Once upon a time in 1996, The Main Street Electrical Parade ended its last farewell performance, never to return to Disneyland again.
Then in 1997, Light Magic was introduced.
And it ended just one season later.
The folks at Disney apparently want you to forget the "streetacular" ever existed. Trust me- I've searched through records in books and things about past DL shows- and they talk about The Lion King Celebration, the Mulan Parade, the Pocahontas show- but not a single mention of Light Magic!
Why? Well, to be blunt, Light Tragic, as I've heard it called many a time, was a failure. But in the eyes of Disney, it was the result of a lot of good ideas mushed together that seemed good at the time but really didn't work out.
Light Magic was four very large identical rolling stages that stopped two in Small World area, two in Main Street. The idea was that Tinker Bell and her friends come out to play in the night and the Disney characters, dressed in pajamas, wake up and come to investigate what all the fun is about. What they found were pixie people (Tinker Bell's relatives?) who put on a show and interacted with the audience. The music (I have it on CD and only managed to listen to the whole thing about once) sounds very leprachaun-ish, with accordion and flute and A LOT of bagpipe, re-mixing favorite Disney songs in renditions I do not especially care for, but that's just me. The theme song, Dream our Dreams, is O.K., but I've heard better. Anyway, the set was very elaborate, so I've heard (I never had the pleasure of seeing the streetacular, it did have a short run). Extensive use of fiber optic lighting was used, as well as screens with projections of Disney clips from the films. These no doubt looked very cool at night, when they worked, that is. As the story goes, the AP preview of Light Magic had a few visible glitches, which kinda ruined the reputation of the night show even before the general guest public could see it. Oh yes, and Light Magic did have a ton of confetti, much to the delight of the cast members working those street sweepers.
So you see, Light Magic tried to combine past successes- the show stops from the Lion King Celebration (sorta like what PoD does now, but much more briefly thank goodness), the screens and clips of movies from Fantasmic, and the confetti from the Mardi Gras 35th anniversary parade thingy. And they all combined all right, into a messy, mushy 20-million-dollar pulp.
Anyway, that's as much as I recall. I didn't mean to bash on Light Magic- I'm just stating it as it is.
btw- if anyone has pictures of the streetacular, please post them. I have only seen bits and pieces of what the show looked like and I would be interested to see. And if anyone saw the show, please add your insight and memories here, + or - as they may be.
So thus, Light Magic disappeared into the darkness forever, and the renamed Disney's Electrical Parade broke the promise of farewell and lived happily ever after in DCA in 2001. The End?...