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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!