One Ring to Rule Walt Disney World's New Lagoon Show

February 27, 2021, 12:17 PM · Walt Disney World has installed another show platform for its upcoming Harmonious nighttime show on Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon. And this one is the star of the show.

The six-story ring structure will support a high-density water curtain, moving lights, and fountains in a circular form, according to Walt Disney Imagineering Portfolio Executive Zach Riddley.

Harmonious platforms
Photo courtesy Disney

The ring joins four other, half-teardrop media platforms that will help present the nighttime spectacular, which Disney calls one of the largest it's ever produced. In addition to the show platforms, which will be hidden by fountains during the day, Harmonious will a variety of fountains, lighting and pyro effects in a "story of global connection through the reach of Disney music," Riddley said.

There's still no projected opening date for the show, though Riddley said "we are still in the early stages of development with many more finishing details to come."

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Replies (13)

February 27, 2021 at 12:23 PM

I know it's easy to mock but then I consider how, if the Internet as we know it had existed in the late '80s, mockery for the likes of the original Illuminations globe and other stuff. At least wait to see it in action to fully debate it.

February 27, 2021 at 1:45 PM

With food festivals, IP screen rides and a nighttime fountain show with movie clips, Epcot and Universal Studios Florida are slowly becoming the same park.

February 27, 2021 at 2:57 PM

I had the opportunity to see the two permanently anchored screens a few weeks ago, and although impressive, do interfere when looking back at Spaceship Earth from across World Showcase. It's always been a staple of mine to take a picture at night of the family with the beautifully lit sphere in the background, with the addition of these barges that site line is ruined.

February 27, 2021 at 3:29 PM

Harmonius is going to make the evening crowds in World Showcase boom and the F&B cash registers spin wildly out of ,control.

February 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Really hoping the new fountains hide these things during daytime. I’m sure the show will be awesome, but I like looking across the lagoon also.

February 27, 2021 at 5:32 PM

What a tease with that headline: “One ring to rule” and Disney in the same sentence. :(

February 27, 2021 at 7:56 PM

I'm sure the new show will be a gate crasher. An absolutely enormous draw. And it will result in the RE-employment of well over one thousand cast members making $15 an hour.

I am sorry about your family photo. But frankly I am.more concerned about CM eviction notices.

February 28, 2021 at 4:51 AM

They wouldn’t put up something in the middle of Main Street that obstructs the view of the castle. Yet apparently Spaceship Earth is not as important. Disappointing. And yes not as disappointing as all the people who don’t have jobs, but that’s not the topic.

February 28, 2021 at 5:08 AM

Main Street is a thoroughfare and not a lake. Also there are plenty are plenty of locations throughout the park where families can get a photo or view of SSE.

February 28, 2021 at 12:17 PM

RE Randy Keith

Would you rather them bring back the Sorcerer's Hat at Hollywood Studios to block out the Chinese Theatre or turn Cinderella's castle back into a giant birthday cake?

Plus if this new nighttime show is well received, they might place similar objects into Animal Kingdom to reboot their nighttime show minus the fireworks of course

February 28, 2021 at 3:42 PM

Don’t ... Mock ... The hat!

March 2, 2021 at 11:29 AM

The idea that these show elements won't be stored backstage and not brought out just before the show like the Illuminations globe is odd to me, but I don't know the logistics of it all. I'll reserve my judgement until I see how it looks in operation.

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