Nighttime Entertainment Returns to Disney World

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After having so many nighttime shows put on pause during the parks’ first phases of reopening, we are happy to announce that some nighttime entertainment is returning to Walt Disney World Resort. Today, Disney announced that the longtime Guest-favorite Electrical Water Pageant will be the first nighttime show to return to Disney World on December 20

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Right now, Guests can see projections on some of the theme park icons like the Tree of Life and the Hollywood Tower of Terror, and there are even some very small fireworks every night at Cinderella Castle. But this is the first nighttime show to actually return.

The Electrical Water Pageant has been around since 1971, the year Disney World opened, and prior to the pandemic, it ran each night on Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake. The Electrical Water Pageant has 14 barges which have all be slightly updated and altered according to Disney, thousands of lightbulbs, and multiple versions of the show.

Disney Parks tweeted:

Guests at Disney Resort hotels along Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake will once again have a chance to see The Electrical Water Pageant as it will soon make its return to the waterways of  @WaltDisneyWorld Resort. 

The announcement and recent views of the barges back in place suggested that we should expect The Electrical Water Pageant back in action any day which is very exciting, and we were right! After initially publishing this article, we have confirmed via the Disney World entertainment calendar that Disney’s Electrical Water Pageant will return on Sunday, December 20.

The show rides past Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, Fort Wilderness, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and then makes it’s way to Magic Kingdom. If you are a Disney Guest visiting any of these Disney Resorts, you will be able to see a free nighttime performance that has enough magical lights to plaster a smile on anyone’s face.

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Personally, I enjoy watching The Electrical Water Pageant off the dock of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. It’s often not crowded and there are gorgeous rocking chairs that create a very peaceful evening. Disney’s Polynesian Resort also has a perfect viewing spot on the sand. I enjoy sitting on the swings when I am over there to check out the show! Plus, when Happily Ever After returns, these are great spots to also check the fireworks out as well as The Electrical Water Pageant. As a reminder, for now, we do not know when Happily Ever After, or any official firework show will return to the Magic Kingdom.

The Electrical Water Pageant is the first nighttime show to return in its original form to Disney World, and that is likely because it doesn’t draw a huge crowd. For Happily Ever After to return to Magic Kingdom, that would mean giant crowds of no social distancing in front of Cinderella Castle. The Electrical Water Pageant simply glides through and only attracts Guests at the Disney Resorts who can see it, which makes it a safer show to return.

If you want to check out The Electrical Water Pageant as it returns to Disney World, start planning today! Our friends at Academy Travel will help get you started. Click here and let the magic begin! 

Are you excited to see The Electrical Water Pageant return to Disney World?

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