Walt Disney World may be saying goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade in October, but the Disney Parks Blog put on a live stream Sunday night allowing the world to tune in whether or not they can make it out to the park.
The stream featured interviews with guests visiting as well as videos about the parade’s history and a time-lapse of the parade from a camera mounted atop the eagle of the Honor America float.
The parade will continue at the Magic Kingdom through Oct. 9, but only on select nights as it competes with Mickey’s Not-So-Spooky Halloween Party, which takes over the park on Sept. 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 29, 30 and Oct. 2, 4, 6, 7.
The parade has been lighting up the Magic Kingdom since 2010 and will next travel back to California where it began in 1972.
Versions of the parade have been in Orlando from 1977-1991 and again from 1999-2001. It’s to have a limited run at Disneyland in early 2017, although dates for that have yet to be revealed.
Christine O’Neil, who oversees all the parades at Walt Disney World, started as a part-time performer in 1985, and came onto the live stream to look back on the parade.
“Of course we’re going to miss it. It’s part of our day-to-day,” O’Neil said. “I know our baby will be well taken care of.”
The live stream featured a poll asking those on Twitter which of the parade’s floats was their favorite. The winner with 32 percent of the more than 2,000 votes was Pete’s Dragon with runners-up Alice in Wonderland and Honor America finale float.
Other floats in the parade include a train driven by Goofy, Cinderella’s carriage, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan and others. The floats feature a half million lights twinkling to the synth song “Baroque Hoedown.”
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