A behind-the-scenes look at Disneyland's long-running show, the Main Street Electrical Parade.
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Bob Jani's Disneyland Entertainment division was responsible for keeping the park's paying guests to remain in the park after dusk with some sort of entertainment enticing their Magic Kingdom's guests to remain after dark! In a winter-spring of 1985 morning meeting between Anaheim-Disneyland Park Entertainment director Bob Jani and Hub Braden, Jani gave Braden a creative task of designing the original 1985 "Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade" - which would be performed every night in the park's 1985 summer entertainment division's "free nightly program," and subsequent following summer seasons. In their creative design consultation meeting, Jani outlined specifically each parade unit contained in the parade's line of marching groups comprising the magic spectacle of music and lights, which would comprise the entire Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade. Designing the entire parade was a first for Braden; for reference in designing each parade unit, Braden used how production designer John DeCuir had designed his conceptual lay-out format for the 20th Century fox feature film "Hello Dolly" - the New York street parade segment. Braden illustrated each parade unit assigning a numerical category sequencing each parade unit. These design-illustrations were sent to a Chicago based store display company, who had the contract to construct each electrical parade unit's aluminum tube framing rolling structure. Upon completion of all of the parade rolling units, the parade package was shipped to Disneyland-Anaheim, with the parade units set-up in the park's back-staging area, assembled in order to rehearse the parade after the park's late night closure. Each unit had to contain it's electrical battery package enabling the Italian seed-light garlands outlining each unit's aluminum frame dolly-wheeled motorized profile. Troy Barrett, a Los Angeles based IATSE 33 stage technician, was placed in charge of the night parade. Troy Barrett principal daylight hour assignment was to maintain, daily, each individual parade unit, repairing and/or maintaining the electrical failures of each parade unit. Prior to his employment with Disneyland's Entertainment Division, Troy Barrett had been based in the San Fernando Valley, in his own shop-studio, located in his garage. Troy's expertise and construction-talent was highly respected for his delivering theatrical stage scenery and props for set designers who had contracted him for theatrical stage and television shows. Disneyland's Anaheim Entertainment division director Bob Jani ended up keeping Troy gainfully employed year round at Anaheim-Disneyland, maintaining the numerous projects under umbrella of the Disneyland Entertainment Division. After the first year's parade ended, Troy ingeniously had to rebuild each individual parade unit during the 1985-1986 scheduled fall and winter months hiatus, because the Chicago display company's parade unit's were poorly manufactured, their poor workmanship of the units failed to sustain a repeated nightly roll down Disneyland's Main Street. "The Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade" is Bob Jani, Hub Braden and Troy Barrett's Disneyland legacy. See more
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