which marked the opening of the new Fantasyland. It's worth noting that during this hiatus, City Hall in Disneyland and Guest Communications received many requests for the Main Street Electrical Parade, questions about where it went, if it would be coming back, and complaints that it was gone. The public outcry for the parade was unlike any other for any other attraction in Disneyland. 12. 1985 - This was a big year for Main Street Electrical Parade. Tokyo Disneyland opened this year, prompting the creation of a third and final original incarnation of the Electrical Parade (Video). Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade came out to have the most radical designs of all the three parades. Although it was pretty much an exact copy of the Disneyland (CA) parade, many familiar elements had noticable differences. For example, their Blue Fairy had a more shapely figure, they chose to keep their "Knights of Light" throughout the run of the parade in Tokyo where the others did away with them long before, the Alice in Wonderland Unit included electric flowers and butterflies apart from the mushrooms, the Tokyo parade included a "Swans Lake" unit that has never been seen inside the U.S., and probably the biggest differece being the Court Dancers in the Cinderella Unit danced on a long and beautiful moving stage. Back at Disneyland (CA) many new units were added to the parade. "Peter Pan"/"Pirate Ship," "Snow White"/"Dwarf Mine (Video)," "Pinocchio"/"Pleasure Island (Video)," and "Return to Oz" were all added in 1985. All of these units were also made for Tokyo, except "Pinocchio"/"Pleasure Island" and "Return to Oz." "Return to Oz" only in 1985. All of the music for these units were produced by Don Dorsey. Because this year was Disneyland's 30th anniversary, the park stayed open for 30 hours straight. So for the first and only time, there were four performances of Main Street Electrical Parade inside the realms of one full park operating day. Aside from the regular performances at 8:30pm and 11:30pm, there were also performances at 1:00am and 4:00am. This year also marked the true golden age of Main Street Electrical Parade everywhere, but especially at Disneyland in California. Not only were all three original parades active at this time, but Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade has never been as full, long, and complete as it was in 1985, with classic units like "It's A Small World (Video)," "Pinocchio"/"Pleasure Island," and "Return to Oz" that have now been lost over time. At this time, it really would take about 30 minutes for the whole parade to go by, if you stood in one spot.
13. 1986 - For Walt Disney World's 15th anniversary they added a "Walt Disney World's 15th Anniversary" float (Video). Unlike Disneyland's anniversary floats, this one did not have its own musical signature.
14. 1988 - For Mickey Mouse's 60th birthday a float was added to only Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade named, appropriately enough, "Mickey's 60th Birthday (Video)." This was also the year that "It's A Small World" ended its long run at Disneyland (CA), unfortunately. The reason for this is unknown.
15. September 14, 1991 - Walt Disney World said good-bye to their Main Street Electrical Parade, after nearly fifteen years (Video). This marked the first of the original three electrical parades to be uprooted. The floats were then shipped to the new Disneyland Paris, which would be opening the following year. The replacement for Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World was SpectroMagic, which premiered later on in 1991.
16. October 1, 1991 - SpectroMagic premiered at Walt Disney World (Video).
17. April 12, 1992 - On opening day for the theme park, Euro Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade (Later renamed Disneyland Paris Main Street Electrical Parade) premiers using the floats from Walt Disney World (Video). It's interesting to note that the "It's A Small World" unit was never used beyond 1992. The reason for this is unknown.
18. June 21, 1995 - Tokyo Disneyland said Sayonara to their electrical parade with a farewell float to lead off the parade that read "Sayonara Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade. (Info)" This makes the second of the original three electrical parades to be uprooted (Video 1) (Video 2). The "Swan Lake" unit was shipped to Disneyland Paris for their electrical parade. The fate of the rest of the floats from Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade are not known, but they were presumably dismantled. Tokyo Disneyland's Electrical Parade was replaced by Fantillusion.
19. July 21, 1995 - Fantillusion premiers at Tokyo Disneyland (Video).
20. November 25, 1996 - Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade ended its near 25 year run to much fanfare, public response, and heavy emotion from all (Video 1) (Video 2) (Video 3) (Video 4). This was the last of the original three electrical parades to be uprooted. When it was announced that 1996 was going to be the final year of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade, the response from the public was swift and prolific. The park saw swelling crowds that grew more massive as the final day approached. The parade was so popular and public response was so great that although the original closing date was supposed to be October 15th, the season was extended over a month to November 25th to meet the demand. Futher, Disneyland had to close the gates and stop letting people into the park around the time of October 15th. That had only happened so many times in Disneyland history. After the final performance was over, the floats were parked at the parade holding bay behind It's A Small World, and left on until the batteries ran out. Disney sold commemorative light bulbs from the floats at a cost of $10 each for charity, and they also sold a souvenir video of the parade for the guests. The replacement for Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland (CA) was Light Magic, which premiered in 1997.
21. May 23, 1997 - Light Magic premiered at Disneyland and was an immediate failure (Video). Most reviews from guests and press were one of disdain, and most considered it an unworthy replacement for Main Street Electrical Parade. One local newspaper called Light Magic "The $20 million dud!" Light Magic is now commonly referred to by many long time Disney fans, and cast members who are familiar with it, as "Light Tragic."