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

4 days ago in "Harmonious"

Harmonious daytime show concept art

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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Article Posted: Nov 20, 2020 / 9:32am ET
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mnelson39 hours ago

@marni1971 was the “WS Lagoon daytime fountain” always part of the plan?

trainplane315 hours ago

At least those don't yell obscenities or vomit in the walkway. I'd take a tree or island any day.

marni197116 hours ago

Or a tree. Or an island.

trainplane318 hours ago

Unless it's blocked by another booth.

SpoiledBlueMilk19 hours ago

Funny thing about world showcase lagoon being a circle. If something blocks your view, just walk a little further and there it is!

brihow1 day ago

You aren't wrong :)

NelsonRD1 day ago

The LED screens provide a greater resolution, and provide near 360 degree viewing, while the projections are low resolution, only have about 120 degree viewing, and cannot be seen from behind. Using the LED displays, you will be able to see the show from around world showcase, opposed to fighting for head on view. The LED screen are lowest on my list of issues.

LastoneOn1 day ago

You make no sense. Apples to oranges. With the pessimistic view you might as well plan your last trip and get it over with.

Lands of Wonder2 days ago

What beats me is why they used barges. World of Color floats up during showtime and sinks during the day. I think the LED screens are stupid when you have most screens or fins that sing and have projections on them. You know when those LED screens start to glitch out and loose sections Epcot is going to leave it like that for a long time like they have in the past and like clockwork there going to let this hardware fall apart.

the.dreamfinder2 days ago

Well, it didn’t work out well for the wave machine in the Seven Seas Lagoon.

mnelson32 days ago

Close up pics of the middle of the “fins”. Looks impressive... and the gears for the rotating arms! Also looks like a high risk of technical failures lol.

mnelson32 days ago

Based on the concept art for the daytime view, it looks like the barges will be closer together than in show mode? I know concept art isn’t the most accurate.

mnelson33 days ago

@Magic Feather Can you be more specific on the last day WS lagoon will be clear?

trainplane33 days ago

I doubt it'll interrupt the boats: @marni1971 seems to have been hinting for the past few months they'll be anchored for good but now it looks like Disney confirmed that. They got those two large pusher-style boats. You can load a lot of fireworks up on those and restock in the lagoon.