The Complete History of Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade | Light and sound #adabox10 @adafruit


Great in-depth history of Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade from WDW News Today.

After 14 years of the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World, it was decided that something new should be done building off that success. The initial concept name was Electromagic. In 14 years, lighting and other show technology had come a long way, and Disney planned on utilizing it. Using over 600,000 lights and 948 batteries (112 of those were needed for the audio system alone), the new parade could do more than just light up. Liquid neon, UV, thermoplastics, gas plasma, liquid nitrogen, burst animation, and searchlights would all be used in this new parade. The parade would contain 100 miles of fiber optic cable in 37 separate floats and 61 costumes. Lighting was further enhanced by various types of prismatic lenses and reflection devices. Each float would also have several on-board computer systems to control lights, effects, and audio. The parade would also have a first, a cascading color changing finale across 7 floats and 30 costumes. With a new name, SpectroMagic debuted on October 1, 1991, the 20th anniversary of Walt Disney World.

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