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Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant – Is There A Change In the Tide?

It’s a whole new lagoon! Sevens Seas Lagoon that is. Known for being the entryway to the Magic Kingdom, the Sevens Seas Lagoon is home to Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant. Since Nemo was a minnow, Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant has graced the body water on a nightly basis. With many changes on the horizon, from the additions of the Tron and Guardians of the Galaxy coasters to the massive overhaul of the Epcot’s Spine, could the legendary pageant of the water be sucked by a change in the tides? We’ve strapped on our PFD’s (personal floatation device) and ready to set sail across the Seven Seas Lagoon! 

The Sea Serpent from Disney's Electrical Water Pageant
Sea Serpent

History Lesson 

Who doesn’t love a good Disney history lesson? You know we definitely do! Twenty fours days after the opening of the Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971, Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant set sail on Seven Seas Lagoon. Nightly (weather dependent) at 9 pm est 14 lit floats make their way around Seven Seas Lagoon depicting both nautical and mythical sea creatures. The floats can be seen from the Monorail Loop Resorts and the Magic Kingdom in the following order: 

  • 9 pm – Polynesian Resort 
  • 9:15 pm – Grand Floridian Resort 
  • 9:30 pm – Wilderness Lodge and Boulder Ridge 
  • 9:45 pm – Fort Wilderness Campground 
  • 10:10 pm – Contemporary Resort and Bay Lake Tower
  • 10:35 pm – Magic Kingdom  

Originally designed specifically for the Magic Kingdom’s grand opening ceremony which aired on NBC’s Wonderful World of Disney. That’s no mistyped, NBC originally aired Disney content prior to the Walt Disney Company purchasing the ABC network. Over the years, Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant has seen a variety of updates to the floats and music, with the current version replicating what guests saw in 1977. 

Passholder Insights: After dinner at Ohana we enjoy heading down to the beach at the Polynesian Resort to see both Happily Ever After and Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant. 

Behind the scenes of Disney's Electrical Water Pageant
Waterway to Seven Seas Lagoon

Water Shifting Gears 

Wait, don’t boat shift gears? Not, water. Yes, yes they do, but you know what we mean. With the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World less than 2 years away, Disney World is in full ramp-up mode for the celebration. Only a select few things from opening day remain and it could be argued that Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant is one of the original opening day attractions (what’s a few days between friends?).  

Rumors have been swirling around what could happen to the Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant now that Disney World is a building a pathway from the Grand Floridian Resort to the Magic Kingdom. With the new pathway needing to cross the waterway used by the water pageant to enter and leave Seven Seas Lagoon it raises the question of what happens to the water pageant. According to Jim Hill of Jim Hill Media, Disney Imagineering has begun working on a new version of the water pageant. The new version of Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant will include updated floats and would debt during the year-long 50th-anniversary celebration. 

Passholder Insights: A great way to avoid the crowds exiting the Magic Kingdom is to watch the water pageant from the Magic Kingdom entrance while the crowds subside.  

Disney's Electrical Water Pageant Whale by the Contemporary Resort
Whale In Front Of The Contemporary Resort

Why A Change? 

If it’s not broke why fix it? That’s a motto the DVC Duo life by. When it comes to Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant, Disney has had the same thought. Unfortunately, when the water pageant debuted in 1971 it was originally thought it would run for a couple of years. Fast forward to today and the floats have a reached a point where they need to be replaced. The big question is if Disney Imagineering will adjust the size of the floats to work in conjunction with the bridge being built for the new pathway. 

Our Thoughts 

It’s wonderful to hear that Disney World is looking to carry forward Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant. The water pageant is one of the lesser-known nighttime shows, but we’ve always enjoyed catching when in the area. With potentially new floats on the way, it will definitely be on our list of things to check out. All we need to figure out is which area to watch from. Who are we kidding, we’ll meet you at the Polynesian Resort beach! 

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