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Fantastic Tips for Viewing the Just-Returned Disneyland Fantasmic!

by Leap on July 19, 2017 32 Los Angeles

On Disneyland’s 62nd birthday, the park and all its guests celebrated by bringing back an explosive reboot of Fantasmic! The 2017 show captures the excitement of the classic 25-year-old show and takes it to a whole new world, so to speak. Just ask Aladdin and Jasmine, who fly through the fog. Other new additions include Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, plus Captain Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean—it’s a skeleton crew. Technical upgrades include upgraded lighting, projection mapping, fountains and new mist screens. Chances are you do not want to miss this nighttime spectacular and its new musical score, so here are our fantastic tips for viewing the new Fantasmic! at Disneyland.

New Disneyland Fantasmic! - Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

Get Set for Our Most Fantastic Tips for the New Disneyland Fantasmic!

1. Find the best place for viewing Disneyland Fantasmic!

With three water screens displaying state of the art projection, you can get a pretty good view of Disneyland Fantasmic from most areas bordering the water on Rivers of America, except for the edges to the far right and far left. If you can see the center stage on Tom Sawyer Island, even from an angle, you are good. All floats and boats pass by all viewing areas. The areas bordering the water offer the best views, and the next best views can be found directly behind a low railing in the tiers that rise up behind the front sections in New Orleans Square. If you are directly behind a planter box railing, your kids will have a great view without people standing directly in front of them. The closest and lowest sections that are centered are all reserved for people with restaurant vouchers and FASTPASSes. Be aware that it is possible to get wet in these sections!

New Disneyland Fantasmic! - Sorcerer Mickey

2. Snag your Disneyland Fantasmic! FASTPASS first thing!

The best (and free) way to get close to the show is by obtaining a FASTPASS ticket first thing in the morning. While the show is new and exciting during the summer 2017, you should plan to arrive before park opening and make getting a FASTPASS for Fantasmic! a top priority in the morning. The good news is that you can obtain your next attraction FASTPASS right away since Fantasmic! is disconnected from the ride FASTPASS system. So it does not prevent you from getting another FASTPASS. Fantasmic! still uses the paper ticket FASTPASSes instead of being tied to your park ticket or mobile phone for the new Disneyland MaxPass (paid option of reserving FASTPASSes through your smartphone).

The FASTPASS machines are located in Frontierland near Frontier Landing. If you send one person with the tickets to collect FASTPASSes, keep in mind that all group members must have entered the park and activated their tickets to be able to get a FASTPASS. Sorry, you can’t leave the tadpoles asleep in bed while a parent obtains all the FASTPASSes. First-come, first-served, or as we always say, the early frog gets the flies! It’s going to be a long day for the froglets, so you’d better plan a nap or pool time in the middle to get them through until show time.

New Disneyland Fantasmic! - Pirates of the Caribbean

3. Get a dinner package for Disneyland Fantasmic! reserved seating

If you know you are not going to be at the park first thing in the morning but are nervous about getting a good view, another choice is to reserve a Fantasmic! dining package that provides you with a voucher for a reserved viewing section. The Fantasmic! Dining Packages require guests to be seated on the ground. You can make reservations through Disney Dining. Choices include three-course prix fixe meals at table-service restaurants such as Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace, or on-the-go packages from Hungry Bear. According to the hostess at Blue Bayou, the more expensive the restaurant, the better the voucher location may be. If you prefer to dine while watching the show, you can upgrade your package at River Belle Terrace for an additional $15 per person for the 8 p.m. seating. You can stay at your outside table and watch the 9 p.m. show. For this package, call (714) 781-3463. If you go with any dining package, there will be no refunds due to weather, show cancellation or technical difficulties.

New Disneyland Fantasmic! - Mickey

Many of you want to know when to book your dining in order to get a particular Fantasmic! viewing. Here's what we know:

For the 9 p.m. show, book your dining between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The earlier the better.  For this seating time, you'll get the front center seated section. We saw it FULL at 8 PM so that’s why we suggest dining early. Savor your meal, then get in place. For the 10:00 p.m. or 10:30 p..m show, dine between 7:35 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Again, dine early so you have time to get in place for the show.

4. Know how to use stand-by viewing areas

So you did not obtain a Disneyland FASTPASS but you still want to catch the show? That’s OK. There are multiple standing-only, stand-by areas for viewing. They are generally a few tiers up, or close to the water but on the sides. If you want to catch the first show, arrive two hours early and claim a spot behind a planter railing, for the best view. Just a couple of minutes after the 9:00 p.m. Fantasmic! ends the Disneyland Fireworks show begins. Plan to stay in place to watch the fireworks. They play the music and narration for fireworks, plus they project images on the mist screens in the Rivers of America.

