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Old 01-07-2014, 05:35 PM   #1
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Questions about Fantasmic Premium Viewing

Our DD turns 14 during our trip in April, she is excited because she gets to take a friend with her on this trip. On her birthday, I want to schedule the "FANTASMIC PREMIUM VIEWING (WITH DESSERT)" When I read about this I became concerned that the seats fill up fast. I will mark the exact day on the calendar and call as soon as the lines open, but am going to worry some until I know we have a reservation. I have some questions and would appreciate any guidance those with experience with this activity might have to offer.

1. Does the Reservations line open up at 8:00 am Pacific Time or East Coast time or some other time?

2. Does this really book up every morning for the day 30 days out that quickly; I realize we are also going during a peak time of year?

3. Is there anything else I should know about this activity that you can share?

4. How was your experience with this premium viewing option?

If we are fortunate enough to get a Fantastic Reservation then I plan to make a dinner reservation at Blue Bayou for sometime earlier that evening, this is her favorite other thing to do at Disney. We want her to have a magical birthday! Thank you for any information you can share.


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* Premium seating: $59 per adult (10+) / $49 per person (3-9) 2 and under are free provided they sit on your lap

To reserve your seats, contact your Travel Agent or call (714) 781-4400. Reservations can be made a month in advance and do book up quickly. Note that your reservation must be made on the same day the prior month. For instance, if the show is on December 10, you need to make a reservation on November 10. The Ticket office opens at 8:00AM, and you need to call rFANTASMIC PREMIUM VIEWING (WITH DESSERT)

* Premium seating: $59 per adult (10+) / $49 per person (3-9) 2 and under are free provided they sit on your lap

To reserve your seats, contact your Travel Agent or call (714) 781-4400. Reservations can be made a month in advance and do book up quickly. Note that your reservation must be made on the same day the prior month. For instance, if the show is on December 10, you need to make a reservation on November 10. The Ticket office opens at 8:00AM, and you need to call right when it opens as these spots book quickly.You will be required to pay for this at the time of booking and tickets must be picked up on the day of the show at Guest Services, located to the left of the Disneyland Park entrance. Be sure to get your tickets before Guest Services closes.
This Premium Seating is set up along the river, in an area in front of the Haunted Mansion. Guests are served beverages and a dessert sampler. Seating is determined by first come first serve. About an hour before Fantasmic, go to the seating area with all of your tickets, and sign in with the cast member. About a half hour before the show they start seating in the order that people have checked in. Everyone in your party must be there with their ticket in order for your party to be seated. If you are not there, then they'll take the next person on the list. After the first show, guests can remain to watch the fireworks, if there are fireworks that night.ight when it opens as these spots book quickly.You will be required to pay for this at the time of booking and tickets must be picked up on the day of the show at Guest Services, located to the left of the Disneyland Park entrance. Be sure to get your tickets before Guest Services closes.

This Premium Seating is set up along the river, in an area in front of the Haunted Mansion. Guests are served beverages and a dessert sampler. Seating is determined by first come first serve. About an hour before Fantasmic, go to the seating area with all of your tickets, and sign in with the cast member. About a half hour before the show they start seating in the order that people have checked in. Everyone in your party must be there with their ticket in order for your party to be seated. If you are not there, then they'll take the next person on the list. After the first show, guests can remain to watch the fireworks, if there are fireworks that night.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:07 PM   #2
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Are you staying onsite? I did this last summer, and my 30 day window opened while I was in Europe and unable to phone. Since we were staying at the PPH (standard room) I was able to have Disney call up and make the reservation for me. I arranged it in advance with the Disney people and gave them my cc number. They did the reservation for me the moment they opened and my card was charged then. The tickets were waiting for me when I checked into PPH a month later.
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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I can't answer all your questions because DF does the booking when we do the Fantasmic! Dessert package, but:

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1. Does the Reservations line open up at 8:00 am Pacific Time or East Coast time or some other time?
Sorry, this is one I don't know for sure, but I imagine it's Pacific Time.

