PHOTOS - Work continues in the World Showcase Lagoon for new Epcot nighttime spectaculars

Feb 19, 2019 in "IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth"

Epcot future firework show island construction
Posted: Tuesday February 19, 2019 11:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

These latest photos show some extensive work taking place in the World Showcase Lagoon ahead of the new nighttime spectaculars set to debut over the next few years at Epcot.

Pictured above, work on the island near to China is continuing, with construction barges still in place.

Over on the island near to Japan, work is underway on adding a building, along with other additions.

Out in the lagoon itself, a number of new pilings are visible.

Disney's new Illuminations replacement show will debut in 2020.

The unnamed new nighttime spectacular will celebrate how Disney music inspires people around the world, and will feature massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers.

Before that new show begins, there will be a limited-time experience, called "Epcot Forever," which will debut in fall 2019 and will feature classic Epcot tunes. 

"Epcot Forever" will begin with a spark of imagination that swells into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects kites.

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CrashNet2 hours 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.

castlecake2.02 hours 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 Mac3 hours 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".

castlecake2.05 hours ago

It’s weird, with how big the infrastructure is I feel I really only notice it from the front of world showcase, once you’re further back they don’t seem to be as in your face. My friend had super early shift at Epcot a couple days ago and saw some of the testing and they said it literally took their breath away, so there’s that at least.

Vinnie Mac14 hours ago

Also yeah lol. The 29th, 30th, 1st are all gonna be full of critical and lifelong Epcot and Illuminations: ROE fans lol. I'm sure many of them would be ready to set the whole park on fire if one wrong move is made in HarmonioUS (like an upbeat exit.) 😂

Vinnie Mac15 hours ago

I feel like I somewhat share this sentiment with you but for the most part I don't. Wishes didn't have an upbeat end to it but it didn't need to because the emotions it carried along with it were good enough. For the World Showcase, a part of a theme park that was built off of the idea of real world themes and a firework show also half based on us, humanity. I feel like "Someday" might be one of the best song choices besides "We Go On". We Go On wasn't super upbeat but it didn't need to be. It was [part of a show that reflected and celebrated the real world. The real world isn't always upbeat. Sometimes, it's sad but it can create hope. We Go On didn't make us dance. It made us sit down, reflect, and look toward the future as one. Enchantment might have a more upbeat exit song which I am okay with! But as far as HarmonioUS goes, I personally don't think it'll have one and it doesn't need an upbeat exit. If I'm not left in tears after the show while reflecting on humanity, I don't want the show. That's just my take lol.

Giss Neric16 hours ago

Why do they keep pushing and inserting Brave. Far more better options.

Figments Friend16 hours ago

All of Orlando will be at the Magic Kingdom on the 29th..... The 29th is the 'final' showing of 'Happily Ever After'. Everyone will then move over to Epcot on the evening of the 30th to view 'Harmonius'. The days have just shifted more ways then one. -

mnelson317 hours ago

So I guess all of Orlando will be at Epcot on the 29th instead of the 2nd? 🤣

Figments Friend17 hours ago

Wow...... So the debut is now the 29th? Sweet, first full day/ night I'm in town. I have other plans...but nice to know this is happening. -

mnelson318 hours ago

Nothing wrong with a non upbeat song. Just my own preference lol.

jrhwdw18 hours ago

We Go On wasn't upbeat either and it's the best finale in the IllumiNations Series. Of course the upbeat part of ROE was right before We Go On so there's that.

mnelson318 hours ago

Or “IASM” 🤣. In all fairness I know Epcot has never had a upbeat dance ish song before so why would they start now. And if they did it would only upset Epcot fans even more lol. Had hopes the exit song of Illuminate would’ve been brought over to along with the other scenes that some are saying are in DE. Oh well lol.

MansionButler8418 hours ago

Like…”A Whole New World”?