Disneyland’s Summer ’72 Entertainment Guide (1972)

This Disneyland’s Summer ’72 brochure provides a comprehensive list of the park’s entertainment offerings for the week of June 25—July 1, 1972. Notably, the iconic Main Street Electrical Parade, which provides the brochure’s cover and theme throughout, debuted just eight days prior on June 17.

The now-famous parade, developed by Bob Jani and Ron Miziker, was inspired by the Electrical Water Pageant around the Seven Seas Lagoon at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, which has run continuously since October 26, 1971. The parade’s memorable synthesizer-laden theme, “Baroque Hoedown,” created by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley, accompanied the eleven original floats and 500,000-plus sparkling lights along the Magic-Kingdom route. Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland later received their own iterations of the show. The parade ran twenty-four years at Disneyland, then was brought back intermittently over the next few decades, including a stint at Disney’s California Adventure. It returned for an eight-month encore in 2017.



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