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Forward
Forward  |  Why Travel to Disneyland?  |  My Favorite Things at Disneyland

Resources
Disneyland Trip Planning Phone List  |  Critique of Published Disneyland Trip Guide Books  |  Other Disneyland Resources on the Web

Planning Ahead
Planning Your Trip  |  What Time of Year You Should go to Disneyland  |  How Many Days Do You Need to "See It All?"  |  Other Attractions in Southern California  |  Estimating What Your Trip Will Cost  |  Rental Car Considerations  |  What You Should Pack to Take on Your Trip

Accommodations
Should You Stay On or Off Site?  |  Off Site Accommodations  |  Disneyland Area Campgrounds  |  Disneyland's "Good Neighbor Hotels"  |  On Site Hotels  |  Grand Californian  Hotel  |  Disneyland Hotel  |  Disney's Paradise Pier Hotel

Disneyland Resort Primer
A Disneyland / WDW Comparison  |  The Ins and Outs of Disneyland Reservations  |  How to Use Disneyland's Transportation System  |  Developing a Daily "Game Plan"  |  The Daily Afternoon Break Touring the Parks With Kids  |  Touring the Parks With an Infant  |  Touring the Parks with Disabled Guests

The Parks
General Issues
  |  All About Admission Media (i.e. Tickets)  |  General Park Operating Hours  |  "Magic Mornings", the Disneyland Resort's Version of Early Entry  |  Fastpass -- Disney's New "Virtual Queue"  |  Disneyland  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  |  Shopping  |  Disneyland Shows and Entertainment  |  Parade of Stars  |  Believe: There's Magic in the Sky  |  Fantasmic!  |  Disney's California Adventure  |  Details-at-a-Glance  |  Touring the Park  |  Attractions  | Shopping  |  Eureka! The California Adventure Parade

Everything Else
Downtown Disney  |  Guided Tours of Disneyland

Disneyland Restaurant Resource

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Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! is Disney's best show ever. Period. It's really indescribable, but I'll try. Picture this: Mickey the Mouster dreaming about stirring music, great fireworks and special effects, Disney animation projected onto 70mm water screens located in the Rivers of America, Snow White, Ariel, and Belle holding court on the Tom Sawyer Island rafts, a sword fight in the rigging of Hook's pirate ship (Columbia in temporary drag) Peter Pan to the rescue of Wendy and the boys! Then the Disney bad gals (Ursula and her cohorts) conjure up an evil dragon and other meanies. The whole extravaganza ends with the Mark Twain acting as ferry boat for Steamboat Willie and a crew of tens of Disney Characters. It is the fastest-paced 25 minutes (including the post production music) that Disney has ever put together. Barb and I have waited for over four hours for this show several times...and it's worth it (but bring a book or a pack of cards along).

It's hard to compare the two shows.  Both use the same main theme music and concept, but both feature unique scenes (along with appropriate music) that make them both fun to see.  The main negative about the California version is that you don't have seating.  However, the trade off is that you're much, much, much closer to the action.  The show unfolds right in front of you.  If you've seen Fantasmic! at the Studios at Walt Disney World, you'll be blown away by Fantasmic! at Disneyland.

Fantasmic! Dessert Buffet

A very, very few seats are available for a dessert buffet, held on the veranda of the Disney Gallery, upstairs over New Orleans Square. The view of Fantasmic! is perfect and the delectable snacks are great too. The cost, which doesn't include park admission, is $43 per person. Very steep, but worth the price at least once in a lifetime.

Reserving a spot for Fantasmic special seating used to require getting up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for a guest services window to open on the day of the show. No more. In Spring 2002, Disneyland made it easier to obtain Priority Seating reservations for Fantasmic special seating. Call (714) 781-4400, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week, up to 30 days in advance for seats in the Fantasmic Balcony in the Disney Gallery, or the Fantasmic Premium Viewing area.

 

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