PHOTO - EPCOT's Harmonious show platform barges to be used as daytime fountains in World Showcase Lagoon

Nov 20, 2020 in "Harmonious"

Harmonious daytime show concept art
Posted: Friday November 20, 2020 9:32am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has this evening confirmed that the show platform barges that are currently being built for Harmonious will be used for daytime fountains in World Showcase Lagoon.

The huge barges, seen above backstage in the marina, will remain in the World Showcase Lagoon throughout the day, ending the tradition of IllumiNations where the barges were brought out late in the day each night for showtime.

To help disguise their presence, and to bring some kinetic energy to the lagoon, the platforms will use some of their water effects as part of a daytime fountain show.

Also confirmed today is that the central barge with the large 6 story ring will be a water screen, formed with water originating from the ring. Each of the surrounding barges features 25' double sided LCD walls, and across all four perimeter barges there are 54' moving arms.

“Harmonious” will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics, lasers and more.

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trainplane32 hours ago

I know they aren't perfect. I just tried to cover everything as well as I could to let people decide for themselves. I know my feelings on it (and others do too) but I felt I gave them a good chance in the pictures.

MisterPenguin2 hours ago

The finial also makes SSE look small.

mnelson32 hours ago

Curious what will become of the dining/dessert party locations and the FP area.

ImperfectPixie2 hours ago

OOF. It makes Spaceship Earth look small.

trainplane33 hours ago

Here's a gallery of the barges from every pavilion in standard and wide angle. Use the torches (if in the shot) to get a rough idea of where I was at.

Touchdown4 hours ago

tried to pay attention as I was there last week, good views where I can still see the center stargate occur from Canada (after Le Celier enterance)-Mexico (up to La Hacienda) and Italy-Japan. I fear for the trees that line WSL in the US, they almost assuredly aren’t long for this world to increase good viewing angles. Most interestingly, the old cooperate spots (the garden below the IG gateway and the island in Italy) are horrible spots with no view of the stargate. I can’t imagine someone paying to reserve those spots, also as expected Norway/China and R&C have poor viewing angles as well. I don’t think crowds are going to spread out around the lagoon like they used to, they really didn’t think this through.

trainplane35 hours ago

Strobes/whatever the twinkling effect is called is currently turned on for Italy. Been running for 5 mins so far. I assume show programming or something like that. Edit: I know it's a giant nothingburger but here's a quick video just because.

flynnibus10 hours ago

And maybe the way Pizza Hut makes a pizza right! because that also means nothing to the point raised.

deWild10 hours ago

Not sure, probably the same way they sunk 1200 fountains in the DCA lagoon.

trainplane313 hours ago

Didn't someone want pictures of the barges from all the WS pavilions? I'm here today and can get that done.

trainplane31 day ago

I'd assume it's higher durability. But like the concept art assuming water is a solid and the fact they couldn't even cut the center docks "L" off (or build new like a lot of this project was), I'm going to question a lot of this project.

Father Robinson1 day ago

Hopefully the show's life isn't.

wdwmagic1 day ago

I'm assuming that the new black paint has some higher performance durability than whatever was there before. We know the original finish only lasted a few months before looking terrible. Perhaps this paint life is measured in at least years.

Father Robinson1 day ago

This whole setup is like my kids trying desperately to justify a lie they were caught in. No matter what they say, the situation just gets worse and worse for them.