Harmonious show programming wraps up and tents removed ahead of EPCOT Forever 2.0 debut tonight

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Harmonious show programming tents removed
Posted: Thursday July 1, 2021 2:45pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

World Showcase Plaza is once again clear of temporary tents as the Harmonious programming wraps up at EPCOT.

Temporary control booth tents were set up mid-May in World Showcase Plaza for designers to control the show elements to piece together the programming for the show.

With the debut of EPCOT Forever 2.0 on July 1, the tents have been removed to offer a clear view of the show for guests in that area.

Fireworks return to both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom today, with EPCOT'S show at 10pm, and Magic Kingdom's show at 9:15pm. EPCOT Forever is an updated version which includes new firework segments to replace the original kite sequences.

Harmonious, EPCOT'S next generation nighttime spectacular, will debut on October 1 2021.

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Disney Analyst1 hour ago

Im normally pretty chill about things also…. It’s really just bad. They can do far better - despite how gorgeous the show may be.

LittleBuford1 hour ago

Now that the monstrousness of these things is so evident, is there any chance at all that those in charge might revisit the possibility of moving them in the daytime, or is that simply not doable at this point? While the show itself might well be spectacular, the visual damage done to the lagoon the rest of the time is simply unpardonable, especially with the fountains turned on. This Pixie Duster is horrified.

Vinnie Mac1 hour 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 Figment2 hours 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..

CaptinEO2 hours 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.

techgeek2 hours 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 Mac2 hours 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.

techgeek2 hours 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.

MisterPenguin3 hours ago

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

techgeek4 hours ago

HEA has a story?

Notes from Neverland4 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 Mac4 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?

MrPromey4 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 Mac4 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.