Disneyland marked the return of its nighttime shows this week as the theme park returns to pre-pandemic levels.
The resort on Wednesday surprised guests with a preview of two of its nighttime shows ahead of the official Friday debut – the ‘Disneyland Forever’ fireworks and the Main Street Electrical Parade.
The latter was brought back for the parade’s 50th anniversary and featured a new 118-foot-long finale float.
The park’s Fantasmic show will return this week as well, and California Adventure’s World of Color event will debut on May 28 along with a virtual queue system.
“We’ve had a bit of time to upgrade some of our technology,” Jennifer Magill, a producer for Disney Live Entertainment, told the Business Journal. “Our projectors are the latest technology, so they’re a little sharper, a little crisper. And our lights are even brighter.”
Disneyland is operating at nearly full capacity two years after the onset of the pandemic that shuttered the 1,100-acre resort and much of Anaheim for several months. Both theme parks were closed for 412 days and reopened last April.
The Walt Disney Co. is typically the largest employer in OC and had 32,000 employees prior to the pandemic across its parks, hotels and shopping district.
The west end of Downtown Disney is currently under construction as part of a multi-year renovation project that will remodel the shopping center.