Earlier this week, we discussed the rumor that Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort might be swapping nighttime parades in the near future, with Paint the Night heading to Walt Disney World and the Main Street Electrical Parade going to Disneyland, potentially before being retired forever.

Interestingly, just a few days after we initially explored what a switcheroo like this would mean for both resorts, Disney has confirmed that at least part of this rumor was true. However, it looks like part of it was also very false...and it probably isn't the part you expected...

1. The Main Street Electrical Parade is going on the road for its farewell tour this fall

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After bouncing back and forth between the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland several times over the past four decades, this over forty year old parade will be making one last pilgrimage to Disneyland this fall before being retired forever on an unspecified date. Guests who want to see this parade one last time at Walt Disney World, will have to move fast as Disney has confirmed that the Main Street Electrical Parade will end its run at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom permanently in just a few weeks on October 9, after which it will be packed up and shipped to Disneyland for a late fall re-debut. 

And while you might think that the relocation of this parade means that Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom will be getting something in return…you’d actually be mistaken. 

2. Paint the Night is staying at Disneyland for the foreseeable future 

Though Paint the Night has been confirmed to be ceasing regular performances at Disneyland on September 9 (exactly a month before the Main Street Electrical Parade packs it in for good at the Magic Kingdom), Disney has confirmed that after a short refurbishment, Paint the Night will be resuming its path down Main Street USA at Disneyland once again beginning this holiday season, which is of course contrary to the original rumor that Paint the Night would be heading to Walt Disney World later this year. 

While there haven't been any firm dates confirmed yet for when Paint the Night will start back up again at the park, it looks like these two parades will be alternating for a bit at Disneyland later this year and possibly into 2017, depending on how long the Main Street Electrical Parade sticks around for its swan song at Disneyland. And while this is great news for guests visiting Disneyland this fall, this development unfortunately leaves the Magic Kingdom in a very precarious position…



The parade was always a highlight for us. It is so different than anything we can see elsewhere. Fingers are crossed that they replace it with another parade before we go back in 2018.

What a terrible idea...the Electric Light Parade is my family's favorite part of Disney. Seeing it confirms that we're really at Disney. I certainly hope they plan on replacing it with something at least as good !

they should do what is required to bring back spectromagic, best parade by a mile, never been the same since

Spectromagic is dead. it was supposed to return after a year long run of the Main Street Electrical Parade. Unfortunately though they didn't have the foresight to take care of the already worn out floats and left them in the Florida sun to bake for that year. When they realized their mistake it was too late and most of the floats were damaged beyond repair. Instead of fixing or recreating the floats, they decided to spend the money on an all new parade. Hence why we have the Festival of Fantasy parade.

The reason is obvious if you've been to MK in the evenings over the last few years. MK is inundated with evening crowds looking for night time entertainment. Until recently your only choice at night was fantasmic at HS and illuminations at Epcot. Both of which are very tired, old shows. While electrical parade isn't much better, at least with Wishes it's sort of a package deal and you get a 2 for 1. WDW has been working diligently at adding new nighttime entertainment at HS with its Star Wars fireworks and AK by keeping the park open later and with its new shows. If the goal is to spread the crowds among the new offerings to relieve the congestion at MK, the next step is to get rid of its evening entertainment in hopes the crowds go to the other parks.

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