Paint the Night Electrical Parade Return Set For “Summer 2018”, PIXAR Fest

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At the D23 Expo 2017, Disney announced that Paint the Night would return in 2018 at the Disneyland Resort. As of today, the parade is not slated to debut at California Adventure until Summer 2018.

Next Summer, Disneyland Resort will celebrate PIXAR Fest with the new PIXAR Pier area at California Adventure, the move of the PIXAR Play Parade to Disneyland Park, and a PIXAR fireworks spectacular over Sleeping Beauty Castle. Paint the Night will add a PIXAR-themed float (rumored to be Inside Out) when it returns, now performing during the evenings at Disney California Adventure.

Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek announced a return for Paint the Night at the D23 Expo in July. The parade has not performed since January 2017.

The long period of darkness for the parade is by design, being used to build up excitement for the 2018 Summer season, a last push to bring in visitors that might have held out on a trip before Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019. Rumors also persist that World of Color will go dark next Summer for a massive refurbishment and overhaul while Paint the Night fills-in at DCA.

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This is such great news!! I can’t wait!!


Can WDW at least get conquer the night time parade of killer robots? It will be all the robots James Cameron created from the T2, Alvin from Titanic, to the Avatar Mechs with all the ripped out animatronics. The fans/Bob demand it