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Disney is currently developing a new fireworks nighttime spectacular that is coming to EPCOT in the near future. We’re going to go over all the information about the most ambitious fireworks show Disney has ever made: “Disney Harmonious.”
This new show will be featured in EPCOT’s World Showcase Lagoon and it will be the biggest show ever created for any Disney park anywhere in the world!
In this post, we are going to give you all the latest updates on Disney Harmonious so that you can stay up-to-date with the latest news on EPCOT’s new fireworks show.
Think of this as EPCOT Fireworks 101, and we’re going to be talking about the technology behind this show, the opening date and anything else you want to know.
(NEWS 9/22/20): Disney Harmonious Testing Taking Place in EPCOT?
We are still waiting for the opening date to Disney Harmonious, EPCOT’s brand-new fireworks show, and we may be closer than we previously thought.
On Wednesday September 23, Disney is testing fireworks over World Showcase Lagoon in EPCOT after the park is closed. The fireworks testing is supposed to be over by midnight, but guests staying in the nearby hotels have been warned to expect loud noise that night.
Why do we think this has to do with Disney Harmonious? There are a few reasons.
Testing fireworks is normal when Disney is working on a new show. It’s common for Disney to do tests for weeks right before the show debuts so get the lighting right, the timing with the music and all the other intricacies that go into these spectaculars. This is exactly what they did before EPCOT Forever debuted in 2019.
Now, Disney has already said there won’t be any fireworks shows for the rest of 2020, so we don’t think we will see Disney Harmonious this year, but it’s clear Disney is actively working on the show.
There is no need to test EPCOT Forever since that show is already established and we aren’t close to fireworks coming back to the parks yet. This tells us it must be for Disney Harmonious.
Disney Harmonious was supposed to debut in 2020, but obviously the park closure, new safety restrictions and budget cuts changed that. It does look like we are on track for 2021 and if nighttime spectaculars start coming back to Disney World early next year, Disney Harmonious just might be ready.
We’ll keep an eye on this for you and let you know if they are in fact testing Disney Harmonious this week and any other updates we get.
New Disney Harmonious Logo
Just recently, Disney released some more concept art for Disney Harmonious, which includes the show’s logo:
This art is identical to the concept art we’ve seen already, except it now has the Disney Harmonious logo in it. Does the “O” look familiar? You’ll notice it’s the classic 5-Ring Epcot logo!
You also might notice that the “O” has now been changed to a lower-case letter, instead of the upper-case one that was in the title when the project was originally announced.
We absolutely are thrilled Disney has decided to include Epcot’s original logo in the design. It’s only fitting that as the park continues to take steps into the future, that it doesn’t forget its past, and nothing symbolizes this better than the Epcot logo.
In the words of legendary Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar:
“The Epcot Center logo symbolizes unity, fellowship, and harmony around the world. Five outer rings are linked to form the shape of a flower–a celebration of life. The heart of the logo is the Earth, embraced by a star symbolizing hope–the hope that with imagination, commitment, and dedication, we can create a better tomorrow.”
Disney has promised they will continue to update us with more looks at the new fireworks show soon. In the meantime, keep reading for more info on the opening of Disney HarmonioUS and what we know so far.
What is Disney Harmonious?
As you can tell by its name, Disney Harmonious will focus on music and it will celebrate how Disney’s music inspires people from all around the world. A little different of a concept from Illumination: Reflections of Earth, but similar at the same time the fact of trying to unite people together.
Just one look at the concept art will tell you how amazing this show looks like it’s going to be. If you look out into the middle of World Showcase Lagoon you can see the various technology on display to make this show happen.
“Harmonious” will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more. It’s no wonder that it’s taking so long to get the show ready, this is the most complicated and intricate shows Disney has ever developed.
This is another great addition to Epcot that I am really excited about. As much as I love Illuminations, it has had its day and it’s time to go into retirement and make way for the next generation of Disney shows and experiences. If Disney Harmonious turns out to be half-way as good as Happily Ever After, then we are in for a treat!
For a sneak peek of the new Disney Harmonious fireworks show, you can check out the Epcot Experience in the Oddysey pavilion. There they have a video preview of the show in all its glory.
When is Disney HaromonioUS Opening?
No exact date has been given yet, and originally Disney Harmonious was supposed to debut in Spring 2020, but that has changed.
Disney was making good progress on the new show, but everything came to a halt when the parks closed in March and budget cuts have made things slow to start back up again.
The show has since been delayed and we won’t be seeing it before 2021. When in 2021 is the question, but Disney hasn’t said anything yet.
Is it even possible Disney will have the new show ready by the time they start doing nighttime spectaculars in the parks again and we won’t even see the EPCOT Forever Fireworks show again?
That show is s a moving tribute to the EPCOT of old, of today and tomorrow, and features some amazing new technology that will be used in Harmonious!
We look forward to more updates soon, including an exact date when the show will open.
This was only one of the exciting new attractions coming to Epcot. To hear what else to expect, read our guide about all the other new attractions coming to Disney World in the near future!
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