Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant Celebrates 40 Years of Operation

by All Things Mouse Staff on October 27, 2011
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While it is hard for many to think of going to Walt Disney World Resort and not spending all of your time in one of the theme parks, it should be noted that Disney has many things to offer its guests outside of the theme park turnstiles – some of which are completely free to enjoy. A perfect example of this is the Electrical Water Pageant.

The Electrical Water Pageant is shown most nights (weather permitting) on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It is viewable from multiple locations around those bodies of water, including, but not limited to, the beaches of the Polynesian Resort and Fort Wilderness.

Making this attraction even more special is the fact that its origins can be traced directly back to the opening of the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971. In fact, it made its debut forty years ago on October 25, 1971. At that debut, it was known as the “Electrical Pageant” but still featured the same basic design and premise as found there today.

The water pageant consists of series of floats towed around Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The floats contain 25-foot high screens filled with lights in specific patterns to represent multiple sea creatures. As those floats pass by, guests can hear specific music linked to the pageant.

The music used for the show has changed over the years since the debut, but still retains a playful character. Current music includes selections of tracks from Disney classics such as The Little Mermaid, Pete’s Dragon and Peter Pan.

If the idea of the Water Pageant seems familiar, it may to many. It served as the inspiration for another (perhaps more well-known) parade – the Main Street Electrical Parade.

Guests looking to view the Electrical Water Pageant will want to find the shoreline along the resorts of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake –  Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. Inquire at those locations for the time the pageant will pass by.

Thanks to PriusGuy2004 who provided the video shown above.


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