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Since SpectroMagic closed in 2010, there have been rumors about a new nighttime parade coming to the Magic Kingdom. The Main Street Electrical Parade returned from California and ran from June 6, 2010 through October 9, 2016 before returning to California. The Main Street Electrical Parade's final performance in California is set for August 20, 2017 and there is a rumor that it will return to the Magic Kingdom once again for a limited engagement.
Following the limited run, a replacement parade is rumored to be in place before the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World in 2021 with inspiration drawn from the Paint the Night parade in Disneyland.
July 5, 2017: In a series of tweets (Tweet 1, Tweet 2, Tweet 3, Tweet 4) @JimHillMedia clarified that the Main Street Electrical Parade would return to Walt Disney World "One Final Time" before Disney opens a Paint the Night inspired Parade at the Magic Kingdom for the 50th Anniversary.
July 5, 2017: On the July premium episode of the Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish podcast, Jim Hill discusses that a version of Paint the Night could eventually be coming to the Magic Kingdom and the Main Street Electrical Parade is likely to return after it's run in Disneyland.
October 9, 2016: The Main Street Electrical Parade had it's last day of operation.
August 10, 2016: The Disney Parks Blog confirmed that the Main Street Electrical Parade will be ending it's run at the Magic Kingdom and heading over to Disneyland. The last showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade will be October 9, 2016. The blog post did not specify that Paint the Night would be replacing the parade.
August 10, 2016: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported hearing that Disneyland's Paint the Night parade would be coming to Florida while the Main Street Electrical Parade would return to Disneyland.
August 2, 2016: The Disney Parks Blog announced that Disneyland's Paint The Night parade would be "going dark" in September.
June 6, 2016: Twitter user @DLthings is reporting that after Disneyland's 60th Anniversary celebration is complete on September 5th, 2016 that the Paint the Night Parade will be relocated to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom with the Main Street Electrical Parade moving to Disneyland.
July 11, 2015: WDWMagic.com user Jose has reported that Imagineer Steve Davison has informed him that he is pushing to design a replacement for the Main Street Electrical Parade
July 7, 2013: On episode 431 of Inside The Magic, Ricky Brigante states that a Disney spokesperson has confirmed that Spectromagic has been retired.
June 25, 2013: WDWMagic.com user wdw71fan reported that the remains of Spectromagic have been disassembled and thrown into dumpsters.
January 5, 2013: WDWMagic.com user drew81 reported that Spectromagic has suffered significant termite damage and will not be returning.
December 19, 2012: WDWMagic.com user drew81 reported that Spectromagic is unlikely to return by the spring.
June 6, 2010: The Main Street Electrical parade returned to the Magic Kingdom for it's official re-opening.
June 5, 2010: SpectroMagic had it's last day of operation.