Harmonious, which is part of the historic transformation of Epcot, is opening on October 1. It is one of the largest shows ever created for a Disney park and replaces Illuminations: Reflections of Earth, which ran between 1999 and 2019.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to not just celebrate the music, the stories, the characters but to actually honor and celebrate the cultures that inspired us most,” said Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, VP of creative at Disney Live Entertainment.
Harmonious takes place on Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon. It features three chapters that celebrate the countries and cultures of the world. The show starts with a sunrise before taking viewers on a journey across the globe.
Harmonious opens at Epcot on October 1
The show includes a Middle-Eastern interpretation of Aladdin, as well as scenes inspired by Mulan, Moana, Brave, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Jungle Book.
“The opening is so wonderful because you have all these international languages, and I keep waiting to hear myself in it, and when I do, I feel a part of it,” said Steven Davison, executive creative director at Disney Live Entertainment.
Harmonious will debut on October 1 as part of the launch of ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration‘, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.
50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort
“Harmonious is an amazing story. It captures the music and the energy of our characters in a way never before imagined,” said Mark Huffman, show director at Disney Live Entertainment.
“When the show hits, I believe it will bring people together in a way that has such a power that you would never expect out of a theme park show or experience.”
Meanwhile, the Walt Disney Company plans to build a new campus in central Florida’s Lake Nona, relocating approximately 2,000 positions from Southern California.