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Rajah
04-28-2001, 01:15 PM
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Fantasmic Dessert Buffet FAQ
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So you've heard about the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet at Disneyland, but you don't know quite what it is or how to get it? You've come to the right place :) Hopefully this FAQ will answer all your questions :D If not, please post your question at the end of the thread.

Q: <b>What is the dessert buffet?</b>
A: It's exactly what it sounds like: All you can eat desserts are provided, and you end up with the best seat in the house for watching Fantasmic. There are now two types of seating: Balcony Seating and Premium Seating.

Q: <b>Where do I get the tickets?</b>
A: Call 1-714-781-4400 and reserve the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet over the phone. You'll need your credit card in hand. Reservations for Fantasmic may be made up to 30 days before the show. Once you arrive at the park, go to the Guest Services window in the main entry plaza to the left of the turnstiles for Disneyland. The window opens at the same time the gate opens. That is, if the park opens at 8am, the window will open at 8am.

Q: <b>When should I arrive to get tickets?</b>
A: You can get the tickets at any time once the Guest Services window is open.

Q: <b>How many tickets are available?</b>
A: There are 21 seats per showing of Fantasmic on the balcony, and 50 premium seats. TIP: When you purchase the tickets, ask how many seats have already been purchased if you're going to sit in the balcony. The balcony has reserved seating, so the first tickets sold get the best seats in the balcony. The premium seats are not reserved, so it does not matter how many have been sold before you.

Q: <b>How much are tickets?</b>
A: As of May 2004, the tickets are $49.75 per person (adults and children) for the balcony, and $49.75 for adults, $39.75 for children (ages 9 and under) for the premium seating.

Q: <b>Wow, that's expensive! Is it worth it?</b>
A: That question can only be answered by each individual. Some say definitely, others say for one time only, and others wouldn't pay that much no matter what the circumstances. You do get access to an all-you-can-eat dessert buffet, and you do have the best seats in the house for viewing Fantasmic. The show was designed to be best viewed from the balcony, so you just can't get a better seat.

Q: <b>Balcony? What balcony? Where is the dessert buffet held?</b>
A: As you enter New Orleans Square, you'll come across the Disney Gallery. It's perched above Pirates of the Caribbean and was originally meant to be a second apartment for Walt, his family and/or important guests. Thus, it has a nice balcony that looks out over Tom Sawyer Island and has one of the best views of Frontierland around. It is on this balcony that you will be seated.

Q: <b>Where is the premium seating located?</b>
A: There is a fenced in area in front of the Haunted Mansion, towards the river. Look for the light tower on the left, in front of the Haunted Mansion. Cast members will start setting up the seating before the show (probably around 5pm or so) near the light tower.

Q: <b>What's on the dessert buffet?</b>
A: There's no guarantee of what you'll find on the buffet beyond a generic "dessert", but in the past I've seen fresh fruit, chocolate dipped strawberries, a cheesecake of some sort (I've seen raspberry and kiwi among others), some other kind of cake (chocolate usually), several different kinds of finger-desserts, plus several choices of drink including the famous non-alcoholic mint julep, water, several tea choices, and coffee. The title photo is an example of what was available. Be sure to show up for first seating if you want that entire selection, though, because the desserts can disappear fast! The same desserts are served at both locations.

Q: <b>If there are two shows, does the second show get fresh desserts?</b>
A: Absolutely! Every show for which there is Dessert Buffet seating gets a fresh selections of the desserts for that day. They're presented in a beautiful manner, and there are cast members present to assist you with your selection, get you drinks, and so on. For the best shot at the desserts, arrive approximately 30-40 minutes before Fantasmic. Desserts and drinks will be served the 30 minutes before the show. You get your desserts from the display table. Cast members will bring your drinks to you. Once the show starts, they will not be serving anymore drinks.

Q: <b>Okay, I've got my ticket, I know where to go, when do I show up?</b>
A: The Disney Gallery has reserved seating, so you should get there about 30 minutes before the show so you can get your seat and enjoy some dessert and drinks before it starts. You should probably get to the riverside seating area about 45 minutes before the show. When I was there in March (MJ), the cast members took the names of the groups, and then let the first ones who had arrived to enter and choose their seats first.

