Is there anyone here who does not remember seeing the Main Street Electric Parade on Main Street USA? If you are one of those people, you missed out. It is something completely different, completely magical to see the Blue Fairy wind her way down Matterhorn Way, around the Plaza, and down Main Street. I still remember the days doing Guest Control with great fondness as the Parade passed by.
Of course, we all know those days are gone.
Now, if you are old enough to remember the MSEP (not the sad, gutted, out-of-place DCA version), then you probably also remember Light Magic.
If you do remember, please try to hold your dinner down. It wasn't that Light Magic was a bad parade (okay, "street spectacular". Sheesh!) It was just too long for what it delivered, which was basically Disney Does Riverdance.
But it was honestly a beautiful parade to look at. Those neon lights literally danced to the music. Main Street itself would light up with dancing lights in the windows and buildings! If you can, try and hunt down a copy of Light Magic just to see what they did with the Main Street buildings. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvvLZl5RY98) for those so inclined to see the last part of the parade including the LM tribute to the MSEP)
The thing is, Light Magic was a good idea, just badly executed. The Main Street Electrical parade, beautiful though it was, began to show its age. After all, it had run almost unchanged since 1977.
Can you imagine the Electric Parade with 2007 technology?! Neon lights programmed to flash and dance with the music, flowing colours, a parade route that would come alive itself, buildings, even street lights and (if you really wanted to get fancy) neon ropes which flashed to the music!
The Electric Parade was actually going to make a comeback in 2000. But, during the time of Harris/Pressler, no good idea ever is born alive, and so Electric Parade 2000 made way for more shops and another AP Souvenir Pin Day.
If the Sleeping Beauty Castle were to be removed from Fantasyland, would Disneyland still be Disneyland? Some things become icons. The castle is one. The Main Street Electrical Parade is another.
From a tactical viewpoint, Disneyland still needs something to draw the crowds away from Fantasmic!. And with Fantasmic! ageing, a new show is desperately needed. What better show than a new, 21st century Electric Parade?
Come on Disneyland! Give back to your park and your Guests what is, without a doubt, the greatest parade Disneyland ever did in its entire history. Give us a new Main Street Electrical Parade.
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