Is Fantasmic just "OK" or is it just me?

Discussion in 'Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies' started by camtheriot, Jan 10, 2013.

  1. Pixie Princess

    Pixie Princess DIS Veteran

    Nov 23, 2009
    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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  3. VACamm

    VACamm DIS Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    I love love love Fantasmic!!! The Pocahontas scene is my favorite... But then again I am a huge fan of Pocahontas
  4. karmutt

    karmutt Mouseketeer

    Jun 10, 2010
    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.
  5. Maggie Lizer

    Maggie Lizer DIS Veteran

    Feb 2, 2012
    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.
  6. MikeandReneePlus5

    MikeandReneePlus5 DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2010
    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.
  7. LekiaHall

    LekiaHall Mouseketeer

    Oct 15, 2006
    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.
  8. Waddler

    Waddler Mouseketeer

    Apr 24, 2012
    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.
  9. jgh

    jgh Peter Pan!

    Jun 1, 2012
    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 we couldn't really see the projections very well. We were also apparently sitting downwind (though the wind was minimal if anything)...BOO.

    I think that you should do it! :)
  10. katt789

    katt789 DIS Veteran

    Mar 14, 2010
    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
  11. DisneyGuy758

    DisneyGuy758 Let's go Murphys!

    Feb 8, 2007
    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.
  12. sandgrace

    sandgrace DIS Veteran

    Jan 24, 2007
    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.
  13. DebbieB

    DebbieB DIS Veteran

    Aug 24, 1999
    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.
  14. estherhead

    estherhead DIS Veteran

    Dec 28, 2004
    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.
  15. Leona Fishback

    Leona Fishback Mouseketeer

    Mar 25, 2012
    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.
  16. MikeandReneePlus5

    MikeandReneePlus5 DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2010
    ya -

    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.
  17. GaSleepingBeautyFan

    GaSleepingBeautyFan DIS Veteran

    Aug 12, 2007
    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.
  18. redrosesix

    redrosesix DIS Veteran

    Feb 29, 2008
    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.
  19. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

    Jun 11, 2000
    That wasn't the case when we were there last. Good news 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!
  20. mrjef

    mrjef Mouseketeer

    Jul 10, 2012
    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.
  21. P00H1010

    P00H1010 DIS Veteran

    Jul 29, 2011
    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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