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Old 01-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #16
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We waited for over an hour and a half for F!. I did like it a lot but not to wait that long. I will never do that again. I would go if it is almost time for it to start and it wasn't crowded.

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:16 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by PAGAS View Post
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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Old 01-10-2013, 12:34 PM   #18
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DH and I went for the first time in October 2012 for our honeymoon and we weren't very impressed. At first it was neat with the water projections and the colors but the show it self wasn't spectacular. It's not something we'll go out of our way again to see. I was kind of disapointed because I listen to some of the Disney radio stations and they play fantasmic music all the time and I really liked the music! Ah well. I'm sure we'll go again if we eat one of the Fantasmic Dining Package places but I wouldn't stand in line to get a seat.

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:36 PM   #19
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Fantasmic is fun, but I wouldn't want to wait around an hour or more to see it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:39 PM   #20
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Naw, seriously I can see how some may not like it.

It's one of our absolute favorites though. I like that it's cooler in the evening, it's dark and I love the part where they set the water on fire.

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Old 01-10-2013, 12:47 PM   #21
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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, 12:58 PM   #22
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I love love love Fantasmic!!! The Pocahontas scene is my favorite... But then again I am a huge fan of Pocahontas
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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, 01:19 PM   #24
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I watched it on Youtube and wasn't interested in waiting in line to see it IRL, to be honest. Having said that, I knew DH would NOT be interested (he is not into characters, and frankly neither am I), but I wonder if DSon would be interested. He was totally ape-nuts for the MSEP (which, I must admit, brought back some awesome memories for me), so I think we might consider giving Fantasmic a try the next time we go.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:30 PM   #25
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The water movie stuff is just extra for me.

The enormous wing spreading fire breathing dragon that lights the whole lagoon on fire is pretty amazing.

And the character boats are excellent, especially the one at the end with everybody on it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:39 PM   #26
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It's just "ok" for me, but it's still probably something I'll keep doing because it's just the way we like to end our DHS day.
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #27
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It's a little cheesy and dated for my taste, but I think it's great for families. The effects are clever.

We usually don't make it to F! until the end of our trip, and I think that dampens the "wow" factor for me. After a week of thrill rides, fireballs, nightly fireworks, etc., I'm less easily impressed.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:07 PM   #28
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I loved Fantasmic! We saw it for the first time in FOREVER on our last trip in October. My only suggestion is not to sit near the very front. We were blinded by mist coming off of the spraying water and couldn't see anything while those were up...so we couldn't really see the projections very well. We were also apparently sitting downwind (though the wind was minimal if anything)...BOO.

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I saw it in DLR in 97, and it absolutely blew me away, but then again, I was only 7 years old.

Seeing it again in WDW in 2011 and I thought "that was okay" and skipped it for the next couple of trips. Now, Sept 2012 I watched it again and it absolutely blew me away and I can't get through the last few minutes of the show without tearing up.

I think it's all about the experience you're having too, if you're/your group are in a bad mood, or kinda grumpy, then it's not going to be as magical. Don't stress about it, and just focus on the show
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:51 PM   #30
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Well god bless you for that.

Personally, it's been a few years since I've seen Fantasmic...but I highly enjoyed it.

It's a great story, and a great show.
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