Q: <b>What if Fantasmic gets rained out (that is, canceled) after I've already purchased my ticket?</b>
A: You can get a refund :)

Q: <b>I'm staying on Harbor Blvd, how do I get to Guest Services?</b>
A: Best solution is to walk. Either the main walk-in entrance on Harbor will be open, or the ART (Anaheim Resort Transportation) shuttle drop-off gates will be open. Either way, you will be able to get in from that entrance.

Q: <b>I'm staying at one of the Disney Hotels, how do I get to Guest Services?</b>
A: Again, the best solution is to walk.

Q: <b>I've seen the Fantasmic at Walt Disney World in Orlando. Is it worth it to pay to see here?</b>
A: I think so. Most (but not all) agree that the Disneyland version of Fantasmic is the better version. It's the original. There are various scenes that are different, even though the main gist of the production is the same. The biggest difference, though, is that you have no stadium seating at Disneyland. Everyone crowds around to either sit on the ground or stand in groups along the walkways and bridges around the Rivers of America. The only place you can get a seat equivalent (or better in my opinion) to the stadium seating is at the Dessert Buffet.

Q: <b>I'm a concierge guest at one of the Disney hotels. Can I get tickets through them?</b>
A: If there are tickets available, you can have concierge order them for you, but it is really better to call ahead of time and order your tickets

<i>Last updated 5/23/04 by mj
Thank you, Rajah for setting up these very helpful FAQs</i>

Rajah
04-28-2001, 01:34 PM
Q: <b>The fireworks are scheduled right after Fantasmic. If I get tickets for the showing of Fantasmic right before the fireworks, can I stay to watch them?</b>
A: To the best of my knowledge, yes you can. This is not guaranteed as part of the package, however. The practice has been to allow guests to stay and watch the fireworks.

Q: <b>Is the balcony a good place from which to view the fireworks?</b>
A: I've never watched them from there, but I've heard a lot of people say its one of their favorite places. The only thing you'll miss is that the fireworks were designed to be seen from Main Street where they frame the castle. You won't have the castle cleanly in your view. Other than that, it should have a wonderful view of the fireworks!

Premium seating also also allows for a decent showing of the fireworks.

Your best bet is that if you've seen the first Fantasmic show, stay for the fireworks. You will not have time to rush back to Main Street to watch them.


Q: <b>I have a question that isn't answered here. What should I do?</b>
A: Post it in the thread below. If you don't see an answer pop up shortly, then drop me (Rajah) an email with your question and I will add it to the FAQ if I can answer it.

<i>Updated 5/23/2004 by mj</i>

Mary Jo
04-28-2001, 05:43 PM
http://www.wdwinfo.com/sites/family/flowerface.GIF <font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color=navy>These FAQs are great! Thanks, again, Rajah for posting them. :)

Rajah
04-28-2001, 05:56 PM
No Prob, and still looking for more tips to add into it :)

phins_jazy
04-29-2001, 10:28 PM
Wow!! Great job Rajah!! I think I may just have to try to include this in our trip to DL in March. It will be my very first trip so why not have all the bells and whistles huh? ;) I do have a question for you though. How many tickets can you get? Can you get more than one or does every member of your party have to stand in line with you as well?

TIA

Misty

Rajah
04-29-2001, 10:59 PM
I've run out of room in the buffer to add anything else to the FAQ :eek: I guess I'm going to have to make a FAQ part two! When I tried adding more to the thing, it told me I had too many characters :(

That's now been fixed, so keep those questions coming :)

Anyway, to answer your question, no, you don't have to have everyone present to purchase tickets. I've seen a person purchase tickets for a group of 6, have done so myself for a group of 4, and have heard of groups of 8 purchasing tickets with only one member of the party present. You *do* have to have everyone present before you can be seated, however.

phins_jazy
04-29-2001, 11:21 PM
:D Thanks for answering my question Rajah.

