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The Main Street Electrical Parade

"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, Walt Disney World proudly presents our spectacular festival pageant of nighttime magic and imagination in thousands of sparkling lights and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds. The Main Street Electrical Parade!"

 

History: The predecessor to the Main Street Electrical Parade is the Electrical Water Pageant, a show made up of seven lighted tall screens which travel on barges around the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort while playing electronic music. The EWP debuted on October 26, 1971; just weeks after WDW opened; and is still displayed nightly.

 

The Main Street Electrical Parade debuted on June 17, 1972 in Disneyland. The show was incredibly innovative in its use of “radio-activated trigger zones." These triggers allowed the audience to hear float-specific music through the Disney World audio system and therefore every person watching the parade would experience the same show, no matter where they stood along the parade route.

 

Walt Disney World’s Main Street Electrical Parade opened on June 11, 1977 and ran through September 14, 1991. A second run occurred from May 28, 1999 - April 1, 2001 and the current third run began June 5, 2010.

 

The Main Street Electrical Parade's underlying theme song is entitled "Baroque Hoedown," by early synthesizer pioneers Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley. Early parade's soundtrack had the same themes as the current recording, but was a different arrangement by Jim Christensen and Paul Beaver. In 1977, it was updated and arranged by Don Dorsey and Jack Wagner which was used until January 2009. The current version was arranged and performed by Gregory Smith and features a slightly less synthetic feel to it compared to the Dorsey/Wagner versions but more synthetic than Tokyo’s DreamLights.

 

A big thanks to Matt Pasant and his family for securing this fine viewing location!

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Taken on November 2, 2010