in 1991. It ran again from 1999 to 2001 before the current version began rolling down Main Street nightly in 2010.

Disney didn’t say in a Wednesday announcement what would replace the parade.

Disney says the parade will be shipped west for a limited run at Disneyland in California, where it ran from 1972 to 1996.

The parade is filled with glowing, spinning floats that honor Disney characters and animated films including “Alice In Wonderland” and “Cinderella,” according to the company. The procession features Tinker Bell lighting the way with a wave of her wand and orchestrating half a million lights that are synchronized to music.

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