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Disneyland’s Best Nighttime Spectaculars


Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park will be lighting up the night this summer with the return of four family favorites. Beginning on April 22, 2022, the Main Street Electrical Parade will stroll down Main Street U.S.A. with an amazing new finale. Also the Disneyland Forever fireworks show will light up the castle with graphics and special effects. Then on May 28, 2022 two more shows will be in the works of in California Adventure – World of Color and Fantasmsic!

(Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

Main Street Electrical Parade

A guest favorite since its debut in 1972, the Main Street Electrical Parade features cherished floats such as the classic train and drum unit and Elliot the Dragon. With an electronic musical score based on “Baroque Hoedown” by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, this parade was the first to play unique musical arrangements synchronized to each float unit. The lineup of floats has changed over the years, and Disney parks around the world have presented evolving versions of this iconic parade.

(Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

To honor the milestone 50th anniversary of Main Street Electrical Parade, Disney Live Entertainment will introduce a magnificent grand finale that celebrates the theme of togetherness in an all-new float. This universal theme is reflected in the creative concept of the grand finale sequence, drawing inspiration from the original design of classic Main Street Electrical Parade floats and Mary Blair’s iconic art style on “it’s a small world.” The seven-segment float stretches 118 feet in length and brings to life more than a dozen Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films, making it one of the longest and grandest sequences in the parade’s history. These stories will be interpreted in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sound, with unique representations of beloved characters as animated dolls.

Guests along each side of the parade route will see different stylized scenes from classic and contemporary favorite stories such as Encanto, The Jungle Book, Raya and the Last Dragon, Aladdin, Coco, Mulan, Brave, The Princess and the Frog and more. The finale also pays tribute to the parade’s heritage with the return of the Blue Fairy character from Pinocchio and a unique, 19-foot-tall representation of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

(Disney California Adventure Park)

World of Color

World of Color at Disney California Adventure brings animation to life with powerful fountains that create an immense screen of water. Combining music, fire, fog and laser effects with memorable animated sequences, World of Color floods the senses and immerses audiences in some favorite Disney and Pixar stories, including scenes like WALL-E and Eve zipping through the cosmos, Pocahontas exploring just around the riverbend and Jack Sparrow battling on the sea. The mega-scale spectacular is presented on a massive “stage” of water, color and light that is bigger than a football field and encompasses all of Paradise Bay. Plus, the powerful fountains can send water to heights ranging from 30 feet to 200 feet – higher than the top of Pixar Pal-A-Round!

The inspiration for the show came from Walt Disney himself, and World of Color is tied together by a soaring musical score that includes familiar Disney melodies and a contemporary version of the 1960s television theme for Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, originally composed by Richard B. and Robert M. Sherman, the Oscar®-winning composers of “it’s a small world,” “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” and many other iconic songs for Disney.

(Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Disneyland Forever Fireworks

Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular is a street-to-sky celebration filled with sparkling pyrotechnics and immersive projections that envelop guests in a breathtaking journey with surprising special effects. Main Street, U.S.A., and a few other spots in Disneyland become a magical canvas, transporting guests from an Anaheim orange grove into the worlds of timeless Disney and Pixar stories. Disneyland Forever also features two original songs: the theme “Live the Magic” and the inspiring closing song “Kiss Goodnight,” written by Disney Legend Richard B. Sherman.

(Disney California Adventure Park)

Fantasmic!

Celebrating its 30th anniversary at Disneyland in 2022, Fantasmic! is Disney’s longest-running nighttime show. Fantasmic! is an emotional extravaganza of colorful Disney-animated film images, choreographed to an exciting musical score and highlighted by the 45-foot-tall, fire-breathing Maleficent dragon. The waters of the Rivers of America come alive as Mickey Mouse dreams he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and faces some of Disney’s most dastardly villains, using the power of his imagination to save the day. Along the way, fantastic events and images as seen in Disney films like Fantasia, The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean and more come to life with live performers, character appearances, enhanced special effects and pyrotechnics.

Details Details

The Main Street Electrical Parade and Disneyland Forever will be available for a limited time at Disneyland. From April 22 to late spring, Disneyland Forever will perform Fridays through Sundays, and the Mickey’s Mix Magic projections-only show is scheduled Mondays through Thursdays. Disneyland Forever fireworks will then run nightly in the summer. World of Color will return to its regular schedule upon reopening. Fantasmic! will return to its regular schedule beginning May 28.

(Main Image: Artist Concept/Disneyland Resort)

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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