Paint the Night is a nighttime parade that currently runs at Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, and formerly at Disneyland.. 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. The parade was intended to serve as a spiritual successor to the long-running Main Street Electrical Parade, which has appeared at numerous Disney parks in several different incarnations since 1972. At Disneyland, Paint the Night made its last regular performance on September 5, 2016, and returned as a seasonal offering for the 2016 holiday season. The original Main Street Electrical Parade returned to Disneyland in 2017 for a limited-time run.
On July 15, 2017, at D23 expo, it was officially announced that Paint the Night would be moving to Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting in April 13, 2018, as part of the Pixar Fest event. Accordingly, the Pixar Play Parade, which ran at California Adventure from 2008 to 2017, moved to Disneyland as part of Pixar Fest, effectively swapping places with Paint the Night. A new float themed to The Incredibles is confirmed to be joining the parade in 2018.
The parade is a "spiritual successor" to the Main Street Electrical Parade, as it uses a newly-arranged version of that parade's theme song, "Baroque Hoedown", as its own, alongside an arrangement of Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?" from the 2012 Walt Disney Animation Studios film, Wreck-It Ralph.
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 60th Diamond Celebration, in commemoration of its 60th anniversary. This version of the parade utilizes over 1.5 million LED lights, special effects, and features 76 performers. The California version of the parade was inspired by the Main Street Electrical Parade. It is Disneyland's first all-LED parade. The parade lasts approximately 17 minutes. 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. 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. 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 in January 2017 for a limited-time run scheduled to end on August 20, 2017.
A new version of the parade will be peremier since 2024, Mulan unit and Hercules unit is confirmed to be joining the parade , and The Little Mermaid unit and Toy Story unit will be rethemed from 2021 HK Disneyland's Disney Trip .
- 1 Parade Units
- 1.1 Tinker Bell and Friends
- 1.2 Mulan (Disney California Adventure Only)
- 1.3 Monsters, Inc. Dance Party
- 1.4 The Incredibles (Disney California Adventure Only)
- 1.5 The Little Mermaid Electric Watercolors
- 1.6 Beauty and The Beast (HK Disneyland’s Candlelight Dreams unit)
- 1.7 Toy Story Electric Rodeo
- 1.8 Hercules (Disney California Adventure Only)
- 1.9 Frozen Fractals
- 1.10 Wall-E (Disney California Adventure Only)
- 1.11 Mickey & Friends Lightastic Finale (Hong Kong Disneyland) / Fantasia (California Disneyland)
- 2 Order
- 3 Music and Audio
- 4 See also
Tinker Bell and Friends
Based on the 1953 animated film Peter Pan. Tinker Bell leads the way before a dazzling "color spiral" of sparkling fairy dust. She magically flies within this "color spiral" while spreading pixie dust all around her. Following Tinker Bell are glittering Fiber Fairies and the Pixel Painters . The float is 40 feet long, with 44 universes of control and video screens, more than 850,000 points of light. Presenting the Disney Fairies such as Rosetta, Iridessa and Silvermist and also includes Peter Pan sitting on a tribute to the “drum unit” that led the classic "Main Street Electrical Parade" from 1972 to 1996 in Disneyland. Tinker Bell’s wand is handmade and is capped by a rosette from the original 1972 Main Street Electrical Parade. Also in this unit are the puppets from the World of Color Preshow Genie, Lumiere, and Tigger.
Mulan (Disney California Adventure Only)
Based on the Disney film Mulan, featuring Mulan, Li Shang and Mushu
Monsters, Inc. Dance Party
Based on the 2001 Disney and Pixar film. The float is 11 feet wide, 21 feet long, and has nearly 17,000 points of light. The Scare Floor in Monstropolis comes to crazy, vivid life as Mike and Sulley navigate an array of vibrant, twirling doors. The five animated doors are just over 9 feet tall and contain 40 individual LED video panels that feature an endless array of appearances by "surprise visitors" from Monsters, Inc. and Monsters University. The animations on video screens doors were created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios.
The Incredibles (Disney California Adventure Only)
Based on the 2004 Disney and Pixar film, which featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone. This float bring all of the fun and excitement of the Incredibles’ world to life with high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films. Dynamic and innovative visual technology will also bring Violet Parr, Dash Parr and Jack-Jack Parr to life, showcasing their powers in surprising ways! In conjunction with the release of the film Incredibles 2, the float will appear starting in June 23 with the grand opening of Pixar Pier.
The Little Mermaid Electric Watercolors
Based on the 1989 animated film. The "under the sea" themed float is an underwater, watercolor wonderland of vibrant, glowing hues and is 32 feet long, 11 feet wide and 18 feet tall. King Triton (stands over 12 feet tall), Princess Ariel and a school of glowing "sea creatures" are nine fish, eight flowers and more than 250 blades of grass fill the streets with their own briny brilliance. Sparkling animated figures that depict Sebastian and Flounder grace the float and join the party as well. Each of the 80 "sea grass bubbles" was custom cast and painted and can be individually programmed.
In the Disneyland version, the unit is followed by Nemo, his father Marlin from the 2003 Disney and Pixar film Finding Nemo, and jellyfishes. Two years later in the California Adventure run, the very top of the float was removed, as it was too tall for the wires of the Red Car Trolley, in 2024, float will be refurbish base on 2021 Disney Trip.
Beauty and The Beast (HK Disneyland’s Candlelight Dreams unit)
Based on the 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast. Vibrant projections that depict memorable and iconic moments from Belle's "tale as old as time" story fill her gown and travel upwards onto a giant tapestry of electric imagery, featuring unforgettable chapters from her beloved story. Her dress has 40 custom-designed jewels and the most decorative lighting caps of any float, and the video screen contains more than 500,000 pixels and presents scenes as well as floral graphic imagery and starry night skies. Following Belle are giant glowing candelabras that are framed by lovely Dove Dancers and a series of illuminated Court Couples.