Good luck on your FAQ Pt II!! ;)

Misty

phanomouse
05-11-2001, 12:25 AM
I just returned home from Disneyland Resort where I did enjoy the dessert buffet. Just a FYI about getting tickets the Guest relations office moved from just east of the Disneyland entrance to east of the DCA entrance, tucked back behind a wall next to the public bathrooms. I arrived 3 hours early and thought I was going to get in no problem because no one else was there but I found out that the office had relocated the night before and as I found my way to the correct location I found myself in the back of a very large line. luckly enough for me I was able to get six of the fourty available seats (even though the person in the front bought out an entire shows seats). IF YOU PLAN ON DOING THIS GET TO THE TICKET OFFICE EARLY, AND WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO BE AT THE GALLERY A HALF AN HOUR PRIOR TO THE SHOW BE THERE FOURTY MINUTES BEFORE THE BEGINNING WE GOT THERE 15 MINUTES BEFORE AND THE DESSERT WAS SPARCE AND THE MINT JULLEPS WERE WATERY AND FEW AND FAR BETWEEN BUT WE STILL HAD A GREAT TIME!!!

Rajah
05-11-2001, 10:29 AM
phanomouse -- thanks for the notice! Glad you were able to get in and had a good time :)

DisneyaHolic23
05-26-2001, 11:48 AM
A group of nine of us are driving in from Glendale at the beginning of July, to try for Fantasmic Buffet seats. (We are in town for the National Teacher's convention.)

Here is my question: Will parking be open for us to park? We are planning to get there at about 5:00 AM - it probably won't be early enough, but we can always hope!

Are there any restaurants open in Downtown Disney to kill time AFTER we get our Fantasmic Tickets? (We won't even get early entry, because we can only buy one day passes, and I have an annual pass...:( )

Thanks for your help!!

scrappinmom_2000
06-03-2001, 04:07 PM
DisneyaHolic23:

I don't think parking is open until about 60 minutes before park opening. I think there is a McDonald's or Denny's across the street where your group could wait while you get tickets.

Downtown Disney is currently open at 8:00 a.m.

Riverview
06-23-2002, 12:54 PM
You can buy tickets 30 days in advance over the phone. I called this morning and was able to get tickets for the 9:00 PM seating on 7/21. You still have to arrive early for 1st row but you've eliminated one line and you don't have to get up early. The number I called was 714 781-4400.

Riverview:bounce: :smooth: :Pinkbounc :wave: :bounce:

dianedisney
10-28-2002, 02:51 PM
We are flying down for the Halloween Holidays. I messed up and waited 28 days to call ahead instead of 30. I almost missed out. We are reserved for the 10:30pm show on November 2. The first show was already gone and there were only 5 seats left on the 10:30 show, I was able to grab 4 of those. So.........heed my warning everyone.....make your reservations as soon as possible.

Have a Disney Day!!!:earsgirl:

Krisj
10-28-2002, 05:10 PM
Do they have this in Dec? I thought I read somewhere they weren't doing it during the Holiday season? Is this so?

dianedisney
10-28-2002, 06:50 PM
:( This is true, they will close Fantasmic for the winter season because of high accident risk during that time of the year. I believe they will be closing it down sometime in November.

Have a Disney Day :earsgirl: :wave: :earsgirl: :wave: :earsgirl:

Sonya in Boise
10-28-2002, 09:25 PM
Nov 2nd is the last day. They are also draining the Rivers of America beginning January so theshow will be down until Spring at the earliest.

perfectscruggs
01-26-2003, 12:00 PM
I've read Raja's tips on the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet and noticed it was posted in 2001.

Does anyone know if this is still the norm for 2003? And are the tips still the same?

dianedisney
01-26-2003, 05:07 PM
Most of what Rajah said in 2001 still holds true. About the only difference is you can purchase the Fantasmic Tickets 30 days in advance, when we went I believe cost was just a few dollars higher than what was posted earlier. As far as seating, it is first come first seated, and I believe their is seating for 18 on the balcony by Disney Gallery. I heard rumor Fantasmic will reopen in March of 2003. If you make reservations over the phone you will still need to go to Guest Relations at Disneyland to let them get an imprint of your card before they will issue you tickets.

BelleM77
01-27-2003, 10:41 AM
Some of the stuff has changed from the post....

Now there is also seating down by the Haunted Mansion also. You do not get a dessert buffet at those seats, you get a keepsake box with desserts in it. (Biscotti, cookies, fruit) They serve drinks and bring the drinks to your seat.

