Terrific Tuesdays: Fantastic Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! is one of my favorite night time fireworks shows at Walt Disney World.  This show is located at the end of Sunset Blvd. in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The 6,900 seat amphitheater is made of metal benches and has two shows a night on select evenings.  Be warned that sitting near the front could get you wet. There are fireworks, water effects, live characters, cannon explosions and balls of fire.  The water effects show scenes from the movie Fantasia on large water curtains.  Characters display scenes from popular Disney movies, like Pocahontas, and show the battle of good vs. evil.  

Good characters like Snow White and her Prince, Belle and Beast, Arial and Eric all appear. As they float through the moat on small boats, music from each of their movies plays over the speakers. Evil is shown through some of the best known villains, Maleficent, Jafar and the Evil Queen.  Maleficent comes on as the fire breathing dragon and takes over Mickeys dreams to turn the world evil. Of course, Sorcerer Mickey comes in to save the day and destroy Maleficent!  Be warned that some of the villain scenes and loud canon sounds are scary to younger audiences.

The finale of Fantasmic! is my favorite part.  All of the characters sail through on a boat that is the replica of Steamboat Willie’s.  None other than Willie himself is the captain!  

There are no height restrictions for the show.  You can not get FastPasses for Fantasmic! but Fantasmic! Dining Packages are available from several dining establishments at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  During peak seasons wait times for this famous nighttime spectacular can be as long as 2-3 hours.  As I said earlier, this is my family’s favorite fireworks show and we do not go to Walt Disney World without seeing it!

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Shannan is a mom that was born and raised in rural Tennessee. She tells us: “I live with my husband and 3 of our 5 children. Travis is 24 and is father to my grandbabies, Emma and baby Judson. I can’t wait to start sharing Disney with them. Dusty is 22, Clay 12, Zachary 10 and Erin is 8. I clean houses to make money to fund my magical trips. I went to Disney the first time as a teen and couldn’t wait to start introducing my own children to the magic. We took our 3 youngest in 2004 and that started it all. We have been 3 times since then and have our first Christmas trip planned for this December. Usually my parents accompany us on the trip and I have to research and plan for things that will suit various ages in our party of 7. Each time I go, I try new experiences in lodging and dining so I can share it with friends and family that seek my advice on trip planning! Disney is definitely my first choice in vacation destinations. Hopefully there is a Disney surf and turf vacation in our future!“

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