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‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ returns to Disneyland for 50th anniversary

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Marking another milestone in its phased reopening, Disneyland Resort welcomed the return of three fan-favorite nighttime spectaculars last week: “Main Street Electrical Parade” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular came home to Disneyland Park for a limited time, and “World of Color” resumed performances at Disney California Adventure Park.

During the special presentation, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” debuted an all-new grand finale for its 50th anniversary, celebrating the theme of togetherness. Also, the popular nighttime show “Fantasmic!” will soon return to Disneyland Park on May 28.

“As we approach the one-year anniversary of the Disneyland Resort reopening April 30, we are thrilled to welcome back our beloved nighttime spectaculars and introduce all-new offerings that underscore our incredible momentum and set the stage for much more to come in the future,” said Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock.

Over the past five decades, the “Main Street Electrical Parade” has brought generations of family and friends from around the world together to delight in its nighttime magic and imagination. Encapsulating that enduring appeal, Disney Live Entertainment is introducing an all-new, grand finale that celebrates 50 years of togetherness and continues the enchantment for a whole new generation of dreamers.

Drawing inspiration from Disney Legend Mary Blair’s iconic art style on “it’s a small world” and the design of classic “Main Street Electrical Parade” floats, these stories are interpreted in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound, with unique representations of beloved characters as animated dolls.

As it passes by, guests along the parade route see a different set of stories depicted on each side of the float, presenting stylized scenes from more than a dozen Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films such as “Encanto,” “Frozen,” “The Jungle Book,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Aladdin,” “Coco,” “Mulan,” “Brave,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more.

“World of Color” at Disney California Adventure brings animation to life with powerful fountains that create an immense screen of water. Combining music, fire, fog and laser effects with memorable animated sequences, “World of Color” floods the senses and immerses audiences in some favorite Disney and Pixar stories.

Guests will be able to access viewing areas for “World of Color” through a virtual queue system available only via the Disneyland mobile app.* Distribution for the complimentary virtual queue will begin at noon, daily.** Guests with a virtual queue selection should enter the designated viewing area via one of the two marked entrance points (Blue or Yellow), approximately 30-45 minutes before the show begins. How-to details on the virtual queue system are available at Disneyland.com. If the virtual queue reaches capacity, guests can check in with a cast member at the Paradise Bay viewing area shortly before “World of Color” begins for walk-up viewing options. Joining the virtual queue is not required to view “World of Color,” but it is highly recommended. Additional viewing for each performance is located around Paradise Bay on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular is filled with sparkling pyrotechnics and immersive projections that envelop guests in a breathtaking journey with surprising special effects. Audiences gathered on Main Street, U.S.A., in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, near “it’s a small world,” around the Rivers of America and within sight of the Matterhorn will each have a different, exciting and immersive perspective of the show.

From April 22 to late spring, “Disneyland Forever” will perform Fridays through Sundays, and the “Mickey’s Mix Magic” projections-only show is scheduled Mondays through Thursdays. “Disneyland Forever” fireworks will then run nightly in the summer.

And celebrating its 30th anniversary, “Fantasmic!” – Disney’s longest-running nighttime spectacular – will once again illuminate the Rivers of America at Disneyland Park beginning May 28.

For all of the nighttime spectaculars, guests can check the latest schedules and showtimes at Disneyland.com and the Disneyland app.

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