First look at EPCOT's new nighttime firework spectacular show barges backstage

Aug 02, 2023 in "Harmonious"

Posted: Wednesday August 2, 2023 10:37am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

New aerial photos from @bioreconstruct offer a first look at the new firework platform barges for the upcoming unnamed nighttime spectacular at EPCOT.

As work progresses in World Showcase Lagoon on preparing docking points for the new barges backstage, work is well underway on prepping the new platforms.

Based on the concept art and work in the lagoon, we expect to see a central barge in World Showcase Lagoon surrounded by six large central "fork" barges pictured above in the aerial photo. Each of the fork barges will have three smaller individual barges docked inside the fork to deploy out in the lagoon - radiating outwards like spokes in a wheel when viewed overhead. Each barge will carry lighting and pyrotechnics.

Storing the three smaller barges inside the fork of each of the larger barges will make it much easier to logistically move the platforms from backstage to the lagoon each day. Unlike Harmonious, the new show will have minimal daytime intrusion of the lagoon view, with hardware being brought in and out of the lagoon before each performance.

In the few details that have been released, Disney says that the show will feature lights, lasers, and fireworks. We do not expect to see drones or video projections. Fire effects and fountains remain a possibility but are not confirmed.

Disney has previously said that the show will feature an original composition and evocative selections from the Disney songbook – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different. Some fans may be concerned that this show is heading in a similar direction to Harmonious, but as more details are released in the coming months, we expect a positive outlook on the soundtrack.

The new show will be the permanent replacement for Harmonious, which came to a close at the end of March 2023. EPCOT Forever continues to play as an interim show while the new show is developed for its debut later in 2023.

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Starship8247 minutes ago

They're using "Friend Like Me" and I don't think they've ever used a cover of that song in a nighttime show. Steve Davison seems to be the main creative behind this and definitely likes to use that song, and like I stated before only uses the Robin Williams version. God help us if they use the Will Smith version.

TTA9437 minutes ago

Hopefully the songs will also be different versions and they will release the full soundtrack like they did with Harmonious. But I don’t think we know yet if the songs will be singing or just instrumental except for the two original songs.

Vinnie Mac48 minutes ago

Mind you, this forum was begging for a traditional simple replacement to Harmonious from the day it debuted

Starship8242 hours ago

I don't know exactly how it works but I've noticed anytime they release a soundtrack from a fireworks show the show is always music that's not directly from the movies, for example in the CD of Once upon a time (Tokyo version) "I see the light" is a cover while in the show it's the version from the movie. They released all of Harmonious but again, those were all different versions. And Wishes and Fantasmic (OG). I suspect updated DHS Fantasmic didn't get a soundtrack release because of this. Although they never officially released Epcot Forever despite it being all new versions of those songs.

sparklejoy2 hours ago

Thank you! So that'll basically mean both Katharine and Shelea sing a new original song, but not the already known songs? Is that how it works?

Starship8242 hours ago

They haven't said but I suspect the two original songs will be on Spotify, I doubt the whole soundtrack will be released.

sparklejoy3 hours ago

Hi, I'm new here so Im sorry if this was already asked/posted, but will the songs of Luminous be released somewhere, like on Spotify? And do we already know which song(s) are performing by Katharine McPhee and/or Shelea? Do they sing more than one song each?

llewmmu4 hours ago

Mi amigos, stop the clucking. You sound like a bunch of old hens.

Disney Analyst5 hours ago

Complains when Disney posts too much, too early, about updates or new things. Timelines feel extra long, and Disney gives too much away. Complain when Disney decides to not post a lot about a new offering, which ultimately makes the timeline feel quicker, and gives little away. Complain that Disney replaced Illuminations, then complain that the newest show (which no one has seen), is not enough of a tech improvement. A tale as old as time…

jrhwdw5 hours ago

Prim. Fireworks never left? Yes, it's wonderful that Luminous is using them but EF 2023 used them the other night.

monothingie5 hours ago

What about the one that ran for 19 years?

monothingie5 hours ago

Just curious if you know how much did Disney write off for Harmoanious?

SaucyBoy5 hours ago

The usual cry babies will sit in this thread and write 10,000 word (or whatever the limit for a post is) comments about how this show is yet another sign that TWDC is dead and dying company, how much they hate their fans, and how they cater to a demographic they hate, and screech and moan about how their lives have been utterly devastated because a multibillion dollar company didn't kiss their lips and give them the treat they think they deserved. Wash, rinse, repeat.

monothingie5 hours ago

When you take something excellent (ROE) and replace it with two turds, then say the third one which follows the same basic formula of the second one is going to be the bestest ever, its okay be be insufferable.