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Disney debuts an all LED-lit nighttime parade, Paint the Night

by Matt Roseboom

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Disney has debuted another first – an all LED nighttime parade at Hong Kong Disneyland called “Disney Paint the Night”.

Using a magic paintbrush and his vivid imagination, Sorcerer Mickey lights up the night with dazzling colors during the all-new LED parade. (LED stands for “light emitting diode.” LEDs are the most efficient lightbulbs available and can change to many different colors.) The parade marks Hong Kong Disneyland’s newest chapter after the completion of its three-part expansion project last year.

Harnessing the power of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Mickey has enchanted his brush and painted visions inspired by classic Disney Pixar stories. Lightning McQueen and Sulley & Mike will be found in a Hong Kong Disneyland parade for the first time ever. Tinker Bell, Ariel, Belle, Buzz Lightyear & Woody, and many other beloved Disney friends will also immerse onlookers in a world of light and color along Main Street, U.S.A. each night. The seven original floats contain more than 740,000 individual lights.

During two moments in the parade, guests can use all-new interactive merchandise to change the colors of the performers’ costumes at the touch of a button. Similar to Glow with the Show ear hats, the floats will also sync up to additional magic-enabled merchandise, including a Mickey Glow Mitt and Minnie Glow Bow, and change the colors of the items on cue.

Apart from the nighttime spectacular, the resort will launch new offerings to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015. The first ever Marvel-themed area based on Iron Man will debut in Hong Kong Disneyland in late 2016. Another new resort-style hotel with 750 rooms will open by early 2017.

Rumors say this parade may also come to Disneyland in California for their 60th anniversary next year.

Here’s a look at the parade:

Disney's Paint The Night LED Parade at Hong Kong Disneyland

Video by Paul Hotchan: @photchan on Twitter and YouTube. Special thanks to him and Theme Park Review.

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