Construction work continues in the World Showcase Lagoon at EPCOT as crews prepare for a new Disney100 nighttime spectacular that honors 100 years of The Walt Disney Company. In June, we noticed that piling had begun. A few weeks ago, we saw construction go vertical with the arrival of a crane and other construction equipment. On a recent trip, we noticed that more construction materials have arrived.
Construction Progress in World Showcase Lagoon
On this platform, the long black pipe we noticed previously is now missing, and four others are now present. We also noticed that several large concrete blocks are stacked on the barge as well. Near the blue barrels in the photo above, we spotted a tall stack of additional construction materials. To the right of the tall red vertical pole in the above photo, a smaller floating barge can be seen that was not present on our last visit.
We didn’t notice any other changes above the water, but construction for the show may be happening beneath the surface with these materials.
Harmonious Nighttime Spectacular
The 50th anniversary celebration for Walt Disney World has come to a close across the resort, and the nighttime spectaculars introduced as part of “The Most Magical Celebration on Earth” have now been performed for the final time. On April 2, guests visiting EPCOT were able to watch the last performance of the “Harmonious” nighttime spectacular before it was replaced by the limited return of “EPCOT Forever” as the new Disney100 Nighttime Spectacular is constructed.
“Harmonious” debuted on October 1, 2021, using five barges within the waters of the World Showcase Lagoon to deliver an all-new 20-minute nighttime fireworks spectacular. Harmonious featured a soundtrack of 15 songs in 13 languages from 240 artists around the world. The barges have now been removed from the lagoon.
EPCOT Forever initially debuted in October 2019 with the end of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. It’s currently being performed in the interim between Harmonious and the upcoming show.
The nighttime show honors the park’s musical heritage, with a massive display of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and special effects set to revamped versions of iconic songs from classic EPCOT attractions such as “Journey Into Imagination,” “Spaceship Earth,” “Soarin’,” “Tapestry of Nations,” and “Universe of Energy.” The show was designed to pay tribute to the past, present, and future of EPCOT.
Disney100 Nighttime Spectacular
The new nighttime spectacular was announced in September 2022. In September 2023, Disney100 celebrations will officially begin in EPCOT with Mickey and Minnie meeting in their platinum outfits and more — though it seems the nighttime spectacular won’t be ready by then and a debut date has not been announced.
The Walt Disney Company’s actual 100th anniversary is October 16, 2023, so we would expect the Disney100-inspired nighttime spectacular to premiere closer to that point, though Disney has not made an official announcement to that end.
Disneyland Resort has its own Disney100 nighttime spectaculars in the form of “Wondrous Journeys” in Disneyland Park and “World of Color – ONE” in Disney California Adventure.
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