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Disneyland’s Paint the Night Parade returns to Disneyland Resort April 13, 2018.
Paint the Night Parade debuted in May 2015 and returns to Disneyland Resort in 2018. Read why it is now my favorite nighttime entertainment at the Disneyland Resort and see how you can get reserved seats.
Updated for Pixar Fest 2018
Paint the Night ended its official run on September 5, 2016 and returns to Disneyland Resort, but this time at California Adventure on April 13, 2018.
I grew up watching the Main Street Electrical Parade. In my little mind it was the most dazzling, beautiful thing I had ever seen. Snuggled up in my dad’s lap along Main Street I had it all. It was Disneyland and growing up in Southern California that has spoiled me with the Rose Parade and so much more (see how Disneyland has ruined me here). Today little hometown parades with pick up trucks and a banner as floats pale in comparison when Disneyland is your norm.
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Paint the Night Parade Review
The highlight of any Disneyland visit for me, is by far watching Paint the Night. Floats, costumes, music, makeup and more makes Paint the Night the best night time entertainment I have ever seen from Disneyland Resort.
Watching the parade brought me pure joy and that long missed carefree feeling straight from childhood. I was completely immersed in the experience and in awe of the more than 1.5 million LED lights on display. You will see familiar Disney and Pixar characters like Mickey, Minnie, Belle, Mike and Sulley, Lightening McQueen and more showcased on incredible floats. Another thing I loved about this parade is some characters, like the Disney Princesses, have microphones and interact with the audience on a whole new level. It is simply NOT to be missed.
The nighttime parade that once graced Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland Park will now be featured at California Adventure Park during Pixar Fest (ends September 3, 2018).
For those of us familiar with the Main Street Electrical Parade, you’ll notice a bit of the catchy tune “remixed” into the opening song for Paint the Night as well as a makeover for the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade drum, now featured in Paint the Night.
Paint the Night has a fabulous soundtrack, with one of our family favorites— Owl City’s “When Can I See You Again?” The playful, upbeat song appropriately asks during the parade, “When can we do this again?” And by the end of the parade, you’ll be asking yourself the same thing.
Paint the Night Parade Seating
The parade route at California Adventure is much longer and wider than at neighboring Disneyland Park. My top tips for viewing Paint the Night at California adventure is to get reserved seats! Read all about reserved seating for Paint the Night Parade here.
Your Paint the Night Parade Seating Plan
1. Paint the Night Dining with Reserved Seating
Reserved dining for Paint the Night Parade 2018 is now open!
Don’t camp out for a minute longer than you need to! Beginning April 13, 2018, you can get a reserved seating area with a Paint the Night Parade Dining Package. Dine at various locations throughout California Adventure Park and return later to a premier viewing location with a fabulous view of the amazing floats. I recommend arriving at your reserved seating area at least 30 minutes before the parade begins for the best seating selection within that reserved space.