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Sections Of Walt Disney World's Electrical Water Pageant Removed For Urgent Repairs

Several of the floats in the beloved Electrical Water Pageant at Walt Disney World Resort are missing from the nightly water pageant, leaving almost half of the show missing in the run up to Christmas.


Insiders say that the pageant has been having issues electrical issues recently, leaving the barges requiring major repairs.


It's believed that the barges will not return for upwards of six to eight weeks.


The barges are out of commission only for repair, and it's believed that no changes will be made to the actual display.


Barges missing include the dolphins, sea horses, dinosaur, and crocodile.


The Electrical Water Pageant Walt Disney World

The Electrical Water Pageant is a show that takes place every evening on Walt Disney World's Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.


It usually features 14 floats with lights that depict images of sea creatures.


Though it has changed somewhat since its debut in 1971, it remains one of the few original opening year shows to still be running at Walt Disney World.


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


Disney's Polynesian Village Resort

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (including Narcoossee's)

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground

Disney’s Contemporary Resort


The Electrical Water Pageant Walt Disney World

For Walt Disney World's 50th celebrations, the Electrical Water Pageant was enhanced with with new touches, including a 50th barge.


The pageant includes more than 50,000 light bulbs, with Disney replacing hundreds of bulbs each week to keep the lights on.


The 14 floats are actually two sets of seven connected barges. Each one is 40 feet long and has 25-foot tall walls that display the lights.


The Electrical Water Pageant Walt Disney World

It was on Monday October 25, 1971 that the Electrical Water Pageant premiered on the Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake for "Dedication Day" at Walt Disney World


. In addition to the 14 floats, its opening night included fireworks and pyrotechnics launched from the 14 floats and an additional float behind the Electrical Water Pageant.


All of this was filmed by Walt Disney Productions and edited down for inclusion into The Wonderful World of Disney's Episode: "The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World", which aired on NBC on Friday October 29, 1971.


The Electrical Water Pageant Walt Disney World







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