Let's take a look back at the famed parade. From the Summer of 1973, this is the first (and I believe only) appearance of the MSEP on a Guide Book. Oh, what the heck, I will post this entire book on Bonus Sunday.
Since this little “Facts and Features” flyer mentions the soon to be released “Pete’s Dragon” I’ll place it at 1977. “1. Study the Map on the back of this flyer carefully.”
Here’s the map they want you to study carefully! Seems pretty simple to me, but I’ll study it a bit longer anyway…
Well, I thought America Sings got short handed with space in the big souvenir books of the late 70’s and early 80’, The Main Street Electrical Parade got almost zero space! Out of 8 Guides (73 to 86) this is all I could find. “Stuff from the Park” has some great rare shots of the parade in action (link).
Now from October 17, 1996, your Souvenir Program to an Annual Passholder Event “Farewell, Main Street Electrical Parade”.
WOW an entire special event just to celebrate the closing of a parade. Where was the party when the Skyway closed? PeopleMover? Rocket Jets? Mission to Mars? America Sings? Ok, I’ll stop.
Oh, I see, special merchandise, now I get it. Oh and how many people bought the “authentic light bulb” for $10? There’s one on Ebay (link) buy-it-now for $19.99.
Interesting how this Souvenir Program is mostly Black and Yellow. Was there some kind of message in that?
So is it coming back? (Said in my best Paul Frees voice) "It could only happen at Disneyland"
This weekend: For Saturday I’m trying to stitch together a super opening year (1971) Magic Mountain Wall Map. Sunday is Mega Bonus Sunday. All these in there entirety; Summer 1960 Vacationland, 1974 Disneyland Family Special (United Air Lines), Summer’s 1973 and 1974 Guide Books.