The lights are going out for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World.
Disney announced that the nighttime festivity, which has been a mainstay at the Orlando theme park, will draw to a close on October 9, wrapping up a six-year run. After shuttering at the Magic Kingdom, it will head cross country, to Disneyland for what the company is calling a “limited-time encore engagement.”
This actually marks the third time the theme park has ended the parade. It first ran from 1977 to 1991. After a nearly eight-year break, it resumed from 1999 to 2001. Its most recent run began in June 2010 (which, at the time, it called a “limited engagement”).
The parade itself is a lightbulb filled extravaganza with floats from Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and other Disney properties, incorporating a half million lights.
The Main Street Electrical Parade ran at Disneyland for 24 years, from 1972 to 1996.