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Harmonious at Walt Disney World's EPCOT

EPCOT’s newest night time spectacular, Harmonious, will be replaced by an all-new night time show after having debuted for the 50th anniversary last September.

The news was officially confirmed at D23 Expo’s Parks panel where it was also revealed that this new show is expected to debut in 2023 and will be part of the park-wide celebrations for Disney’s 100 Years of Wonder. Few other details were revealed about what this new night time show will entail, though as well as debuting as part of the 100th anniversary of the Disney brand, the show's expected release will see it also serve as a celebration of EPCOT’s 40th anniversary.

Harmonious Barges and Spaceship Earth at Walt Disney World's EPCOT
Image: Disney 

Harmonious’ place among Walt Disney World’s ever-evolving entertainment line-up has been a notable topic of conversation amongst parks fans, with some feeling that the new show is not a worthy replacement for its predecessor, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which had been enchanting guests at EPCOT since 1999. However, Harmonious was, unfortunately, met with some apprehension and criticism before it even debuted, as its presence meant that World Showcase Lagoon was subsequently filled with a number of somewhat imposing barges that remain on full view even during the day-time.

This overall lacklustre feeling towards Harmonious will mean that parks fans are likely to be equal parts excited and cautious over this announcement. As is the case with the now-confirmed return of Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom, it is not known whether Disney’s plans for Harmonious always meant that it would only run until 2023, or whether the disappointing response from guests has spurred on this swift change.

What do you think of Harmonious? Will you be sad to see it go after such a short while?  

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