Tips and tricks for Fantasmic (2022)

Hollywood Studios’ nighttime show is called Fantasmic! and it’s well worth your time to see, but it can be tricky to make sure you see it without long waits.

Today I have tips and tricks to help you avoid long lines, get the best seats and make an easy exit from the show.

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UPDATE: Fantasmic! Returning in 2022

As you may know, Fantasmic! hasn’t been shown since before the parks closed in 2020. And in that time, a *lot* of things have changed. But, with Fantasmic! slated to return in the second half of 2022, we should be hearing all the new details soon, including information on whether or not it will be included with Genie+.

Check back for updates as we hear more!

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What it’s like

The 26-minute show features lots of Disney characters, projections on water screens, boats, fireworks, water effects and great music. It’s a fantastic visual treat, though some little ones may find some of the darker scenes to be scary.

You can see the whole show in the video below, including the Glow with the Show ears which you can purchase (they light up as a choreographed part of the production).

The show is presented in a huge outdoor theater that seats 11,000 people, but during busy times of the year, people are often lined up an hour or more beforehand to get in. I don’t wait an hour for anything and don’t suggest you do either, so I have some tips on avoiding that plus ways to get better seats.

Fantasmic Dinner Package

My favorite way to avoid the lines and get great seats is by booking a Fantasmic Dinner Package (FDP). This basically means that you book a package to eat in 1 of the restaurants at Hollywood Studios and at your meal, you’re given a voucher to sit in your own reserved section during the show (the exact seats aren’t reserved, just the section).

The seats are right in the middle and the best sections available. On nights where two Fantasmic shows are scheduled, the FDP is only offered during the first show.

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One thing I love about the FDP is that it doesn’t cost you anymore than eating in the restaurant itself if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan.

Here’s the rundown of the FDP restaurant options.

  • Hollywood Brown Derby
    • Available for lunch or dinner
    • Package includes an entree, dessert, drink and seating voucher
    • $62.99 for adults; $21.99 for children
    • Costs 2 Table Service credits on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
    • Available for lunch or dinner
    • Package includes an entree, dessert, drink and seating voucher
    • $44.99 for adults; $17.99 for children
    • Costs 1 Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan
  • Hollywood & Vine
    • Available for dinner
    • Package includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and seating voucher. Minnie and pals are at dinner.
    • $53.99 for adults; $32.99 for children
    • Costs 1 Table Service credit on the Disney Dining Plan

So what’s the catch?
You might wonder why everyone wouldn’t just book the FDP but there is at least 1 downside: the meal times can be weird. Like eat-dinner-at-3:00 weird. If you’re OK with eating at off-peak times, this will be a good option for you.

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One more possible downside: the show gets canceled due to weather (rain = too slippery for the performers) and sometimes due to technical difficulties. In the event of a cancellation, you won’t be issued a new pass for another night or be given a refund. (Note: some people have had success stopping by guest relations and being issued a voucher to return on a different night. Park admission would be required to do that and it’s not something that you’re guaranteed to get.)

How to book the Fantasmic Dinner Package
The FDP is available 180 days beforehand, just like dining reservations, but it’s important that you book the package itself and not a normal dining reservation.

If you’re booking online, you should do that at

People booking by phone will still use the same number (407-WDW-DINE) but you need to specify the package rather than just the restaurant name.

What if you already have a dining reservation at 1 of the restaurants? Sorry, this package is totally separate so you’ll have to book a new FDP reservation and cancel your previous dining reservation.

Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience

Unlike the Dessert parties for Illuminations, Happily Ever After, and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, this experience is a lot more low-key. Instead of attending an actual “party”, upon arrival to the theater guests that book the Fantasmic Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience receive a box of Fantasmic themed snacks which will feature both savory and sweet items, a bottle of water and a specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage in a light-up keepsake cup.

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In addition to the snacks and light-up cup, guests will also receive a special light-up credential that will be their pass into the reserved “VIP” seating area for the show.

The cost for this experience is $39 for adults and $19 for kids and it can be booked online.

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FastPass+ for Fantasmic

If the Fantasmic Dinner Package doesn’t appeal to you, you could always try to get a FastPass+ reservation to see the show. I don’t recommend it as 1 of your first 3 FastPass+ reservations, but once your first 3 FP+ reservations have been used or expire, you could use the My Disney Experience app or head to a kiosk and look for a 4th FastPass+ reservation that could be used at the show.

Oftentimes there’s still availability, even late into the day.

The seating for FastPass+ isn’t as good as for the FDP, but you will get an assigned section (to the left of the FDP seating area) and get to avoid waiting in long standby lines.

