This bright and brilliant nighttime parade literally “paints” the streets of Disneyland with colorful lights, floats and costumes. The parade route comes to life with your favorite characters, all illuminated in ways you’ve never seen before!
Raise your hand if you remember the Main Street Electrical Parade? If you listen closely to the music playing during Paint the Night you might hear a familiar tune that reminds you of the synthesized sounds of that classic favorite. The parade theme song is “When Can I See You Again?” by Owl City that is given slightly new lyrics here and really sets the tone for the parade. Because after watching Paint the Night, I wanted to see it again! There are just so many details that you miss the first time it passes by.
Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Green Loop. Today we are discussing some of the amazing nighttime spectaculars at the Disney Parks.
I was able to film the parade on my visit and will share it with you in snippets below. This is the opening scene (pardon the first few seconds when my camera was adjusting before it focuses)
I recently found a YouTube video that showed the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade and I have to admit that I started to tear up at the familiar sounds and cheerful floats. It was such an important childhood memory for me, watching this parade as a child with my family. I think that children years from now will have the same wonderful memories witnessing Paint the Night, as well.
With over 1 million colorful lights, this is a very modern parade with cutting-edge technology yet it still remains true to its roots. Reminiscent of the Main Street Electrical Parade, Paint the Night also features a giant drum float in its opening scene, this time with Peter Pan riding atop and an illuminated Tinker Bell at the lead.
Many favorite characters are here including classic Disney princesses and characters from newer Pixar films. I love parades that have lots of interaction from characters (waving, blowing kisses, talking, pointing) because it’s a great way for children to see their favorites without the long lines of typical “meet n’ greets”. Feel free to tell your kids, “Yes, she’s waving right at you!”
Mack the Truck features 25,000 lights in rows that create the most incredible displays and designs in an almost three-dimensional way. We watched this parade near “it’s a small world” on a raised platform and I liked being slightly higher. I was able to capture more of the details of the top of the floats than I would had I been sitting on the curb.
Keep in mind that the Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular often follows Paint the Night so choose your location wisely. We were able to watch both the parade & fireworks from our spot near “it’s a small world” and catch the light show that shines on the building during the fireworks as well. Main Street U.S.A. is another great choice, but highly populated, so you’ll probably have to stake out your spot much earlier.
Love the “Light Bright” effect on this float! Jessie toe-taps along the route while Buzz and Woody wave from their perches on Slinky Dog.
The Beauty and the Beast float is an absolute showstopper (and impossible for me to capture on photo, it was lit so brilliantly). It features animated video that is so lovely. But I was able to capture it on film as well as the other princesses and dancers trailing behind. Be sure to check out Rapunzel’s glowing hair!
Yes, even Anna & Elsa from Frozen make an appearance (and speak live to the crowd from atop their balcony). Theirs is a breathtaking float that looks like a castle made of ice. I was happy to see Olaf in his glittering wonderland in the back.
I loved all the dancers and street performers in this parade as they were equally decked out with bright lights. It truly added a fun dimension to have them weaving along the streets and engaging with the crowd. They really add life and fun to the parade in between the large floats with their fantastic choreography and truly amazing costumes that appear to be lit from within (even some with light-up wigs!)
And what’s a parade without Minnie, Goofy, Donald and Mickey? Naturally they make their appearances here too.
The finale, featuring Mickey as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice has a float that is so hypnotic and beautiful, it might have been my favorite. It was quite impossible for me to capture on film but the rotating feature on this float is incredible.
After the dance-inducing sounds and bold colors, you’ll be asking “When Can We Do This Again?”
Which float in Paint the Night would you be most excited to see in person? Share with me in the comments!
check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Green | Disney Nighttime Spectaculars Loop:
- 1st Stop – The Delightful Life | IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
- 2nd Stop – Adventures with Toddlers & Preschoolers | Main Street Electrical Parade”
- 3rd Stop – Saving Up for Disney | Paint the Night
- 4th Stop – Love Our Crazy Life | Disneyland Forever Fireworks