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July 18, 2017

Nighttime Spectacular 'Fantasmic!' Returns to Disneyland Park with New Scenes and Dazzling Visual Effects

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Monday, July 17, Marks Both the Premiere of a Newly Enhanced ‘Fantasmic!’ and the Anniversary of the 1955 Grand Opening of Disneyland

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 17, 2017) –“Fantasmic!,” Disney’s popular and longest-running nighttime spectacular, returns to the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park July 17, 2017, with enhanced, awe-inspiring effects; innovative, state-of-the-art projection technology; and new storytelling elements.

Also on July 17, guests will celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the grand opening of Disneyland, envisioned by Walt Disney as a place where family members of all ages can have fun together. For more than six decades, Disneyland Resort has explored the frontiers of interactive storytelling and entertainment technology, bringing exciting attractions and innovative entertainment to life for guests from around the world. Walt Disney’s promise for a new family entertainment concept continues today: “Disneyland will never be completed … as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

The return of “Fantasmic!” builds on that promise, taking the journey into Mickey Mouse’s imagination to brilliant new heights. The story that has been treasured by Disneyland guests for more than 25 years continues, as Mickey Mouse conjures dreams of beauty, adventure, romance and, in the show’s thrilling climax, danger.

New magic is incorporated with Aladdin and Jasmine floating over a bed of fog on their flying carpet, Captain Jack Sparrow at the helm of a ghostly pirate ship, and special new appearances by characters from “The Lion King” and “Finding Nemo.” And Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from “Tangled” join other Disney couples in an inspiring romantic sequence.

Additional enhancements give the popular show an even brighter look, with more vibrant projections and new mist screens. Every inch of every surface on the show’s island “stage” has been digitally mapped. Projection mapping and three-dimensional video combine, allowing the creative team to transform the island as never before. All technical elements of the show, including lighting, fountains and water screens, have been upgraded.

The return of “Fantasmic!” also coincides with the return of some classic Disneyland attractions this summer. The Disneyland Railroad, Pirates’ Lair on Tom Sawyer Island, and the watercraft that sail around the Rivers of America in Frontierland, Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes, all return on July 29, 2017.

This summer guests at Disneyland also have a last chance to view the lights, music and fun of the beloved Main Street Electrical Parade through Aug. 20, 2017. Nightly performances of the parade feature favorites such as Cinderella’s ball, Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-waggin’ “Pete’s Dragon” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.

Guests this summer also will enjoy Summer of Heroes, a new, limited-time celebration at Disney California Adventure Park. Guests are invited to experience epic adventures with some of their favorite Super Heroes through Sept.10, 2017, along with the new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, which opened May 27, 2017.

“FANTASMIC!” FUN FACTS

  • Central to the magic of “Fantasmic!” are the three mist screens, each 60 feet wide by 30 feet tall, upon which the films are projected.
  • New scenes will feature songs such as “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World” from Disney’s animated classic, “Aladdin.”
  • A crew of ghost pirates man an eerie pirate ship that appears on the Rivers of America. These professional stunt performers execute all the spectacular duels and falls.
  • More than 100 cast and crew bring “Fantasmic!” to life, in the 23-minute show.
  • As part of the “Fantasmic!” story, the wicked Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” will rise to a height of 45 feet in 17 seconds, before transforming into the dragon.
  • The dragon is a fully animated three-dimensional design that replicates the movements of the dragon in “Sleeping Beauty ” The dragon is 45 feet tall by 28 feet wide and weighs approximately 18,000 pounds.
  • The dragon lights the Rivers of America on fire for 25 seconds
  • Approximately 9,000 guests can view “Fantasmic!” at each performance. The audience is approximately 70 feet from the main stage on Tom Sawyer Island.
  • Water effects include 21 fountains and six “whale tails” in the scene when Monstro the whale charges across the Rivers of America
  • At the beginning of the show, two light towers appear on either side of the main stage. During the day, these towers rest 26 feet underground. They rise to a height of 40 feet in less than a minute.
  • The audio surrounding “Fantasmic!” spectators is created by four speaker stacks on Tom Sawyer Island and three on the mainland.
  • Kaa, the conniving snake from “The Jungle Book” who slithers across the “Fantasmic!” stage, is 100 feet long.

HISTORY OF “FANTASMIC!”