For seating, it's first come, first serve. You can line up by the Haunted Mansion 1 hour before show time and from that line you get seated. It does not go by the order everyone bought their tickets. Tickets are now $45.

You can buy your tickets over the phone and pick them up at Guest Relations.

MBD1215
07-13-2003, 04:55 PM
We just booked for 7/22 10:30 show,will will be sitting up on the balcony. do you get any souviner like you do when you sit down by the river?

MichellT
10-17-2003, 01:50 AM
We just got a spur-of-the-moment trip opportunity today and nabbed it for Oct. 24-27th, 2003 -- Fantasmic is running three nights while we're there. I called and the Balcony seating is sold out; from what they told me since they don't offer refunds the only way we could get in is to "find" someone who has a reservation but doesn't want it. Any chance someone on these boards double-booked and would like me to take one of their reservations? Please PM me!

Michelle

lucky_bunni
10-17-2003, 03:06 AM
The desert buffett sounds kind of hokey. I guess paying $42 per person, I would expect all you can eat and an endless supply. And for Disney, I would especially expect them to offer you service like you were in first class on Virgin. Also, if they are just generic, thaw out type deserts, that doesn't sound like quality either. Sounds like a botch job that could be done with a lot more class.

dianedisney
10-17-2003, 03:05 PM
My view is "don't knock it till you have tried it" and lucky bunny sounds like you haven't tried it. The dessert were made in Club 33 so they were not "frozen generic things". They had wait staff that was at our beck and call the entire performance. The view is something you can't imagine unless you have seen it. I am not saying I would pay this price for every performance but for a one time thing it was well worth the money.::yes:: :earsgirl: ::yes::

lucky_bunni
10-18-2003, 01:18 AM
Thanks, that sounds much different than how it was originally described. I don't at all doubt that the view is an experience and worth the price. Do, however, the deserts run out? Are they kept refreshed throughout or are they first come or your outta luck?

year2late
10-18-2003, 09:41 AM
There is an ample supply - a very nice spread. Our experience is similar to Diane's.

I feel like it is buying 2-3 hours of quality park time. It used to be that an hour ahead of time you could stake out a really decent seat. The last time I went the time was more like 3 hours. The desserts and the service are fabulous, but I am buying park time.

phanomouse
10-21-2003, 01:14 AM
I actually have to disagree slightly with year2late. I visit the park about twice a year and I pay for my friends/family to attend the dessert buffet each time. What I disagree with is the Ample food statement, I have been there when there has been ample food and I have been there when we were able to get one plate and then they never replenished the trays. I don't know where the inconsistancy lies but I have experienced it both ways. My original post on this thread was just after one of the times when they did not replenish the trays and they cleaned up very quickly after the food was gone. Granted we were running a bit late due to a unexpected confrence call at the grand Californian I was on, but I still expected there to be more! Only because I had been before and there was a lot more. I was disappointed b/c it was the first time that I had been able to take my brother and his family (wife and two young daughters). Now that I have said that, please know that I think it is very worth the money and I have gone back since this experience and I will continue to go to the back to the buffet!

year2late
10-21-2003, 08:06 AM
I am sorry you had a bad experience, but when I have been there was an obscene amount of desserts.

phanomouse
10-21-2003, 11:17 AM
Forgive me if I offended you Year2late it was not my intention. Like I said I have been there since and I will continue to go.... I also said that I only disagreed slightly with you and I said that I was late, and that I too have been there when there was plenty of food. I am not trying to discorage anyone from going, I am just telling both sides to the story. Like I said in my last post, I have go quite often (more then most here have been) and I will continue to go!

DisneyaHolic23
03-06-2004, 10:02 AM
It's been another 4 months since anyone has posted, so I wanted to check to be sure that everything is still up-to-date.

*It is still 30 days to call, right?
*Do the phone lines open at 7:00 AM, like in Disney World? If so, I assume it is 7:00 AM, PST?
*How soon do they post Fantasmic dates/times? I am going in mid-July - will they have Fantasmic every night?

Thanks bunches for your responses!!

Disneyland_emily
03-06-2004, 12:07 PM
Yup
Yup
Usually about 2 months ahead if I remember right- and they *should*

-em

ilovemky
03-08-2004, 03:28 PM
Hubby, sis and I went to the fantasmic buffet last weekend. Here is what we experienced. We called that morning and got 3 seats by the river. We sat in 2nd row--great view.

