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Harmonious (Epcot)

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Harmonious
EPCOT Harmonious Logo.png
Harmonious Opening Night (51537996565) (cropped).jpg
Harmonious on opening night
Epcot
AreaWorld Showcase
(World Showcase Lagoon)
StatusOperating
Soft opening dateSeptember 29, 2021
Opening dateOctober 1, 2021
ReplacedEpcot Forever
General statistics
Attraction typeFireworks, laser, water, and light show
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
ThemeDisney music and films in an international context
MusicVarious Artists (Music)
Mark Hammond and Yaron Spiwak[1] (Arrangements)
Duration20 minutes
Disabled access Wheelchair accessible

Harmonious is a nighttime spectacular at Epcot at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. The long-term replacement of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, Harmonious showcases and celebrates the cultures and stories of the world that have inspired various Disney films and music.[2] The show utilizes pyrotechnics, choreographed water fountains, water curtains, lasers, searchlights, and LED screens to present a 360° audio-visual experience on the park's World Showcase Lagoon.[3][4] The primary show equipment is notably housed on a collective of floating barges that are permanently moored at the center of the lagoon.[5] Harmonious is described as the largest nighttime spectacular ever created by Disney.[6]

Conceptualized by then-chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and now-CEO of The Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek, and developed further by Walt Disney Creative Entertainment under the direction of its Vice President of Parades and Spectaculars, Steve Davison, Harmonious is a celebration of the Disney stories and songs that have inspired and empowered the world, emphasizing its ability to unite people from all walks of life.[7] Told through reimagined and reinterpreted classic Disney visuals and music by 240 international artists, the show is divided into three chapters: "Gather", "Celebrate", and "Unite".[2][8]

The show was first announced at the biennial D23 Destination D event in 2018.[9][10][11][12] Originally set to premiere in 2020 after the limited run of its direct predecessor Epcot Forever, the show was delayed to September 29, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[13]

Show summary

Act I: Gather

The lit torches around the World Showcase Lagoon are extinguished and the park's lighting is dimmed. The show begins with a female vocalising to the tune of the EPCOT Anthem. A female narrator begins speaking, as a clamor of voices vocalising Disney arias and chants are heard:

"All around us, the world is alive with music. Voices calling out in search of one another, we find each other in song."

The clamor of voices then melds into a single crescendo and stops, leading into a multi-lingual medley of "How Far I'll Go" from Moana and "Go the Distance" and Hercules. High-launch fireworks shells are used, while the fountains take on multiple colors. Abstract, colorful images cover the screens, before eventually transforming into an image of the morning sun and its rays at the end of the act.

Songs include:

Act II: Celebrate

Guests are taken on a musical, globe-trotting journey across many countries and regions through the prism of the Disney movies that take place in each one. The songs that represent each country or region are performed by local artists and partially in their respective mother tongues.[14]

Middle East

This section celebrates the Middle Eastern folk tales that have inspired Disney's Aladdin.

A laser image of the Sultan's palace from Aladdin is projected on the mist screens above the screens. Images of swirling sands covers the screens, which reveals the Genie's lamp on the perimeter screens and the Cave of Wonders on the central screen. The moving arms on the perimeter screens are raised to form part of the lamp as its "spout" where four pink firework shells are launched. On the central screen, the mouth of the Cave of Wonders opens wide and as the image zooms forward, Arabic geometric patterns can be seen moving past. A dancing, stylized Genie (rendered in the style of Arabic calligraphy) appears on the central screen and "summons" the launching fireworks. More moving geometric patterns covers the screens before revealing the rooftops of Agrabah at nighttime and a silhouetted Aladdin and Jasmine riding the magic carpet. The Genie then returns to "summon" more fireworks on the perimeter screens before moving to the central screen to close the section.

Featured song: "Arabian Nights" from Aladdin (music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman).

India

This section celebrates the ancient Indian fable texts that have partly inspired The Jungle Book, which was adapted into the 1967 animated film of the same name by Disney.

Several orange searchlights and lasers flash as chanting and electronic beats plays overhead. The lights, lasers, and fountains take on a light green color as large, spiraling leaves cover the central screen. The spiraling leaf cover on the screens then parts to reveal a Tholu bommalata shadow play retelling of The Jungle Book. Dancing puppets of Baloo, King Louie, Mowgli, and the other animal and human characters, as well as swirling Indian patterns, are displayed on the screens. The fountains, searchlights, and lasers display alternating light green, orange, and blue light effects. A set of colorful fireworks are launched to close the section, as the images on the screens disappear in clouds of colorful smoke (similar to the ones used during the Holi festivities).

