Magic Behind the Music: Disneyland – Parades & Shows – Paint the Night

D-COT’s Jukebox proudly presents a spectacular Disney production of nighttime magic and imagination with astounding musical sounds! You have to use your own imagination for the millions of dazzling lights that are part of this amazing parade that is a technological advancement on its predecessor, the Main Street Electrical Parade. Disney’s Paint the Night parade originally debuted at Hong Kong Disneyland in September 2014. In May 2015, Disney released a newer version of the parade in California’s Disneyland Park to commemorate the park’s 60th Anniversary. While both incarnations were the first parades to be lit completely by LED lighting, the Disneyland version contained about twice as many LEDs with 1.5 million of them in the parade!

D-COT’s Jukebox has featured this soundtrack since February 9, 2016. While those of us on D-COT don’t get to see the lights, we do hear the music which contains parts of various Disney soundtracks like Peter Pan, Monsters, Inc., The Little Mermaid, Toy Story, and the Incredibles. Owl City’s “When Can I See You Again,” which was also part of the Wreck-It Ralph soundtrack, forms the basis for the parade music which was arranged by Adam Young of Owl City and who also provided some of the vocals. This track has a play count of over 3,600 and is great for brightening up or adding a spring in the step of any mundane day! D-COT supporters have added it to 30 Custom Playlists and 111 members have added it to their favorites. It gets an average rating of 4.7/5 with 52 votes. Stats like these make Paint the Night another young track on our Jukebox that has a lot of potential for future prominence.

While Hong Kong’s Paint the Night continues to run regularly, Disneyland’s Paint the Night parade was shelved after the 60th Anniversary celebration, was brought back for the 2016 Holiday Season, was shelved again, and brought back again to Disney’s California Adventure this past April. It is slated to show there until September 3, 2018. The parade seems to have enough fans that Disney just can’t keep it in the garage. We can’t say if September 3rd will really see the permanent end of the relatively young parade. Maybe it will be over for Disney’s California Adventure, but it’s continual resurfacing begs the question, “When – where – can we see it again?”

RocketEAR99 is one of our contributors that specializes in Disney music in the series we call "Magic Behind the Music". You will find some fun and exciting information about the music you can listen to in the jukebox.


  1. OK, now I have to head over and listen to this one, its been a while!

  2. One of my favorites!!!!

  3. Sooooooooooooo looking forward to seeing this in person in November! However, I’ll just have to listen on the Jukebox until then!

    Thanks for another awesome article! :minnie:

  4. One of my favorite parts hits at 5:13, with a clean, tight sax section soli of Baroque Hoedown, and I can’t help but enjoy the Route 66 homage at about 8:35! Dang, there’s so much good in this! :heart:

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