Friday, August 12, 2022

Fun Find: Main Street Electrical Parade 50th Anniversary Videos

Happy Friday Friends!  I'm popping in today because it hasn't been a happy Friday here and I could use some cheering up.  Right now, it feels like if something could go wrong, it will.  To put a little pep back in my step, I thought that I'd share a video that will cheer me up, as well as get one of the things that's weighing on my mind out of it.

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Three weeks from today is the first night the Main Street Electrical Parade will no longer glide down Main Street with it's iconic soundtrack and dazzling lights.  As of right now, the Disneyland website is still showing that it's scheduled to leave the parks "for the season" on September 1st... whatever that means.  (I literally just checked it...)

I won't sugarcoat it... as soon as I heard this news a few weeks ago, I was ready to write a giant diatribe about what a stupid idea that is.  At the time, I held back, but now that we're three weeks out, I'm not hiding my feelings about this any longer.  I am absolutely furious.  Disneyland and Anaheim are welcoming some of the biggest Disney fans in the world to their D23 Expo in 29 days, and someone thought it was a good idea to "retire" the Main Street Electrical Parade a mere eight days earlier?!?!?

This is a giant slap in the face to the thousands of us going to CA for the event.

It's been speculated that they'll continue the parade into the fall like they have in other years when the parade made it's reappearance over the summer.  However, with time winding down, I'm starting to get more worried that this isn't going to happen.  And if it is, and it's been in the plans all along, it's a pretty pathetic money grab for Disney to make everyone rush to the parks between now and September 1st, only to become the heroes who extended it out of the kindness of their hearts.  This is complete crap.

I've been looking forward to seeing this parade for months.  It's literally one of the top things that I have had on my to do list.  I was so excited to see the new float at the end of the parade with the It's A Small World theme and all of the Disney characters as dolls.  Ever since Disneyland brought back their nighttime shows, I've been counting the days to see this parade.  They're also "retiring" the Disneyland Forever fireworks that same weekend... but it's the parade that's most upsetting to me.  I really wanted to see it, and this feels like they don't care about any of their D23 guests who aren't locals and who are traveling from across the country to also visit the parks that week.

Thankfully, there are plenty of videos of the 2022 Main Street Electrical Parade's 50th Anniversary version (with the updated finale floats) online.  I've watched a few of those videos the past few days since that might be the closest I get to it at this point.  I found two really good ones that I wanted to share on here with you all.  Between these two videos, you get great views of both sides of the parade!

I am hoping that someone at Disney will wake up and give the people what they want... because I'm not the only one that's completely outraged at the audacity of this entire situation.  But I'm afraid that we're going to have to wait it out... 

In the meantime... I'll be watching these videos and wishing on a star.  °o°

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