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Was Harmonious Designed Specifically for Extra-Cost Dessert Parties?

EPCOT’s nighttime spectacular, Harmonious, is said to be on its last leg, and fans wait for yet another brand new show to take over World Showcase Lagoon each night. But was this highly-anticipated show designed and choreographed specifically with the extra-cost dessert parties in mind?

Spaceship Earth, EPCOT

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One of the fans on the Disney World subreddit points out this potential conspiracy theory, saying,

“The reason Harminous was built to be viewed from one angle – Dessert Parties.”

The reason Harmonius was built to be viewed from one angle- Dessert Parties from WaltDisneyWorld

The festival center situation is its own tangent, but the idea of Harmonious being specifically designed to sell either dessert parties or the fireworks dining packages is an interesting one.

While many Disney Fanatics would probably argue that there were still some spots that were better than others, Harmonious’ two predecessors, IllumiNations and EPCOT Forever, offered relatively equal viewing potential from almost all areas around World Showcase that were not blocked by trees or buildings. Harmonious brought set screens or water-spray projections that can arguably only really be seen from a limited amount of angles. In fact, unless one at the Italian Pavilion or Showcase Plaza, it is very difficult to actually see the center ring projection.

Harmonious, EPCOT

Credit: Disney

Related: Video: EPCOT Daytime Show Finally Comes to Life

According to Disney World’s website, EPCOT offers special event seating in select areas as well as two Fireworks Dining Packages available at Spice Road Table in Morocco, and Rose & Crown in the U.K. So, the argument could be made that an expansion of these endeavors was always planned, especially at this point in Disney World history where Bob Chapek and Josh D’Amaro seem keen on upcharging every possible aspect of the Guest experience. 

It should be noted though that this is just a theory, and all speculation should be taken with a grain of salt until official confirmation comes to light from Disney itself.

Walt Disney World Resort 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. Enter amazing worlds inspired by Moana, Aladdin, Coco, Brave, The Lion King, Mulan, The Princess and the Frog and other classic stories. Colorful images and effects dance and change as Harmonious weaves familiar Disney music and stories together. Through unique perspectives as diverse as the world itself, Disney songs hop from language to language as the show brings people from different parts of the world together to unlock the magic of possibility.

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

TK is a writer and editor based in Tampa, FL with a passion for all things Disney, and adventure.