RUMOR: Paint the Night Electrical Parade Packed Up to Leave Disneyland, Where is it Going?

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According to sources at the Disneyland Resort, the Paint the Night Electrical Parade is all packed up to be shipped off, but where is it going?

Paint the Night debuted at the Disneyland Resort in May 2015 as part of the Diamond Celebration and ran through the end of the event in September 2016, only briefly for the holiday season in 2016 before vanishing again. The Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland Park in January 2017 and will be running through August 2017 (at least), meanwhile, Fantasmic is slated to return to Disneyland this summer and a brand new Disneyland fireworks show is reportedly coming in early 2018. With all of this nighttime entertainment, apparently it has been decided that they can afford to let Paint the Night go somewhere else.

Where will the parade go? Many expect that it is going to the Magic Kingdom since the Main Street Electrical Parade was taken away from Walt Disney World’s flagship park in the Fall of 2016. However, it is hard to image that it can successfully run a new parade in addition to a brand new (and very popular) fireworks show in Happily Ever After. Other parks at Walt Disney World seem an unlikely home for the parade, and Hollywood Studios can’t currently handle such an offering in its current state.

Simply because I have zero confirmation of where the parade is going, it may be worth mentioning that Disneyland Paris and Shanghai Disney are both without a nighttime parade as well. Regardless, the smart money would still be on The Magic Kingdom.

We’ll wait and see what happens, but regardless, the Paint the Night parade is packed up and ready to go, we just need to fill out the recipient’s address…

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.

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  • That’s sad. Paint the Night is way better than the MSEP! I was anxiously awaiting its return!

  • I work the parade it’s not leaving California it’s moving to Dca sometime next summer they have been testing the floats on Dca for sometime now they are going to move the floats over to Dca since that’s where MSEP were stored last it was at DCa In the early 2000s. Florida execs didn’t like that paint was so big and technical for theirs resort.

  • They better get a nighttime parade for WDW pretty soon because walking around there at night with nothing to see but closed food kiosks is getting old.

  • This is a spectacular parade that I had the pleasure of seeing during the opening month at DL since we were there for my son’s high school graduation trip. That being said it was too large of a parade for Dl as a couple of the floats had problems navigating the streets. Specifically the Rust•Eze semi truck from Cars comes to mind. It actually got stuck trying to make a turn into the hub coming from Fantasyland & they had to stop the parade long enough to move guests back to make the turn. The Magic Kingdom at WDW on the other hand provides more room and would be a fantastic place for this parade. Here’s hoping they send it to Florida as I would love to get to see it again but this time at the Magic Kingdom.

    • PTN was designed with DLR and HKDL’s parade route in mind. (Mind you, large floats have trouble making turns on occasion in every park, including MK).

  • Lol It’s not going anywhere. DL isn’t going to give up a parade so soon after what they paid for it. DL only sends their floats off to WDW after they’ve outlived their usage. Additionally, the weather would be horrible for PTN, they wouldn’t put a brand new parade throught that. If WDW wanted PTN, they would have to pay for their own or wait until DL’s done with it.

  • It’s not like Disney doesn’t have the money to actually have Steven and his team at WDI-CE design and build a unique ‘Paint The Night’ style parade for MK exclusively.

  • WDW can have the Electrical Parade back! I didn’t like it as a kid and it hasn’t gotten any better with age. The music is annoying. Paint the Night has a thousand times better music, lighting and themes. So I say we keep it at Disneyland. 😃👍