It’s been years since Disneyland has had a nighttime parade, so when it was announced they’d be getting their own version of the Hong Kong Disneyland PAINT THE NIGHT parade for the upcoming 60th anniversary, excitement quickly grew to a fever pitch. If you’ve ever seen the Main Street Electrical Parade and/or SpectroMagic, Disneyland Paint the Night feels like both of these have come together to create one SPECTACULAR parade! It hits the mark on all points, even down to the very catchy song (I already want the soundtrack!).
Adventures by Daddy contributor, Sarah Woloski shares a few fun fact for Disneyland Paint The Night:
- It’s the first-ever parade lit almost entirely by LED lights.
- Only 2 places can you find incandescent lights: the tip of Tinker Bell’s wand and in Rapunzel’s flickering lanterns
- Some lights are sewn into the costume fabric and some are sculpted pieces worn by the performers.
- Including the video screens, the parade contains more than 1.5 million sources of light.
When choosing the eight characters and/or stories represented in each of the Parade Floats, Sayre Wiseman, (Executive, Parades & Spectaculars, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment) assured us that they chose them based on the emotions represented and what makes a good story.
Of the three new shows introduced for Disneyland’s 60th anniversary, World of Color: Celebrate!, Paint The Night Parade, and Disneyland Forever, the Paint The Night parade is definitely my favorite. It has a wonderful energy, blending classic Disney storytelling with an impressive, modern twist, and is sure to be a hit for years to come.
Sarah’s thoughts on the parade:
The Walt Disney Company has always been good at taking something nostalgic and bringing it to life in the present. This is exactly what PAINT THE NIGHT does. Even the parade song is an updated version of the very familiar Main Street Electrical Parade song. According to Scott Trowbridge, Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, bringing nostalgia to the present is why they chose the much-beloved Main Street Electrical Parade as a jumping-off point for PAINT THE NIGHT.
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