Deserts were all-you-can eat and included-chocolate covered strawberries, raspberry filled cookies, biscotti (i think), mickey shaped rice crispie bars and macaroons. Also, water, soda, coffee, cocoa as much as you wanted/

It cost us $47 each and we paid outside at Guest Services and got tickets that we turned in.

we loved it!

pouncingpluto
03-10-2004, 11:31 AM
Is it still first come first seated? I read on another board that they assign you seats on the balcony in the order you call for your tickets. I would much prefer that, because the whole point of the balcony for me is NOT staking out a spot early... if I have to arrive at the balcony an hour ahead of time in order not to watch through people's heads, I probably won't even do it.

Snurk71
03-18-2004, 08:58 PM
Two questions...

1) Are there two seating spots now for Fantasmic - one on the balcony and one by the river? If so, are both buffets or are they "pre-plated" (I think I've read of a dessert box)?

2) Can you call for tickets 30 or 60 days out? I've read 30 days in this thread. But aren't DL PS 60 days for everything else?

Okay, that turned into 4 questions. But two main areas.

Thanks

Snurk71
03-21-2004, 09:24 AM
bump

pouncingpluto
03-23-2004, 02:40 PM
Yes, there are two.

I think they have experimented with the box versus buffet at the seating by the river. I don't know what they're currently doing.

30 days.

Bert N Gert
05-23-2004, 03:03 AM
We're going to do this in July and need a few opinions,please.

How do the two seating areas compare for view? A good seat is our priority.

If you get a second row seat, how much worse is that view?

Are there only two rows? In which case if we do get The Hulk in front row, can we stand to see round him?

We don't want to pay that much for four and then have to stake out in line just to get an adeqaute view.

Thanks in advance.

year2late
05-23-2004, 08:46 AM
I don't want "the seat" I want "a seat" without wasting 3 hours of my precious life.;) This past year, staking out for fanstasmic viewing spots has gotten more than out of hand. :( . Peopel have resorted to leaving unattended strollers and blankets in walkway hours ahead of time. I get tempted to round 'em up and send them to lost and found. ;)

While first row balcony is a great thing, we totally enjoyed the Riverside reserved. Both times we were allowed to stay for fireworks after. I think 3 hours of my life and sanity back is worth the money.

disneykins
06-01-2004, 09:35 PM
a couple of questions:
Do you tip the servers?
Is there any kind of discount if your in a Disney hotel?
DVC members discount?
Its a lot of money on top of passes but it sounds like its worth it.
Seen it 3 or 4 times at WDW and cant wait to see it at DL.
Thanks
Tony and Debbie

jghra
06-01-2004, 10:46 PM
We are planning a family trip to DL next year.
Someone in our party uses a wheelchair.
I would love to surprise everyone with this Dessert Buffet but I am wondering if any of the Dessert Buffet areas are Handicap Accessible? If they all are, do you suggest one over another.

We have one member in our family with a wheelchair.
They can get up and walk around and sit in a regular chair if necessary (they just can't walk the entire park all day and have trouble with a lot of stairs) .

Any help/info would be great. I would hate to plan something this great and it not be comfortable to everyone in the party.

DisneyDreamer2
06-01-2004, 10:58 PM
Yes there are 2 types of reserved seating balcony and riverside. Balcony seats you in the order the reservation was made, riverside seats you in order of checkin on the night of the show. My husband and I had the pleasure of having balcony seats on Sunday May 9th 2004.

We were the first caller for reservations so we were the first seated. We were seated at the far west side of the balcony. Absolutely perfect view. The chairs were arranged in small groups by party and each party shared a small bistro type table just large enough for plates and drinks. As soon as you are seated they take your drink order- sodas, coffee, hot chocolate, tea, water or mint juleps. You then proceed to a beautifully arranged buffet. We had chocolate cake, cheesecake, petit fors, mini eclairs, fruit skewers, cracker and cheese platter, and warm cinnamon sugar fritters served with a hot apple and custard sauce on the side. Many people went back for seconds and there was plenty of food. the CMs were fabulous and kept our drinks replenished.