Featured song: "I Wan'na Be Like You" from The Jungle Book (music and lyrics by Robert and Richard Sherman).

China

This section celebrates the Chinese legends and literature that have inspired Disney's Mulan.

A traditional Chinese painting of a magnolia tree's branches and its falling flowers covers the screens. Continuing the motif, the characters of Mulan, Fa Zhou, Mushu, a riding Chinese army, and various Chinese landscapes covers the screens. The fountains are lit in white and pink. A red and white laser image of the Taijitu symbol also appears above the perimeter screens, as the music changes dramatically. The fountains are lit in red, as the screens displays real-life martial artists performing movements from Chinese martial arts against an intense red background. In addition to fireworks shells, firecrackers are also launched from the moving arms to create a "firecracker storm" above the central screen. The section closes with images of Mulan in her traditional pink and blue hanfu and her warrior disguise on the perimeter screens, and an image of her riding Khan (her horse) on the central screen.

Featured song: "Reflection" from Mulan (music by Matthew Wilder and lyrics by David Zippel).

Africa

This section celebrates the African landscapes and fauna that have inspired Disney's The Lion King.

An African tapestry of a young Simba appears on the center screen, lit by circling pink, red, and purple fountains. Continuing the tapestry motif, a growing Simba is then seen traveling with Timon and Pumbaa and traversing the African landscape day and night across the screens. The fountains are lit in blue and red. A spinning continental map of Africa is then displayed on the central screen, while the animals of the Pride Lands can be seen traveling towards it on the perimeter screens. Red and green fireworks are shot off periodically to the beat of the music, while the fountains display blue and purple effects. A now-adult Simba and Nala can be seen frolicking in the forest, before the former encounters the spirit of Mufasa on the central screen and on the mist screen above it (through laser projection). The section closes with the images of Rafiki holding up a cub Simba over Pride Rock as Mufasa and Sarabi watch on the central screen and the animals bowing to him on the perimeter screens, as several red and green high-launch fireworks go off.

Featured songs: "Hakuna Matata" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from The Lion King (music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice).

Europe

The Europe section is divided into two subsections. The first subsection celebrates the French literature that has inspired two Disney films: Beauty and the Beast (adapted into the 1991 animated film of the same name) and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (adapted into the 1997 animated film of the same name). The second subsection celebrates the Scottish mythology that has inspired Pixar's Brave.

Misty and dream-like images of Belle and the Beast slowly dancing in the ballroom covers the center screen, as a laser image of a rose appears above the central screen. The fountains are first lit in blue and pulsing yellow, and then red as the laser image changes into a heart. As a singular perimeter firework is shot from the top of the America Gardens Theatre, the images on the screens change to stained glass windows (similar to those found in Notre-Dame de Paris) depicting Quasimodo and the cathedral itself. The fountains display blue, pink, and white effects. Several high-launch fireworks are used in this subsection, in addition to large white fireworks.

The Ring of Stones is laser-projected above the central screen. As the fountains' blue lights are flickering, several will-o'-the-wisps appear on the screens. Animated woven tapestries depicting Merida, her family, the 3 clan leaders, and her family's crest are then displayed on the screens. The fountains are lit in brown and highlighted by green searchlights (depicting trees), before changing to a flickering blue and yellow. Several green and white fireworks are launched. The section closes with Merida riding Angus (her horse) across the perimeter screens and shooting an arrow to a target on the central screen, which triggers a set of green fireworks to go off.

Featured songs: "Prologue" from Beauty and the Beast (music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman), "Out There" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz), and "Touch the Sky" from Brave (music and lyrics by Alex Mandel and Mark Andrews).

Latin America

This section celebrates the Latin American (specifically Mexican) cultural traditions that have inspired Pixar's Coco.

