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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 new stadium / theatre built just for this show, Snow White, Ariel, and Belle holding court...then the Disney bad gals (Ursula and her cohorts) conjure up an evil dragon and other meanies. The whole extravaganza ends with 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 in California, and for almost three hours at the Disney / MGM Studios (although that might have been a bit earlier than necessary)...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 Florida version is that you are so far removed from the action, since the amphitheatre is so large.  However, the positive is that you have nice seating and plenty of it, a luxury that you don't have at Disneyland in California.

If you are able to enjoy any single night-time show during your visit to Walt Disney World, this should be it.

Fantasmic! Dinner Package

There are a few restaurants at the Studios (generally the Brown Derby and Mama Melrose's, but the list may include the other full-service restaurants at the park) that offer a "Fantasmic! Dinner Package" which includes a pass to a reserved seating section for that night's performance of Fantasmic!  There's no fee for this, but every adult must order an entree.

The reason why I don't make a very big deal about it on MousePlanet is that I don't think it's such a great deal.  For one thing, the section that is set aside is far to the right, so they are not the best of seats (they're not terrible, but not great, either).  Second, you still have to arrive an hour or so before the show to get really good seats in that section (you might be able to delay to forty-five minutes, but it will be tight, then).  Third, if there is a cancellation due to inclement weather, you will not be issued a new pass.

You can book the package at guest relations at a Disney Resort or at the reservations kiosk at Hollywood and Sunset at the Studios up to seven days in advance.  WDW-DINE does not reserve the dinner package.

When you are ready to go to the show, you do NOT appear at the normal Fantasmic! entrance (between the Hollywood Tower Hotel and the Theatre of the Stars), but rather at a side entrance way down at the beginning of Hollywood Boulevard, next to Oscar's Service Station.  You'll walk to your section via a backstage walkway.

I would recommend, however, that you confirm all of this information with the Guest Services folks at your resort!  Of course, this is subject to change at any time, but being that the Fantasmic! Dinner Pack is not a heavily advertised special, it is even more likely to be volatile.

 
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