Fantasmic! is Fantastic! Here’s Why

Fantasmic! is Fantastic! Here’s Why

I am thrilled to present this podcast on the rebirth of Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. My torrid love affair with this beloved entertainment classic is a long one. I’ll share my experience with Fantasmic! and what this attraction is like behind the scenes. We’ll talk about its sister shows (yes there’s more than just Disneyland) and how they compare. We talk about the challenges this attraction has faced over the years, and then go through a scene-by-scene discussion of how this show now fares. We’ll also consider that this may be the best entertainment offering at Walt Disney World. You won’t want to miss this podcast, because, after all is said and done, it is fantastic!

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Insights on the Original Walt Disney World Version

We cover the following on the podcast:

  • Opening night, October 16th, 1998
  • A separate, and designated theater and sitting area
  • Costumes unlike any other
  • A tight, downstairs, behind the scenes area
  • The massive muskets of Pocohantas
  • Giving Malificent a Lift–A scissor lift–doubled
  • Dragon on a train
  • Three, count them three, barges

Fantasmic Videos

Walt Disney World

This link sends you to the 9:30 pm showing last Friday night, November 4th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Disneyland Resort recently at D23, this link takes you to the original show at Disneyland in California.


Tokyo Disneyland

I’m sparing you the time of watching the the entire show, but here is the finale, found at this link. The lagoon only show has no island, but rather stunning barge after barge.


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