A close-up image of a self-strumming guitar displayed across the screens opens the section, before transitioning to that of the Rivera family ofrenda (a home altar used during the Día de Muertos celebrations) lit with candles and filled with flowers. The fountains are lit in yellow and orange to depict the candles. The cempasuchil (Mexican marigold) bridges then covers the screens, before changing into hung strings of colorful papel picado (decorative banners) with animated elements. The moving fountains display colorful water effects, specifically blue, yellow, red, pink, violet and peach effects. The screens then changes to show the swooshing folkorico skirts of real-life Mexican folk dancers, colorful calaveras (sugar skulls), and a close-up image of Pepita (Mamá Imelda's alebrije) with her wings unfurled. Multiple colorful fireworks, as well as high-launch ones, are used throughout the section. The section closes with a motif-pattern of colorful guitars and Miguel strumming a guitar while cempasuchil petals fly around him.

Featured songs: "Remember Me" and "The World Es Mi Familia" from Coco (music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez) and "Saludos Amigos" from Saludos Amigos (music by Charles Wolcott and lyrics by Ned Washington).

U.S.A.

This section celebrates aspects of African-American culture that have inspired Disney's The Princess and the Frog.

Silhouetted images of a young and adult Tiana wishing on the Evening Star can be seen on the screens, as well as images of the bayou of New Orleans filled with fireflies. The fountains display bright purple and blue effects. As the music changes to be more upbeat, Louis the Alligator can be seen on the central screen playing his trumpet as laser images of colorful music notes are projected on the mist screens above. Fantastical imagery of the bayou and its dancing inhabitants (including Tiana and Naveen in their frog forms) — inspired by the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas — then covers the screens, as flashing purple fountains, yellow and orange searchlights, and launched white fireworks move to the music. The setting on the screens then changes to show downtown New Orleans, including a paddle steamer and several streetcars. The fountains are lit in blue, while purple, blue, orange, and yellow searchlights color the skies. A flyer advertising "Tiana's Place" flies into view as the setting changes into a recreation of the "Almost There" sequence from the film. Multiple large, colorful firework shells, as well as several comets, are launched during this segment. Flashing pink and yellow and blue and green searchlights accentuate the scene. Silhouetted figures of The Firefly Five Plus Lou band, as well as a dancing Naveen in his human form, can also be seen on the perimeter screens. More colorful fireworks are launched as Tiana dances on the central screen while falling shimmering gold dust covers the perimeter screens to close the section.

Featured song: "Dig A Little Deeper" from The Princess and the Frog (music and lyrics by Randy Newman).

Act III: Unite

A vocalising reprise of the EPCOT Anthem leads into a soaring version of “Someday” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Select artists perform each verse, and another comet flies to the center of the lagoon from the roof of the American Gardens Theater. The narrator intones:

“You raise your voice and it’s enough to lift the human spirit. Set the song inside you soaring, and the whole wide world will hear it.”

A laser heart is projected over the central barge, which slowly morphs into a bird; a globe appears on the water curtain and all the screens around it. All the artists join together as fireworks are launched in and around the lagoon. As the song crescendoes, it abruptly cuts to three seconds of darkness and silence before climaxing in a bright array of fireworks, voices and light.

Featured song: "Someday" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz).

Post Show

The show ends with a farewell message from the narrator:

“Wherever the world leads you next, we hope you carry a song with you, and know that the promise of someday, begins inside of you today. Good night.”

An instrumental version of "Someday" then plays as guests exited from the park. This is then followed by an upbeat medley of song samples from the show, including "Circle of Life", the EPCOT Anthem, "Arabian Nights", "Saludos Amigos", and "The World Es Mi Familia". While the perimeter screens is covered with spinning stars, the central screen shows corresponding key visuals for each song sample.

For Walt Disney World's 50th Anniversary celebration, the medley is followed by a version of "The Magic Is Calling", the celebration's anthem.

Show elements

The show's centerpiece platform with water curtain and fountain nozzles activated, as seen during the post show sequence.
The show's centerpiece platform with water curtain and fountain nozzles activated, as seen during the post show sequence.
The show's five main barges seen during the daytime.
The show's five main barges seen during the daytime.

Harmonious shares similar show equipment with the former IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth show as well as its predecessors, including the usage of pyrotechnics, choreographed water fountains, lasers, searchlights, floating set pieces, and LED screens.[15]

Compass

The show's primary show equipment is housed on a collective of floating barges known as the "compass", named as such due to its positioning on the World Showcase Lagoon.[5][6] Four of these barges holds the arc-shaped and double-sided LED screens that measures 25 feet (7.62 m) high and 88 feet (26.82 m) long. These barges form the perimeter of the barge collective and are positioned in the ordinal directions. Each barge is named after the nearest intersecting World Showcase pavilion: Mexico (pointing northeast), Germany (southeast), Canada (northwest), and France (southwest).[16] The centerpiece platform, positioned at the center of the collective, holds a six-story tall ring structure where a high-density water curtain, moving lights, and several water fountains are installed.[17] In addition, 8 moving arms that measures 54 feet (16.46 m) long are placed either between (for the perimeter barges) or in front and behind (for the central barge) to support more show equipment and are choreographed to move along as the show progresses.

