Video: EPCOT Harmonious Barges Catch Fire


In an unfortunate turn of events, a fire broke out at Walt Disney World tonight after one of its iconic nightly fireworks spectaculars.

According to Theme Park Insider, Scott Gustin,

“Disney confirmed the Harmonious fire only impacted a fireworks launch platform.

‘A fireworks launch platform had a contained fire after Friday’s show and was extinguished.'”

Check it out:

It is unclear at this time what exactly caused the barge to seemingly spontaneously combust, but one of the benefits of EPCOT’s fireworks show is that most of its fireworks are launched from an isolated point in the middle of World Showcase Lagoon, with yards of water separating the populated thoroughfares from the fire.


Credit: Disney

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Placed in a permanent position in the center of World Showcase Lagoon, these barges were created especially for EPCOT’s latest fireworks spectacular, which succeeded the beloved IllumiNations and the short-lived EPCOT Forever. This is the first time that pyrotechnic failures of this magnitude have occurred on the new barges.

The Disney World website describes Harmonious as the following:

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.

This magnificent 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.


The Harmonious nighttime spectacular in EPCOT’s World Showcase Lagoon. Credit: Disney

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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