At D23 Expo in 2019, Bob Chapek spoke about a new nighttime spectacular that would be taking over Walt Disney World’s EPCOT fan-favorite fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations.
HarmoniouUS, according to Chapek, will be the “largest nighttime spectacular in Disney history” and will be shown over the World Showcase Lagoon, only this show will be even bigger and more epic than anything we’ve seen before at EPCOT.
Due to the current global pandemic, construction on several projects at Disney World had to pause, including Cinderella Castle, TRON, and HarmoniouUS. However, it wasn’t long ago that we reported construction resumed on the nighttime spectacular despite not knowing an opening date.
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And now, Disney fans get ready because thanks to our friends over at @bioreconstruct, we can see in a photo, which was taken from the Disney Skyliner, the new barges which are continuing to have work done.
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When discussing the new EPCOT nighttime spectacular, EPCOT’s general manager Melissa Valiquette said, “When you think about the EPCOT World Showcase and the World Showcase Lagoon, it really has to be the largest spectacular we’ve ever created because we’ve got such a beautiful grand venue for it.”
Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Producer Michael Hundgen also spoke out on the subject saying “Think of it as the latest toolkit with the latest and greatest pyro, projections, fountains and lasers. We’re bringing it to that show. It’s sort of all the bells and whistles.”
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“We have custom LED screens that we’ll be utilizing for HarmonioUS,” Disney parks live entertainment producer Jeremy Chase said. “We’ll also be bringing back choreographed fountains that will help tell the story. And we’ll have lasers, lighting and, of course, pyrotechnics.”
“The overall premise is really how music brings people together,” Chase continued. “How Disney music brings the world together.”
Also furing the 2019 D23 Expo, Bob Chapek and Zach Riddley announced several big projects coming to EPCOT.
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One of these changes is that EPCOT is debuting three brand new lands – replacing what is now known as Future World. The purpose of these three new lands is so that all of EPCOT will be a unity of four neighborhoods that speak to each important aspect of the world. World Showcase, which has already been apart of this park, will be joined by World Celebration, World Nature and World Discovery. (You can read more about these changes here).
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