Harmony Has Been Restored in EPCOT: Controversial Disney Attraction Officially Demolished 

Harmonious Show
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Walt Disney World rarely misses the mark when it comes to aesthetically-pleasing attractions. With manicured Mickey Mouse lawns, perfectly-plumped Resort pillowcases, and pristine Park pathways, it’s rare to get a peek behind Disney’s tightly-drawn curtain.

One particularly innovative Disney Park—EPCOT—takes the crown for meticulous details. Imported pieces from global destinations adorn EPCOT’s World Showcase, and Spaceship Earth marks the center of a futuristic land meant to thrill as much as it educates. With the addition of the Park’s first smash-hit roller coaster, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, and whispers of a Moana-themed attraction called Journey of Water, the theme park has been on a roll with its new additions.

Moana Journey of Water

Credit: Disney

Related: Disney Confirms End Date for “Harmonious,” Return of “EPCOT Forever”

That is, until one show barged into The World Showcase at EPCOT on October 1, 2021: Harmonious. The replacement for the applauded show, ​​Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, Harmonious featured stunning visuals, pyrotechnics, and musical stylings intended to “wow” Disney Guests for the long haul. The show may have delivered cutting-edge effects, but it did the Park a disservice with massive barges that overwhelmed The World Showcase.

Considered “monstrous,” the taco-shaped barges took center stage in The World Showcase lagoon and obstructed Guests’ view of the scenic country pavilions during the day. Designed to emit lights, fireworks, and smoky action, the behemoths packed a lot of power, but their industrial appearance interfered with one of the best views in all of Walt Disney World.

Harmonious Barge

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Related: The 3 Most Underrated World Showcase Pavilions in EPCOT

News of the Harmonious run ending broke at the D23 summit in 2022 when Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro announced a replacement nighttime show was coming. After the show’s end on April 2, 2023, fans rejoiced about Disney removing the controversial barges. Although Disney promptly removed them from the Park map on the My Disney Experience App on April 3, 2023, the barges held their ground in the lagoon.

Finally, on May 17, 2023, the demolition of the infamous barges was complete, solidifying the show’s conclusion. Across several posts, @bioreconstruction shared an aerial view of the barges’ demolition.

While the resounding response to the barge removal has been a positive one from Disney Guests, some, like @DereksTravel, took to Twitter to showcase the now-missing Showcase production, stating:

The Harmonious barges are officially all removed. The view has been restored but my favorite nighttime show will never return 


Although everyone can agree The World Showcase lagoon view got a significant upgrade, Disney Fans are itching for a new nighttime spectacular show at EPCOT. Recently, Disney announced the return of EPCOT Forever to (ironically) fill the show’s void temporarily.

Some Disney fan speculation has surrounded a drone-powered show inspired by the Disney D-Light show at Disneyland Paris, but EPCOT Forever will be the new show to light up the Park for now.

About Kaitlin Morelli

A Disney World Guest since before she could walk, Kaitlin is a Jersey girl and former Virginia Tech Hokie. When she's not listening to the 'Moana' soundtrack on repeat with her baby daughter, she's writing, singing, and strumming the ukulele. Kaitlin is passionate about finding the best Disney Park tips n' tricks and moments when pop culture and Disney collide. She's looking forward to eventually taking her first Disney trip with her favorite fan in the making: her daughter.

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