PHOTOS - Vast size of Harmonious barges apparent in pictures from World Showcase

Nov 19, 2020 in "Harmonious"

Harmonious barge construction - November 18 2020
Posted: Thursday November 19, 2020 9:21am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Construction continues on the vast barges that will make up the show platform for the upcoming Harmonious show at EPCOT. 

We've known since seeing the barges from the air just how massive they are, but something that further puts this into perspective is how tall the barges are when some of the show elements are extended.

The picture above shows one of the rotating arms from one of the barges in the extended position, and it towers over nearby trees of the China pavilion. While we don't know all of the capabilities of the barges at this point, we do know that there will be water, lighting, video and pyro technic effects - along with a number of moving and extending parts.

Disney is yet to give an opening timeframe for the new show, with current nighttime shows suspended due to COVID-19. Speculation continues to suggest that we will first see a return of EPCOT Forever, to be then followed by Harmonious.

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TikibirdLand43 minutes ago

"Someday"

wutisgood7 hours ago

Epcot should run shows with the fountains on with the daytime fireworks they did at one point as the parks should be crowded enough to warrant it. But that would require Chapek giving an actual fk about guests.

Vinnie Mac8 hours ago

I'm expecting some type of merch too. I mean, HarmonioUS is going to be the new permanent show and it already has its own EPCOT poster art. I already told my family that when we see the show, I'll get merch if I think its good lol.

mnelson312 hours ago

When might we hear about Harmonious merchandise? I’d be shocked if they don’t. Only thing I’d be interested in, Maybe, is a soundtrack release including EF.

Sir_Cliff17 hours ago

Even the concept art looked weirdly ugly!

UNCgolf18 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 Alucobond21 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.

jmuboy22 hours ago

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

Sir_Cliff1 day 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_W1 day ago

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

mnelson31 day 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".