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The Electrifying Fun Facts Behind Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade

If you ever visited Disneyland park between the 1970s and 1990s, you’d probably recall one of Disneyland’s most beloved parades.

You didn’t need to see any of it in order for you recognize it. Its signature synthesized “Baroque Hoedown” musical themes announced that it was coming your way. Once it did, you were treated to a visual spectacle of “thousands of sparkling lights” to compliment the equally “electric” music.

The parade ultimately was a hit and sparked a worldwide journey that has taken it to Walt Disney World in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.

Pete’s Dragon dazzles in the night during the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland Park. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland)

Now, the world-famous Main Street Electrical Parade has returned to the place where it originally debuted for a limited-time run down Main Street U.S.A. in Southern California.

Here are a few fun facts that you might have not known about before, courtesy of Disneyland!

  • There are 600,000 lights total across 22 floats currently being used nightly.
  • Six different colors of light bulbs are incorporated into the floats.
  • Seven classic Disney films are represented in the parade, including Cinderella and Dumbo.
  • 27 Disney characters perform on and alongside the floats, accompanied by 80 live performers. 
  • The tallest float is the Clock Tower in the Cinderella sequence at 18 ½ feet high.
  • 500 miles of wiring were used to light all the floats during the early years of the parade.
  • Approximately 75 million guests have viewed the parade since its original run at Disneyland park in 1972.

The Main Street Electrical Parade will play at Disneyland until September 30.