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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

Fantasmic Dining Packages

Fantasmic! dining packages are available at River Belle Terrace. The Premium Package ($75 for adults, $45 for children) includes either an entree from the regular menu, or items exclusive to Fantasmic! dining package guests, as well as ticket for a special preferred viewing area. The Standard Package ($50 for adults, $30 for children). The Premium Package can be reserved up to 60 days in advance, while the Standard Package can only be purchased day of.

Dining packages include a selection from the restaurant's menu and a ticket for a special preferred viewing area. The Premium Package dinner takes place at 7:15 PM. The Standard Package begins at 11 AM for lunch and 4 PM for dinner. While the meals themselves are certainly overpriced, the ease of entry and expansive elbowroom afforded by preferred passes are almost worth the expense.

Although access to some sections may be restricted to those purchasing various dining packages, within a section Fantasmic! viewing spots are first-come, first-serve for all guests. The viewing area 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 line, the better spot you will obtain.

Reservations for all Fantasmic! dining packages can be made online at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/dining/disneyland/fantasmic-dinner-packages/ 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 may fill up quickly. Plan to get in line as soon as it opens one hour before show time. And note that everyone will be asked to stand-up (no ground-sitting) 10-30 minutes prior to showtime.

You'll probably spend some time sitting around waiting for Fantasmic! to start. 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.

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