This was one of the stage shows that was also replicated at Walt Disney World. Their version was at the Disney/MGM Studios, though it doesn’t look like I have any photos of it. It was Huntchback of Notre Dame by the time I took photos there. Regardless, I think I preferred the Disneyland version since it made use of a trap door in the stage to let characters “appear” rather than having them run on/off stage.
But I digress.
The theater, back then, was far less themed than the one that Disneyland has today:
I don’t even think I really wanted to “waste” my time and watch a show, but I was online friends with a show technician that was working the show that day and I wanted to say hi. He was one of the guys that would be up on all that scaffolding running lights and such. I wonder if his position was eventually replaced by computer-controlled lighting…
It also had fire…
The theater would later get updated and become home to a Snow White show. Remind me to talk about Disneyland, food, and that Snow White show when I get to it. I heard some really neat stories about it.
Ever wonder what a nighttime parade made up of thousands of sparkling lights would look like to a 1996 digital camera?
Neither did I, but let’s find out.
Here’s the Main Street Electrical Parade as seen though the lens of a first-generation digital camera:
I’d share more, but I think you get the idea: It looks bad on a 1996 digital camera.
But, back then, unless you had a good camera and knew how to use it, and a scanner, this was about the only way you’d have seen it other than in person. My Kodak Disc camera photos of the Florida version of the parade in 1982 were even worse.
It’s really sad that this parade was leaving the park forever in 1996, but at least there was something new and shiny to look forward to:
I can’t wait to see what Light Magic looks like through the lens of a first generation digital camera.