Disney begins preparing for the return of 'EPCOT Forever' with a firework test

Jan 25, 2023 in "Epcot Forever"

Posted: Wednesday January 25, 2023 3:!5pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's pyro team is preparing for the return of EPCOT Forever at Walt Disney World and will conduct some firework testing overnight on January 25, 2023.

Disney has advised guests in the EPCOT area resorts that the test will occur after the park close at around midnight, and will include lasers, smoke and fireworks.

"EPCOT Forever" will return to Walt Disney World as an interim show on April 3 2023, following the final performance of Harmonious on April 2.

The first version of EPCOT Forever which debuted on October 1 2019 featured fireworks and stunt kites. and played until Walt Disney World's closure in 2020. The show resumed on July 1 2021, as fireworks shows returned to Walt Disney World after the pandemic shutdown. The second version dropped the stunt kites but added more fireworks in their place. Its last performance was September 28, 2021, making way for Harmonious on September 29.

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jmvd2015 hours ago

Completely different situation when you have pyrotechnic effects in operation within close proximity to performers as opposed to effects going off several hundred feet from anyone.

Squishy16 hours ago

Luminous is in the middle of a lake & Fantasmic still has its water on fire effect so logically it shouldn't be an issue.

wtyy2116 hours ago

No matter that, Disney had very careful when considering a fire effect utilized at any show, given that traumatic impact of Fantasmic dragon fire last April in Anaheim still lingering for Imagineers and Parks and Resorts managements themselves. They didn't want a similar accident happened at current and upcoming shows again, which in this case is Luminous (if the upcoming firework show at EPCOT using fire effect).

ToTBellHop23 hours ago

Squishy23 hours ago

Fire is always the answer

stuart23 hours ago

Why does it have to have fire though?

Squishy23 hours ago

🤷‍♂️ They can also always fill up a barrel full of flammables and detonate it as an alternative to inferno. I think they already do this at MK for HEA/Not so Spooky but at a way smaller scale and different chemical.

wdwmagic1 day ago

I think coming from the RoE inferno barge, a $92 flamethrower would seem a bit lacking. Luminous is primarily a fireworks show, not a special effects production.

cjkeating1 day ago

I'd take this over the stargate.

GhostHost10001 day ago

Maybe it’s a big Iger statue that’s yet to be revealed

vikescaper1 day ago

Wasn’t the Miss Piggy statue/fountain at Studios recently refurbed? Maybe they made a copy of the statue for the centerpiece? After all, Regal Eagle is already in the park…..😉

flynnibus1 day ago

Maybe? :)

jrhwdw1 day ago

I'm just going off the report that the Center Barge wasn't at the first Test at the start of November. Don't look at me! I'm No Insider by any means! I will say that if the Center Barge doesn't make it into WSL this week, it must not have a big part in Luminous or we have a Problem.....

trainplane31 day ago

The post is about a week old but seems like it'll be ready in time.