dream made real - a fantastic, extravaganza featuring Mickey Mouse,
lighting, famous Disney music, sound, lasers, fireworks, water animation,
Pre-Show - Because of this show's enormous popularity, it's best to
claim a seat early - during busy times, as much as an hour or more before
FANTASMIC! begins its 25-minute extravaganza with a dreaming Mickey
Mouse on a darkened island. Mickey acts as a conductor as music fills
the air and the waters surrounding the island begin to dance. Suddenly,
screens of water emerge and a multitude of images are displayed upon
them: Sorcerer Mickey in his famous "Sorcerer's Apprentice"
scene from Fantasia, Simba and Nala romping from the Lion King, and
the undersea creatures from The Little Mermaid.
The mood shifts when a frantic Jiminy Cricket becomes trapped in a large
bubble, then is pursued by Monstro the whale. Monstro lifts himself
out of the water and lands with a crash, which splashes unsuspecting
front row Fantasmic! guests with real water!
The waters calm, but a cannon blast erupts. Live characters re-enact
battle scenes from the movie Pocahontas, followed by John Smith and
the Native American heroine dancing to Colors of the Wind.
Mickey's dream continues on its nightmarish journey as eerie music begins
and the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs concocts a spell
amidst pyrotechnics and other special effects. She invokes some of the
most infamous Disney Villains: Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Scar, Frollo,
Jafar, Maleficent and Hades each make an appearance, cackling menacingly.
But these bad guys are no match for Mickey - not even Jafar, who turns
into a writhing black cobra.
Maleficent unexpectedly transforms into a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing
dragon who sets the waters ablaze - guests as far as half-way back in
the theater can feel the heat! Mickey manages to create a wall of water
around the island, smothering the flames and defeating the dragon.
Finally, a celebratory atmosphere prevails amid a flurry of fireworks.
Beloved Disney characters glide past the audience aboard the Steamboat
Willie River Boat, as Fantasmic! concludes with a triumphant Mickey
rejoicing at his victory over evil.
Mini-Review: Having seen Fantasmic! about a half-dozen times now, I
have to admit that I like it better with each viewing. If you're uncertain
about whether you'll enjoy it, I'd recommend that you see it at least
one time. But, in my opinion, it's *not* worth waiting hours for, especially
if you have antsy young children who may be frightened by the dark and
all the villains. The first 10 minutes or so of the show are very good
and so are the last few minutes -- the Pocahontas segment in the middle,
though, really doesn't seem to fit the overall villains theme. The Jafar/snake
and the Malificent/dragon are very impressive technically, but I think
they overdo showing all the villains (as I overheard someone say, "is
there a villain they *didn't* include?"), and I think they overuse
the gimmick of projection on the water screen. Overall, though, it's
definitely worth seeing for yourself.
For current Fantasmic! show times and more information on Disney-MGM
Studios Live Entertainment, visit Steve Soares' WDW Entertainment Website.
Dinner Package FAQ. This plan works really well, especially
if you don't like to waste time waiting to see a show or have children
who would have trouble sitting in one place for an hour or more before
the show started.
Guests seated toward the front of the amphitheater are likely to get
wet from the mist sprayed by the water screens and from splashes during
several scenes. Sitting a dozen or so rows back is probably a wise choice
if you prefer to stay dry.
Although many people try to sit in the center of the amphitheater, there
really isn't a bad seat in the house. The action is staged all around
the island, so you're pretty much guaranteed a good view no matter where
Fantasmic! takes place during the night-time hours and is very dark
in some places. Some scenes, especially those including the giant snake
and the black dragon, may be too intense for children and some adults.
Fantasmic! is wheelchair/ECV accessible. Guests using wheelchairs or
ECVs have the option of wheelchair seating on the bottom row or the
top row of the theater. There are NO center seating areas available
for wheelchair guests. I would recommend the upper area to sit in. There
is wheelchair parking and seats for your party. I have heard some guests
tell me they were not able to sit with/near the person in the wheelchair.
