The giant barges that brought the Harmonious nighttime spectacular to life at EPCOT are slowly being dismantled. Recently, one of the taco barges (as they’re affectionately called by Disney fans) was hauled backstage and is now being broken down into pieces.
We can see the demo progress from the air courtesy of @bioreconstruct. This is a happy sight for EPCOT fans who long for uninterrupted views to return to the middle of World Showcase Lagoon.
Aerial look at demolition of the first Harmonious barge moved to the EPCOT backstage marina. Barge now divided.
2 Sides, face down. LED panels likely removed first
3 Arm and its mechanics
4 Platforms. Stairs can be seen. pic.twitter.com/tYPyiwsk6i
— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) April 14, 2023
Another angle of the Harmonious taco barge demo.
Gradually, all four of the taco barges and the three barges that make up the center ring barge will be brought backstage and dismantled. Disney will likely try and salvage as many components from the barges as possible to help offset some of their massive original investment.
With the Harmonious barges meeting their maker, what’s next for nighttime spectaculars at EPCOT?
Currently, EPCOT Forever has returned (again) to serve as the bridge between Harmonious and whatever show is next. Disney has released some details on the new show and some relatively vague concept art pictured below.
The new show is expected to debut at EPCOT in 2023.