Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade Returns for its 50th Birthday

The park’s iconic procession is back for a limited engagement to celebrate its big 5-0, and collectables from the occasion are selling fast

The funky, twangy electronic beat is drifting over Disneyland again as the Main Street Electrical Parade recently made its return to the park.

(Mike Baker/Disneyland Resort)

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic procession, which debuted at the park on June 17, 1972. The original show ended in 1996, but has since returned in limited engagements, with similar shows running at Disney parks in Orlando and Tokyo.

(Mike Baker/Disneyland Resort)

A full-sized version of Dumbo’s Casey, Jr. train outfitted with hundreds of tiny light bulbs steams and chugs down Main Street to open the show and is joined by illuminated floats filled with characters from Disney films—from swashbuckling Peter Pan, to Dopey driving the jewel-laden boxcars from Snow White. Some dozen dancers in silk and satin waltz to the show’s theme song, “Baroque Hoedown” by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley.

(Mike Baker/Disneyland Resort)

Earlier this month, the Alice in Wonderland caterpillar float broke down, causing the adorable menagerie of electric bees and snails to dance in circles and Cinderella’s fairy godmother had the chance to enchant each child individually with her glowing wand. When the original show first ended, collectors snatched up the light bulbs pulled from the floats, which Disney sold in pyramid-shaped cases. Those can be found for up to $300 on eBay, a fraction of the price for art prints, 3-D models, and vintage t-shirts from the show.

New merch, including a sipper shaped like the parade’s bespectacled turtle and a popcorn bucket of Elliott from Pete’s Dragon, sold out immediately. A pair of those is listed for $350—about the same as two tickets to Disneyland.

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