VIDEO - First full-scale test of Walt Disney World's new 'Luminous' nighttime spectacular at EPCOT

Nov 05, 2023 in "Luminous the Symphony of Us"

Luminous the Symphony of Us - Show test
Posted: Sunday November 5, 2023 9:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

With just a month to go until the debut of EPCOT's new nighttime spectacular 'Luminous The Symphony of Us,' Walt Disney Imagineers carried out a near full run-though for the first time late last night.

Taking place after the park closed just after midnight, the run-through gave us a look at the pyrotechnic design and some of the lighting effects visible above the tree line.

The 'Luminous' audio was masked by loud background music being played at International Gateway, but some of the new soundtrack could be heard in the distance.

There are two new original songs and new arrangements of Disney movie songs including:

  • "I See the Light" - Tangled
  • "You've Got a Friend in Me" - Toy Story
  • "You'll Be in My Heart" - Tarzan
  • "Proud Corazon" - Coco
  • "Friend Like Me" - Aladdin
  • "So Close" - Enchanted
  • "When She Loved Me"- Toy Story 2
  • "Remember Me" - Coco
  • "Into the Unknown" - Frozen 2

For a better listen of the show's music, see last week's post with a behind-the-scenes look at recording the 'Luminous The Symphony of Us' soundtrack.

The runtime of 'Luminous' is around 16 minutes based on last night's test, which puts it slightly shorter than the 20-minute runtime of 'Harmonious 'but longer than the 12-minute-long 'EPCOT Forever,' which 'Luminous' replaces.

Unlike 'Harmonious,' 'Luminous' will not use any video displays and returns to the successful formula of IllumiNations, with fireworks, lighting, and fountains. Although it is difficult to gauge the quantity of fireworks in use, from this test, 'Luminous' appears to have more pyro than either 'EPCOT Forever' or 'Harmonious.' The test also confirmed the continued use of the lagoon seawall perimeter launches, which were fired numerous times at the show's beginning and finale.

Although this test was close to being the entire show, there is more to come, including a center barge, which we have seen in recent concept art. This seventh major show platform is not yet in the lagoon, and is likely to play a significant role in the show's finale.

Watch the video below to see 'Luminous The Symphony of Us.' (4K YouTube)

'Luminous, The Symphony of Us' will debut at Walt Disney World's EPCOT on December 5, 2023.

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James Alucobond17 minutes ago

It probably would have had better guest feedback during the day, but the ultimate driver might have been the poor viewing angles at various dining locations and the high maintenance costs.

Chef idea Mickey`=20 minutes ago

Anyone think Harmonious would stayed if the barges were moved in and out of the lagoon or if had it done that it still would be removed.. Just curious in opinions just because Luminous itself contains IP songs in it. Yes I know it will be criticized still for not being able to see the center from other angles...but lets say for example there wasn't a ring in the center. Thoughts?

gerarar13 hours ago

Yeah I believe they only load B-mode if present conditions are unfavorable. That's why sometimes we see nights with perfect weather with B-mode. But if they load A-mode in the morning but than the weather becomes unfavorable later, there is no B-mode to fallback on. It's a different strategy than DL does with Wondrous Journeys (when they used to do B-mode) where they always load B-mode, so the show can fallback to it dynamically anytime during the show. But then there are times when they don't run the comets at all, which I guess was tonight. The horse tails were turned off also. I've noticed the levers are Horsetails > Comets > Center Barge > 6 Big Barges > Outer Barges > No pyro

Epcot82Guy13 hours ago

Yes. I should have clarified. An additional effect, as those happen in the normal show. You normally have 3 effects vs just the two. But I can see the thinking of 2 being enough. It's just lacking something in the lagoon itself.

Squishy13 hours ago

They seem to be inconsistent with it. I guess they must not load it in unless they are planning for it in advance.

LivinDISLife13 hours ago

In the video, it is seen that the countries still illuminate and the torches turn on as the "welcomes" are heard from around the world. I'd consider that a back up.

gerarar13 hours ago

I think it's somewhat unrelated. There also isn't the single comet pyro during the end of When She Loved Me/Remember Me in the Loss section (which uses the same effect) when B-mode is supposedly not active. So imo it's that they shut off those comets due to weather conditions instead of stopping B-mode altogether. Plus I'm pretty sure I saw a livestream last week and it was in B-mode.

Epcot82Guy13 hours ago

Ah thanks! That really does seem to take a lot out of it. But there have been intense storms later in the evening recently. I'm a bit surprised they didn't have a lighting-based back up.

Squishy13 hours ago

No pyro at all during worldshow case 'Welcome' intro

Epcot82Guy14 hours ago

That's curious. Do they just not do pyro at all? Or something else?

Squishy14 hours ago

I noticed recently they stopped doing the b mode for the world showcase perimeter pyro when it's disabled due to weather, tonight was one example.

Vinnie Mac2 days ago

Watching a resorttv1 stream. 15 Minutes before show start they're talking to a couple of people who had some knowledge of the Epcot shows. According to the guy, Harmonious had 1234 shells (I challenged myself to count the Harm shells a couple of years ago and i came very close to this!!!) and Luminous has over 1600 shells.

Vinnie Mac8 days ago

Absolutely incredible. Also puts into perspective how good of a song Heartbeat Symphony is

Starship8248 days ago

Here's a great video for anyone who wants to listen to the soundtrack on Piano. It's incredible.