Paint the Night

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Disney Paint the Night Electrical Parade
Disney Paint the Night Electrical Parade (Disneyland California Logo).jpg
Hong Kong Disneyland
Status Operating
Soft opening date September 11, 2014 (2014-09-11)
Opening date October 1, 2014 (2014-10-01)
Disneyland Park
Status Closed
Soft opening date May 21, 2015 (2015-05-21)
Opening date May 22, 2015 (2015-05-22)
Closing date January 8, 2017 (2017-01-08)
Replaced Light Magic (1997)
Replaced by Main Street Electrical Parade (2017)
Disney California Adventure
Status Operating
Soft opening date April 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)
Opening date April 13, 2018 (2018-04-13) [1]
Replaced Disney’s Electrical Parade (2001-2010)
General statistics
Attraction type Parade
Music "When Can I See You Again?"
Duration 17 minutes (Disneyland)[2]
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Paint the Night Parade is a nighttime parade at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and formerly at Disneyland.[3][4]The Hong Kong version premiered on September 11, 2014, and the Disneyland version debuted on May 22, 2015, as part of the park's 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration.[4][5] The parade is a spiritual successor to the long-running Main Street Electrical Parade, which has appeared at numerous Disney parks in several different incarnations since June 17, 1972. At Disneyland Park in California, Paint the Night made its last regular performance on September 5, 2016, and returned as a seasonal offering for the 2016 holiday season.[6] The original Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland Park on January 20, 2017 for a limited-time run.[7]

In July 2017, it was officially announced at the D23 Expo that Paint the Night would be moving to Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting on April 13, 2018.[8][9] A new float themed around Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles[1] joined the parade for the grand opening of Pixar Pier on June 23[10] and for the release of Incredibles 2 which hit theatres on June 15.

Paint the Night made its return to the Disneyland Resort at Disney California Adventure on April 12, 2018. Portions of the Little Mermaid unit as well as the entire Frozen unit were removed from the parade as they were too tall to clear the Red Car Trolley's overhead wires.

Hong Kong Disneyland

Disney Paint the Night Parade (Chinese: 迪士尼光影匯, Jyutping: dik6 si6 nei4 gwong1 ying2 wooi6) premiered at Hong Kong Disneyland on October 1, 2014.[11] This is the first time Walt Disney Parks and Resorts created a fully LED parade,[11] and features seven original floats containing over 740,000 individual lights.[11]

The Hong Kong version of the parade uses a newly arranged version of the Main Street Electrical Parade's theme song, "Baroque Hoedown," alongside a Cantonese arrangement of Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph. In the original version of the Hong Kong version of the parade, there was a show stop in which the performers were able to interact with the interactive LED Paintbrushes sold to audience members. The show stop used an original song in Cantonese and English called "Paint the Night". The show stop was discontinued in November 2015.

The interactive "Mickey Mouse Paintbrushes," which guests can purchase in the park, allow them to interact with the performers by changing the colors of their costumes when the brushes are activated.[11] Wearable merchandise items include the "Mickey Glow Mitt" and "Minnie Glow Bow," which change colors throughout the show[11] through the use of RFID-enabled technology.[11]

Units

The Hong Kong version contains the following parade units:[11]

Logo for the Hong Kong version of Paint the Night

Disneyland Resort (California)

The Little Mermaid float at Disneyland, California in 2015.

The Paint the Night Parade (or Paint the Night Electrical Parade, as it is titled within the show) opened May 22, 2015, as part of Disneyland's Diamond Celebration,[4][5] in commemoration of its 60th anniversary.[12] This version of the parade utilizes over 1.5 million LED lights,[4][5] special effects,[13] and features 76 performers.[14] The California version of the parade was inspired by the Main Street Electrical Parade.[5] It is Disneyland's first all-LED parade.[4][15] The parade lasts approximately 17 minutes.[2] During the Diamond Celebration, the entire 24-hour event was streamed live via internet by the Disneyland Resort, including the premiere of Paint the Night parade on May 22, 2015.[16] Like the Hong Kong version, the parade jointly features arrangements of Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley's "Baroque Hoedown" and Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?". This version, now in English, features new lyrics for the parade along with vocals and arrangement from Adam Young of Owl City.[17] Following the Diamond Celebration, Paint the Night at Disneyland performed a short run during the 2016 holiday season before Disneyland revived the Main Street Electrical Parade on January 20, 2017 for a limited-time run that ended on August 20, 2017.[18][7] Paint the Night officially returned to the Disneyland Resort on April 12, 2018, but this time at Disney California Adventure for Pixar Fest which began on April 13, 2018 and is scheduled to end on September 3, 2018.

