Fireworks testing will be taking place overnight at EPCOT on Sunday, September 10, according to Orlando Theme Park News.
EPCOT Fireworks Testing
Pyrotechnics and other special effects will begin testing at the park starting at 11 p.m., with the tests lasting until approximately 1 a.m. the following morning. These tests are not expected to include performances or audio testing that might affect guests.
Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels in the EPCOT Resort Area will be affected, as the expected noise level is projected to be significant. Those resorts include:
- Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Disney’s Beach Club Resort
- Disney’s BoardWalk Inn
- Walt Disney World Swan
- Walt Disney World Dolphin
- Walt Disney World Swan Reserve
- Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
- Disney’s Old Key West Resort
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
- Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
At this time, it is unknown if the testing is related to EPCOT’s upcoming Disney100 nighttime spectacular, or simply just testing in general for the existing EPCOT Forever fireworks display.
New Nighttime Show Coming to EPCOT
Last month, concrete blocks, giant pipes, and more construction materials arrived in the World Showcase Lagoon as work continues on a new Disney100 nighttime spectacular for EPCOT. It is possible that this fireworks testing could be related to the new experience.
EPCOT Forever is currently being performed nightly at the park, though this is only temporary until the new show debuts later this year. You can watch our full video of EPCOT Forever below:
Previously, Harmonious had replaced EPCOT Forever as the new permanent nighttime spectacular on October 1, 2021, using five barges within the waters of the lagoon to deliver an all-new 20-minute nighttime fireworks extravaganza. It featured a soundtrack of 15 songs in 13 languages from 240 artists around the world.
Despite the high budget and lofty expectations, Harmonious was short-lived, not enduring far beyond the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebrations — having its final performance on April 2 of this year before giving the spotlight back to its predecessor.
Are you staying at one of the EPCOT Resort Area hotels? Will this fireworks testing affect your trip? Let us know in the comments.