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Electrical Water Pageant Celebrates 40 Years at Walt Disney World Resort

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    Water will also serve as a ‘stage’ in Walt Disney World. Lakeside and on the lagoon, fireworks shows and water spectacles will be presented – even including special ‘parades.’”


    These words printed in the 1970 “Walt Disney World Preview” book certainly ring true when you think of the Electrical Water Pageant, which launched in 1971 and marks 40 years of shows today, Oct. 26.

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    When Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971, a series of grand-opening ceremonies took place: One for Magic Kingdom Park, one for each resort (then the Contemporary Resort Hotel and Polynesian Village) and one for the Polynesian Luau show. The Electrical Water Pageant, originally called “Electrical Pageant,” debuted as a part of these various grand opening celebrations.

    Much like today, the first pageant consisted of 14 barges that pull 25-foot-tall floats across Seven Seas Lagoon. Each float features illuminated characters, such as a whale, turtle, sea horse and a multi-float sea serpent. During the second half of the show, these floats switch to display illuminated American flags and stars.

    Not only did the pageant wow guests, making it a regular sight on Seven Seas Lagoon, but it’s success also inspired the creation of another innovative guest draw – the Main Street Electrical Parade, which opened at Disneyland in 1972. Incidentally, the parade’s signature track “Baroque Hoedown,” was originally featured in the Electrical Water Pageant. A compilation of music by Georg Freidrich Handel, and several other tracks, later replaced “Baroque Hoedown” in the pageant.

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    We'll try to do this with the boy this weekend. Or perhaps we'll save it for Christmas!
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    Hasn't he seen it yet :unsure:

    We didn't know about it for years :rolleyes:
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    Oh he probably has, just was too young to remember... and clearly I don't honestly remember if he has. It's one of those things you take for granted, you know?

    It's fun to watch regardless of the number of times you've seen it, you know? :D

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