BREAKING: Fantasmic! Returns to Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about to become the hottest park on the block! The beloved fan-favorite will be making it’s triumphant return to Hollywood Studios! Keep reading to find out more…

What Is Fantasmic!?

Fantasmic! is Disney’s Hollywood Studios nighttime spectacular. Featuring stunning effects, thrilling stunts, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light.

Fast asleep, Mickey Mouse dreams that he is a mighty sorcerer’s apprentice with the power to control water, color and magic. The Disney Villains turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare! But don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination.

Fantasmic! is Back

Fantasmic! originally opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Oct. 15, 1998 and has featured characters and animation from more than 25 Disney films. However, it suffered an extended break that began when changes were made to park offerings throughout the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Once again, the forces of good and evil will once again battle it out in Mickey’s dream as the long-awaited return of Fantasmic! debuts on November 3 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

New & Improved Fantasmic!

The return of Fantasmic! will include the debut of an all-new sequence that will bring to life heroic moments from Disney stories such as “Moana,” “Mulan,” “Aladdin,” “Pocahontas,” and “Frozen 2.”

This new version is also 3 minutes longer than the previous Hollywood Studios version.

The new heroes sequence features a high-energy Aladdin chase with stunts never before seen on the “Fantasmic!” stage, a powerful scene with Elsa set to the song “Show Yourself” that is sure to thaw the most frozen of hearts, and stirring moments with Pocahontas, Moana and Mulan.

To help choreograph the authentic Chinese martial arts you’ll see in Mulan’s scene, the creative team brought in Mimi Chan – the original muse and model animators used when bringing the character of Mulan to life for the 1998 animated film.

What Disney Is Saying About Fantasmic!

“In bringing Fantasmic! back, we have a brand-new scene that we’re calling our Disney Heroes scene,” says Matthew Hamel, show director for Disney Live Entertainment. “We get to see some new characters introduced to Fantasmic!, and we get to show their stories in a new, unique way utilizing a combination of projections, lasers and new lighting.”

“Fantasmic! is a show that will take you on a journey to see so many characters, so many villains and heroes,” says Melanie Gagne, entertainment proprietor for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. “It’s one of our biggest shows, and many guests will plan their day or their entire vacation around Fantasmic!

“Bringing back Fantasmic! here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios means so much to our guests,” says Mena Rick. “It was a task to not only preserve the legacy of the show but also introduce new characters for the next generation.”

“It was extremely exciting to take advantage of technological enhancements that didn’t originally exist when the show opened in 1998,” says Katrina Mena Rick, broadcast creative producer for Disney Live Entertainment. “So, we [worked] with other disciplines such as special effects, lighting, lasers and music to ensure that our visual content was as exactly seamless and as beautiful as it could be.”

What You Need To Know

  • Fantasmic! is performed nightly at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Guests can enter the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater up to 90 minutes prior to the show’s start.
  • Since it is an outdoor venue, the show is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
  • Showtimes are subject to change. Beginning October 26, dining packages for select restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be available for dining beginning November 30, 2022.
  • To experience Fantasmic! guests need both a valid park admission and a park reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the same date.

Be sure to contact your Traveling Mouse Company Travel Agent for more information on how you can see Fantasmic! on your next trip to Walt Disney World.

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