EPCOT’s newest nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, will be replaced by an all-new night time show after having debuted for the 50th anniversary in September 2021.
The news was officially confirmed at D23 Expo’s Parks panel in September 2022 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 nighttime 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.
A new photo and some further details have now been released regarding what we can expect from this new spectacular. From the image embedded below in a tweet by reporter, Scott Gustin, we can see lights, fountains and fireworks and it is currently described as follows:
"The show will feature an original composition and evocative selections from the Disney songbook – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different."
NEW: Here's a first look at the all-new EPCOT nighttime spectacular coming later this year.— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) March 15, 2023
"The show will feature an original composition and evocative selections from the Disney songbook – all woven together to remind us that we are more alike than different." pic.twitter.com/YqqpRj6lSd
We are yet to hear if drones will be included. There has been speculation surrounding this after Disneyland Paris used over 500 drones in their new Avengers: Power The Night nighttime show which debuted on January 28 at Walt Disney Studios Park and is set to run through May 8 as part of the finale to Disneyland Paris' 30th celebrations.
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. 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.
Harmonious will have its last show on April 2. EPCOT Forever will return on April 3, to fill in the gap until the new nighttime spectacular debuts later this year. EPCOT Forever originally debuted on October 1, 2019 to bridge the gap between the closure of Reflections of Earth and opening of Harmonious on September 29, 2021.
Will you be sad to see Harmonious go? What would you like to see from the new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT later this year? Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
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