With its thousands of colorful lights and catchy electronic soundtrack, “The Main Street Electrical Parade,” is perhaps the most iconic parade in Walt Disney World history. Since making its Florida debut in 1977, this Disney classic has been seen my millions of Magic Kingdom guests over 22 of the last 39 years, alternating with the now-defunct “SpectroMagic” parade. However, the popular nighttime offering is scheduled to be “glowing away” once again this month in order to travel across county for a special engagement at Disneyland in 2017.
The history of the parade is a bit of a complicated one, with multiple versions of it created over the years for the various Disney theme parks around the world. The one that has been appearing at Magic Kingdom since 2010 is actually the version created for Disneyland in the 1970s, but the lead float featuring Tinker Bell is a much more recent addition. In fact, it was first introduced in 2009 during the parade’s run at Disney California Adventure and saw Tink replace another fairy, The Blue Fairy from “Pinocchio,” at the front of the parade.
The design of the float itself is based on the balloon built by the popular pixie in her direct-to-video feature “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure,” which not-so-coincidentally also premiered in 2009. In this DisneyToon Studios production, Tink sets out on a quest to find wish-granted magic mirror in order to fix an important scepter she accidentally destroyed. As Tinker Bell’s balloon now sets off on another journey, this time returning to California with the rest of “The Main Street Electrical Parade,” those who got to see it during its run at Walt Disney World will be left with only their memories as well as the parade’s theme song, “Baroque Hoedown,” no doubt stuck it their heads for a long time to come.