Whenever I tell friends and family I’m headed back to Disney World I often hear them say “Isn’t it expensive to go there all the time?” I typically respond by saying “It doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation.” That response is usually followed by a look of confusion.
There are some activities outside of the theme parks in Walt Disney World that are free. Taking advantage of these free activities can stretch your vacation dollar without sacrificing fun along the way.
One of these free activities is viewing the Electrical Water Pageant. This pageant of lights and music is shown each evening in the Magic Kingdom resort area on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. It consists of two strings of seven barges, each carrying a 25-foot tall screen of lights. The pageant bodes visuals of characters and music from Disney’s “Under the Sea” montage. Listen closely because you may hear other familiar music from Disney’s movies and cartoon shorts.
The pageant has been around for some time. It was originally presented back in October of 1971 for the dedication of the Polynesian Luau. Although it has gone through some modifications over the years, it still has kept its traditional show elements of lights, music and pageantry. In today’s version of the pageant you will view sea creatures and other sea life. The finale is a tribute and salute to America with visuals of stars and flags and music from “Grand Old Flag,” “God Bless America” and “Yankee Doodle.”
The Electrical Water Pageant makes stops and performs at each Magic Kingdom resort area hotel every evening including Ft. Wilderness. The pageant traditionally follows the schedule below; however, you should check with your resort Concierge or Guest Services for specific show times. The pageant can follow an alternate schedule on occasion. It should also be noted that the show can be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Polynesian Resort - 9:00PM
Grand Floridian - 9:15PM
Wilderness Lodge – 9:35PM
Fort Wilderness - 9:50PM
Contemporary Resort - 10:05PM
Magic Kingdom - 10:25PM – Shown only during extended Magic Kingdom hours
The Water Pageant lasts approximately 10 minutes. If you are staying at one of the Magic Kingdom resorts I highly recommend viewing the pageant at least once during your stay. Even if you’re not staying at one of these resorts it’s worth driving over or taking a motor coach to the resort of choice and viewing the show. Our family’s favorite viewing spot for the Electrical Water Pageant is on the beach or boat dock of the Polynesian Resort. These areas are located directly behind the Great Ceremonial House lobby of the resort. In fact, a great evening can be enjoyed if you dine at one of the Polynesian resort’s sit-down restaurants around 7:00PM, then watch the Electrical Water Pageant at 9:00PM on the Polynesian beach, and then view the night time fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom before or after the pageant. It truly makes for a great evening with family and friends.
The Electrical Water Pageant is worth viewing at least once. It’s not something to go out of your way for every evening, but if you’re fortunate enough to stay in one of the Magic Kingdom resort hotels be sure to check it out more often. It stops there each evening anyway, so it’s very convenient entertainment. It’s a great way to cap-off your family’s day at Walt Disney World. If for anything else, it will give you a chance to rest, relax, and enjoy some free entertainment without dodging crowds in the theme parks.
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