Disney test fires improved version of 'EPCOT Forever' ahead of the return of fireworks to Disney World in July

Jun 17, 2021 in "Epcot Forever"

EPCOT Forever 2021 edition test - June 16 2021
Posted: Thursday June 17, 2021 1:24am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Hot on the heels of this week's announcement by Disney that it will resume Walt Disney World firework shows on July 1, Disney's fireworks team just carried out an overnight full show test of the new version of 'EPCOT Forever.'

Late into the night, the team brought out the fireworks platforms into position on World Showcase Lagoon ready for the test which took place just before 1am.

As with the recent full test of Harmonious, guests at the BoardWalk got to see and hear a preview of the new version of the show, which includes more pyrotechnics in place of the now retired kites. You can see some of the kite replacement firework sections in the video below.

Although the low level parts of the show can't be seen over the tree line, it was apparent that some elements of the Harmonious show platforms were in use, including the fountains during the pre-show announcements.

With 'EPCOT Forever' being mostly a firework show, the majority of the pyrotechnics are fired from the 8 smaller midi barges, seawall perimeter launchers, and 2 large 'World War III' firework platforms - all of which are also used for Harmonious in addition to its 5 main video display and water fountain barges.

Here is a video of the 'EPCOT Forever' test in full from early this morning.

'EPCOT Forever' was originally designed as a limited-time interim show debuting in October 2019, and only played for a few months before the parks were closed due to the pandemic.

EPCOT'S all-new nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, will debut later this year - likely in the fall as part of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebrations.

Here is a look at the original 'EPCOT Forever' show from opening night on 2019.

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techgeek1 day ago

I seem to recall in the 80's and 90's that the pavilion lighting effects (popcorn lights and some color / pattern effects) would remain lit after the show, adding a bit of festive atmosphere to the rest of the evening. The torches add a similar sort of vibe to pre/post show these days, but it was more immersive drawing you into exploring the pavilions and seeing them in a 'new light', rather than just focused along the promenade.

Figments Friend1 day ago

Nah..... It just gives em' a 15 minute head start at clearing the Park out at the end of the night. 😉 -

SplashZander1 day ago

I wonder if having Harmonious begin 15 minutes before park closing is a strategic way to limit the number of people viewing it. It seems the show will have much more limited viewing angles due to the screens and other factors, so they could just be doing this to draw people away from it by providing alternatives.

Sir_Cliff1 day ago

True, not spectacular, but at least that gives you an option to get in line for something up to 15 minutes into the show which could mean an extra ride. It's not an extra hour, but at least it means you can still enjoy attractions while the show is going on which is something. With the length of some of the queues, I imagine this is more or less calculated so that people are still waiting and riding attractions too long after the show finishes.

marni19711 day ago

IllumiNations used to start an hour before park closing. Oh well.

Crazydisneyfanluke2 days ago

Its 15 mins before park closing?

Sir_Cliff2 days ago

As reported by WDWmagic, the show starting before park closing time is a positive development that I hope becomes permanent. At MK you always had the option of lower waits for the attractions and skipping the fireworks, so fantastic news if this will also now be an option at Epcot.

DCBaker2 days ago

Showtimes for Harmonious are up on the calendar -

Thelazer3 days ago

I don't think they thought it was a good idea, I think they had to just "go along" with it.

Inspired Figment3 days ago

Well.. I mean I get the logic behind doing it.. at the same time though, it doesn’t solve the problem with the design & focus of the show.

Figments Friend3 days ago

I am aware that this may just be a 'test phase' to get the juices flowing correctly before turning up the water pressure, but.... How anyone thought this was a good idea is a bit perplexing. -

SpoiledBlueMilk3 days ago

They just need to call the barges the new expansion to World Showcase. Look, it's Atlantis slowly leaking and sinking....slowly.

EeyoreFan#243 days ago

If that’s close the final product, I think it’s makes them more noticeable of how ugly they are sitting there. I give them until the opening, but it’s getting close.