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Walt Disney World Parade Guide: Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom

by Mommy Frog on December 12, 2011

This Walt Disney World Parade Guide features the Frog Family’s all-time favorite Disney parade...the Main Street Electrical Parade at Magic Kingdom.

Main Street Electrical Parade

Overview: Main Street Electrical Parade is a nighttime parade that lights up the parade route through Magic Kingdom. The floats and other parade elements use enhanced lighting technology like LED and special effects. Led by Tinker Bell, the glittering processional includes Goofy driving the Main Street Electrical Parade train which carries Mickey and Minnie, Alice in Wonderland atop her mushroom, Cinderella in her Pumpkin Carriage, Elliott and his dragon, Pete, and many other Disney favorites. The costuming and overall visual effects are amazing!

Parade Route & Details: Main Street Electrical Parade

During busy times of the year, Main Street Electrical Parade may run twice a night. During off-peak season, it may not run every night. The duration of the parade is about 20 minutes.

The parade route begins next to the Harmony Barbershop on Main Street, U.S.A., circles Town Square, heads down Main Street, U.S.A., goes around the Central Plaza in front of Cinderella Castle, crosses the bridge to Liberty Square, follows the waterfront in Frontierland and ends in Frontierland. (Sometimes the route is reversed.).

Planning Tips:

If Celebrate the Magic and Wishes Nighttime Spectacular fireworks show are scheduled after the parade and you want to watch them all, you’ll need to select a viewing spot that will work for all three since you won’t have to time to move to another location. In this circumstance, we recommend saving your spot somewhere along Main Street, U.S.A. at least 30-45 minutes before the parade.

A less crowded viewing spot is toward the end of the parade route in Frontierland. You won’t need to save your spot as early and you won’t have to fight the crowds on Main Street, U.S.A. following the parade.

Frog Family Rating: Main Street Electrical Parade

One of our favorite Disney parades, frog legs down! We love how you can actually feel the heat from the lights on the floats. The synthesized sound of the underlying song gets stuck in our heads, but we love it…we usually spend the rest of the night at Magic Kingdom skipping along humming it out loud.

Watch a complete video of the parade here.

Happy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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kathy Jan 22, 2014 at 6:56 p.m.

It's still as magical as it was when I saw it as a child. Happy they brought it back.

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Whitney Mar 14, 2015 at 2:25 a.m.

I am planning a trip for September. I am curious if the Halloween parade takes the place of the Electric parade.

Thanks

Whitney

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FrogBlog Mar 14, 2015 at 7:50 a.m.

Hi Whitney,

The Boo to You Parade takes the place of the Main Street Electrical Parade only on the nights of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Laurie estes Apr 25, 2015 at 2:45 a.m.

Are the night parades recorded and sold? The Gulfport High band marched in the parade and I would like to know.

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FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 9:59 a.m.

Hi Laurie,

They are not officially recorded and sold, but you might find video footage of it that someone else shot on YouTube.

Leap

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Angie Jun 21, 2015 at 5:40 p.m.

Can you see the parade from Tony's Town Square if you have reservations for dinner?

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FrogBlog Jun 22, 2015 at 6:33 a.m.

Hi Angie,

Yes, you can, especially from outdoors. It would be fabulous if you could be seated on the patio for the parade. To do this, you need an earlier reservation (perhaps as early as an hour or hour and a half ahead of parade time). Arrive early and request to be seated on the patio. There are no guarantees, but you might get lucky.

Mommy Frog

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Jamie Jul 20, 2015 at 7:37 p.m.

If your reservation is at 6:25 will they let you stay there for the parade for that long? and what is a good plan after that for fireworks?

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FrogBlog Jul 21, 2015 at 1:33 p.m.

Hi Jamie,

They would let you stay, but keep in mind, that the restaurants generally are designed to get you in and out fairly quickly. Perhaps someone else reading this can share their experience. It's possible that if it takes you are already going to be waiting for the patio, this will kill some of the time.

Mommy Frog

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