Units

The Disneyland version of the parade includes 2 floats not seen in the Hong Kong version, and also moves continuously down the parade route, with no show stops.[19]

The Disneyland version contains the following parade units:[20]

Current Parade Floats

Retired Parade Floats

References

  1. ^ a b Glover, Erin. "Pixar Fest Brings Celebration of Friendship Throughout Disneyland Resort Beginning April 13, 2018". Disney Parks Blog. 
  2. ^ a b "Video, slide show: First look at Disneyland's 'Paint the Night' parade, a modern version of Main Street Electrical Parade". Ocregister.com. Archived from the original on 2015-05-24. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ "'Paint the Night' Parade Starts May 22 as Part of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on 2 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Disneyland to launch new parade, fireworks for 60th anniversary". Los Angeles Times. January 28, 2015. Archived from the original on March 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d Pimentel, Joseph (January 28, 2015). "VIDEO: Disneyland announces 60th anniversary plans with a little extra dazzle; it's adding a parade, punching up fireworks show". The Orange County Register. Archived from the original on March 6, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park for a Limited Time; Last Chance to 'Paint the Night'". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Glover, Erin (January 20, 2017). "It's Home! Main Street Electrical Parade Begins Limited-Time Run at Disneyland Park". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ Smith, Thomas. "New Pixar Pier to Bring Favorite Pixar Stories to Life at Disney California Adventure Park; Limited-Time Pixar Fest Celebration Coming Throughout Disneyland Resort". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ Kubersky, Seth (16 July 2017). "Disneyland Resort's Pixar Fest brings Pixar Pier to DCA in 2018". Attractions Magazine. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ Glover, Erin. "Pixar Pier to Open June 23 at Disney California Adventure Park; New 'Incredibles' Float to Join 'Paint the Night' Parade". Disney Parks Blog. Retrieved February 14, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "Hong Kong Disneyland will showcase a Whole New Light at Nighttime this Coming Fall/Winter". Hong Kong Disneyland. Archived from the original on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Disneyland to celebrate 60-year anniversary with new shows, diamond decorations". ABC7 Los Angeles. January 28, 2015. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ Richard, Terry (February 3, 2015). "Disneyland adds nighttime spectaculars for 60th anniversary starting in May at Anaheim". OregonLive.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ MacDonald, Brady (29 April 2015). "What to expect from Disneyland's Paint the Night parade". latimes.com. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  15. ^ "Disneyland announces 60th anniversary plans". Los Angeles Daily News. January 28, 2015. Archived from the original on February 21, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Watch Premiere Performances of 'Paint the Night' Parade and 'Disneyland Forever' Fireworks and Disneyland Resort 24-Hour Event LIVE on Disney Parks Blog". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on 26 May 2015. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  17. ^ Young, Adam (25 March 2015). "Disney hired me to work on their new Electrical Parade. Stoked" (Video). Instragram. @owlcityofficial. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015. 
  18. ^ "Main Street Electrical Parade Coming to Disneyland Park for a Limited Time; Last Chance to 'Paint the Night'". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  19. ^ Slater, Shawn (April 13, 2015). "Behind the Scenes of 'Paint the Night' Parade, Coming for the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration". Disney Parks Blog. Archived from the original on April 15, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Prepare to Be Dazzled! Disneyland Reveals More Details for the Upcoming 60th Birthday". Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  21. ^ https://sites.google.com/site/frozencutfrompaintthenight/

Further reading

  • Roseboom, Matt (September 12, 2014). "Disney debuts an all-LED nighttime parade, Paint the Night". Orlando Attractions Magazine. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 

External links

  • Official Disneyland (California) website
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