Magic Kingdom has an extra element of magic when the sun goes down and the castle lights up. Most of your daytime park goers are exiting for the day which makes the parks easier to navigate. You would think that there probably isn’t much to do at Magic Kingdom after dark besides the fireworks but you’re wrong! At 9pm, the lights in the park dim and music begins to play. Find a great seat because you’re about to experience Disney’s Famous Electric Light Parade!
This is one of my favorite parades at the parks. I found a love for it about 6 years ago when my brother started performing in it. My mom and I drove out one night and stood in Liberty Square in awe as the illuminated parade floats drove by. It’s a whimsical and wonderful parade and sadly it’s coming to an end in October.
Disney is always trying to up the ante on their parades and performances. Although nothing has been announced as a replacement for the Electric Light Parade I am sure we will hear something in the coming year! I just had to get down to Magic Kingdom one last time before the parade ended and bid it farewell properly!
Although the DEP floats are pretty dated, they sure are colorful! This was probably my favorite float of the night. All those colorful flowers and lights.
A visit with Cinderella and her Fairy godmother in a special illuminated carriage. The little girls around me danced in excitement and waved as the princess passed by. I couldn’t help but feel giddy myself!
A blur of ballroom dancers twirled past us. The girl’s dresses came to life while they spun around their partner’s. I just love how the costumes lit up for this parade.
Why hello there, Prince Charming! He’s looking for the foot to fit the shoe he holds…so silly!
Each parade float that passed by illuminated the Main Street leading up to Cinderella’s Castle. Guests sat in awe. It’s a remarkable sight to see!
Suddenly….a pirate ship came into view with none other than Captain Hook. Oh wait I think I see Peter Pan! He crouches down and waves at the kids in front of me. They were pretty excited to see him!
Seriously, how colorful our these floats?! One thing I really admire about Disney’s parades is how much detail goes into making them special. These were mine train cars carrying lights that looked like jewels. So pretty to see!
Suddenly my childhood started rushing back at the sight of Pete’s Dragon. This float is gorgeous! Disney truly pays attention to detail and it shows.
Before we knew it, the parade was coming to a close. The final float is an Ode to America complete with “fireworks”, an American Flap-like float (that looks a lot like bacon!) and a giant bald eagle.
As sad as it is to see a well-known and loved parade close, it’s exciting to think what things Disney could be planning to replace it. When they brought Festival of Fantasy to Magic Kingdom we fell in love with the costumes, music and the awesome fire-breathing dragon. (If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth the trip!) I’ll be eagerly awaiting Disney’s plans but until then let’s relive the memories and moments from the Electric Light Parade!
Have you ever seen Disney’s Electric Light Parade? What was your favorite float? Share with us!