It was truly more than a seat and dessert -it was an experience - as you felt so pampered. The only downsides were that it was hard to see the end of the Peter pan scene as the Columia sailed past the large lighting tower, the view of the ship is obstructed. Also there is a small bright light from the projector that shines onto the water screen. You notice it but then ignore it, it is not that distracting.

I highly highly reccomend it. You are not packed up there as I anticipated. As I said, every party was arranged in their own private "semicircle", so you have a small path between each group. The presentation, service, desserts, and view are fabulous! I would call early though, the front seats were best. Children in the back row had to stand, but all the adults seemed happy.

definately worth trying once! It is very special!

Amberle3
06-01-2004, 10:59 PM
The Disney Gallery has an elevator for guests with disabilities (or those that can't handle the stairs). I'm trying to remember but I don't think there was an obstruction on the floor at entryway to the balcony, so a wheelchair ought to be able to get there fine.

Although I'm guessing it would be a little more comfortable if they were able to leave the wheelchair in the gallery itself and then sit in a chair on the balcony.

sters
07-01-2004, 07:17 PM
Is there a bathroom right there? I mean, with all these drinks being served, I'm sure a potty break would be inevitable... at least for my crew!

Snurk71
07-01-2004, 08:38 PM
I don't think so. DD had to go right before our seating and we had to go back in New Orleans somewhere.

Mary Jo
07-01-2004, 10:27 PM
<font color=navy>I think the closest restrooms would be the ones in New Orleans Square by the train station. However, if there is an emergency, you might pop in the Blue Bayou restaurant and use theirs.

disneyholic family
08-29-2004, 05:58 AM
the gallery desert/fantasmic viewing was the highlight of our visit to disneyland 2 years ago...
it was worth every penny and then some...
at the time we did it, they seated according to the order of arrival...it's nice that they've changed that...

our two kids sat in the front row and we were right behind them...
i could see fine from the second row...we also got to see the fireworks (i can't remember if it was before or after, but it was a beautiful view)...

all 4 of us enjoyed the entire experience immensely.....a perfect view.....no crowds (of course you had to fight the crowd afterwards, but at least not during the show)..
and like another poster said, the feeling of being special and pampered was wonderful....i would have been willing to pay twice the price....

Mary Jo
08-29-2004, 02:40 PM
<font color=navy>We had guests for about a week & a half, and of course, we had to do Disneyland/California Adventure. With only one day, I couldn't see waiting for hours, so I booked the premium seating. I tried for balcony seating, but the first show was booked within minutes of the phones opening up.

We had nice seats, and we could stay afterwards to watch the fireworks show. My guests thought it was great.

The CMs served the beverages before Fantasmic, and before the fireworks show. We could get up at any time to eat desserts.

TheLeonhardts
08-31-2004, 12:17 PM
We had balcony seats 1, 2, and 3. Things are a bit tight on the balcony with 21 seats -- I thought they only did 15 seats at one point, based on what I've heard on the boards, that would have been more comfy. It was ok, just tight.

However, the cast members, view, and the desserts were great! We were all invited to stay for the fireworks -- and it seemed as if they were launching them over the Rivers of America -- right in front of us. A wonderful bonus for those of us there for the 9 pm show.

Very worthwhile -- if Fantasmic is on your must-do list. I'd do it again.

Judy

crazyformickey
09-17-2004, 01:58 PM
My DS & I attended the balcony viewing 4 years ago and it was the highlight of our trip! I don't recall there being so many seats, I thought it was only around 15 then - I could be wrong though. Everything was awesome!

newfamilyman
02-03-2005, 06:24 PM
If you've got children (4 and 1), would it be better try to get the premium seating instead of the balcony seating? Thanks.

Mary Jo
02-03-2005, 06:26 PM
<font color=navy>Well, you would save about $20 if you did so. Really, the balcony seating is the prime seating, however, premium along the river is also a good spot. (Now, how helpful was That! ;) )

jgmklmhem
02-03-2005, 07:03 PM
How about kids under the age of 2...do you have to pay for them if they sit in your lap???????

icekdz
02-03-2005, 07:09 PM
No. We have seats for next week and when I called I was told our two year old did not need a ticket.

