Thrifty Thursday: The Electrical Water Pageant

Leave the Magic Kingdom in the evening, or walk around the any of the nearby Disney resorts at night, and 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.        Polynesian Resort
  • 9:15 p.m.         Grand Floridian
  • 9:35 p.m.         Wilderness Lodge
  • 9:45 p.m.         Fort Wilderness Campgound
  • 10:05 p.m.       Contemporary/Bay Lake Resorts
  • 10:20 p.m.       Magic Kingdom 

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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Brenda is a native Texan born and raised on the Gulf Coast. She visited Disney World twice as a teenager and always dreamed of growing her family Disney. She took her first-timer husband and their three children to Disney World in 2000 and they now spend every Thanksgiving there. Brenda writes with a comedic twist on various Disney topics. She will be sharing tips she has learned during her travels and also hopes to enlighten people on little-known freebies that Disney has to offer. She wishes she could have met Walt Disney and considers herself to be a student of Walt. In parallel to his dream it is her wish that everyone would take at least one trip to Disney World in order to share in its magic with their families.

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