As the collective of barges is too large to store in the backstage marina (located behind the Refreshment Outpost quick service restaurant and between the China and Germany pavilions), they remain semi-permanently moored at the center of the lagoon.[5] At daytime, the perimeter screens are turned on to show the undersea imagery from Act I with the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary logo periodically appearing and disappearing.[18] Initially, the plan was to simply turn on the fountains to add to the ambiance of World Showcase.

Music

Harmonious: Globally Inspired Music from the EPCOT Nighttime Spectacular
EPCOT Harmonious Soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedOctober 29, 2021 (2021-10-29)
Length23:10
LabelWalt Disney
Producer
  • Mark Hammond
  • Yaron Spiwak

Soundtrack

Unique to the musical score of Harmonious is the involvement of over 240 musicians, composers, arrangers, vocalists and more from nine countries in its creation and development.[6] In addition, Disney worked with different cultural consultants to ensure that a more authentic sound is achieved in the reinterpretation of various Disney songs. Featured songwriters in the Harmonious score include Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Elton John, Robert Lopez, Alan Menken, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Randy Newman, and Stephen Schwartz.

The entire soundtrack for the show, with selected extended musical sequences and without the show's narration, was released in a soundtrack album by Walt Disney Records on October 29, 2021.[19][20]

Track listing

No.TitleLyricsMusicPerformer(s)Length
1."Opening Chants" (Composed of the EPCOT Anthem, "Tulou Tagaloa" from Moana, "Circle of Life" from The Lion King, "The Bells of Notre Dame" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and "Vuelie" from Frozen)Various Artists (Opetaia Foa'i, Frode Fjellheim, Lebo M., Tim Rice, and Stephen Schwartz)Various Artists (Christophe Beck, Fjellheim, Foa'i, Elton John, Alan Menken, and Pinar Toprak)Harmonious World Ensemble1:43
2."Awakening" (Composed of "How Far I'll Go" from Moana and "Go the Distance" from Hercules)Various Artists (Lin-Manuel Miranda and David Zippel)Various Artists (Lin-Manuel Miranda and Alan Menken)Harmonious World Ensemble, Danny Gokey, and Elisha Garrett2:54
3."Middle East" (Composed of "Arabian Nights" from Aladdin)Howard AshmanAlan MenkenHarmonious World Ensemble, Ninet Tayeb, Jorgie Shkara, and Sanaa Marahati1:24
4."India" (Composed of I Wan'na Be Like You from The Jungle Book)Robert and Richard ShermanRobert and Richard ShermanHarmonious World Ensemble, Aditya Rao, and Gaayatri Kaundinya1:27
5."China" (Composed of Reflection from Mulan)David ZippelMatthew WilderWang Liu Qi and Hollie Hammel2:38
6."Africa" (Composed of Hakuna Matata and Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King)Tim RiceElton JohnNdlovu Youth Choir2:16
7."Europe" (Composed of the Prologue from Beauty and the Beast, Out There from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Touch the Sky from Brave)Various Artists (Stephen Schwartz and Mark Andrews)Various Artists (Alan Menken and Alex Mandel)Harmonious World Ensemble, Carlos Santiago, Damien Sargue, Lindsey Stirling, and Máiréad Nesbitt2:27
8."Latin America" (Composed of Remember Me from Coco, Saludos Amigos from Saludos Amigos, and The World Es Mi Familia from Coco)Various Artists (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez, Adrian Molina, and Ned Washington)Various Artists (Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Germaine Franco, Robert Lopez, and Charles Wolcott)Luis Fonsi and Joy2:33
9."U.S.A." (Composed of Dig A Little Deeper from The Princess and the Frog)Randy NewmanRandy NewmanKaren Clark Sheard, Kierra Sheard, Bryson Camper, and Harmonious Gospel Choir2:42
10."Finale" (Composed of Someday from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The EPCOT Anthem)Stephen SchwartzAlan Menken and Pinar ToprakHarmonious World Ensemble3:06
Total length:23:10

See also

References

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