Show length: 25 Minutes
Great for All Ages
Open since July 15, 1998
Location: Sunset Blvd, Disney's Hollywood Studios
Mickey Mouse and his friends conquer the forces of evil in this spectacular live show.
Located in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, Fantasmic stars a wide array of Disney characters from Jafar to Mickey Mouse. A visual spectacle, Fantasmic consists of live actors, fireworks, music, and water effects. While all of the effects are impressive and the show is entertaining, it lacks an element that would effectively tie everything together. It feels too much like a parade of everyone’s favorite characters rather than a show with a really strong story. Fantasmic is definitely worth checking out, as it makes for a great time. But the constant crowds and long waits make it hard to justify repeat visits.
Tips and Trivia
- Disney recommends getting to the amphitheater at least a half-hour ahead of the showtime.
- Fastpass+ is available for Fantasmic, but it is not one of our recommended FP+ reservations. When we went, they were allowing people with Fastpass+ to enter the amphitheater up to an hour before showtime, and there were hundreds of people with Fastpass+. To get a good seat, we still had to show up early. Also, non-Fastpass+ guests were let in the amphitheater around the same time, but were led to the right part of the seating rather than the left. It just doesn’t seem to be worth using a reservation if it doesn’t save you time or guarantee you a great seat. Add that to the fact that having a late-in-the-day Fantasmic reservation could prevent you from getting a fourth Fastpass+ reservation, and we think that it’s just better to do standby for Fantasmic.
- The best way to guarantee good seating without a long wait is to purchase a Fantasmic Dining Package from one of the participating restaurants at Hollywood Studios.
- Hungry? Concessions such as nachos and popcorn are sold inside the amphitheater.
“The Fantasmic show is a must. Very cool effects and imagery. If you are going to see it, make sure you get there at least 1 to 1.5 hours ahead because the place gets packed. The day that I went, they had to close the entrances because there was no place left anywhere for you to seat or stand. Don’t seat all the way in the front if you don’t want to get wet because the water effects, you might get splashed.” – Gilberto