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The Magic Kingdom may have gotten a new addition earlier this year in the form of the Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire castle show, but aside from this minor addition, this park hasn't really added much in the way of major attractions in the past few years. However, a new rumor popped up earlier this year about a potential new addition that could be coming to this park in the very near future.

And while we have mentioned this particular rumor a few times before, rumors have intensified over the past few days regarding the future of the Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom, and we figured we'd take a moment to separate fact from fiction and take a look at what we know (and perhaps more importantly, what we don't know) about the rumored move of Disneyland's Paint the Night parade to the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World.

1. Paint the Night is confirmed to be leaving Disneyland next month... at least for now

Just a week ago Disney shocked fans by confirming that the Paint the Night parade, which debuted at the park just last year to rave reviews, would cease performances at Disneyland after September 5th. Now, while this change could be related to the budget cuts that are rumored to be hitting all US-based Disney parks this fall in response to the less-than-stellar summer attendance numbers at Walt Disney World, fans have been quick to assume that this closure means that Disney is planning to move this parade elsewhere. Of course, the Magic Kingdom park seems like the natural choice for such a relocation, and something that happened earlier this week seems to bolster this theory... 

2. The Main Street Electrical Parade is going to close soon…according to unconfirmed Cast Member reports 

Earlier this week, a number of unconfirmed social media reports surfaced that suggested that Cast Members who regularly work the Main Street Electrical Parade have been notified that the Main Street Electrical Parade would close sometime next month. Now while this closure could simply be temporary downtime related to the upcoming Boo to You Parade that will be retuning to the park in early October as part of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, it is also possible that this parade is indeed going away to make way for Paint the Night. However, we're not entirely convinced that this is happening, for a number of reasons... 



i'm a fan of MSEP. please keep it running. the electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds is just amazing!

Disneyland's Paint the Night is not going to WDW. The only way that MK will get Paint the Night is if their own resort pays the bill for it, but I doubt it considering the amount of lay offs and budget cuts the company is making to accommodate Shanghai (still) and the Star Wars Land expansions for both resorts.

As someone who is very close with Paint the Night, it is coming back as a seasonal offer for Christmas time, Summer time, and any busy time in between. And it will do weekend showings once it gets the refurb and care it desperately needs right now.

One word. SPECTROMAGIC. Bring it back.

I can see the repeat value in almost all things at WDW but even I would like to see the MSEP retired. Would very much love to see "Paint the Night" as something new and fresh is exciting.

Selfishly I would love to see Paint the Night stay in Disneyland since it's the closer park and I love this parade. My partner however, would like to see it move to Orlando so it's closer to his area.

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