DLovinFam
02-03-2005, 07:26 PM
Thanks! Now you're making me want to do this. LOL Originally, I wasn't going to simply because of the price, but it sounds like it would be worth the splurge! I'll be giving this some more thought! :)

starwood
02-04-2005, 07:49 AM
I don't want to sound like a hog but there are 9 of us going in August (2 grandma's). What are the odds we could get that many seats on the balcony? Am I better off just trying for Riverside?

icekdz
02-04-2005, 09:10 AM
I wouldn't worry about being a balcony seating "hog" :). If you can get the seats go for it! I would call first thing in the morning 30 days out from the day you want to see the show. What a fun time for your family.

starwood
02-04-2005, 11:03 AM
We're doing the cruise. It will be myself, DH, DS, DM, DMIL, 2 nieces and their parents. I know that my mother would never be able to sit on the ground to see Fantasmic and DS really doesn't want to sit there for 2 hours to get a good spot (Fantasmic is his FAVORITEEEE show).

Disneyland_emily
02-04-2005, 11:58 AM
I heard this week that the seating went up to 53.00 a seat for I believe its balcony- so just be advised :) They didnt book Riverside so I have no idea if that priced increased also...
-em

moocow35
02-04-2005, 09:16 PM
Hi! Could someone please tell me what are the times for the Fantasmic Dessert Buffet? I read this whole thread, thanks for all the helpful information, but I could not find the times.

Thanks so much!
Robin

Disneyland_emily
02-05-2005, 03:14 AM
Its usually *whenever* Fantasmic is showing that night (ie last week they had 1 show on Friday (9) 2 on Sat (9/10:30) and 2 on Sun (9/10:30)-- I *believe* they have F! scheduled to run most weekends till May and I think some weekdays get shows if they plan to be huge (Presidents Day week/Easter etc)

If you go when they have both fireworks and F! scheduled and they do the F!/Fireworks/F! thing then you get to stay in the balcony after the first show for the fireworks which is kinda nice :)


-em

moocow35
02-05-2005, 09:39 AM
Thanks so much Emily! We are arriving off the repositioning cruise on April 28th, which is a Holiday weekend so I'm sure they will have the 2 shows. Thanks again for the tips!

Robin

Maria395712
02-19-2005, 03:15 PM
:Pinkbounc

karylrocks
02-19-2005, 04:09 PM
I have been reading so much about this, that I have been convinced to do it even though I never thought I would spend that much for it. Now that the kids are "grown up" (25, 22, 13) I am sure they will appreciate this special experience. I just can't let anyone know how much it cost or they will freak out. At what time in the morning do they start taking reservations? Is it the same phone # as for other PS's?

zakerdog
02-23-2005, 05:13 PM
Does anyone know if Fantasmic will be running on week nights near the end of May?

karylrocks
02-23-2005, 05:43 PM
I am wondering the same thing for the week before Labor Day.

zakerdog
02-24-2005, 07:34 PM
I just picked up the hours on the Disneyland site for May and the few days I'm going to be there Fantasmic and the Electric Parade are only running on one night. :sad2:

Runey
12-10-2005, 07:49 PM
WOW This brings back memories of trying to get in for the Princess Breakfast at Disney World :)

I'm from Australia and the time difference makes it diffucult to do bookings over the phone... Is there any other way to do a booking?

Also I'm going end of August 2006. Is Fantasmic (and the fireworks) likely to be running then?

Thanks

GreenGirl8
12-10-2005, 09:41 PM
You should be safe in the Summer months (August). Usually, the Fantasmic show and the Fireworks will run nightly until labor day and then go back to weekends only.

MoniqueU
12-10-2005, 09:56 PM
I have been reading so much about this, that I have been convinced to do it even though I never thought I would spend that much for it. Now that the kids are "grown up" (25, 22, 13) I am sure they will appreciate this special experience. I just can't let anyone know how much it cost or they will freak out. At what time in the morning do they start taking reservations? Is it the same phone # as for other PS's?
Thats how I felt. I didn't want hubby to know how much it costs. Now that I have done it I wish they had something like for the main parades as I can't stand lining up for the parade an hour or more before it starts. The desserts were fantastic as was the service. The show I didn't really get but I wouldnt trade it for the world.