Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant – Episode 122

This week I’m on Bay Lake as I bring you Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant. It starts off with a tribute to the sea creatures and then ends with some great patriotic tunes.

Hope you enjoy today’s video, be sure to leave a comment! Have a Happy 4th of July!

Rick Howard

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15 comments on “Walt Disney World’s Electrical Water Pageant – Episode 122”

  1. Scott Schultz says:

    Great video Rick! My wife and I really enjoy the Electrical Water Pageant. We’ve seen it at least 50 times and never seem to get tired of it. The first time I saw it I was like a little kid. I heard it from my North Garden wing room at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I screamed at my wife…”What IS that?” and I opened my sliding glass door and ran out of my 1st floor room to check it out and I’ve been a fan ever since. My favorite spot to watch parades has to be at The Magic Kingdom in Frontierland. There is a ledge you can sit on and the parade goes right by you within 3 feet so we always have an unobstructed view. Scºoºtt


  2. cathy mullen says:

    Hi Rick,

    I love this water parade and on our very first trip to DW we were on the monorail when I spied this water parade and I thought it was something special just for the hotel guests but I did find out that it was for everyone.
    The next year we stayed at the Contemporary and could watch it every night.

    We do not have a special spot to watch the parade at the MK so I will be anxious to see what others have to say. We would love to have a place where
    people don’t think they can stand in front of you!


  3. Kristine Koelzer says:

    Great view for the electric water parade. I love watching SpectroMagic from right by the bridge that goes toward Big Thunder Mountain Railroad across from Peco’s Bills


  4. Terese Paltatzidis says:

    We love to grab some ice cream bars from Captain Cooks, and sit at the end of the pier at the Polynesian to watch the Electrical Water Pageant. As far as the parade at the Magic Kingdom goes, there are some small tables & chairs just outside Sleep Hollow where you can sit & watch the parade. You get an unobstructed view as the parade travels over the bridge into Liberty Square!


  5. Linda Miller says:

    Hi, Rick! Great video of the Electric Water Parade. I always love when we time our departure from the Magic Kingdom just right so that we get to see the parade as we’re waiting for a bus back to our resort.

    My favorite spot to watch the parades in the Magic Kingdom is on the deck of the Train Station at the end of Main Street. What a great view of the floats and characters! We also have a spot in Frontierland that we generally go to to watch the nighttime parades.

    Thanks again for the great videos! They certainly help me get my Disney fix!!

    Linda Miller


  6. Jeff Barkee says:

    Love the Electrical H2O parade!! One of the special things, unoticed by many,that make Disney World so awesome!

    I’ve seen the water parade from many spots, but my favorite place has to be the beach at the Wilderness Lodge. The background of Bay Lake is much darker than anywhere on Seven Seas Lagoon, making the screens stand out more.

    In the Magic Kingdom, we always try to watch the evening parade from just in front of Pecos Bills. You pretty much always have plenty of room to move around, and the floats move past you very close.
    Plus when it’s over, there’s not a madhouse of people moving about like on Main Street.


  7. Nicklas Yeager says:

    Hey Rick
    Happy Independece Day. I love the Water Pageant. I first seen it in 2007. It is a must see when I go. You really brought back some Disney memories. In 2009, when we stayed at the Polynesian, I always saw it on a swing at the beach. Then I waited for the firworks. In the conclusion, I always sing along to the patriotic songs. I don’t have a favorite spot to see a parade.


  8. Barbara says:

    My family and I stayed at the Contemporary this past December(2010). Trying to fall asleep I heard this music getting louder and louder…getting up out of bed to investigate and it was the Electrical Parade!!! As far as watching the evening parade at MK, if you stand on Main Street near a trash can(only Disney has pleasant smelling trash cans),no one can get in front of you. I agree with a previous comment, sitting on top of the train station is wonderful. On another trip to Disney in December, we ate on the porch of Tony’s Tavern and watched the afternoon parade. The servers said we must be from the north. Everyone else was tucked inside.


  9. Penny Serrato says:

    Great video Thanks for sharing. I am sorry I can’t tell you where our favorite places to watch parades are because it’s a secret and if I told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore would it.. Sorry 😉



  10. Peggy Hickey says:

    I saw the Electric Water parade once from the beach at The Wilderness Lodge.
    Aww, Penny, you’re among friends. We won’t tell your secret place!
    Depening on which parade it is i like different places. For the main stree Electrica and Illuminations I like to watch from The porch at Tony’s. If there aren’t any smokers out there. Cough cough.
    The Christmas and Halloween parades I like to be right there on Main Street. If we can sit on the curb and rest our feet all the better.
    Rick, you have got to have the most fun job ever. Thanks again for the great videos.


  11. Robert Nordmark says:

    Hey Rick,

    Thanks for letting me in on another “must see” the next time I am at Disney World. I don’t have a favorite place to see a parade at WDW. I need to keep coming back until I find one.

    See you next week.



  12. Kevin Nelson says:

    Great video Rick, I’ve loved the Electrical Water Pageant since I was four years old when we stayed at the Contemporary Resort. I brought my son for the first time when he was four and stayed at the Contemporary as well, he loved it, we never miss it! Great memories! We usually stake out a place in Frontier Land for the MK parades, so much fun! Another favorite is sitting upstairs at Yak and Yeti at Animal Kingdom to see Mickey’s Jammin’ Jungle Parade go by below you, cool! Keep smilin’ my friends!


  13. I d love this parade as well. I have some memories of watching this as a kid from the shores or the Magic kingdom. I wish they had a tour of this parade or included it in a tour so we can all get some history behind it. There are not many stories about that they can be found and if you know of any i would love to hear them.

    Rick I wish I could help with the lights, I heard they went LED in recent years so I am not sure

    I can tell you this:

    14 floats are used in the Electrical Water Pageant

    25 feet tall is the heigh of the Electrical Water Pageant floats

    1 generator is on each float in the Electrical Water Pageant

    800 watt sound system is used to play all the Electrical Water Pageant music

    Pageant Times
    Polynesian Resort — 9 p.m.
    Grand Floridian — 9:15 p.m.
    Wilderness Lodge — 9:35 p.m.
    Fort Wilderness — 9:45 p.m.
    Contemporary Resort — 10:05 p.m.
    Magic Kingdom — 10:20 p.m. (only during extended MK park

    PS Disney calls this a Pageant not a parade just an FYI.

    Love the video !!!


  14. Skipper says:

    You say that Walt loved it so much that they haven’t changed it. That doesn’t make sense unless it was built long before he died, and even longer before WDW opened. Maybe he liked the concept, but what you said is a little misleading.


  15. tammy says:

    Love the video, we make it a point on sitting on the beach at fort wilderness campground, usually not crowded and we pass the time with a few games of tetherball on the beach. Hmmmmmmm, favorite MK parade spot would have to be in frontierland and when the parade is over running to Thunder Mountain to finish the night. Thanks for all you do and bring a little disney into our lives to give us a touch of magic until next time.


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