The Dazzling Disney's Paint The Night Electrical Parade Is Back!
Last Friday saw the return of one the most loved and most missed parades Disney had to offer, Disney's Paint The Night Electrical Parade. It's back for Disneyland Resort's special summer event, "Pixar Fest". This literal array of all singing, all dancing, all colourful spectacular, leads to one of the greatest entertainment pieces on offer at any Walt Disney Park and Resort.
First of all, let's talk about this parade itself and why I think it's one of the best.
We all know that the key to any entertainment Disney offers is because of their catchy soundtracks. We know this because of the great successes the studios have had with their movies, which incidentally have translated through to the parks. From "zippity doo dah", to "I just can't wait to be king" we know that the soundtracks play a big role in anything Disney produces. Therefore, the soundtrack to Disney's next big parade for the 60th anniversary of the Disneyland Resort would of course, follow by example.
The core song of Paint The Night is Owl City's "When Can We Do This Again", which comes from the Walt Disney Studios feature length animation, "Wreck-It Ralph". But, not only does it use this movie's soundtrack as it's core medley, it also very cleverly has throw back arrangements to the beloved and original nighttime parade, The Main Street Electrical Parade. Put it together, along with the different segments from some of Disney's biggest films and you have, what I consider to be, the best parade in the world.
The technical advancements used in this entertainment piece are equally astonishing. Shared in a recent Disney Parks Blog post, it was revealed that there are more than 1.5 million different light sources that go into presenting the parade. From the many LED screens panels, to the light up costumes, to even the 27,000 orbs used in Mac's truck to create a 3D effect, it all adds up to be a spectacular visual display. On top of this, it was also shared that more than 200 control units are used throughout the parade to control the lighting to the music. It's a true engineering feat. that's to be admired.
After the sun sets and once the lights go off and the music begins, there's a real excitement about this show. Seeing the light up parade vehicles and dancer come towards you adds an element of gleefulness that I don't think any of parade or entertainment show does. Just watch the below video from The Dis to see exactly what I mean.
Paint The Night is back for Pixar Fest at Disney's California Adventure for a short engagement with it's original arrangement of floats. Later in the year, both Frozen and The Incredibles will join with their own segments too, so there's even more to be excited about! I suspect there are things in the Incredibles floats that refer to the latest upcoming movie that Disney don't want to spoil, I'm sure it will be worth the wait.
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