I believe it has a lot to do with how early you are seated. You will
not want to move your wheelchair once you get situated -- it's just
too crowded. See Tips for Touring Disney-MGM Studios in an ECV for more
Guests with strollers must park them in the designated stroller parking
area on the right before you enter the amphitheater proper. Retrieving
strollers after the show is a bit confusing and time-consuming -- patience
is definitely called for here.
Assistive Listening Devices from Guest Services Can Be Used Here.
Restrooms are located in the rear of the amphitheater.
KIDS AND CHARACTERS
During the show, kids will be delighted to see Mickey in a few different
costumes, in a tuxedo, as the Brave Little Tailor, and of course as
Sorcerer Mickey. Some favorite Disney character couples -- Cinderella
and Prince Charming, Belle and Beast, Aladdin and Jasmine, Ariel and
Eric, and Snow White and her Prince -- drift by on brightly lit floats
during one dreamy sequence. During the finale, a parade of characters
sail by, ranging from classic favorites like Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse,
Geppetto and Pinocchio, to more recent faces such as Philoctetes and
As mentioned above, the theater can be very dark -- parents of children
with a fear of the dark should be aware of this. In addition, there
are lots of people crowded into the theater -- please be sure to keep
your children near to you at all times.
Check your daily Guide Map for times and locations of other Character
Meet and Greet opportunities.
There is a concession area at the back of the Fantasmic! amphitheater
that sells sandwiches and soft drinks. Also, vendors walk around selling
sodas, pretzels and popcorn, as well as souvenirs, throughout the amphitheater
prior to the show.
Fantasmic! premiered at Disneyland in California in 1992. It debuted
at the Disney-MGM Studios in October 1998.
The Disney-MGM Studios version of Fantasmic! features some unique elements,
incorporating scenes from recent animated releases such as "The
Lion King," "Pocahontas," "Hercules" and "Mulan."
The Fantasmic! island features a 59-foot man-made mountain, making it
the fourth highest "mountain" at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The moat surrounding the Fantasmic! island holds 1.9-million-gallons.
The water screens in Fantasmic! pump 2,400 gallons of water into the
air every minute and, if called upon, could fill the 500,000-gallon
Earffel Tower in less than three hours.
Fantasmic! features 50 performers. In the grand finale, at least 26
Disney characters cruise across the moat aboard an 80-foot replica of
the Steamboat Willie boat.
In the scene where the villainous Jafar turns into a cobra, he is 100
feet long and 16 feet high. The mechanical Maleficent dragon in the
climactic good vs. evil scene weighs an astonishing 32,000 lbs.
In addition to seating 6,500 guests, specially designed Hollywood Hills
Amphitheater also can accommodate 2,500 standing guests.
Mickey and friends fight a night-time battle against Disney°s most
villainous Characters. The music, pyrotechnics, stunts, water-bound
floats, and laser-projected images will keep you spellbound!
Official Opening Date: October 15, 1998
Show Length: 26 minutes
Theater: Guests can view the show in a new amphitheater located behind
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror≥ and off Sunset Boulevard.
Encircling a newly created waterway and island, the theater can accommodate:
6,900 seated guests
3,000 standing guests
Description: "Fantasmic!"--an all-new festival of lasers,
lights, dancing fountains, and dazzling special effects -- lights the
skies of Disney-MGM Studios. The show takes Guests inside the dreams
of Mickey Mouse -- into a world where magic creates dancing waters,
shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling stars, balls of fire,
and other amazing wonders. When Disney villains intrude on Mickey's
fantasy and turn his dreams into nightmares, he uses the power of good
to triumph over the evildoers. The enchanting performance is synchronized
to the melodies of favorite Disney classics such as "Pocahontas,"
"Fantasia," and "The Lion King."
