Like a long lost family member, we waited anxiously for its return. Then it happened. With the albeit temporary homecoming, we had an opportunity to experience Disneyland’s Main Street Electrical Parade in its original location, Disneyland. It has been 21 years since it left this park (although it had a run from 2001 to 2010 on the California Adventure side).
We celebrated Debbie’s birthday with a Main Street Electrical Light Parade Dinner package at the Blue Bayou restaurant which was a full three course meal that included a starter, entrée and dessert. This is a prix fixe option that includes some of the best menu options (surf & turf, filet mignon, etc) all for one price. At the end of dinner, you are presented with tickets to reserved viewing and a light-up necklace with the MSELP logo. The reserved viewing area is near the flag pole at the beginning of Main Street. The area is not seated, but is roped off and is not crowded so everyone has an unobstructed view of the parade. There is also an Aladdin’s Grab & Go option where the viewing is near “It’s A Small World.”
We have a full parade video here:
It is fun to watch people begin parking themselves along the parade route several hours before the start. Finding a spot where it can be viewed without too many obstructions is difficult as it is obvious that this parade was sorely missed and gets a lot of deserved respect from California visitors. The MSELP is a Disneyland original and it really needs to stay at Disneyland; barring that, it should at least stay for a full year so that summer visitors can have an opportunity to see it before it goes away again.
This parade only lasts at Disneyland until June 18, 2017, when it will return to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. If you haven’t had a chance to see this, you need to get there before it’s gone! And Disneyland has a special offer for Southern California Residents that is hard to beat right now.