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Old 01-10-2013, 01:57 PM   #31
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I agree with those that said that DLR is so much better, it just seems so much more magical to me...the set up stage at WDW takes away the "magic" IMO.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #32
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I like the beginning and the end, the middle is boring. The part that makes me mad is I love the moment when the boat comes around the corner with the characters and the spinning fireworks and at that moment many people get up and leave to make an early exit and you can't see.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:13 PM   #33
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I love DHS Fantasmic. We always go about 30-45 minutes ahead of time and walk straight down the center to the wet zone. It's always got empty seats and is fantastic and doesn't really get that wet. And I like it better than DL. Disneyland perhaps has the better show but I found the whole sitting/standing in the center of the walkway very stressful both there and at WoC. I prefer to have a theater and real seats. I love it. Our coming trip we are thinking about going twice.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:21 PM   #34
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I also found it meh, not great but not terrible. And I also wondered if it was because my expectations were too high -- I'd read the unofficial disney book, which at that time was calling it one of the best things at Disney. Not sure if they've dialed that down, but I went in expecting fantastic, but it was just fantasmic. What a difference a letter makes.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:23 PM   #35
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and I can't get through the last few minutes of the show without tearing up.

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the ending moment when Mickey pops back out in that dashing tux and says "some imagination huh?" is one of those iconic WDW vacation moments.

Sort of encapsulates the entirety of "Disney" in 3 words.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:28 PM   #36
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I thought Fantasmic at Disney World was great - especially when the snake is actually moving around.

And then I saw Fantasmic in Disneyland - that blew the one at Disney World out of the water.
Now I think the one in Disney World is just ok.

As far as seating goes, I didn't realize you would get wet if you sat too close to the water the first time I went. So it was a cold February evening and we ended up wet and shivering because of it.

I like sitting near the top now.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:30 PM   #37
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We loved it the first time we saw it -- got our food and ate in the seats while waiting for the first show. Good seats about half way up

We saw it a few years later with the group we were traveling with -- they insisted on waiting in line for about an hour and seeing the 2nd show. I felt like the show was just ok.

So for us I'd say a lot of how we feel about something is determined by the wait -- we're experienced wdw travelers and avoid lines when we can. There are a lot of attractions I enjoy that others hate, but part of enjoying them is being able to walk right in.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:37 PM   #38
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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.
That wasn't the case when we were there last. Good news though...now if only I had a trip planned that included DHS. Alas, our next big trip is 2014. Going to WDW in March but only to MK andEpcot for a quickie!
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:40 PM   #39
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We saw it for the first time in 2011. I am glad that we saw it, but I don't really want to see it again. I thought that it was slow and did not hold my or the kids attention. In my opinion the time is better spent in the park. We did not revisit in 2012 while at DHS. I am sure that we will visit it again sometime as our youngest were two at the time, so when they can remember it we will likely go one more time.
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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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Everyone has their own likes and dislikes in life...maybe Fantasmic is just not for you. We have seen it from different locations....the center seating is a bit "better" per say but I wouldn't say it really changed my experience. We love the show and have to see it once a trip. However I hate that line...we normally go in July and packed in like sardines for a long period of time in the heat is not my idea of a good time. Last year we did the dining package...we enjoyed our experience...we had a great meal at Mama Melrose and didn't have to deal with that awful line.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:50 PM   #41
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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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It is totally worth the wait to me - it's one of our favorite attractions. We have been fortunate to be seated mostly in the *middle third* of the the seating, but once, in the next to last section, and it was fine, but not as good as farther toward the center.

So yes, to us, it is amazing and awesome!

Fantasmic was fantastic to us!!!
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #42
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I think we'll be skipping Fantasmic this trip. Our last 3 trips have been to Disneyland and we think Fantasmic is much better there. Love how they use both boats (pirate ship and river boat) and you are so much closer there!
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:55 PM   #43
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You are right

it seems with all the money Disney has, ALL their exhibits should be latest, cutting edge technology....instead of technology in most cases 10-20 years old
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:55 PM   #44
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it seems with all the money Disney has, ALL their exhibits should be latest, cutting edge technology....instead of technology in most cases 10-20 years old
Tell that to the Tiki Room groupies.
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Old 01-10-2013, 04:17 PM   #45
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Ehh...I've seen it 4 or 5 times because we were travelling with newbies. We won't wait an hour for it. The F! in Disneyland is MUCH better!
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