45 Years of Thousand of Sparkling Lights!

The Main Street Electrical Parade made its first run down Disneyland’s Main Street USA June 17, 1972. Since then 5 parks have presented versions of MSEP those parks include: Disneyland, Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom, Disney California, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.


500 miles of wiring were used to light the floats during the years, thats climbing to the top of the Matterhorn and back about 9,000 times. There are 600.000 lights, 22 floats that light up Main Street. The amount of floats almost doubled from the original (12) floats in 1972. 7 films are being represented in the parade which is: Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo and Petes Dragon.


24 Disney characters perform throughout the show. There are 80 cast members who add magic to the show, 16 of them are royal court dancers, 10 of them in To Honor America, 7 Dwarfs while 35 of the parade performers wear costumes with lights. There were 80 cast members involved in the creation of MSEP which included 20 designers and 60 craftspeople.


The tallest float is the Cinderella clock tower standing at 18 1/2 Ft, while the longest float is 118 Ft. long which goes to the To Honor America float added in 1979 after the success of the bicentennial tribute parade “America on Parade.”


My all time favorite float is Elliot! Elliot was added to the parade in 1977 for the release of Petes Dragon. He weighs 5,600 pounds, is 16 Ft. tall 10 Ft. wide and 38 Ft. long. I mean he is a GIANT dragon who has a spot in my heart! What is your favorite float in MSEP? Let me know in the comments below!




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