Detailed look at EPCOT'S recent Harmonious fountain and lighting test

Mar 24, 2021 in "Harmonious"

Harmonious Mexico barge fountain test and icon barge lighting test - March 24 2021
Posted: Wednesday March 24, 2021 9:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Installation crews were carrying out a number of tests at EPCOT yesterday on the fountains and lighting systems for the upcoming Harmonious show set to debut later this year.

The Mexico barge, which was one of the first to be installed, was running through a high pressure vertical fountain test.

The show platforms have a number of fountain nozzles on various parts of the structure, including some on the articulating arm that extends from the platform.

In the vertical mode, the fountains are capable of some considerable height, somewhere in the region of at least 100ft.

The water falling from the lower third towards the front is interesting. It isn't clear if this is actually a powered cascade fountain, or run-off of water collected on the platform from the main fountains.

The morning sunlight refraction was causing an interesting color effect on the mist coming off the fountains.

Although there will be a daytime fountain display to disguise to some extent the show hardware, it seems unlikely that this particular test is for that mode. However, this wide view from near World Showcase Plaza gives an idea of what the fountains look like from a distance.

The video below shows the test from various point around World Showcase Lagoon. For a 4K version, head to our video page.

In the center of World Showcase Lagoon, testing was being carried out on the 6 story tall icon ring barge lighting systems.

Close-ups show multi-colored lighting surrounding the ring. These light fixtures appear to be RGB color changing modules.

With the addition of the third barge yesterday, there is just one large piece of hardware still to be brought out into the lagoon. From then on it should be a case of testing, completing the show design and debuting to guests sometime later this year. Disney is yet to announce an opening date.

Click the gallery to see more pictures of the Harmonious fountain test.

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SoFloMagic12 hours ago

No festival July 6-14, so if they don't wanna start em before the 4th, that would be a perfect window. Less crowds, potentially extra cast free to manage crowds without booths to run...but my guess is July 2 at both MK and epcot

MansionButler8413 hours ago


SpectroMickey8513 hours ago

Sorry to add to you alls date debate for fireworks at Epcot haha but what about the start of the Food and Wine Festival on July 15th?

mnelson313 hours ago

@marni1971 Will the placement of the EF barges be different now than how they were before the Harm barges were brought out? I think yes? Just watched a video and maybe they don’t need to be placed differently… Hard to tell.

Movielover16 hours ago

Juney????? ;)

Disney Dead Head16 hours ago

Curious as to why you think Epcot will be EF and not Harmonious? when they bring then back? why would they bring something back that doesn't fit with the existing barges and our operational Tents that have been set up.......

marni197121 hours ago

Yep. Watch this space. Soon.

SoFloMagic21 hours ago

Early on in a month ending in y is what I'm thinking.

marni197121 hours ago

If I’m thinking of the one you’re thinking of then yes!

SoFloMagic21 hours ago

Still thinking the same timeframe?

SpectroMickey8521 hours ago

Great to hear!

marni197121 hours ago

I expect it to be HEA and EF.

SpectroMickey8521 hours ago

The return of any kind of fireworks is exciting! :)

marni197121 hours ago

Return of fireworks.