Disney World has been planning a wide variety of special events and attractions to celebrate the resort’s 50th anniversary this year. Two of the latest attractions are fireworks shows taking place today and tomorrow at Walt Disney World Resort. While the shows both technically debut on October 1, the performances on September 29 and 30 are a “special early 50th [anniversary] surprise.”
If you aren’t able to attend the shows in person, don’t worry; both sneak peeks will be available to stream live on Disney’s YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and TikTok. Here’s what we know about the shows:
Wednesday’s performance, called “Harmonious,” will take place at EPCOT’s World Showcase Lagoon at 9 p.m. ET. The audience will be able to hear new renditions of classic Disney songs in conjunction with the visual display. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the show is “a key milestone in the transformation of EPCOT” that “pays tribute to the stories and songs that unite us all featuring new technical magic that includes special pyrotechnics, moving fountains, special lighting and media.”
“Harmonious” will feature performances from artists from around the world in over a dozen different languages. EPCOT was originally an abbreviation for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow.” The show reflects the values and ideas behind EPCOT, which Disney describes as “a place dedicated to possibility, wonder and global community.”
The second show, which takes place Thursday evening, is called “Disney Enchantment” and will begin at 10:15 p.m. ET at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney reports that this show highlights the more magical side of the park “with captivating Disney music, enhanced lighting, and immersive projection effects that extend – for the first time – from Cinderella Castle down Main Street, U.S.A.”
In addition to the fireworks, GRAMMY-winning artist Philip Lawrence will be performing an original piece called “You Are The Magic” to build on the magical experience. Lawrence is best known for his time as a Disney cast member and his work alongside Bruno Mars as a member of The Smeezingtons, a songwriting and production group.
Know Before You Go
If you are interested in attending either event in person, be sure to read up on some of the park’s COVID safety policies. Disney manages attendance through its Disney Park Pass system online and offers other digital tools for parkgoers to get the most out of their visits. Face coverings are required in all indoor attractions and on enclosed transportation but are optional in outdoor spaces.
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