Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us this "preview" of Disney Paint the Night Parade.
The Disneyland 60th Anniversary kicks off on May 22nd with a new parade, new shows, entertainment and more.The new parade will be Paint the Night which will roll through Disneyland each evening. Though some elements will be new, it will be very similar to the Disney Paint the Night parade that premiered in Hong Kong last year. I was at Hong Kong Disneyland in April and saw the parade then. I watched the parade near its start in Fantasyland and then rushed to Main Street to catch it a second time. Here are some pictures and video clips from it that can act as a preview of what is coming to Anaheim. The Anaheim version will not have a show stop and will feature a couple extra floats: a tribute to the large drum from the original Electrical parade and a Frozen-themed float.
I have a trip summary page on my site from my time at Hong Kong Disneyland and then Tokyo Disney Resort featuring additional picture sets and videos.
Here is a full video of Paint the Night in case you want to listen to the audio while clicking through the pictures.
Tinker Bell and some fairies lead the parade.
Behind Tink you can see the Monsters Inc float.
Moving on these guys on stilts lead the way for the Monsters Inc team
Sulley on the front of the float with giant doors that have video on them behind him.
Mike is on the back of the float.
Next up the Cars crew is rolling into view.
Lightning leads the way Mack is behind him.
Next up we head under the sea with the Little Mermaid
Next up the Ballroom/Princess unit.
Belle is on the float representing the princesses. Behind her two large screens with video.
Trailing behind a series of candelabras.
A rose performer.
Toy Story is next. Cowboys, Cowgirls, and Slinky Dog lead the way.
The Fab 4 (Goofy, Donald, Minnie and Mickey) are the final group.
They stopped for a show stop in front of me (note in Anaheim there will be no show stop). A video clip of their show stop including some guest interaction.
The ground and audience were being painted with lights.
Sorcerer Mickey is the finale. Not sure what his float is besides a lot of lights though.
After Mickey passed by I pushed through the crowd and rushed to Main Street to catch the parade again. Thanks to the show stop I was able to catch it and get to Town Square before the stop ended. So I could get a second viewing and some more video.
The parade on Main Street USA
Hope you enjoyed this "preview" of Disney Paint the Night. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full Trip Report I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.