31 Tips for Your Disney World Trip: Day 27 – Electrical Water Pageant
As you leave the Magic Kingdom in the evening, or walk around the properties of any of the nearby Disney resorts at night, you may see and hear a true Disney treat. The Electrical Water Pageant is a floating parade transported by a one-thousand-foot-long string of barges that travels the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake every evening. It is akin to a water version of the Main Street Electrical Parade. The parade includes 14 floats lit with 50,000 light bulbs.
The floats include creatures from under the sea that float by while music from an 800-watt sound system plays some familiar tunes. Among the floats and music to be enjoyed are: a large Sea Serpent accompanied by “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You Too)” from Pete’s Dragon; a whale accompanied by “Whale of a Tale” from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; a turtle; an octopus accompanied by “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid; 3 jumping dolphins; a Brachiosaurus accompanied by “Walk the Dinosaur”; a crocodile that floats along to “Never Smile At a Crocodile” from Peter Pan; and four seahorses as well as the Neptune float accompanied by “Fanfare” and “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid.
All floats then change to provide a salute to America with Stars and Stripes floating along to a patriotic montage of “You’re a Grand Old Flag”, “Yankee Doodle”, and “America the Beautiful.” The parade closing is a fireworks float to the tune of “Jig” from The Little Mermaid.
There are 5 locations from which to see this Disney staple begun on October 26, 1971 for the dedication of the Polynesian Luau. Generally, the viewing times and locations are:
- 9:00 p.m. Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort
- 9:15 p.m. Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- 9:30 p.m. Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- 9:45 p.m. Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground
- 10:10 p.m. Disney’s Contemporary/Bay Lake Resorts (on nights with 10 p.m. Wishes fireworks, the EWP will begin shortly after its conclusion)
- 10:35 p.m. Magic Kingdom (during Extended Theme Park Hours only)
Once you arrive at one of these locations, ask a Cast Member where to go for your best view. A few more things you should know: it is always a good idea to check with Guest Services at your chosen location, or check the My Disney Experience app to make sure the times have not changed for the evening….for example, when the Magic Kingdom fireworks begin at 9:00, the Electrical Water Pageant will begin its journey about 10-20 minutes later, and this parade may be cancelled if raining.
Best of all, this Disney attraction can be enjoyed at no charge. This parade, which lasts approximately 10 minutes, is just another free treasure to be enjoyed during your magical family visit.
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