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2. Does this really book up every morning for the day 30 days out that quickly; I realize we are also going during a peak time of year?
We go during off-peak season and have not been able to get tickets a couple of times. I'd call ASAP.

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3. Is there anything else I should know about this activity that you can share?
On the day that you've booked the package, you go to that area at 6 pm to pick your seats. (Only one people from your party needs to go, but they should bring all the tickets.) Some people line up really early just to do that. If you're determined to sit in a particular place or in the front row, it might be worth it. Otherwise, almost all the seats are good. If you're worried about being able to see and can't get the front row, go for the back. It gives you the option to stand up without blocking anyone.

Be aware when you return for your seats that it's during the peak time for people trying to find someplace to watch the show, and it's already dark out. Sometimes it can get a bit chaotic. Just make your way back to where you checked in earlier. There might be a line if you're there before they actually open, but the CMs will direct you.

Also, plan this for early in your trip, because those dessert boxes are far too much to eat in one sitting, but make for a nice treat box for the remainer of the trip.

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We love it. View and dessert aside, the cast members go out of their way to make sure you have a special experience. The cost is in trade for hours spent trying to stake out a spot. There are also times when the Fantasmic! crowd is so big that they stop letting people into that area. It's on those nights that it's a great relief to know you already have a seat.

I know you mentioned having dinner at the Blue Bayou that same night. It would make it very easy to hop over and pick your seats if dinner is at the right time, but remember, those dessert boxes are big! Save room!
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:11 PM   #4
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Are you staying onsite? I did this last summer, and my 30 day window opened while I was in Europe and unable to phone. Since we were staying at the PPH (standard room) I was able to have Disney call up and make the reservation for me. I arranged it in advance with the Disney people and gave them my cc number. They did the reservation for me the moment they opened and my card was charged then. The tickets were waiting for me when I checked into PPH a month later.
Yes, we are staying at DLH, Club Level. I did not know that Disney would make these arrangements, so thanks for the information, I will give them a call. Thank you!
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Old 01-07-2014, 06:16 PM   #5
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I can't answer all your questions because DF does the booking when we do the Fantasmic! Dessert package, but:

We love it. View and dessert aside, the cast members go out of their way to make sure you have a special experience. The cost is in trade for hours spent trying to stake out a spot. There are also times when the Fantasmic! crowd is so big that they stop letting people into that area. It's on those nights that it's a great relief to know you already have a seat.

I know you mentioned having dinner at the Blue Bayou that same night. It would make it very easy to hop over and pick your seats if dinner is at the right time, but remember, those dessert boxes are big! Save room!
Awesome, thanks for all of the great information. Her birthday is that last night we are there, so we might end up with lots of dessert for the long road trip home back to Northern CA the next day!
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1. Does the Reservations line open up at 8:00 am Pacific Time or East Coast time or some other time?
Pacific Time.

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2. Does this really book up every morning for the day 30 days out that quickly; I realize we are also going during a peak time of year?
No. We booked two weeks out during Spring Break last year.

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3. Is there anything else I should know about this activity that you can share?
Yes. The lids on the dessert boxes fit very loosely and there's nowhere to put your drink except the ground, so be prepared to do a little careful juggling. And be sure to line up early to select your seats if you want the front row. Also, the view can be partially blocked from some seats. They'll tell you which ones may be blocked when you select your seats.

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Worth it for a special occasion because you don't have to wait before show time--just show up and take your seats. But pricey enough that once was enough.
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Our DD turns 14 during our trip in April, she is excited because she gets to take a friend with her on this trip. On her birthday, I want to schedule the "FANTASMIC PREMIUM VIEWING (WITH DESSERT)" When I read about this I became concerned that the seats fill up fast. I will mark the exact day on the calendar and call as soon as the lines open, but am going to worry some until I know we have a reservation. I have some questions and would appreciate any guidance those with experience with this activity might have to offer.

1. Does the Reservations line open up at 8:00 am Pacific Time or East Coast time or some other time?

2. Does this really book up every morning for the day 30 days out that quickly; I realize we are also going during a peak time of year?

