Hardware being removed from the Harmonious show platform barges at EPCOT

26 days ago in "Harmonious"

Harmonious lighting fixtures removal
Posted: Thursday July 1, 2021 11:47am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Maintenance crews are out on EPCOT'S World Showcase Lagoon today, removing lighting fixtures from the Harmonious barges.

The crew is using one of the two maintenance platforms, with this one equipped with a small crane.


The lighting fixtures are being removed from the top edge of the Germany barge and placed onto the service barge.

It isn't clear why the lights are being removed. Possibilities include failed hardware that needs replacing or switching the light fixtures with a different type.

Although there have been numerous full show tests after hours, Harmonious will not open to guests until October 1 2021, as part of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebrations. EPCOT Forever, which debuts July 1, does not make use of these barges and will not be impacted by any of the work being done here.

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Vinnie Mac21 minutes ago

I ain't gonna disagree with you. I personally don't mind IP if used appropriately but I don't disagree with ya. Guess we'll all see what happens come October.

Inspired Figment31 minutes ago

I also very much appreciate it’s following a structure reminiscent to ROE. The only problem though is the ‘focus’ of the new Harmonious. That being the film characters & stories not the real-world countries & their people & culture. It would’ve been fine had the real stuff still been the focus and the fictional characters were simply used as a way to ‘compliment’ ‘those’ rather than ‘their own ‘songs/stories dubbed in different languages. But yeah..

CaptinEO45 minutes ago

I guess for me I don't like looking multiple places at once. Just how my mind works. I also only use one computer screen.

techgeek52 minutes ago

On one hand, I appreciate the connection. On the other, if it's as obvious a connection as it seems like it's going to be, it will make it that much harder for me to make peace with the loss of RoE. For instance, if they went so far as to quote a musical phrase or motif from the RoE soundtrack at some point, would I consider that a respectful nod ... or blasphemous? I'm not sure. It's hallowed ground they tread on here for many of us...

Vinnie Mac1 hour ago

You have to keep in mind that this was quite literally supposed to be an Illuminations update. "Illuminations: Windows on the World" was a former name for HarmonioUS. I'm pleased but not at all surprised that it'l follow the structure of ROE considering the fact that it was supposed to be Illuminations anyway.

techgeek1 hour ago

This reaffirms my (admittedly snarky) point. HEA is less of a story and more a ''montage of montages" arranged in the predictable linear progression of a meta fairy tale that can't commit to the weighty moral narrative found in the real deal. The soundtrack skips around like mad, covering as much ground as possible and never allowing the voice to develop. It relies heavily on the projections to keep it from spinning off into incoherence, which is a feeling you fight if you wind up watching it the first time from a location that can't view the front of the castle. Harm at least seems like it strives for a greater story, but man those act names sure are hard-core cribbing from the recently deceased: Gather Celebrate Unite ...We're gathered here tonight around the fire as people of all lands have gathered for thousands and thousands of years before us... to share the light... and to share a story. An amazing story as old as time itself, but still being written. And though each of us has our own individual stories to tell, a true adventure emerges when we bring them all together as one.

MisterPenguin2 hours ago

Yes. https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/deconstructing-happily-ever-after.927091/#post-7710134

techgeek2 hours ago

HEA has a story?

Notes from Neverland2 hours ago

That's a good question. There's also a decent chance that the content of the shows will be too similar, making the two blend together in the mind of the guest. Should they see the show with the Disney princesses in Magic Kingdom or Epcot? I'm always baffled when Disney makes decisions like these as they seem to forget that unique elements draw guests in. Why make every castle look the same? Why make two fireworks shows that likely lean heavily on the same characters and themes?

Vinnie Mac2 hours ago

Was really wondering this. Aside from all the controversy about the show, I'm also curious about how popular they will be. For Disney fans, I think Harm will be discussed more. But I feel like for the casual guest, Disney Enchantment might be slightly more popular because of it just being at the Magic Kingdom and all. What do you think?

MrPromey3 hours ago

Lets seriously hope that was just testing - that or someone forgot to turn the faucet all the way off the night prior. :oops:

Vinnie Mac3 hours ago

I disagree honestly. Projections are a tremendous storytelling tool. HEA wouldn't be the same without its projections to help share the story.

MrPromey3 hours ago

The projection only-shows were earlier on. I think it was something they kind of considered an experiment at the time. With HEA, it became a major component of the main and only show. As I'm sure you've realized, the reason you didn't see them on your visit was because you weren't on the right side of the castle. If any of the pacing seemed off about the fireworks, that's likely why, too, because you were missing that sweet, sweet projection action that turned the fireworks in the MK into a limited viewing area event. :/

trojanjustin3 hours ago

This is all so atrocious. For what they spent here they could have done Bellagio/World of Color on steroids and had an amazing show with hardware that could easily be hidden during the daytime. Just embarrassing.