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2009 was the first time I ever saw any nighttime parade at Magic Kingdom (well, really at any park), and it was SpectroMagic. It being my first time seeing something like that, I was absolutely enthralled. I love Spectro, and I was actually a little sad that I wouldn't be seeing it on our recent trip in August. But I was willing to try a new parade, and we saw the Main Street Electrical Parade for the first (and second) time. I really liked it, but I have to say... I like Spectro better.
I believe that there are two main reasons that I like Spectro more than MSEP. First of all, I don't have the nostalgia factor that a lot of people associate with MSEP. I had never seen it before August, so I had no emotional connection to it. Unlike many people who saw MSEP as a kid and want to share it with their family and friends, I have more of a nostalgic connection with Spectro, since it was the first light parade I ever saw. I really loved Spectro, and I still do.
The two parades are very different, and I like them for different reasons. On one hand, MSEP is really fun, and it makes you want to clap and dance and be happy. The music is great, and it gets stuck in your head for days. Spectro, on the other hand, is more magical, to me at least. And that's the second reason I love Spectro so much. To me, Disney is all about the magic, and I really feel like Spectro brings this out to its fullest. From the white lights changing to color to the soundtrack, Spectro is more magical than fun, and I'll take the trade-off. I mean, it's not like Spectro's not fun too! It amazed me the first time I saw it, and I hope that it comes back to Walt Disney World soon. I miss it!
What do you think about the Magic Kingdom nighttime parades? Do you prefer the Main Street Electrical Parade or SpectroMagic? Do you prefer any of the other special parades? (Boo to You has been in my head all weekend even though I've never seen it in person.) Let me know your thoughts in a comment, a tweet (@discollegeblog), or on Facebook! And listen to me talking with Mike and Rikki on episode 269 of the Be Our Guest Podcast!
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