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Fantasmic!

Fantasmic!

An Attraction in Hollywood Studios

Last updated: April 22, 2024

At a Glance
Off Sunset Boulevard behind the Tower of Terror,this mixed-media show is staged on an island opposite the 7,900- seat Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. By far the largest theater facility ever created by Disney, the amphitheater can accommodate an additional 2,000 standing guests for an audience of nearly 10,000.

Fantasmic! is the most innovative outdoor spectacle ever attempted at 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 you can scarcely believe what you’re seeing. The plot is simple: good versus evil. The story gets lost in all the special effects at times, but no matter: It’s the spectacle, not the storyline, that’s powerful.

Upgrades in 2022 brought a new show scene to Fantasmic!, so expect to see Aladdin, Elsa, Pocahontas, Moana, and Mulan join Mickey's dreams.

A Pearland, Texas, mom found Fantasmic! too intense for her young child:

Fantasmic! should come with a warning label. The characters’ larger-than-life laser visages, loud and ominous music, and thundering explosions sent hordes of parents with screaming children fleeing for the exits.

We don't receive many reports of young children being terrified by Fantasmic!, the reader's point is well taken. Spend some time preparing your children for what they will see. You can mitigate the fright factor somewhat by sitting back a bit. Also, hang on to your children after Fantasmic! and to give them instructions for regrouping should you get separated.

Today's Showtimes
One showing at 8:30pm
Times are updated regularly but may change at any time.
Guest Overall Rating
Our Overall Rating
Preschool
Grade School
Teens
Young Adults
Over 30
Seniors
Duration
29 min
Rider Switch?
No
Minimum Height
None
Accessibility
  • Reflective Captioning
  • Assistive Listening
  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV

Touring Tips

When To Go
Last Show of the Night
Early Theme Park Entry?
No
Extended Evening Theme Park Hours?
No

Fantasmic! is presented one or more times each evening, but Disney has been known to change the schedule. Verify before you go. While it’s hard to imagine a 10,000-person stadium running out of space, that’s exactly what happens almost every time the show is staged. On evenings when there are two shows, the second will always be less crowded. If you attend the first (or only) scheduled performance, then arrive at least an hour in advance; if you opt for the second, arrive 50 minutes early.

A Cross Junction, Virginia, woman offers this planning tip:

Buy deli sandwiches outside the park, pack them with snacks and water, and get an early seat.

A multigenerational family from Barrie, Ontario, makes this suggestion for guests who are short on nature’s upholstery:

Bring pillows or towels to sit on. We were sitting on those benches from 6 p.m. for the 7:30 show, and boy, did our rears hurt by the end!

Rain and wind sometimes cause Fantasmic! to be canceled; unfortunately, Disney usually doesn’t make a final ruling about whether to proceed or cancel until just before showtime. We’ve seen guests wait stoically for over an hour with no assurance that their patience and sacrifice will be rewarded. In any case, we don’t recommend arriving more than 20 minutes before showtime on rainy or especially windy nights. On nights like these, pursue your own agenda until 10–20 minutes or so before showtime; then head to the stadium to see what happens.

Exiting Fantasmic! via the show’s single exit can be hair-raising, as this retired schoolteacher attests:

It was like a cattle stampede, but at a snail’s pace! Twice I almost ran over toddlers whose mothers were too tired to carry them.

From a veteran of both Disneyland and Walt Disney World:

I visit Disneyland a lot, and their [crowd-control] cast members push the throngs of guests through the park like clockwork, even when it’s bursting at the seams. At Disney World, it’s basically every man for himself as the cast members retreat, leaving very tired, very cranky guests to duke it out. Such is the case at Fantasmic!— while I was very happy to see a backstage corridor wide open for a quick reroute, the presence of cast members was extremely rare.

Finally, a couple from Alberta, Canada, sums things up:

For a show so deservedly hyped, I would hope that WDW finds ways to make seeing it less stressful.
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