The Main Street Electrical Parade

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    "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!

    phamtuongminh, Kiki FL, Dave DiCello, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Andrea Kollo Photography 52 months ago | reply

      I love the parade of lights ... we do it at Christmas with all the farm trucks ... great colours

    2. PrincessAshley 52 months ago | reply

      beautiful :) I have such a soft spot for MSEP - I saw it for the first time when I was 2 and I fell in love!

    3. WorldofArun 52 months ago | reply

      the mickey mouse is the driver...then it must surely be fun...

    4. david gutierrez [ ] 52 months ago | reply

      intense colors and light..well done!
      enjoy the weekend!

    5. DugJax 52 months ago | reply

      So glad to see that they are still running this parade that I still haven't seen since it re-started. Perfect shot of it.

    6. Peter E. Lee 52 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot! I love the colors, and especially the fog. I really hope this is still running when we're there in February!

    7. Photogineer (Doug) 52 months ago | reply

      Looks like I was a couple weeks off from shooting with you guys down there. If this is just the beginning of what is to come I am looking forward.

    8. buckchristensen 52 months ago | reply

      Now that's a dazzling explosion of lights! Beautiful shot.

    9. Express Monorail 52 months ago | reply

      Can't wait to see this again... nice one Jeff!

    10. evelyng23 52 months ago | reply

      wow great shot jeff!

    11. PreludeVTEC01 52 months ago | reply

      Holy cow this is great. Stunning capture!!

    12. Ray Horwath 52 months ago | reply

      Great shot Jeff!
      Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )

    13. Nanette J 52 months ago | reply

      I've missed your pictures like crazy Jeff. But I had to deliberately not look at them otherwise I'd be back and hooked when I shouldn't be.

      How appropriate that you have posted something from the 'holy grail' of photography IMO. Your an amazing photographer, this is a superb shot that is testimony to your ability.

    14. Dan Anderson. 52 months ago | reply

      I remember that :D

    15. Master_Gracey 52 months ago | reply

      Nice capture. None of the night parades are easy to do this well.

    16. Ilkka Porttikivi 52 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Not that aesy to take!

    17. kevkev44 52 months ago | reply

      What a hard shot to get... & you NAILED it! Great job.

    18. CAGW 52 months ago | reply

      Terrific capture - great control over exposure!

    19. LVnative 50 months ago | reply

      Wish i would get to see this one again. Amazing shot it is a hard one to take i am sure

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