As many of you know, Fantasmic! is returning to Hollywood Studios on November 3rd, which is just around the corner. When the return was announced, Disney hinted that changes would be made to the nighttime spectacular. We didn’t know how many changes would be made and how they would impact the show until yesterday. After reading what the alterations would be, I wondered if these changes would make or break the performance.
First, let’s break down what modifications Disney announced for Fantasmic!
- 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.”
- Stirring moments with Pocahontas, Moana, and Mulan.
These new sections sound entertaining, and I love that they are including “newer” Disney characters. The first version show had so much charm and nostalgia with “original” Disney characters. In that way, Fantasmic! felt special and timeless, but like many things in the parks, it needed an update. From what Disney has announced, I think these new additions will have the audience engaged and entertained the entire time. All I ask is that they never get rid of the ending magic trick with Mickey Mouse.
I’m intrigued to see how this chase with Aladdin will play out and what type of set pieces they will use to make it happen. I know some people are sick of seeing Frozen all over the parks, but in reality, adding a moment with Elsa will bring more guests to the show. Kids absolutely love Elsa; heck, even I love Elsa. The song choice is perfect for showcasing her heroic actions, “Show Yourself” is in an emotional and pivotal spot in Frozen II, and I am sure Disney has it in a section that will tug at our heartstrings.
Clearly, Disney knows this show is important to many Disney fans because of this quote from the Disney Live Entertainment Producer.
We know this show means so much to people, and we’ve kept that in mind every step of this journey. Even beyond the new scene, we’ve taken this time to upgrade the lasers, the lighting, the sound, all to bring this show back even more beautiful than it’s ever been. We’re all really just so excited for guests to see it.Disney Live Entertainment Producer, Laurice Marier
All in all, I think these additions to Fantasmic! will make the show better than it once was. I know I’m not alone in thinking this because I have seen several tweets and Facebook posts full of excitement regarding the changes. Now that you all know what I think, I’m curious to know your thoughts. Do you think these changes will make or break the nighttime spectacular? Let us know in the comment section.
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.