PHOTOS - More hardware arrives in World Showcase Lagoon for fireworks system testing

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Firework barges on World Showcase Lagoon - February 4 2021

More hardware has arrived in World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT as work continues on preparing for the upcoming Harmonious nighttime show.

Two fireworks platforms are now in position either side of the large Mexico show platform barge for systems testing.

These smaller platforms typically provide some width to the shows, and use angled launchers to produce specific effects.

Ultimately there will be eight of these smaller platforms. Harmonious is expected to open in 2021, but no specific date has yet been announced.

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Article Posted: Feb 04, 2021 / 11:12am ET
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Movielover6 minutes ago

I know I'll get flak for this but Guardians and Rat do not bother me, and Tron really only bothers me from the Fantasyland angle. But these Monstrosities are just bad. Its just so confusing why they wouldn't use the World of Color tech here. Its a big open lagoon, perfect amount of space for the World of Color platforms with plenty of space left over for the firework floats and other movable platforms. It just seems like a perfect fit.

Rose&Crown11 minutes ago

I keep thinking about this and the show at universal where it’s all hidden. Or at least have these things move in and out of the lagoon like reflections did. I’m not as big of a sight line person as others but this really bothers me. I found it funny how people I was with at Disney recently could careless about the guardians building or Rats but were so annoyed by the lagoon barges.

Rose&Crown14 minutes ago

After seeing these massive things in person I really don’t see how fountains are going to hide them at all. That center piece is so tall water spraying from that high is going to be laughable. I get what they’re trying to do but seems pointless to me. Also curious how much noise the fountains are going to create.

MisterPenguin7 hours ago

Good news! They fixed the stargate from being off-centered!!....

Plutoboy868 hours ago

Also. Not sure if anyone noticed in the video of the icon platform being brought out that Disney posted, but these barges are not drivable. They are pushed by tugs. So moving them nightly would not be feasible. Also I’m going to take a wild guess here, but do to the onboard show action, lighting, and fountain equipment, power consumption is quite large. Considering this, the size of genny needed on board would be the size of the barge. So my guess is power, data and water lines come up into the mooring docks they are attached to. The chains seems to be guides to keep the platforms from moving positions.

Plutoboy868 hours ago

They have been switching a lot of their go to brands for outside use to the Proteus. They also recently swapped over both of their Disneyland resort parades routes to LED pars (SL Punchlite 220s) from the decaying Thomas Engineering Pars. They seem to be going more IP65 rated instead of using enclosures.

Plutoboy868 hours ago

I caught that after I typed it and corrected it!

concor8 hours ago

Close but wrong brand, the Proteus Hybrid is made by Elation, not VL.

MisterPenguin8 hours ago


Plutoboy868 hours ago

Plutoboy868 hours ago

They are Elation Proteus Hybrids. IP65 rated. Same moving light used around the Castle moat.

rreading9 hours ago

It really is insane. Projection technology is good enough that simply raising screens should have served as a fine backdrop rather than these monster tacos. It works great on Cinderella’s castle - why shouldn’t it here? But I suppose they’re projecting water in front of the screens. @marni1971 - could it be feasible to place tracks in the canal and have the pieces pulled along a rail?

MrPromey10 hours ago

For some reason I read that whole thing in the voice of Gordon Ramsay. 🤷‍♂️

JohnD11 hours ago

The UK Pavilion is looking great! Love that authentic replication of the London Ferris Wheel. It’s not? Oh. Never mind.