History of the Electrical Water Pageant -
The Electrical Water Pageant's history actually began in late 1971 as a specially created show for the Luau party of a Pepsi-Cola Convention, (or else for a Coca-Cola Convention), being held on the shores of the Polynesian Village Resort. It was an immediate hit with the guests. It was so popular, that it was decided to keep it afterwards for 1972, as a nighttime event. It's been one of the longest running nighttime spectacles at Disney World ever since that time. The early Lightshow barges with the sea-creature characters were gradually updated in 1974.
In the Watercraft Dept., working the Lightshow is considered a source of great pride, and honor. Although it's not actually a vessel per se, It's considered one of the top positions to be on the team rotation that operates the show. It's the equivalent of the popular "Main Street Electrical Parade" in the Magic Kingdom, which only runs during extended park hours for the summer and holiday seasons, except this show is on water, and travels much further across.