Glowing Back In June

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According to the OC Register’s Around Disney blog:

The classic Electrical Parade at Disneyland is on its way back, this time to Disney’s California Adventure.

Disney spokesman John McClintock said the seasonal night parade — marked by float’s and characters decked in thousands of lights — will start again in June.

There will also be a number of other new after-dark shows and attractions — possible a new fireworks show.

McClintock said all of the details of these new shows and features will be announced April 24 — a press event that we at Around Disney will, of course, be folllowing.

The parade started in Disneyland, but was retired in 1996. A popular show, McClintock said Disney resurrected the parade in 2001 during the summer after California Adventure opened as a way to draw people to that park.

The show was originally conceived and performed in 1972. It has been performed about 3,600 times.

The parade uses 500,000 lightbulbs now, powered by 500 batteries.

More than 50 six-volt batteries power the same number of costumes worn by performers — lighting up 11, 000 bulbs.

Since July, 2001, the parade has been performed about 620 times in California Adventure.

Disney themselves have announced that a Tinker Bell float will be added to the parade, and it has been rumored that the old Snow White Dwarf Mine and Pinocchio floats will make their way back into the parade, as well as the possibility of a new soundtrack inspired by Tokyo Disneyland’s Electrical Parade: Dreamlights.

Being released on April 26th, two days after the press event, is an open edition pin featuring the new Tinker Bell float coming to Disney’s Electrical Parade:

Disney’s Electrical Parade is one of my personal favorite things at the Resort, so definitely tuned to Disneyland News Today for all the Electrical Parade coverage you could need.