FANTASMIC! FUN FACTS
The moat surrounding the show contains approximately 1.9 million gallons
Steamboat Willie is 80 feet long with a 16-foot beam and weighs approximately
Each performance of Fantasmic! uses three mist screens that atomize
800 gallons of water per minute.
There are 350 lights some of which are being used for very first time
in a live Walt Disney World ResortŒ Entertainment show.
The fire-breathing dragon rises 50 feet into the air and has a wingspan
of 50 feet.
The mountain stands approximately 57.5 feet above the water.
The cast of live performers includes 46 cast members filling 78 costumes.
The 25-minute spectacular "Fantasmic!" features 50 performers
and combines dazzling special effects, colorful pyrotechnic explosions,
beloved Disney characters, animation and dancing waters synchronized
to the melodies of timeless Disney classics. The presentation lights
up the sky nightly above a new 6,500-seat amphitheater behind The Twilight
Zone Tower of Terror off Sunset Boulevard. The specially designed amphitheater
also can accommodate 2,500 standing guests.
The show takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse -- where his
magic creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling
stars, balls of fire and other amazing wonders. When Disney villains
intrude on Mickey's fantasy and turn his dreams into nightmares, he
uses the powers of good to triumph over evil.
The opening scene takes place on a darkened island surrounded by a 1.9-million-gallon
moat. A faint musical note pierces the air as a brilliant cone of light
reveals the star of the show, Mickey Mouse. Mickey's imagination brings
the waters surrounding the island to life as he conducts the "Fantasmic!"
The music builds as animated comets soar across three giant water screens,
sprinkling the night with twinkling stars. At the direction of Sorcerer
Mickey, the stars dance in unison to the melody of "Sorcerer's
Apprentice" while pyrotechnic comets soar across the water.
To the sounds of African drums and the chatter of wild animals, vividly
costumed animal characters emerge from behind the water screens. They
perform a wild, upbeat version of "I Just Can't Wait to be King"
from "The Lion King" while animated characters Simba and Nala
splash playfully in the water.
A cascade of bubbles fills the water screens as Disney characters dance
to a medley of Disney favorites including "Under the Sea"
and "Be Our Guest." More bubbles rise and guests discover
Jiminy Cricket trapped inside a large rising bubble. Jiminy escapes
the bubble only to find Monstro the whale in pursuit. Monstro's tremendous
body sends waves crashing against the rocks and water onto guests seated
in the front rows.
With the waters again calm, the silence is broken by the thunder of
a cannon. The island transforms into the "New World" as scenes
and music from Disney's "Pocahontas" fill the island. The
action reaches a climax when Pocahontas abruptly stops a battle and
appears face-to-face with John Smith as colored leaves whirl across
water screens to the tune of "Colors of the Wind."
The leaves transform into puffy white clouds as the mood turns to love
and romance. Disney character couples Cinderella and Prince Charming,
Belle and Beast, Aladdin and Jasmine, Ariel and Eric, and Snow White
and her Prince float above the water in a magical dream-like setting
filled with twinkling lights and Disney love songs.
The merriment fades and the music becomes haunting as the Evil Queen
from "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" brews a magical spell
to defeat Mickey Mouse amidst lightning, flares and smoke effects. She
calls on villains including Ursula, Cruella, Scar, Frollo, Jafar, Maleficent
and Hades to harness the positive energy Mickey possesses and make it
evil. Mickey is terrified when Maleficent unexpectedly transforms into
a ferocious 40-foot-tall dragon whose breath ignites the waterway with
a sea of flames that overtakes the island.
Mickey rises high above the water, magically creating a giant water
curtain which surrounds the island. The fountains begin to dance again,
smothering the fierce flames while Mickey defeats the dragon.
The mood brightens in the festive finale of fireworks, sparkling effects
and a full orchestral score as favorite Disney characters sail past
the audience aboard the Steamboat Willie River Boat in a celebration
of Mickey's triumph over evil.