Has Disney abandoned plans for the Harmonious daytime fountains as concept art is removed

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Harmonious daytime show concept art
Posted: Tuesday September 7, 2021 10:10am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

With the debut of Harmonious just 3 weeks away, EPCOT fans have been questioning what has happened to the daytime fountains that some hoped would improve the daytime appearance of the show hardware in the lagoon.

In a departure from previous EPCOT nighttime spectaculars, where hardware was removed from the lagoon after each show, it was decided that the Harmonious show platforms would remain permanently docked in full view of guests in the center of World Showplace lagoon.

To help mitigate the visual intrusion, Disney announced in November 2020 that designers would use the hardware for daytime fountains.

Concept art was shown during the announcement, and shortly afterward, signs were positioned around World Showcase that included concept art of both the daytime look and the Harmonious show.

Installation teams have been seen testing many fountain effects over the past year in what appeared to be an effort to produce a daytime look for the fountains. The results do not appear to have been very successful. With many guests who have seen the testing reporting being underwhelmed with the effect.

So far, the fountains have yet to make a daily appearance, with the show platforms sitting idle throughout the day.

In addition, over the past couple of weeks, the concept art that included the daytime fountains has been removed from the World Showcase promenade.

So has Disney decided against the daytime fountains or simply waiting until October 1 for a complete switch on for the daytime and nighttime versions. We will find out soon.

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Sir_Cliff3 hours ago

Even the concept art looked weirdly ugly!

UNCgolf3 hours ago

Which was inevitable and I'm still baffled they ever thought it was a workable idea in the first place. There was no way putting fountains on those barges was going to look good.

James Alucobond6 hours ago

They took down the signage mentioning the fountains a while ago, so I suspect they're never turning them on. They always made everything look worse when they tested them.

jmuboy8 hours ago

Are the day time fountains that hide all the equipment turning on as of October 1?

Sir_Cliff10 hours ago

I'm sincerely impressed they've dusted off Someday for the finale. Always felt it was an underrated song with a really nice message that ended up being given an underwhelming boy band treatment as the pop single for Hunchback. Seems a very appropriate and potentially moving way to end the show with the new theme, and it will also be a new song for most of the guests there unlike, say, a blast of A Whole New World. Overall, I am happy they are at least trying to do something interesting with the selection of artists, languages, and songs for the show if they have to fit it within the IP mandate. Still think permanently parking the equipment in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon goes completely against what was supposed to make Disney Parks different, though, and simply should not have been tolerated as a cost for this show to run.

Kevin_W17 hours ago

From a musical point of view I'd disagree with you. I think the Brave soundtrack is excellent.

mnelson317 hours ago

Trying to imagine how the opening music is going to be for Harm. They said it’s going to be the “How Far I’ll Go/Go The Distance” which originally we thought was the finale song lol. But that seems a bit odd to immediately start the show off with that. Maybe the opening will start off with the Epcot Anthem along with a narrator, then fade into “How Far I’ll Go/Go The Distance”?

CrashNet1 day ago

I have to admit, putting “Someday” in as the closing song is bold choice of Disney when you relate it to everything that is going on in this country and the world. I have to give them sincere respect for that.

castlecake2.01 day ago

Yah I really notice it most from Showcase Plaza, once you get further back it’s not as in your face. I’d prefer they were not there, but IllumiNations started getting carted out early afternoon anyways, it’s not like it popped up 10 mins before showtime. Saying that, I wish we had a CEO that would be daring enough to spend the money on a world of color style show system, but not sure if that’s feasible in that size of a Lagoon.

Vinnie Mac1 day ago

Yeah I notice this to. Some pictures and videos make the barges seem either really big or sort of small. Guess it all depends on positioning. I'm sure the fireworks will also affect the scale of it depending on how impactful they are. Also, I'm glad to hear your friend enjoyed the testing! That's a great sign that he likes the show that much. I remember watching a vlog from Kevin Heimbach a couple of months ago and he said that the people who saw it from inside the park told him that it was good "but nothing life changing".

castlecake2.01 day ago

It’s weird, with how big the infrastructure is I feel I really only notice it from the front of world showcase, once you’re further back they don’t seem to be as in your face. My friend had super early shift at Epcot a couple days ago and saw some of the testing and they said it literally took their breath away, so there’s that at least.

Vinnie Mac1 day ago

Also yeah lol. The 29th, 30th, 1st are all gonna be full of critical and lifelong Epcot and Illuminations: ROE fans lol. I'm sure many of them would be ready to set the whole park on fire if one wrong move is made in HarmonioUS (like an upbeat exit.) 😂

Vinnie Mac1 day ago

I feel like I somewhat share this sentiment with you but for the most part I don't. Wishes didn't have an upbeat end to it but it didn't need to because the emotions it carried along with it were good enough. For the World Showcase, a part of a theme park that was built off of the idea of real world themes and a firework show also half based on us, humanity. I feel like "Someday" might be one of the best song choices besides "We Go On". We Go On wasn't super upbeat but it didn't need to be. It was [part of a show that reflected and celebrated the real world. The real world isn't always upbeat. Sometimes, it's sad but it can create hope. We Go On didn't make us dance. It made us sit down, reflect, and look toward the future as one. Enchantment might have a more upbeat exit song which I am okay with! But as far as HarmonioUS goes, I personally don't think it'll have one and it doesn't need an upbeat exit. If I'm not left in tears after the show while reflecting on humanity, I don't want the show. That's just my take lol.

Giss Neric1 day ago

Why do they keep pushing and inserting Brave. Far more better options.