Disney Firework Show Malfunctions, Projection Effect No Longer Working

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Harmonious is one of EPCOT’s newest additions to the Park and also the most technologically advanced show that Walt Disney World Resort has ever created.

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Harmonious (Credit: Disney)

When Harmonious was announced, Guests learned that Illuminations, a fan-favorite show, would be coming to an end. In the interim, we were able to enjoy EPCOT Forever, and once the 50th anniversary began on October 1, Harmonious was introduced. Harmonious connects together culture through Disney music, which is sung in both English and the native country’s language in which the song’s film takes place.

Harmonious EPCOT
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On top of the musical score, Disney has created five barges which project, as well as utilize water and laser features to create a spectacle of the show. One thing that a high technology show runs into, however, is that there are more mechanical and technical issues that can go wrong. 

On our last viewing of the show, we noticed that some of the projections which would take place over the middle barge through laser and water effects were no longer happening. During the Moana section, we typically used to see a manta ray fly above the middle barge to represent Gramma Tala. During the Beauty and the Beast section, a rose generally is illuminated above the barge. Neither of these effects, however, have been working.

At first, we thought perhaps the laser which could create the outlined projections into the air above the barge was broken, but at the end of the show, the heart which is typically displayed looked just fine! There is, of course, a chance that there were technical issues with the other two sections, or they may have been removed.

Over time, we will surely be able to see if the effect remains missing or returns to the show. Another nighttime show that was added to Disney World is in Magic Kingdom, called Disney Enchantment.

Disney describes the show as:

Watch the World Come Together
The heart of the Epcot transformation comes to life with Harmonious, one of the largest nighttime spectaculars ever created for Disney Parks. The show is a beautifully crafted medley of classic Disney music and visuals reinterpreted by a culturally diverse group of 240 artists from all around the world. Come and be dazzled by all of it as you discover how Disney music and stories have the power to inspire and unite us all, overcoming any language or border.

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This magnificent new show brings to World Showcase Lagoon an innovative combination of floating giant screens, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers in a 360-degree view. Enter amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, Brave, The Lion King, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog and other classic stories. Colorful images and effects dance and change as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together in brand-new ways. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, Disney songs hop from language to language as the show brings people from different parts of the world together to unlock the magic of possibility.

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