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The Magic Kingdom’s “SpectroMagic” Parade a Delight for all Ages

Combining the energy of seven lightning bolts, the electrical power of a fleet of 2,000 highway trucks and a sprinkling of pixie-dust. When you combine all this and turn down the lights in Magic Kingdom, it’s showtime for the Walt Disney World nighttime wonder “SpectroMagic.”

A nighttime parade that showcases a techno-workshop full of lighting effects to re-create pixies and peacocks, sea horses and flying horses, flower gardens and fountains – all the whimsical creatures and environments of Disney’s worlds of wonder and fantasy. “SpectroMagic” is Disney’s replacement to the Main Street Electrical Parade which ended in March of 2001.
Some “SpectroMagic” highlights:
The Genie from Disney’s “Aladdin” is the eccentric conductor of an orchestra producing a rainbow of music notes that flow into the air.
Practical Pig, poised before the magical world of Disney’s characters (a parade segment more than 100 feet in length and featuring castle towers, a carousel, a bejeweled coach and other dreamlands), flicks a paint brush to change the colors of the characters’ world into silvery white.
Chernabog, memorable for his role as the monstrous demon figure in “Fantasia,” is portrayed in dark and eerie colors as he dramatically spreads his wings to a 38-foot span.
The Three Good Fairies in Sleeping Beauty’s garden create the sparkle of day among the flowers and insects…and magically transform the scene to the mystery of night.
Mickey Mouse in glistening lights with “a confetti of light” sparkling in the air around him heralds the 20-minute production. Dressed in an amber and purple grand magician’s cape, he plays the role of a light-controller capable of altering colors, brilliance and types of lighting effects. “SpectroMagic” is a marvel of the computer age. For lighting alone, approximately 30 mini-computers are utilized. Audio is stored digitally on state-of-the-art micro-chips. A sequence of electronic triggers activates the visual effects and audio effects, and electronic cross-references synchronize the show.
Information courtesy of About.com
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