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News Reflections of Earth confirmed to be replaced by Harmonious

Sir_Cliff

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Its 15 mins before park closing?
True, not spectacular, but at least that gives you an option to get in line for something up to 15 minutes into the show which could mean an extra ride. It's not an extra hour, but at least it means you can still enjoy attractions while the show is going on which is something. With the length of some of the queues, I imagine this is more or less calculated so that people are still waiting and riding attractions too long after the show finishes.
 

SplashZander

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I wonder if having Harmonious begin 15 minutes before park closing is a strategic way to limit the number of people viewing it. It seems the show will have much more limited viewing angles due to the screens and other factors, so they could just be doing this to draw people away from it by providing alternatives.
 

techgeek

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IllumiNations used to start an hour before park closing.

Oh well.

I seem to recall in the 80's and 90's that the pavilion lighting effects (popcorn lights and some color / pattern effects) would remain lit after the show, adding a bit of festive atmosphere to the rest of the evening.

The torches add a similar sort of vibe to pre/post show these days, but it was more immersive drawing you into exploring the pavilions and seeing them in a 'new light', rather than just focused along the promenade.
 

monothingie

Ok....Bye!
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I hope the final fountain show is more impressive than this. Hopefully just a test.
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George

Liker of Things
Premium Member
Not to mention only 20% of guests will get to see the “more” image.

A full on large inflated sphere with back projection a la Tokyo with a rotating ring would have worked wonders.
Funny. I was just thinking about the fact that there may not be a lot of good viewing angles for this. That could be disastrous from a guest satisfaction perspective.
 

George

Liker of Things
Premium Member
View attachment 577128I hope the final fountain show is more impressive than this. Hopefully just a test.
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Saw they were advertising for WS lagoon “barge hose holders”. Kudos where kudos is due. I figure 4 guys with garden hoses would turn this into a thing of epic beauty. I thought it might be fire hoses, but that flow rate would be ocular overkill.
 

mhochman

Active Member
Two quick pieces of context before my post: 1) I’ve been coming to Epcot since it first opened. As an 11 year old, I remember being a rarity (for my age group) for loving rides like motion, spaceship, and soon horizons. My friends all thought it was boring. But Epcot has always had a special place in my heart since pretty much day one. 2) while I absolutely love and respect the effort that (early) Disney put into hiding show elements and “out of place” features from other lands, I’ve also realized my part in suspending disbelief. No matter how masterful the early imagineers were, something would always creep in somewhere, and my mind did its part in blocking it out so that I could immerse myself in the story. We all do it, I’m not special, just saying that I can block out distractions.

All that said, this week was my first time back to WDW and Epcot in two years. I finally got to see for myself the barges in world showcase to assess, for myself, how the barges impact the views of world showcase. And my assessment is this: they are an abomination. No amount of pre-reading and picture viewing can prepare you for the awfulness these barges introduce. I was hoping y’all could were exaggerating, but you weren’t. That first view of all the countries to start your day, to get in the zone, to appreciate the effort that was put into building Epcot is totally gone. It is just beyond words how much the effed this up.

So I guess the only thing I’m contributing to this conversation is that, if you haven’t seen it yet and you’re hoping we are all just being bitter and exaggerating, we’re not. Be prepared to have your heart broken.
 

TikibirdLand

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Ya know... with the lagoon fountains and the replacement of FoN and Journey of Water... all Disney has to do it keep adding water elements and transform Epcot into DisneySea Orlando!!
it would be FANTASTIC to have DisneySea in Orlando (or anywhere stateside). That place looks incredible! Maybe something I can save up for when I retire...
 
I have finally figured out what Disney is doing with this abomination on the lake. Disney created that eye sore out there to force people like me to drink more and stay in the shops to avoid looking at it. I mean if I drink more alcohol I spend more money, if I am then drunk and in the shops to avoid looking at the greatest mistake on a body of water since the Tacoma Narrows bridge I will spend more money. Also there is not enough fountain magic available to hide these beasts during the day. My first time seeing these in person all I could think was " MY EYES" like I had stared at the sun through a telescope.
 

Cre8iveN8ive

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There was apparently a invitation only special event for select travel professionals in Epcot 8/10 that involved what looked like a set-up similar to a Corporate Event Package with food (mainly desserts) and drinks including alcohol hostes lagoon-side in front of Italy. It included fireworks viewing. The individual that posted mentions it was a “thank you” and a way for Disney to practice the return of dessert parties.

What I found most interesting is the available selection of alcohol available was far beyond a single signature cocktail and the location used.

Could we expect to hear a return of dessert parties sooner than we think? Whenever they do make a return, could we see a move of the dessert party viewing location back to Italy? Or, is this not the dessert party as we know it and just Corporate Events practicing for their fireworks viewing package grand debut (which had been previously mentioned those opened a few months back with dates as early as October) and they kept it simple with just serving desserts?

Anyone that may have any additional info?

Post/Information was found on Facebook using #disneydessertparty or #epcotdessertparty
 

wdwmagic

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There was apparently a invitation only special event for select travel professionals in Epcot 8/10 that involved what looked like a set-up similar to a Corporate Event Package with food (mainly desserts) and drinks including alcohol hostes lagoon-side in front of Italy. It included fireworks viewing. The individual that posted mentions it was a “thank you” and a way for Disney to practice the return of dessert parties.

What I found most interesting is the available selection of alcohol available was far beyond a single signature cocktail and the location used.

Could we expect to hear a return of dessert parties sooner than we think? Whenever they do make a return, could we see a move of the dessert party viewing location back to Italy? Or, is this not the dessert party as we know it and just Corporate Events practicing for their fireworks viewing package grand debut (which had been previously mentioned those opened a few months back with dates as early as October) and they kept it simple with just serving desserts?

Anyone that may have any additional info?

Post/Information was found on Facebook using #disneydessertparty or #epcotdessertparty
They ran Harmonious at about 12:45am - not sure if that was part of it.
 

Cre8iveN8ive

Well-Known Member
They ran Harmonious at about 12:45am - not sure if that was part of it.
Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

Although, from what the post showed, the event started before dark and the individual who posted about it mentions that after the event, she caught a monorail over to finish the night at Boo Bash. Is it okay to post screen shots of the post here (wasn’t sure being it’s related to a travel agent/agency)?

The location adjustment makes sense for Harmonious given it is one of two locations to have prime viewing of center stage. I suppose time will tell how things will play out.
 

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