3. Is there anything else I should know about this activity that you can share?

4. How was your experience with this premium viewing option?

If we are fortunate enough to get a Fantastic Reservation then I plan to make a dinner reservation at Blue Bayou for sometime earlier that evening, this is her favorite other thing to do at Disney. We want her to have a magical birthday! Thank you for any information you can share.
This should have some info that will help:

"Fantasmic! Superthread" http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2671983

And do use Disney Vacation Planning to get your tickets for you as a DLH guest.

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I did this last June and it was fantasmic! (puns)

I called the day after they opened reservations because I mixed up my days and they said they had plenty of seats left. I went through the vacation planning hotline as I was also staying at the Disneyland Hotel and they had the tickets waiting for me at the counter during check in.

Eclectic Goddess has it right about checking in and picking your seats. I got in line maybe 15 minutes before 6 and I was able to get up at the rail slightly off center. They have a map that shows how the seats are lined up and cross off seats as they are selected. After you pick your spots you can go on about your evening and come back about 10 minutes or so before the show. I would suggest earlier if you want to eat most of your desserts before the show starts. There are servers who will escort you to your seats along with your desserts and offer refreshments like hot cocoa and soda.

We had a great time and it's probably the only way my boyfriend will watch Fantasmic since he can't stand the crowding nor is he willing to wait hours to camp out a spot.

Depending on what time your show is, you can stay in your seats and watch the fireworks. We didn't pick the right time to do so, but I hear the view is pretty decent.
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I did this last June and it was fantasmic! (puns) I called the day after they opened reservations because I mixed up my days and they said they had plenty of seats left. I went through the vacation planning hotline as I was also staying at the Disneyland Hotel and they had the tickets waiting for me at the counter during check in. Eclectic Goddess has it right about checking in and picking your seats. I got in line maybe 15 minutes before 6 and I was able to get up at the rail slightly off center. They have a map that shows how the seats are lined up and cross off seats as they are selected. After you pick your spots you can go on about your evening and come back about 10 minutes or so before the show. I would suggest earlier if you want to eat most of your desserts before the show starts. There are servers who will escort you to your seats along with your desserts and offer refreshments like hot cocoa and soda. We had a great time and it's probably the only way my boyfriend will watch Fantasmic since he can't stand the crowding nor is he willing to wait hours to camp out a spot. Depending on what time your show is, you can stay in your seats and watch the fireworks. We didn't pick the right time to do so, but I hear the view is pretty decent.
What time show do you need to be at in order to stay in your seat for the fireworks?
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What time show do you need to be at in order to stay in your seat for the fireworks?
The first showing of Fantasmic, which I think is 9 pm. shortly after will be fireworks, about 9:30 I believe. I did the second show when I did the dessert so I didn't get this option.
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Thanks everyone so much for the information and sharing your experience. We will use Disney vacation planning and I will get there early to get our tickets and seats assigned. I'll bring a bag also for the leftover dessert boxes as I'm thinking the girls will want to get on rides afterwards. We're excited about this now, yeah countdown to Disney!
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It was really a wonderful experience; have fun!!!!

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I also appreciate all the tips because this is something we are planning on doing for our July trip!! Thanks so much
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The official time for picking seats is 8 PM local time (pacific). People do line up early though and line up. We got in line at 6 and were first in line but people started lining up behind us fairly soon after. I will say that this was on a very busy park day (one of only 2 Candlelight Processional nights in December).

We had never seen DLR's Fantasmic so I wanted to do what I had to for a front row seat with a good view. If we do it again, I'd probably just get there at 8 and settle for a back row, knowing I could stand at the last minute if I wanted to.
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Thanks everyone so much for the information and sharing your experience. We will use Disney vacation planning and I will get there early to get our tickets and seats assigned. I'll bring a bag also for the leftover dessert boxes as I'm thinking the girls will want to get on rides afterwards. We're excited about this now, yeah countdown to Disney!
I would suggest some zip lock bags and one big bag to put them all in so you can ditch the big dessert boxes.
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