VIDEO - Electrical Water Pageant performs at Walt Disney World for first time since the March shutdown

Dec 21, 2020 in "Electrical Water Pageant"

Electrical Water Pageant
Posted: Monday December 21, 2020 9:13pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Electrical Water Pageant made a return to the Seven Seas Lagoon at Walt Disney World this evening for its first performance since the March 2020 COVID-19 shutdown.

Here is a look at the first performance from this evening.

The show originally debuted in 1971, but performances came to a halt as Walt Disney World closed due to COVID-19. 

You can watch the Pageant from viewing spots along the shore at these locations:

  • Disney's Polynesian Village Resort – beginning at 8:45 PM
  • Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee's) – beginning at 9:00 PM
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge – beginning at 9:30 PM
  • Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground – beginning at 9:45 PM
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort – beginning at 10:00 PM
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techgeekJan 20, 2021

Literally anywhere with a water view. The music originates from the barges themselves, and they have a pretty effective sound system that can easily be heard from the top of the Contemporary and just about anywhere else I can think of along the resort waterfronts. The barges are far enough offshore that they play to a very wide viewing area. The Contemporary observation decks and the Poly beach are probably the two most popular views, but I’m personally fond of watching it from just outside the gates to MK. I may be wrong, but unlike fireworks shows I don’t believe the EWP music is piped into any indoor location. You’ll want to be outdoors for the best experience.

rick_Jan 20, 2021

I've had good luck watching it from the Grand Floridian-Magic Kingdom walkway (right by the new boat launch), few people and a clean view

mnelson3Jan 20, 2021

What’s the best resort and place to watch this from where you can clearly hear the music without to many people around? Any location that pipes the music in perhaps?

Tom P.Dec 24, 2020

Nicholas Meyer, the director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, among many other projects, is fond of saying "art thrives on restrictions." When you lack the technology or the budget, you are forced to get more creative. I'm not one who hates anything new or thinks all new technology in attractions is bad. I'm glad Disney has Flights of Passage and Rise of the Resistance and so on. And I hope they continue innovating. But there is an almost elegant simplicity to shows and attractions from "the good ole days" and a definite sense that the imagineers were being as creative and resourceful as possible with what they had. Much like how I tend to think James Cameron's work lost a lot of its creative spark when he started having nearly unlimited budgets -- I find The Terminator or Aliens to be far more entertaining than Titanic or Avatar -- I tend to think that sometimes today's Disney imagineers can rely too much on the impressiveness of modern technology at the expense of other elements. My bottom line: there is room for both the old and the new. And I hope Disney continues to utilize both.

erstwoDec 24, 2020

I have to say - it was so wonderful to see this as we were leaving the Magic Kingdom last night. I also -heartbroken(ly) - assumed it would be one of those things that never returned (with an easy excuse of ‘pandemic cuts’) It was so magical - those of us who had seen it before were just as enthralled as those who you could tell had no idea it could be viewed every night. It was extra magic for all of us. All the heart eyes. :-)

MardenDec 24, 2020

I've personally never cared much for the parades/shows...but don't mess with my EWP or Dapper Dans.

cm1988Dec 23, 2020

Looking at a couple of videos, the EWP seems to have been upgraded in a couple of ways. Some of the music is from recent films and, more significantly, it seems that the old "outdoor Christmas lights" have been upgraded to something more like rope lights or maybe LED's. It used to be, when you looked at the barges in the daytime, the holiday light bulbs were quite obvious. Now, maybe my eyes aren't as sharp, but I don't see them that way. In the video of the show itself, from the Polynesian beach, it seemed to be the same characters and sequence, but less "connect the dots" in appearance. Is it just my old eyes, getting bleary?

larryzDec 22, 2020

Yep. There's something timeless about the twinkling bulbs, the slowly moving barges, and the music booming across the water...

DougKDec 22, 2020

It IS outdated. It IS cheesy. Also, it is fantastic! It is something that just says "Disney" when I experience it!

DisneyDebRobDec 22, 2020

I remember watching this back in the 70’s. It blew me away as a young teen. It stuck in my head and I have to see it every time I go. Just one of those things no matter how outdated or cheesy some may think it is.

Walt dDec 22, 2020

Its nice to see its, back !

JoeCamelDec 21, 2020

I think you have to be looking for fish under the bridge with all those lights

FATHER OF FIVEDec 21, 2020

We will be at Fort Wilderness June/July.....Cant wait to see the water pageant!!!

larryzDec 21, 2020

+10 -- first video I've seen of the swing bridge and far-end elevation system in action!