We found the area across from the  French Market entrance sign (second tier down on the railing) was a pretty good viewing location for both fireworks and Fantasmic! We hopped down to that tier right after the first show ended and watched the 9:30 p.m. fireworks show from there. When the audience members from the first Fantasmic! show left after fireworks, we got a jump on their railing location for the 10:30 p.m. show.

New Disneyland Fantasmic! - Mickey and Dragon

5. See the second Disneyland Fantasmic! show

Seeing the later Disneyland Fantasmic! show can be easier to get a closer, stand-by viewing location. Many of the FASTPASS holders for the last show may have gotten tired and gone home. If there is space left closer to the water due to no-shows, a Cast Member might allow you to move in behind them just before the show.

New Disneyland Fantasmic!

6. Find Fantasmic! treats

If you thought the show was just for viewing and hearing, you are mistaken. There are also some colorful Disneyland Fantasmic! treats to tickle your taste buds and imagination to get you in the mood for the show. You can get a sour watermelon churro in Frontierland or in New Orleans Square, and a s’mores churro Critter Country. Perhaps the dragon melted the marshmallow dipping sauce for the s’mores churro? Or try some blackberry beignets at the Mint Julep Bar (I’m sorry, am I drooling?) Pick up some kettle corn or special nachos to snack on while you watch the show. Harbor Galley added some nighttime nibblers to its evening menu like the lobster mac and cheese hotdog—bet you never put those three foods in the same sentence—let alone your mouth—at the same time! They also offer a lobster roll and loaded lobster chips. At Hungry Bear, in addition to the dining package, they offer a Teddi Berra Lavender Sparkler drink, a milk and honey funnel cake, and a blueberry honey crème pie. So don’t fear getting hungry during the show. There’s plenty of Disneyland Fantasmic! fare to be snacking on.

We are sure you are hopping with excitement over the return of Fantasmic!, which is even better than before. Just plan ahead how to get your spot and be wiling to wait it out if you find yourself with a FASTPASS or voucher. Have a tip we didn't mention? Share it below!

Related: 36 Tips to Maximize Your Time at Disneyland

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Estela Jul 24, 2017 at 4:01 p.m.

Hi!

Do you know where the seating area is for the Hungry Bear dining package? And does this section also require you to sit on the ground? Thanks!!

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FrogBlog Jul 25, 2017 at 12:03 p.m.

Hi Estela,

The seating area is similar to those with FASTPASSes for the show (closest and lowest sections). You will have to either stand or sit on the ground.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nicole Jul 26, 2017 at 11:43 p.m.

Wondering how the view is for River Belle Terrace premium seating at 8pm...I already have a reservation. Would you recommend that one or sitting on the ground closer to the front? We will be traveling with three kids under age 11...not sure how they will do sitting on the ground for an hour and a half waiting for the show to start. But, I'm also worried they won't have a very good view of the River from that far back. It's been 5 years since we have been there and probably 20 years since I have seen any evening shows! What do you think? Thanks!

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FrogBlog Jul 27, 2017 at 4:25 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

It seems the premium seating for River Belle Terrace is far away from the show. If you're concerned about your kids having a great view of the show and being close to the action, we recommend the regular reserved seating near the front by the river.

Keep hopping!

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Mary Jul 30, 2017 at 10 p.m.

Does Fantasmic (and World of Color) typically run during the off-season? We will be going to Disneyland for three days last week of January / first week of February.

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FrogBlog Aug 1, 2017 at 3:47 p.m.

Hi Mary,

Yes, you should still be able to experience these shows.

Keep hopping!

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Tyler Aug 4, 2017 at 11:51 a.m.

When do you recommend seeing Fantasmic in your 2-Day touring plan? This would also mean planning in some time to run to Frontierland for a FP.

Thanks!

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FrogBlog Aug 7, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

Hi Tyler,

It depends on when you're going. If it's after August 20, then see it in place of Main Street Electrical Parade. If it's before, we recommend the later show, usually at 10:30 p.m. Snag that Fastpass first, then start on the park plan.

Keep Hopping!

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Nicole Van Gaalen Aug 11, 2017 at 8:17 p.m.

Hi there!

With the Fantasmic! Dining Packages (say Blue Bayou), how early should you arrive before the show?

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2017 at 1:16 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

While you spots are saved, we would arrive 45 before the show to make sure you have a great view.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2017 at 1:20 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

While your spots are saved, we would arrive 45 before the show to make sure you have a great view.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Darrell Garner Sep 4, 2017 at 3:38 a.m.