Toy Story Electric Rodeo
Based on the Disney and Pixar film. Slinky Dog (32 feet long, and his ears are 18 feet tall and 11 feet across) scampers along with Woody and Buzz Lightyear holding on. Slinky's ever-moving, ever-changing "coils" glow with eye-popping, ever-changing and iridescent patterns. The 10 spinning disks rotate at 120 RPM and are programmed with custom video content. Bringing additional excitement to the hoedown are the Lasso Poi Performers wielding light-up lassos.
In the Disneyland version, this unit also added the Little Green Men spaceship from Tokyo Disneyland's former daytime parade Jubilation!. It is confirmed Slinky will be replaced by a Toy Story 4 float with Forky, Duke and Ducky n Bunny, design as Second Chance Antiques, colour in vermillion. The blocks base on the base A, T, C, G with a lot of toys, source from 2021 Disney trip 6C.
Hercules (Disney California Adventure Only)
Hercules, Megaera, Zeus, reuse from Main Street Electrical Parade Tinker Bell unit.
Based on the 2013 Academy Award-winning hit animated film. From Arendelle comes the tallest float in the entire parade (almost 35 feet long and 30 feet tall), inspired by Elsa's Ice Palace. Princess Anna and Elsa the Snow Queen will grace the float, accompanied by the summer-lovable snowman Olaf and eight snow-covered trees, enhanced with 3,000 tear drop crystals. The central chandelier is made up of 72 individual "ice shards" each lit by its own LED. There are 56 over-scale scenic snowflakes and 11 individual water jet cut swirls on the float. There are six unique etched window art panels on the float. Three depict happy memories of Anna and Elsa in childhood. The other three feature Kristoff, the Trolls and Sven.
For the California Adventure run, this float was removed, due to it being too tall for the wires of the Red Car Trolley. But it will move to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2020, as part of its 15th anniversary celebration.
Wall-E (Disney California Adventure Only)
Mickey & Friends Lightastic Finale (Hong Kong Disneyland) / Fantasia (California Disneyland)
For the grand finale, Sorcerer Mickey is the star of the celebration and takes center stage -- riding high above guests' heads and leading the way to brighten up the park (14 feet tall, 7 feet wide, contains 6,944 individually programmable LED pixels with 124 "paddles" on 31 armatures) with vibrant colors from 12 feet above the street. The float is 31 feet long, has 40 universes of control and more than 10,000 points of light. Joining Mickey Mouse, on a series of Whirly-Balls from SpectroMagic, are Goofy, Donald Duck, and Minnie Mouse, each whirling vehicle has 352 points of light custom designed for the character on board. This glittering gathering also features a series of Finale Drum Majors (Hong Kong Disneyland only), Light Stick Mirror Dancers (Hong Kong Disneyland only) and Double Pinwheel Performers.
original: Tinker Bell & Friends > Monsters, Inc > Cars > The Little Mermaid > Toy Story > Beauty and the Beast > Frozen / The Incredibles > Mickey & Friends Finale
2024 updated version: Tinker Bell & Friends > Monsters, Inc > The Incredibles > Beauty and the Beast > The Little Mermaid > Toy Story > Hercules > Mulan > Wall-E > Mickey & Friends Finale
Music and Audio
The music for both the Hong Kong Disneyland and California Disneyland parades is a medley of past and contemporary Disney music. An original song was written for a show stop segment in the Hong Kong Disneyland version.
Guests in both parks are greeted with an introductory sequence. The introduction starts off with a variation of "Baroque Hoedown" followed by "Electric Fanfare", both from Main Street Electrical Parade, and an announcement nearly identical to the one heard in the Main Street Electrical Parade. Next, a verse and a chorus in the tune of "When Can I See You Again?" from Wreck-It Ralph (adapted version) plays followed by the melody of "Baroque Hoedown". The introductory sequence is longer than the normal music during the parade since it accommodates an opening voice over and an extra verse. The Hong Kong Disneyland version features a group of Cantonese singers.
In California, the Disneyland introductory music is in English and features artist Owl City.
For the rest of the parade, the music enters a looping stage. Every thematic unit has a two minute and thirty seconds tune that begins with a variation of the "When Can I See You Again?" chorus, transitions into a melody of "Baroque Hoedown", plays several snippets of theme songs, and ends with a mix of "Baroque Hoedown" and the theme songs. The theme songs for each unit are:
- TINKERBELL AND DRUM UNIT
- MULAN UNIT
- MONSTERS, INC. UNIT
- "Monsters, Inc. Theme"
- "The Scare Floor"
- THE INCREDIBLES UNIT
- Don't know the music name
- PRINCESSES UNIT
- THE LITTLE MERMAID UNIT
- TOY STORY UNIT
- HERCULES UNIT
- FROZEN UNIT (Disneyland version)
- WALL-E UNIT
- FINALE UNIT
Show Stop (Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland California 2024 updated version)
Since 2024, Disneyland California has an exclusive show stop sequence. Guests can use their light-up Paint Brushes to change the colors of the parade floats during the show stop (especially The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, Hercules, Mulan, Wall-E unit). A song unique to the sequence is performed in English lyrics. Later, the song's length is truncated when compared to the song performed at launch day.
Paint the night Parade 2024 Show Stop
- Main Street Electrical Parade
- Disney's Fantillusion
- Dreaming Up!
- Paint the Night Parade
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