It makes me sad to think that my kids will never get to experience the summer night tradition that was the Main Street Electrical Parade. My son got to see the parade in DCA on it's last performance a few years ago and even though he was only about 2 he still remembers it and often asks if he will ever get to see it again and I can only spare his feelings with a simple "maybe someday".
I remember it was a tradition in the summer to watch the parade as it made it's way from Small World and then back again later that night with fireworks in between. The park used to be open till 1AM those days and the parade was just as much a traditional part of Disneyland as Dumbo or The Enchanted Tiki Room, vintage attractions for sure but considered absolute classics.
Then, for no specific reason, it ended. Why? What possible reason would they have for removing/replacing such a beloved classic that never dwindled in popularity? Other parks still have their night time parades that make our beloved Electrical Parade seem rinky dink by comparison but I know I'm not alone when I say that even if it returned with every low tech Christmas light in place we wouldn't care. We want it back.
Sure there are folks out there that want the return of the People Mover, the Skyway, the Motorboats etc... but lets face it.Disney wouldn't want to spend that kind of money to bring back an attraction that would prove to be ridiculously costly due to ADA modifications required by law.
Wouldn't it be much cheaper to just bring the parade back instead? How many fans would it take to make Disney take a petition to bring back the parade seriously?
Personally I stopped renewing passes for my family last year with no intention of returning anytime soon. Bringing back the Main Street Electrical Parade would no doubt restore some of the magic I feel the park has lost and would also convince me that perhaps visiting the parks again would be worth it. Perhaps I'm not the only one it would bring back too.
So what do you think the magic number for a petition would be? 1million? 10? 100?