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Nighttime Parade in the Magic Kingdom


by sandra


“We’re going to Walt Disney World in May 2018. Any idea if there will be an evening parade by then?”


The Wholw Main Street Electrical Parade in one shot

The Main Street Electrical Parade in one shot – Photo by Mike Billick


Sandra, this is something that is kind of near and dear to my heart. I sent an open letter to Bob Iger this week saying, “Fix it! We’re not happy. We want a parade. We want a parade.” It’s just crazy that there’s not a nighttime parade at the Magic Kingdom and one has not been announced.


Dad’s Rant About The Nighttime Parade


There have been times where there wasn’t a parade at the Magic Kingdom, but then they had announced that the replacement was coming, it was a few weeks away. That’s great. It’s been six months now, six months almost to the day, a little more than six months, since the Main Street Electrical Parade moved to Disneyland.


Disneyland has two parades. They don’t use both of them, but they’re both out in California now. Why? Get one of them to Florida. Come on Disney, let’s get Walt Disney World a parade. Like now!


It’s one of the big reasons that … In fact, it started because there weren’t enough people staying after dark. That’s why they started the parade, started with the Main Street Electrical Parade. That’s why they started that back in… I don’t remember the dates, but it was a long time ago, long time ago. There’s been a parade at the Magic Kingdom for over forty years, a night time parade. It’s time to get it back.


Will there be one by 2018? My guess is yes. Here’s what I think is going to happen. Once they get Pandora open and going things will change.


Right now, they’re trying to get more people into Animal Kingdom at night. Rivers of Light, the new Pandora, they’re really pushing the nighttime experience of Pandora, the nighttime experience at the Animal Kingdom. Once that settles in, say late summer, then they’ll announce the nighttime parade coming back to the Magic Kingdom.


The Paint the Night Parade at Disneyland is a prime candidate for coming to Disneyland

Paint the Night should come to Walt Disney World! – Photo by Andy Sanchez


The replacement should be Paint the Night, it makes total sense. Paint the Night is the parade that’s been out at Disneyland for years. It just makes sense that Paint the Night would come to Disney World.


Will that happen? I have no idea. That’s just my guess, that sometime late summer we’ll see an announcement about a parade coming back to Walt Disney World, to the Magic Kingdom.



Dad’s Bottom Line

Who knows? I would almost guess by May 2018, there will be a nighttime parade in the Magic Kingdom. If there’s not, a lot of us are going to be seriously unhappy.


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Comments for

Sep 13, 2018 No parade!!!
by: Cwillis I visited in May of 2018, and was so disappointed not to see a night parade at Magic Kingdom… since I ride very little, the parades and the magic surrounding the floats is what really sets Disney apart!! Please come back!

Jul 18, 2018 Disappointed!
by: Cee Visiting in August 2018… The Parade was one of our hot topics. Family of 20 totally disappointed. 🙁

Jun 12, 2018 Hey it’s June 2018
by: Jesse Disney failed us.

Mar 01, 2018 Night Parades
by: Anonymous Two responses. 1. It is rumored that the reason that Paint the Night has not come to Florida is that Mack is too big to make one of the turns (I believe it is the turn from the backstage area onto Main Street). 2. The Spectro Magic floats have been disassembled. Parts of them, like Sebastian, were reused for the Festival of Fantasy Parade. So it’s not coming back.

Feb 28, 2018 Night parade at Magic Kingdom
by: Anonymous Rumor is Disney will wait until 2021 to add a night parade in the Magic Kingdom that will coincide with their 50th Anniversary of the opening of Walt Disney World.

May 19, 2017 Getting Less Optimistic
by: Ken R Hi Dad,I was there for the debut of Happily Ever After and am thinking that they view this show as a worthy replacement for both Wishes and the night time parade. They threw in everything including the kitchen sink, lasers, projection mapping, and spot lights into that show. I have sad feeling that they are going to over use the projection mapping the way EPCOT over used movies and videos and think it can replace beautiful floats and moving, symphonic music. They are wrong.I would love to see Spectro Magic brought back with Wishes upgraded with some newer fireworks. They may also have wanted to simplify crowd control in the evenings. I hope I am wrong but I don’t think we are getting a night time parade back. Very sad.

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