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New Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Finale Float with ‘Encanto,’ ‘Coco,’ ‘Moana’, ‘Frozen’ and More Inclusive Characters Replaces Classic ‘To Honor America’ Finale

The “Main Street Electrical Parade” is returning to Disneyland Park on April 22, 2022, for its 50th anniversary. Disney Live Entertainment has heavily modified the “To Honor America” finale to instead feature mostly new (and some classic) Disney stories. The character selection seems to reflect the “inclusivity” movement currently underway at Disney Parks around the world.

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Concept art shows how the float has been updated. The sequence is inspired by both the original design of “Main Street Electrical Parade” floats and Mary Blair’s iconic art style. It features more than a dozen Disney Animation and Pixar stories, including “Encanto,” “Frozen,” “Pocahontas,” “The Jungle Book,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Aladdin,” “Coco,” “Mulan,” “Brave,” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Upon closer inspection, elements of the classic “To Honor America” segment are visible, such as the flag that was draped across multiple units, the fireworks above, and the tall eagle float at the very end still towering over the rest, now as an amalgamated castle.

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Disney also shared concept art of the “Encanto” section of the float featuring Mirabel and Antonio.

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The “To Honor America” finale dates back to the 1970s at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort, and has remained in the parade for many decades. There have been other finales for Electrical Parade over the years, but the patriotic cavalcade to close things out was probably the most-seen and well-known.

This new ending will not be the first to feature the art style of Mary Blair and homages to “it’s a small world” either, with Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights still featuring a larger, more robust, yet stylistically similar finale nightly.

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  1. It looks like a pretty interesting finale to show how the times have changed, also it is possible that the float might have have gotten old and damaged, so they have to change it. Heck maybe they uaed the same mold for and they both will be there. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

  2. It’s also a juice tribute to Mary Blair. In fact Enchanted had a segment with her art style as a tribute to her.

  3. This parade is ancient. They should have just spent the money bringing Paint the Night back.

    Also, is Magic Happens officially gone for good?

    1. You do know this is also one of the most popular parades and has been brought back many times.

  4. From what I’ve heard, this change is part of Disney’s inclusivity efforts where the American flag can be offensive and a symbol of oppressiveness… so they are doing this to cater the 1%

    1. agreed. I didn’t know a tribute to America wasn’t “inclusive”. Why couldn’t they just do both?

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