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Old 01-10-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Question Is Fantasmic just "OK" or is it just me?

We are planning our big Family vacation (25 of us in all ), and I am trying to decide whether or not it's worth it to stand in line again for the Fantasmic show. We did get to see it a few years ago, but... I was a little dissappointed. Is it just me, or is the show just "Ok"? Of course, we were ALLLLL the way to the Left of the stage... Maybe if we get better seats near center? Has anyone ever seen it from 2 different seating spots and it made a big difference in the experience? I just don't want to use up our precious time if it's not going to be AMAZING....

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Old 01-10-2013, 10:11 AM   #2
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We have only been once but I think we are skipping it in October. My brother loved it and that's why we went, he kept saying how awesome it was. We just weren't wowed by it. In fact, I think we are completely avoiding HS on the Thursday we are there. LOL
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:27 AM   #3
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I saw it in 2003 and thought it was AMAZING. But we didn't have to wait in line for long to get seats. In 2005 I went, and I think we ended up in some standing only section and decided to leave before the show (the show wasn't starting for probably another hour).

Then in 2009 I went again with my parents, DS, grandma, and great aunt. My family wasn't very impressed with the show, and it wasn't as great as I had remembered it. I skipped it on my last trip, and probably will be skipping it again. It's nice to see if you can get a seat a few minutes before show time, but I don't think it's worth waiting a long time for.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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I saw it in 2003 and thought it was AMAZING. But we didn't have to wait in line for long to get seats. In 2005 I went, and I think we ended up in some standing only section and decided to leave before the show (the show wasn't starting for probably another hour).

Then in 2009 I went again with my parents, DS, grandma, and great aunt. My family wasn't very impressed with the show, and it wasn't as great as I had remembered it. I skipped it on my last trip, and probably will be skipping it again. It's nice to see if you can get a seat a few minutes before show time, but I don't think it's worth waiting a long time for.
That's what I'm thinking... I just can't imagine why soooo many people wait in line for sooooo long. I just thought that I MUST have missed something sitting on the sidelines... maybe not, huh?
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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I love Fantasmic! It's my favorite of the nighttime shows. Unfortunately we haven't been able to see it since 2010 as the shortened viewing schedule has made it very hard to fit into our trips.
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I love Fantasmic! It's my favorite of the nighttime shows. Unfortunately we haven't been able to see it since 2010 as the shortened viewing schedule has made it very hard to fit into our trips.
There is no longer any shortened viewing schedule.
Except for a short period of time (for refurb) at the beginning of 2012,
the show has returned to its regular nightly schedule.

Sometimes 2 (or 3) shows per evening.
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #7
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That's what I'm thinking... I just can't imagine why soooo many people wait in line for sooooo long. I just thought that I MUST have missed something sitting on the sidelines... maybe not, huh?
You missed nothing. We went to see it for the first time in 2008 after a co-worker told me how great it was. In his words, "best night time show at Disney." We lined up 45 minutes in advance, which wasn't really necessary, and got seats in the center section. Left underwhelmed. Its a fine enough show, but not as good as Illuminations or Wishes to me. And certainly nothing I would stand in line 45 minutes, or more, for again.

In 2011 we decided to give it another shot. I figured I went in with some pretty high expectations based on what my co-worker said, so I might enjoy it more on the second viewing. Nope. We did sit over to one side as I wasn't going to wait in line, but I don't think the seating had anything to do with it. It is still a fine enough view. It just isn't that great of a show to me.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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To me, coming from Disneyland, if feels sort of like the disappointment of riding Pirates of the Caribbean at MK. The DL Pirates and Fantasmic have an amazing sense of atmosphere that are lost with the WDW versions, and some of the best pieces are missing.

...Still prefer it over all the other nighttime shows. Wouldn't wait for it more than 10 minutes, though.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:39 AM   #9
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Personally, I love F! It's obvious that the show is a little dated and it's not my favorite nighttime entertainment, but I still really enjoy it. However, I would not stand in line forever for it. Both times I have been in recent months, I have gone to the first showing. I arrived about an hour before showtime, grabbed a Mickey pretzel for my supper, and gotten a good seat in one of the center sections. 30 minutes before showtime, they do some preshow activities that are really fun. It makes the wait time very manageable.

You will hear from plenty of people who love the show and plenty of others who are happy to skip it. I would recommend giving it another shot and either doing the dinner package to minimize your wait time or trying a strategy similar to the one I use for the first showing. After that, if you are underwhelmed, you can pass it up on future visits knowing you're not missing out on anything
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:43 AM   #10
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I LOVE Fantasmic! We saw it in August, we didn't wait in line, we walked in and ended up front and center, we did wait about 45 minutes for the show to start but we were in our seats watching the trivia and things they did.

We were row 1 and got WET! I wouldn't even think of skipping it on our trip in September!

But it is personal preference really, I wasn't really wow'd by illuminations. I will give it another try from a differetn viewing spot though.
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I think it's heavy on the water show, just shy of action. If that was flipped and there was more live action than watching movies on water I'd love it more
Maybe that's just impossible but I always leave feeling a little let down.
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I think it's heavy on the water show, just shy of action. If that was flipped and there was more live action than watching movies on water I'd love it more
Maybe that's just impossible but I always leave feeling a little let down.
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Old 01-10-2013, 10:51 AM   #13
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Fantasmic in DLR is so much better than the one in HS. We don't wait in line for it in HS, if we can get in without waiting, we do it. If not, we pass.
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Fantasmic in DLR is so much better than the one in HS. We don't wait in line for it in HS, if we can get in without waiting, we do it. If not, we pass.
Agreed - we LOVE Fantasmic at Disneyland - you are so close to the action and the Peter Pan/Captain Hook fight can't be beat. We were really disappointed with the DHS version - it seemed slow and cold compared to what we were used to.

We won't go again until our two year old is old enough to enjoy it - and probably then only once.
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I think it's heavy on the water show, just shy of action. If that was flipped and there was more live action than watching movies on water I'd love it more
Maybe that's just impossible but I always leave feeling a little let down.
yeah if I want to watch a video i can stay home and do that a lot cheaper!!
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