Nicole,

I am sitting at the rail for Fantasmic this evening - 9:00 show and got the FP at the Blue Bayou - little expensive, but works well for a good dinner and good seats. To sit at the rail, arrive at the viewing entrance by 7:45 you will start to be let in the actual viewing area at approximately 8:05. It is sitting on the ground (Blue Bayou provided sitting pads) and you'll need to claim your space in a open seating fashion - if you arrive by 7:45, you should get seating in the first or second row from the rail. Bring a beach towel or something to cover your party as you will get wet from the water screens used in the show - have fun!

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Shannon Aug 11, 2017 at 9:50 p.m.

On the Disneyland website it says that Fastpasses for the first show are issued first and the second show is issued after the Fastpasses for the 1st show run out. Any tricks to getting Fastpasses for the 2nd show, other than a dining reservation?

Thank You!

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2017 at 1:14 p.m.

Hi Shannon,

Check with the Cast Members at the FASTPASS machines. They will have the best indication on when the machines will switch over to the later show.

Keep Hopping!

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Nicole Aug 12, 2017 at 7:38 a.m.

Hi,

We will be there in October, will this show be on during the weekdays? And if we tried to get a dinner fantasmic package at blue bayou what time dinning would give us tixkets to the last show? Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 14, 2017 at 1:13 p.m.

Hi Nicole,

Fantasmic is usually weekends-only during the fall. For the later show (10-10:30 p.m.), dine between 7:35 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Again, dine early so you have time to get in place for the show.

Keep Hopping!

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Nicole Aug 18, 2017 at 12:07 a.m.

Do they have the dessert package any more? I also remember them having a section with actual seats, do they still do this?

Thanks

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2017 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Nicole,

There is no dessert package currently available. Yes, there was a small location set up with chairs that purchased that package.

Keep Hopping!

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Debi H Aug 18, 2017 at 3:05 a.m.

Can you tell me where each of the dining option seating is? I assume BB is the best but where are the others placed?

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2017 at 8:15 a.m.

Hi Debi,

The dining locations are the Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace. Cafe Orleans will offer the package from September 5 - November 16 while River Belle goes under refurbishment.

Keep Hopping!

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Leon Aug 18, 2017 at 5:37 p.m.

Going next week. Have Hungry Bear to go with Fastpass for 1st show. Will we be able to see the fireworks from that location or should we try to move quickly to somewhere else?

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FrogBlog Aug 18, 2017 at 1:34 p.m.

Hi Leon,

You should be able to see most of the high fireworks from Hungry Bear but miss the projections. We would move quickly to get a better spot.

Keep hopping!

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Riana Aug 22, 2017 at 2:57 p.m.

Hi! Thanks for the info!

Do you know if my family enters California adventure, but then sends someone over with all of our tickets to get fantasmic fastpasses at Disneyland if it will work? (Park hoppers, of course)

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FrogBlog Aug 22, 2017 at 11:57 a.m.

Hi Riana,

Yes, you can send your runner with all the tickets to get FASTPASS for Fantasmic!

Keep hopping!

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Cristabel Sep 5, 2017 at 12:48 a.m.

Do you know if Fantasmic will be playing during the month of December and is there going to be a Chtistmas theme?

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FrogBlog Sep 5, 2017 at 10:19 a.m.

Hi Cristabel,

The Fantasmic schedule for December is not available yet. We would expect it to be playing on weekends. We have not heard if it will have a Christmas theme.

Keep hopping!

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Val F Oct 1, 2017 at 4:58 a.m.

Hi

Do you know if Fantasmic! Is on weekdays in early May?

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FrogBlog Oct 1, 2017 at 8:26 p.m.

Hi Val,

If there are May performances, we'd expect them to be Friday-Sunday.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Matt Brown Oct 5, 2017 at 8:09 p.m.

Attending Fantasmic this Saturday (Second show) with Hungry Bear dining packages at 8pm. Was curious our game plan should be to eat, enjoy the fireworks and the then Fantasmic. Thank you

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FrogBlog Oct 6, 2017 at 2:04 p.m.

Hi Matt,

That will work. It's best if you watch the Fireworks near the Rivers of America so you can avoid the crush of people heading for the exits.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Marcella Senteno Oct 7, 2017 at 6:22 a.m.

Where exactly in frontier land do you find the kiosk for the Fantasmic fast passes?

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FrogBlog Oct 9, 2017 at 9:38 p.m.

Hi,

The Kiosks are located near Frontier Landing (where you board the Mark Twain and Columbia ships).

Keep hopping!

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