Disneyland announced on Tuesday the return dates for several nighttime entertainment offerings, including the return of the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade with a new float featuring characters from several films including “Encanto” and “Coco.”
The Main Street Electrical Parade, World of Color, and the Disneyland Forever fireworks show will be back on April 22. Another popular offering, Fantasmic!, is set to return on May 28.
Disneyland also revealed a new grand finale float as part of the the Main Street Electrical Parade’s 50th anniversary.
“In honor of this milestone, the Disney Live Entertainment team will introduce exciting new elements to the ‘Main Street Electrical Parade’ that will continue to evolve this beloved spectacular,” Disneyland said in a press release on Tuesday.
The parade, with its lit-up floats and catchy “electro-syntho-magenitc” sound, debuted in 1972 but went dark in 1996. After, it was featured for nearly a decade at Disney California Adventure Park and also popped up at Walt Disney World in Florida.
However, the nighttime spectacular has been brought back for limited-time engagements, more recently in 2019. It has also undergone some changes over the years.
The new finale float will feature characters from newer films including “Encanto,” “The Jungle Book,” “Raya and the Last Dragon,” “Aladdin,” “Coco,” “Mulan,” “Brave,” “The Princess and the Frog” and more.
According to Disneyland Resort, the Main Street Electrical Parade will run twice nightly on most nights and will be performed “for a limited time.”
World of Color — a dazzling display of laser color and water at California Adventure — is also returning April 22, and will be performed nightly. The Disneyland Forever fireworks returns Friday-Sunday, starting April 22.
Other changes will also soon be in store for the theme park.
Last week, Disneyland announced Mickey’s Toontown will close on March 9 so work can start on a previously announced redesign.
Once the transformation is complete, visitors can look forward to the return of popular attractions like Roger Rabbit’s Cartoon Spin, and Mickey’s and Minnie’s houses — and perhaps find some more favorites among new offerings. The new space is expected to open in 2023.
Other attractions in Toontown such as Gadget’s Go Coaster, Goofy’s House and Donald’s Boat “will be reimagined in new and exciting ways,” Disney said. A new ride called Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway — billed as Disneyland’s “first major Mickey-themed ride-through attraction” — will make its debut.
Guests will also be introduced to CenTOONial Park, a family-friendly natural space near the land’s entrance. It’s going to feature a couple of interactive play experiences, anchored by a fountain that includes a unique nighttime spectacle, according to the post.
“The newly reimagined Mickey’s Toontown will be a welcoming place where families and younger guests can connect and play together in fun new ways,” Josh D’Amaro, the chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said when the closure was first announced.
Guests have until March 8 to experience Toontown in its current form.