Posts Tagged ‘Fantasmic!’

Should You Take Your Young Child to Fantasmic?

by on November 12, 2014

I recently paid a visit to the Fantasmic! show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I was on my own, so had a bit more time to watch the crowd than I typically have when I’m with my family. While most guests appeared to enjoy the program, my personal observation was that many of the very young children (aged about 4 and under) were either asleep or crying by the end of it. While obviously some little ones do have a good experience at Fantasmic, it’s a problem for a sizable enough subset of small kids that you may want consider whether this is the right attraction for you at this stage for your family.

This creepy snake thing wants to eat Mickey.

This creepy snake thing wants to eat Mickey.

Here are some things to think about…

What Time is the Show?

Fantasmic showtimes vary considerably throughout the year. During the winter holiday season, there may be three Fantasmic shows, with the earliest being at about 6:30pm. That’s an hour that most preschoolers are familiar with. However, during the summer, the first Fantasmic showing may start in the 9:00pm range, with the later show perhaps at 10:30pm. When they were preschoolers, my own kids would have been cranky disasters if I had them in a loud, busy environment that late at night. What is your child’s personality like?

Are There Any Factors that Will Counteract the Impact of a Late Show?

If you’re coming from another time zone, or if your child has had an exceptionally lengthy nap, Fantasmic’s late hour may not be as impactful. Or if you’re trying to get your child to adjust to a later hour, then Fantasmic’s late start time may be a benefit.

Is Your Child Capable of Sleeping Late the Next Morning?

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Disneyland Announces Fantasmic! FASTPASS Viewing Options and Dining Packages

by on November 7, 2014

3925500104_0e09eb9e3e_bThe time honored tradition of camping out 3 hours for a Fantasmic! viewing spot is now a little less necessary. Disneyland has announced that Fantasmic! will get a FASTPASS-only viewing area starting December 12. Disney also made it clear that there will still be a stand-by viewing area for those who want to keep it old school, but it’s unclear large or how good that viewing section will be. FastPass tickets will be distributed on Big Thunder Trail (that’s the path to the left of Big Thunder Mountain) and will be distributed until they run out or 1 hour before showtime. Even with a FASTPASS in hand, I’d still recommend that you get in line for the reserved section a bit early. If it’s anything like World of Color’s FASTPASS line in DCA, it is safe to assume that it will be very long and take a good amount of time to get through.

It wouldn’t be a Disney “Nighttime Spectacular” without dinner packages, so they have also announced a variety dining options that will get you FASTPASSes for the show.

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Enhancing Fireworks Displays at Disney Parks

by on July 23, 2014

FireworksSummer is here, and by now hopefully everyone has had a chance to enjoy a fireworks display. I got a chance to enjoy the fireworks in a small Colorado town on the 4th of July. My friends’ house had a great view of the town’s fireworks display from their back deck, so all we had to do was sit down and enjoy!

I did notice that something was missing. While the display was an impressive sight and had a variety of fireworks, there wasn’t really any plan to the show. One shot went up. BOOM! Another shot went up. BOOM! Oh – here’s a change of pace - two going off at the same time! BOOM BOOM! The only time the show really ratcheted it up was at the end, when the sky was smothered with all of the fireworks they had left.

Was your viewing of fireworks the same as mine? Did you feel like it was missing…well…a little Disney magic?

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Top Five Ways to End Your Day at Disneyland Park

by on April 25, 2013

Fireworks Over Sleeping Beauty CastleIn recent weeks, I’ve shared some my favorite ways to begin my day at Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure, as well as top picks for finishing a DCA visit, and even places to pause at mid-day around the Resort.

Today, I’m concluding this series with a look at the best options for ending your evening at Disneyland Park. While Disneyland is magical at any time of day, there is something particularly special about those final hours before closing at the original Magic Kingdom. Any one of the following activities (or combination thereof) should guarantee a fitting finale to your day at the Happiest Place on Earth.

Fireworks and Fantasmic!

No one does explosive spectaculars better than Disney, and there is no better one-two punch among theme park pageants than Disneyland’s fireworks and Fantasmic! Whether the show is Remeber…Dreams Come True, Magical, or one of the special seasonal displays, Disneyland’s pyrotechnics are not-to-be-missed. And Disneyland’s Fantasmic! is the ultimate assemblage of animated characters, action stunts, and enormous animatronics. On nights when both shows are performed,first watch the fireworks from the hub near Frontierland, the head immediately towards the river for a seat. Alternatively, stake out a spot early for Fantasmic and you’ll still have a fine view of the overhead sky bursts (though not effects on the castle or Tinker Bell’s flight).

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Last Week at Disneyland Resort (4/29/2012 – 5/5/2012)

by on May 8, 2012

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Last Week at Disneyland, TouringPlans.com‘s regular round-up of recent events and operations in and around the Anaheim resort. This column will be your weekly refresher of what’s new at the Happiest Place on Earth.

In addition to Disneyland.com and the Official Disney Parks Blog, much of the following news and photography comes courtesy of our friends at MousePlanet and MiceAge. Visit those sites for more images and up-to-the-minute updates.

Crowd Calendar

Attendance was seasonably slow at the resort this week, but look for crowds to build as Memorial Day approaches.

  • Quietest Days: Resort attendance was lowest on May 3 (Predicted 1 out of 10, Actual 2).
  • Busiest Days: Resort attendance was highest on April 29 (Predicted 6 out of 10, Actual 5).

Subscribe to the Touring Plans Disneyland Crowd Calendar for full details on predicted attendance for the next 30 days.

Special Events

Opening, Closures, and Refurbishments

Disneyland

Disney California Adventure

Downtown Disney

  • The large LEGO Imagination store reopened on May 1 after a major refurbishment. The temporary LEGO store in the former home of Island Charter is now transforming into the WonderGround art gallery which will open on June 9.
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Fantasmic 3x a week

by on February 8, 2009

A quick note, Disney is bumping Fantasmic at the Studios up to 3 nights of showings per week – up from the 2 nights a week they’ve been trying since the New Year. Guest complaints are apparently getting pretty bad.

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Fantasmic gets trimmed

by on July 20, 2008

Beginning in January, Fantasmic will routinely be shown only 2-times per week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. Check dates and times if you wish to see the show.

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Fatasmic dark 1/28/08-2/1/08

by on November 29, 2007

There will be no showings of Fantasmic 1/28/08-2/1/08.

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MGM adds Fantasmic! show 6/16/07

by on June 14, 2007

The Disney-MGM Studios park will have an additional showing of Fantasmic! on the night of June 16th, 2007. The park is apparently going to be busier then Disney originally anticipated.

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Fantasmic! gets new backdrops

by on June 16, 2006

A small update. Fantasmic! at Disney MGM Studios has gotten a small upgrade on its set in the form of new backdrops. The new backdrops look like a quaint forrest setting – like something from Bambi – and replace the army-camo mesh that once adorned the sides of the giant rock.

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