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June 5

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June 5, 2010 – The Main Street Electrical Parade Returns to Walt Disney World

“In thousands of sparkling lights, and electro-synthe-magnetic musical sounds: the Main Street Electrical Parade!”

On June 5, 2010, popular nighttime parade Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Walt Disney World. Originally appearing in Disneyland starting on June 17, 1972, versions of the parade also made appearances in Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. Prior to its final Walt Disney World appearance starting on June 5, 2010, the parade operated seasonally at Disneyland. After closing in Walt Disney World on October 9, 2016, the parade went back to Disneyland for a limited engagement, starting January 20, 2017.

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June 1

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June 1, 1997 – The Disneyland Parade The Lion King Celebration Ends

“Oh, I just can’t wait to be king!”

On June 1, 1997, the Lion King Celebration parade ended its run in Disneyland. The parade, starting on July 1, 1994, was notable for being the first parade to feature Audio-Animatronic figures outside of stationary attractions. It was also a combination parade and stage show, as the parade would stop at various intervals on the route and perform songs from the film, ending each performance with a version of “Circle of Life” while an Audio-Animatronic Simba let out a roar from the Pride Rock float. The parade also featured actors dressed as birds performing acrobatic stunts and remote-controlled animals.

May 30

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May 30, 2011 – American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Rides in Hollywood Studios Gala Parade

On May 30, 2011, to celebrate his win as the newest American Idol, Scotty McCreery rode down the streets of Hollywood Studios in a special gala parade, accompanied by Mickey Mouse. The parade ended in front of The American Idol Experience attraction, where McCreery treated guests to a rendition of his hit song “I Love You This Big.” He later surprised fans by making a surprise appearance in front of the attraction’s audience.

May 22

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May 22, 1999 – The Nighttime Parade SpectroMagic Ends Original Run

“And now, the Magic Kingdom proudly presents, in a million points of musical light, the magic words of Disney…in SpectroMagic!”

On May 22, 1999, the Magic Kingdom nighttime parade SpectroMagic ended its run. It began on October 1, 1991, as part of the park’s 20th anniversary celebrations, replacing the Main Street Electrical Parade (which had been sent to Disneyland Paris). SpectroMagic took the lights of Main Street Electrical Parade and multiplied it, adding more fiber optic elements and including over 45 Disney characters, such as Roger Rabbit, Chernabog, and the Three Little Pigs. The parade also featured a new song: “On This Magic Night.” The parade was brought back to the park on March 26, 2001, and officially ended its run in 2010.

January 8

January 8, 2010 – The Muppets Appear in the Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade Parade at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

“…the cavalcade celebrates volunteerism and features Kermit, Miss Piggy, along with special floats and vehicles festooned with bright balloons and flanked by parade dancers.”

On January 8, 2010, a special parade kicked off in Disneyland and Walt Disney World, known as Disney’s Honorary VoluntEars Cavalcade Parade. This parade ties in with the new “Give a Disney Day, Get a Disney Day” program set up by Disney, where guests can get a free Disney Theme Park ticket after performing a day of volunteer service with a participating organization; this promotion featured the Muppets as the ambassador characters. This was also the first time that Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared daily in Disneyland. This parade occurred once a day, alongside the Celebrate! A Street Party parade, and pulled guests who had volunteered through the program to be part of the parade.

November 28

November 28, 2002 – The New Kermit the Frog Balloon Premieres at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

“Hi ho! Kermit the Frog here!”

On November 28, 2002, the 76th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Muppet Show, a new balloon featuring Kermit the Frog was unveiled; this marks the return of Kermit after a 12-year absence from the parade. This was two years before Disney would officially acquire the Muppets in a deal that originally began in 1989. For this parade, Kermit was also named as the official mascot.

October 29

October 29, 2002 – Disneyland Celebrates the Angels Winning the World Series

“The event was a home run for Angels fans of all ages.”

On October 29, 2002, Disneyland celebrated the Anaheim Angels’ first World Series championship win with a special parade running through the park. The parade featured the team; Jackie Autry, the widow of the team’s founder Gene Autry; Angels manager Mike Scioscia; and, of course, the World Series trophy. The parade traveled between Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and was accompanied by a special dance party and a fireworks show.