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Fantasmic! is a mixed-media show presented one or more times each evening that the park is open late (10 p.m. or later). Staged at the end of Tom Sawyer Island opposite the Frontierland and New Orleans Square waterfronts, Fantasmic! was at its debut the most extraordinary and ambitious outdoor spectacle ever attempted in any theme park. Starring Mickey Mouse in his role as the sorcerer's apprentice from Fantasia, the production uses lasers, images projected on a shroud of mist, fireworks, lighting effects, and music in combinations so stunning that you can scarcely believe what you have seen.

The plot is simple: good versus evil. The story gets lost in all the special effects at times, but no matter -- it is the spectacle, not the story line, that is so overpowering. While beautiful, stunning, and powerful are words that immediately come to mind, they fail to convey the uniqueness of this presentation. In recent years, the production has been upgraded with brighter high-definition projectors and a 45-foot-tall full-bodied fire-breathing dragon (nicknamed Murphy) for the finale. It could be argued, with some validity, that Fantasmic! alone is worth the price of Disneyland Park admission. Needless to say, we rate Fantasmic! as not to be missed.

Touring Tips

  • Lightning Lane for this attraction is "disconnected." By this, we mean that you can get a Lightning Lane ticket for Fantasmic! regardless of what other Lightning Lane tickets you already have. And having Fantasmic! Lightning Lane tickets does not impact your ability to get Lightning Lane tickets for other attractions.

After years of watching guests stake out prime viewing spots along the edge of the New Orleans Square and Frontierland waterfronts as much as 4 hours in advance, Disney implemented a FASTPASS-only policy for Fantasmic! that is very similar to the one enforced at DCA's World of Color. There are now a few ways to see Fantasmic!, none of which should require showing up more than an hour before showtime.

Fantasmic FASTPASS viewing

The easiest method is to grab a FASTPASS ticket early in the day. Distribution of Fantasmic! FASTPASS tickets takes place near the Mark Twain dock (across from Golden Horseshoe). FASTPASS tickets are distributed until one hour before show time or until they run out, whichever comes first. Note that Fantasmic is an extremely popular show, FASTPASS will often run out 1 or 2 hours after Disneyland opens.

The general FASTPASS viewing sections (aka, the viewing areas for people who didn't buy dining packages to get a FASTPASS) are on the far left and right of the viewing area, as well as the rear center (such as on the bridge in front of Pirates of the Caribbean). Your FASTPASS ticket will say which section you have been assigned to.

Fantasmic! general FASTPASS return windows begin one hour before showtime, and end when the show begins. Entry can be a bit confusing, so pay careful attention to your kids; look for colored lights indicating your section's entrance, and follow the flashlight-wielding cast members' directions.

Fantasmic! FASTPASSes are "disconnected" from the rest of Disneyland's, meaning if you obtain a Fantasmic! FASTPASS you can also immediately obtain one for another attraction.

Fantasmic Dining Packages FASTPASS

Fantasmic! dining packages are available at Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace. Dining packages include a three-course meal and a FASTPASS ticket for a special preferred viewing area. The dinner package at Blue Bayou begins at 4 PM, and River Belle Terrace at 3 PM. Beginning daily at 11:30 AM, Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square offers a dining package that includes a 3-course meal (starter, entrée and dessert) and a FASTPASS ticket. While the meals themselves are certainly overpriced, especially in comparison to the similar World of Color packages next door, the ease of entry and expansive elbowroom afforded by preferred FASTPASSes are almost worth the expense. A slightly cheaper way to guarantee a FASTPASS is with the Fantasmic! On The Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant. The On The Go package includes a boxed meal that you can pick up any time between 3 PM and 8:30 PM. The cost is usually around $30.

Fantasmic! viewing spots are first-come, first-serve for all guests, including those in the FASTPASS dining experience viewing section, which is located in along the water front from center stage to the Tom Sawyer Island. You can enter the dining section near the Harbour Galley restaurant beginning 30 minutes before each show time, and the earlier you get in the better spot you will obtain.

Reservations for all Fantasmic! dining packages can be made online at or by calling the Disneyland Dining line at 714-781-3463.

Fantasmic Stand-By Viewing

Disney also offers limited stand-by viewing for all showings. Be warned that the standby viewing area is not the best spot to see the show due to being located at the far left and far end of the viewing area. You're going to be looking at the side of the show rather than the front of it. The stand-by line begins one hour before show time and is located between the Harbour Galley restaurant and the Tom Sawyer Island raft dock. The stand-by viewing section is small and fill up quickly. Plan to get in line as soon as it opens one hour before show time. If you do not have a FASTPASS ticket, you will be aggressively shooed away from every available vantage point outside the designated standby section.

No matter which method you use, you'll probably spend some time sitting around waiting. A mom from Lummi Island, Washington, dismantled her Disney stroller to make a nest:

We used the snap-off cover on the rental stroller to sit on during Fantasmic! since the ground was really cold.

Along similar lines, a middle-aged New York man wrote, saying:

Your excellent guidebook also served as a seat cushion while seated on the ground waiting for the show to begin. Make future editions thicker for greater comfort.

Rain and wind conditions sometimes cause Fantasmic! to be canceled. Unfortunately, Disney officials usually do not make a final decision about whether to proceed or cancel until just before showtime. Note that if you purchased a Fantasmic! dining package earlier in the day you will not not be refunded if a show is canceled.

If you see the first Fantasmic showing, stick in place afterwards for the nightly fireworks, which should start a few minutes later. If attending the second performance, you’ll be prevented from entering the New Orleans waterfront until all the earlier guests have exited the viewing areas.

Finally, make sure to hang on to children during Fantasmic! and to give them explicit instructions for regrouping in the event you are separated. Be especially vigilant when the crowd disperses after the show.

Showtimes for Fantasmic! can be reserved in Disneyland official app if you have the MaxPass add-on purchased for the day.

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