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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 2/27/21) Latest Disney Harmonious Construction Update
With construction heavily underway on World Showcase Lagoon, Disney has recently shared the latest updates on its new fireworks show, “Disney Harmonious” coming soon to EPCOT.
The goal of Disney Harmonious is to “tell a story of global connection and celebration,” and the nighttime spectacular will be a major focal point in EPCOT’s huge transformation project.
Disney Imagineer Zach Riddley shared some new photos of the Disney Harmonious barges which will be the centerpieces for the show.
“Disney Live Entertainment technical designers across the country have been programming various elements of the show, from media and fountains to lighting and pyrotechnics, working in a completely virtual environment.”
One of the objectives of the new fireworks show in EPCOT is to use the power of story and song that unite people around the world, celebrating their unique musical styles and cultures. To accomplish this, Disney’s music producers have been hard at work in recording sessions coming up with the various musical compositions with a diverse group of musical artists from all parts of the globe.
It has once again been confirmed that “Disney Harmonious” will be one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created by the company, no small task to undertake.
Each of the show’s five barges will be positioned around World Showcase Lagoon like a compass, and they will house the show equipment, making it all possible. At the center of these new barges is a six-story ring structure which will hold a high-density water curtain, lights, fountains and more.
The primary complaint about Disney Harmonious is that the barges are frankly an eyesore for guests in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon, especially in the middle of the day. Riddley has confirmed that the barges will be “moored” in position, so don’t expect them to move in and out of the lagoon like the Illumination barges did.
Disney has developed a new daytime fountain “show” so make them at least functional during the day and so they aren’t completely useless. Right now we have to admit they are a bit much if they just remain there in the lagoon 24/7, but we will hold our final opinion until we can see them in person and the work is complete.
Disney did not give an opening date for Disney Harmonious at this time and from the latest update they said the show is still “in the early stages of development,” which means it will still be some months until it is ready to debut.
Our guess at this point is that management wants “Harmonious” to be ready in time for the Disney World 50th Anniversary on October 1. We’ll have to see if they are able to make it in time.
In the meantime, watch this latest update on “Harmonious” from Disney:
Stay tuned for more Disney Harmonious updates soon…
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 been pushed back significantly.
Disney was making good progress on the new show, but everything came to a halt when the parks closed in March and budget cuts delayed all work on the project. Things have been progressing better for the last few months, but major work is still needed and we are months away.
Disney Harmonious will debut in 2021, though Disney hasn’t given an exact date at this time. With all the work still left, it won’t open until at least Summer 2021, with a target to be ready by October 1, in time of the 50th Anniversary.
Likely Disney will have the new show ready by the time they start doing nighttime spectaculars in the parks again, making we might not 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, so stay tuned.
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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