  • Fantasmic!” premiered to the public on May 15, 1992, at Disneyland An enhanced version of that original “Fantasmic” presentation, featuring digital projections and the spectacular new 45-foot-tall dragon, premiered June 12, 2009.
  • The main stage on Tom Sawyer Island, including underground housing for many special effects, was specially built for “Fantasmic!” By day, it is a boat dock and “cider mill” visited by guests on the island.
  • In 1992, the original estimate for the prospective audience size was 6,500. Spectators, however, found every space they could and the average number of guests per performance was 11,000 that first summer.
  • Within days, the area was re-landscaped to accommodate more guests in the viewing areas. “Fantasmic!” was scheduled for three shows per night that year, and extended to four shows on July 4 and New Year’s Eve. Before summer 1993 arrived, the walkways and planters in New Orleans Square had been redesigned in the “terrace” style from which today’s guests view the show.
  • A different version of “Fantasmic!” premiered in October 1998 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (then Disney-MGM Studios) at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

July 8, 2017

Disneyland's Fantasmic! Dining Packages Now Booking

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Reservations can now be made for three new dining packages with reserved viewing areas for “Fantasmic!”, which will return to Disneyland park on July 17.

The Blue Bayou Restaurant “Fantasmic!” Dining Package will include choice of starter, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The cost is $65 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.

The River Belle Terrace “Fantasmic!” Dining Package will also include a three-course meal: choice of starter, entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. The cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children age 3-9.

Hungry Bear Restaurant will offer a more "on-the-go" dining package, with choice of entree and natural soda or choice of entree and bottled water, juice box or milk for children age 3-9. The cost is $29.99 for adults, $19.99 for children.

Make reservations for a “Fantasmic!” Dining Package at Disneyland.com or by calling 718-714-DINE

November 7, 2014

New Fantasmic Viewing Options at Disneyland

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Disneyland guests will have new viewing options for the ever popular Fantasmic beginning December 12th. There will be reserved and standby viewing as well as new dining packages.

FASTPASS will now be requested to gain access to the reserved viewing space. Distribution will begin at park opening along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland. FASTPASS will be first come first served while supplies last. Your Fantasmic FASTPASS will indicate the show time and your reserved viewing section.

A non-ticketed limited stand-by viewing area will also be available.

The new dinner packages at the Blue Bayou, River Belle Terrace and Hungry Bear Restaurant will also include a FASTPASS for Fantasmic. For On-The-Go Options check out Aladdin's Oasis.

Dinner Packages outlined at the bottom of this blog.

Space is limited for these experiences, so advance reservations are recommended online at disneyland.com or by calling 714-781-DINE (714-781-3463).

The current Premium Viewing Dessert Sampler will no longer be offered.

Blue Bayou Restaurant "Fantasmic!" Dinner Dining Package

Includes one 3-course meal (starter, entrée, beverage and dessert)
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Includes "Fantasmic!"-themed souvenir
Dinner beginning at 4 p.m.
Pricing:
$61.00 - Adult
$23.00 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax and gratuity not included

River Belle Terrace "Fantasmic!" Dinner Dining Package

The dates on which "Fantasmic!" is showing, River Belle Terrace will transform into a table-service dining location available exclusively to guests who have purchased the "Fantasmic!" dining package. River Belle Terrace will be open for breakfast until 2 p.m. each day.

Includes one 3-course meal (starter, entrée, beverage and dessert)
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Dinner beginning at 3 p.m.
Pricing:
$41.99 - Adult
$21.99 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax and gratuity not included

Hungry Bear Restaurant "Fantasmic!" Show Dessert Party

Includes sweet dessert selection and beverages
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Includes live entertainment
Begins 90 minutes prior to show time
Pricing:
$29.99 - Adult/Children
Tax and gratuity included

Aladdin's Oasis "Fantasmic!" On-The-Go

Includes one grab & go meal
Adult options are served with salad with choice of dressing, dinner roll, beverage and dessert:
Herb marinated chicken with seasonal vegetables
Lasagna Bolognese
Vegetarian Lasagna

Child options are served with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, dinner roll, beverage and Mickey cookie:
Kids chicken
Kids pasta
Kids macaroni and cheese
Includes a "Fantasmic!" FASTPASS
Pick-up times: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Pricing:
$19.99 - Adult
$13.99 - Children (ages 3-9)
Tax not included

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