Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights
I stayed at Tokyo Disneyland until late in the evening and long enough to see their main nighttime parade called "Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade Dreamlights". We've seen the the "Main Street Electrical Parade" at WDW and we've seen "Paint the Night" parade at DLR and this is kind of a combination of both of those things. And because of that, it is awesome. You get all the lights and action from "Paint the Night", but you get Baroque Hoedown blasting over the speakers. (go ahead...click that link and listen to the song. It transports you, like it does me???)
Above you see the Casey Jr. train float with Mickey, Minnie and Goof on it. (You'll also note the 2 dudes snapping vertical video/photos. C'mon man. Landscape mode, dudes. Landscape mode!)
And below you see the photo, the first float is lead by the Blue Fairy from Pinnochio. And then is followed by the locomotive and big drum you see above. Those are float #1 and #2 in this version in Tokyo. But, in the currently running "Main Street Electrical Parade", Tinkerbell is in the first slot.
Turns out, according to Wikipedia, this version in Tokyo is true to the original.
The original parade floats featured the Blue Fairy, a large drum pulled by the Casey Jr. Engine, Cinderella, a Chinese dragon, and a circus calliope. Until 1977, some of the floats, such as the elephant train and the American flag finale, were flat screens on manually-pushed rolling platforms similar to the Electrical Water Pageant.
The Main Street Electrical Parade had counterparts of the same name and layout at Magic Kingdom in the Walt Disney World Resort, which ran from 1977 to 1991. It was replaced by a similar parade called SpectroMagic, which ran from 1991 to 1999 and then reopened in 2001 and ended on June 4, 2010. In 1992, the version from Magic Kingdom went to Parc Disneyland at Disneyland Paris and ran there until 2003.
It was then replaced by Fantillusion, a nighttime parade from Tokyo Disneyland that had earlier replaced the Tokyo version of the Main Street Electrical Parade, which ran from 1985 to 1995. Tokyo Disneyland's current night parade, Tokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights, began in 2001 and it was a return to the style of the original with updated new music and floats.(emphasis mine.)
What's interesting is that the "Main Street Electrical Parade" just recently returned to Disneyland and as part of that news, they announced that the Casey Jr. train and drum float was returning with the right branding.
Old school. Nothing like nostalgia to make parents spend, spend, spend, right?