Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Electrical Water Pageant

Favorite Night Time Show

Welcome to those of you joining me from The CanaDisney Blog and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

This month we are talking about a Favorite Night time Show at Disney.  Mine is a long standing favorite that is unique to Walt Disney World complex in Florida:  The Electrical Water Pageant.  The Electrical Water Pageant has continuously run (weather permitting) every evening on Disney’s Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake since late October, 1971.  The show has changed little since then and remains one of the few original opening year shows to be still in operation.  

The Electrical Water Pageant consists of seven barges carrying large screens with colored lights in the shape of various characters.  The lights flicker on/off in order to create the effect of movement.  This stunning display is set to Disney themed music.  The Pageant concludes with a tribute to the United States, a huge flag, and patriotic music.  The light show can be seen from all of the resorts on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake, but interestingly, not from the Magic Kingdom. 

The Electrical Water Pageant (EWP) traverses the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake making stops in front of each resort to perform it’s show.  Weather permitting, the EWP starts at the Polynesian Resort usually at 9pm, travels to the Grand Floridian, then the Wilderness Lodge, over to Fort Wilderness and ends at a stop in front of the Contemporary Resort at little after 10pm.  The best viewing spots are from the beaches and boat docks of the Magic Kingdom Resorts.   The light show does not make a stop in front of the Magic Kingdom, although, you could be fortunate to see some of it from the Ferry Boat or the Monorail.    

The Electric Water Pageant is often created as the idea that led to the creation of the original Main Street Electrical Parade at Disneyland...and eventually to Spectromagic at the Magic Kingdom.

The EWP is one of my favorite evening treats at Disney World.  It's quirky and fun.  It's also one of the few parades where you don't have to line up hours prior to view.   For my family, it's a wonderful way to end the evening!

Here’s a sampling of the current music line-up for the EWP:
   Opening music: "Fanfare" from The Little Mermaid
   Sea Serpent (four floats) featuring "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You Too)" from Pete's Dragon
   Whale (one float) accompanied by "Whale of a Tale" from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
   Turtle (one float) 
   Octopus (one float) accompanied by "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid
   Three Jumping Dolphins (three floats)
   Brachiosaurus (one Float) accompanied by "Walk the Dinosaur" 
   Crocodile (one float) accompanied by "Never Smile at a Crocodile" from Peter Pan 
   Four Seahorses (one float) accompanied by "Fanfare and "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid
   Neptune (one float) accompanied by "Fanfare and "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid
   All floats change to the American Flag & Stars and are accompanied by:  "You're a Grand Old Flag", 
   "Yankee Doodle", and "America the Beautiful".
   Closing music "Fireworks" and "Jig" from The Little Mermaid 

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