Friday, February 24, 2017

Fantasmic! Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Fantasmic! is a night time, good versus evil, 25 minute show located at Hollywood Hills Amphitheater (behind the Tower of Terror) starring Mickey Mouse, the Sorcerer's Apprentice. The show consists of lasers, images projected on water mist, fireworks and lighting effects. It brings all your favorite Disney heroes, princesses and even villains together.

The amphitheater opens 90 minutes prior to show time. There are snacks to purchase inside or you can bring your own. Disney does change the times so I suggest verifying before you go. Arriving an hour early is recommended. They do offer Fast Passes but I don't find it useful. It doesn't guarantee a seat or a spot in line. When I arrived without a Fast Pass I was directed to sit in the same area.  I would prefer to save my Fast Passes for another attraction. 

If the weather is extremely windy or raining they might decide to cancel the show. They don't make that decision until minutes before showtime. If these conditions occur, I suggest heading over 20 minutes before showtime to see it is definitely cancelled or locate a cast member to see what is going on over there.

Dining Package: If you plan on eating dinner or lunch at Hollywood & Vine, The Hollywood Brown Derby or Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, you might want to consider the dining package plan. Each member of your party will receive a voucher to enter Fantasmic! at the selected restaurants. After dinner, head over to the amphitheater 45 minutes before show time and hand your vouchers to a cast member. They will escort you to your seat. Seating is based on first come, first serve basis. It is a great way to avoid waiting on line for a long period of time. This is a better option then using a Fast Pass. Please call 407-WDW-DINE or your travel agent for further information. Reservations and a credit card is needed at time of booking. Keep in mind if Fantasmic! is cancelled due to weather, you will not get a refund.

Seating: It is very tempting to run down to the front. However, it does involve water mist projections and there is a chance of getting wet. Keep that in mind when you select your seating. The best seating is located dead center or Sorcerer Mickey or Scar side.

Photography: Everyone tries to take photos of the show but may have difficulty capturing clear pictures. For those who have point and shoot or DSLR cameras, I suggest using "sports" mode. It is simple and basic for those who are just learning. To avoid noisy pictures, make sure to wait for bright scenes such as the Dragon scene. I suggest reading "Understand Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, if you want to learn more about your camera's settings.

Fantasmic! Facts:
• Opened in Disney World on October 15, 1998
• The moat contains 1.9 million gallons of water.
• The mountain is 57.5 feet above the water.
• The rising dragon rises 50 feet and has a wing span of 50 feet.
• It can accommodate 11,000 guests.
• Fantasmic! originated in Disneyland.
• Fantasmic! was known as The Imagination! up until the last stages of development and was changed due to trademark concerns. The music introduction starts with "Imag-in-ation." Next time you see the show, listen for it.
• The Steam Boat is 80 feet long and weighs approx. 70,000 lbs.

Sneak Peak: Home Video at a Glimpse

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