Disneyland has had quite a few parade changes over the past few years. All I can say is that at least they have a parade there (hint, hint WDW). Brady MacDonald from The Orange County Register gives us the latest!
The one-two punch of the Main Street Electrical Parade and Halloween Screams fireworks show that brought big crowds to Disneyland will soon be replaced by an interim nighttime spectacular and a stopgap character cavalcade. The Band-Tastic Calvacade will run on Main Street USA from Oct. 1 through Nov. 7 after the Main Street Electrical Parade ends its current two-month return engagement on Monday, Sept. 30.
The Mickey’s Mix Magic nighttime spectacular and Mickey & Friends Band-Tastic Calvacade parade will bridge the entertainment gap until Christmas entertainment kicks off Nov. 8.
The Believe in Holiday Magic fireworks show and Christmas Fantasy Parade will return Nov. 8 and run through January 6.
The debut of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge brought lighter-than-expected crowds to Disneyland and the theme park saw a decrease attendance. The last minute addition of the Main Street Electrical Parade paired with the triumphant return of the Halloween Screams fireworks show brought large nighttime crowds to the park.
The 1972 Main Street Electrical Parade has often been the salve for what ails Disney’s Anaheim theme parks. The beloved parade famously “glowed away forever” in 1996 only to return in 2001 at Disney California Adventure when Disneyland’s sister park opened to poor reviews and lower-than-expected attendance.
For the first time in years, Halloween Screams was included with regular admission to Disneyland, with the fireworks show serving in the past as a marquee entertainment draw for separate-admission Halloween events at the park.
Mickey’s Mix Magic ran from January through June with lasers, lighting effects and building-wrapping projections set to a musical score with fireworks on select nights. The short November stint will include fireworks.
Band-Tastic Cavalcade filled a brief scheduling gap along the Disneyland parade route in late July with a procession of Disney characters riding in Main Street U.S.A. vehicles accompanied by live music from the Disneyland Band. This time the calvacade will run for 6 weeks.