RUMOR: Paint the Night Electrical Parade May Return to Disneyland Resort in 2023

Katie Francis

RUMOR: Paint the Night Electrical Parade May Return to Disneyland Resort in 2023

Reports indicate that the Paint the Night Electrical Parade will return to Disneyland Resort next year.

Paint the Night

The parade debuted in 2015 for the 60th anniversary of Disneyland. It has a rather spotty performance history, ending its initial run in September 2016 only to return for the holiday season. It was replaced by the original Main Street Electrical Parade’s return (one of many) in January 2017.

Paint the Night Incredibles float

In 2018, Paint the Night returned — but this time, it performed at Disney California Adventure, where a new “The Incredibles” float replaced “Frozen” as part of the celebration surrounding the opening of Pixar Pier. It ran until mid-November of the same year and has not been performed since.

Reports indicated that factors including battery issues and Cast Members sustaining injuries from the costumes contributed to the decision to keep the parade “retired.” Further rumors say that a return announcement was intended for D23 Expo, but at that time, the costumes weren’t in working order.

Now, work is underway to bring the costumes and floats up to par for performances in the coming year.

The original Paint the Night first debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland in 2014. Performances there have been suspended since 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you haven’t seen Paint the Night or can’t wait for it to return, check out our video of the first Disneyland Park version of the parade below.

You can also see the Incredibles float that was added for the parade at Disney California Adventure below.

It’s unknown which park the parade would return to. The Magic Happens parade is currently set to return to Disneyland park in February 2023, which has had both daytime and nighttime performances in the past.

Would you like to see Paint the Night return to Disneyland Resort? Let us know in the comments.

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5 thoughts on “RUMOR: Paint the Night Electrical Parade May Return to Disneyland Resort in 2023”

  1. Paint the Night Parade is my favorite parade!! I would love to see it again! The music makes you move and makes you sing and dance! My son is a special needs adult and very shy and quiet, he doesn’t talk much or dance at all but during this particular parade my son was singing and dancing!! The joy it brought me is priceless! Thank you Disney for this spectacular parade! We haven’t been to Disneyland since pandemic but I’m praying to take my son June 2023!

  2. I love love love that parade. I’ve seen a lot 9f them and the Paint the Night had the crowd dancing and clapping and having a great time EVERY time. I will be there the first week of March and I’m hoping it will be there. Such great memories.

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