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Disneyland debuted their “Paint the Night” parade and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks show that guests can enjoy during their Diamond Celebration. On June 17th 1972 Disneyland introduced the world to the Main Street Electrical Parade. While kids may not remember the parade because it ended its run a few years ago for good, they may have another chance. The Main Street Electrical Parade is back thanks to the Diamond Celebration at the Disneyland Resort. What was once the Main Street Electrical Parade is now known as “Paint The Night”.

We loved seeing our favorite movies from the world of Disney lit up and coming to life on the streets of Disneyland. Using 1.5 million lights and innovative floats, we watched as our favorite characters danced around. My kids loved the story that had Mickey Mouse using pixie dust from Tinkerbell to give his imagination flight painting the night. The vibrant colors of the floats and costumes shined in the children’s eyes as each float passed; giving them new memories and reminding me of the love I had for the Electrical Parade.

Anna and Elsa in Paint the Night Parade

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The costumes light up with their own sets of lights but Disney uses systems and controls to sync everything up. So as the music played around us, the lights danced in perfect beat in front of us. It inspires thinking in our children to realize that anything is possible if you try hard enough. The best part is people old enough to remember the Main Street Electrical Parade may catch some subtle tributes.

“Paint The Night” knows where it comes from and how it grew from what was once known as the Main Street Electrical Parade. One of the most obvious is the “drum float” that leads the parade. The less obvious is the light at the end of Tinkerbell’s wand is a light that was in the Main Street Electrical Parade.

We loved painting the night with Mickey and all of our friends from the Disney movies we watched as a family. I most loved remembering old times at the park and watching my children experience their own version of what once amazed me as a kid.

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Disneyland Forever Fireworks Show

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Though the real goodnight kiss from Disney came during the new Fireworks show called Disneyland Forever.

The new Disneyland Forever fireworks show takes the magic of Disney and surrounds you with it-literally. Using graphics projections on the buildings of Main Street U.S.A., mist screens on the Rivers of America, and the Matterhorn. We felt like we were in the middle of the magic and it honestly left us speechless.

We got to soar over the streets of London with Peter Pan, and celebrate the paper lanterns festival from the movie Tangled. The kids watched as the world they love from the movies grew around them in the form of vines from the Jungle Book.  And the finale left everyone in awe, inspired by the man that started it all – Walt Disney.

No end date has been mentioned yet for Disneyland’s Diamond Celebration so it’s better to be safe than sorry and schedule your trip now to ensure you don’t miss out on the fun and special experiences.