Disney World Shutting Down Main Street Electrical Parade, Shipping It West

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Fans of Disney World’s Main Street Electrical Parade will have to head to California to see it come October, after the park announced that the nightly event is shutting down and moving to Disneyland.

The last time the Orlando night will be lit up by the parade will be on Oct. 9, Disney Parks announced, before it sets up in Anaheim for a limited engagement starting in early 2017.

The nightly procession features Tinker Bell as the marshal, lighting the way with her wand as she “orchestrates half a million shimmering lights synchronized to a memorable soundtrack,” as Disney says. Included among the larger-than-life light displays is a 23-foot-tall Clock Tower and Pete’s Dragon — which breathes smoke and wags his tail.

The parade will actually be returning home: it first started at Disneyland in 1972, the Orlando Sentinel notes, followed by versions of the procession that ran at Disney World from 1977 to 1991, 1999 to 2001, and the current iteration, which began in 2010.

If you want to make sure you see the parade before it moves this fall, you should also keep in mind that it won’t run on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party nights.

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