About the show schedule

The times when the show is offered vary throughout the year, so here’s a couple of thoughts on that:

  • The show is often scheduled after the official park closing time. The closing time is really just the time that you need to be in line for an attraction. The park will still be open after that to allow you to take pics, shop, and see Fantasmic.
  • During busier times of year, two shows might be offered. The second one will always be much less crowded but the Fantasmic Dinner Package is only available at the first show.
  • For less busy times, Fantasmic may not be scheduled nightly so check the schedule for your trip dates to make sure it’s an option
  • During the winter months, the show is often scheduled pretty early (around 6 or 7), making it much easier to see it for people who can’t stay up late

Where to sit

Once in the theater, I would choose seats that are as close to the middle section as possible and at least half way back. Sitting further back will allow you to see the whole show more easily and avoid getting wet (which happens to many people sitting in the first couple of rows). However, people sitting closer to the front can snap better pics of the boats as they float by.

Eating at your seat

Since the theater is outdoors, you can bring food in to eat while you sit.

Making a graceful exit

When you enter the Fantasmic seating area, you’ll enter via the upper left. However, if your goal after the show is to exit the park or watch fireworks, I’d suggest exiting to the upper right. That will take you right to the front of the park and allow you to exit easily or give you a great spot to watch fireworks.

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Can you use DAS for Fantasmic? ›

There is no specific DAS pass offering for Fantasmic! beyond the Cast Members who will be able to assist you with seating.

Can you see Fantasmic from French market? ›

4) Find a spot near the French Market

Approaching the “Fantasmic” viewing area from the Haunted Mansion is much better than from Frontierland or Adventureland. Whatever you do, don't pick a spot to watch the show in front of the River Belle Terrace.

Can you bring food into Fantasmic? ›

Yes, you may bring in outside food, beverages and snacks or purchase snacks inside the amphitheater. To have your pick of the best seats, plan to arrive about an hour before the show and bring along a counter-service dinner to enjoy while you wait for the show to begin.

Can you see fireworks from Fantasmic? ›

Re: Fantasmic and fireworks? The only way to see the fireworks after the early show if Fantasmic is to stay in your viewing area and watch from there. You will only see the higher aerial fireworks. The water screens are used for the projections during Disneyland Forever Fireworks.

What qualifies as a disability at Disney? ›

Guests with any physical or mental condition that affects their ability to wait in a standard attraction line for an extended period may qualify for a DAS Pass.

Does ADHD qualify for Das at Disney? ›

Did you know that Disney offers a Disability Access Service that allows children with ADHD to 'virtually' wait in line, saving them (and their families) the agony of trudging through those long, boring, tantrum-inducing queues?

Do I need a fast pass for Fantasmic? ›

You may only choose from the Fantasmic! menu. The basic game plan includes enjoying your meal and then once you pay your bill, you will receive a “FASTPASS” (or return voucher) that will allow you entrance into the viewing section that coordinates with where you dined.

Does Fantasmic run every night? ›

Does Fantasmic! show every night? Disneyland's Fantasmic! typically runs at least once per night on select nights of the week or twice on busier nights, with showtimes usually at 9 PM and 10:30 PM. Each show lasts 25 minutes.

Which is better Fantasmic or World of Color? ›

imo, world of color is good if you like mostly a large water show, and fantasmic is better at showing alot of disney characters actively doing things. you can also look at videos of both on you tube if you want to see more. I honestly think that a 5 year old would enjoy Fantasmic! more than World of Color.

How long is the Fantasmic show? ›

22-30 minutes

How long does Fantasmic last? ›

Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios lasts approximately 25 minutes. The theater can accommodate well over 7,000 Guests so it can take awhile for the theater to clear following the performance. And as you might imagine, that is also the time the masses head out of the park for the evening.

Can you watch Fantasmic from River Belle Terrace? ›

Viewing Fantasmic! from the River Belle Terrace Patio

Our view of the show was good. We were able to clearly see Mickey on the stage directly in front of us. It was a bit tough to catch the scenes playing against the sprays of water from where we were seated, but not bad enough to feel any different of our experience.

What time does Fantasmic start at Hollywood studios? ›

Disney just revealed when Guests will finally be able to watch Fantasmic! again. Beginning on May 28, 2022, Fantasmic! will show at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. according to the official website.

Is there a nighttime show at Hollywood Studios? ›


See the forces of good and evil battling it out in Mickey's dream during an extravagant outdoor musical—nighttime at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Does Fantasmic have a virtual queue? ›

A representative from Disneyland Public Relations has confirmed that there will NOT be a virtual queue utilized for “Fantasmic!” when the show returns. This means that your options for viewing the show are staking out a spot along the Rivers of America or getting a reserved dining package.

What do you say on Das pass? ›

Disney does not require specifically telling them what your diagnosis is, but you should be ready to explain how it prevents you from waiting in line. If they ask you and you say “I am in a wheelchair” or “I broke my ankle” this will not apply.

Can diabetics skip lines at Disney? ›

The “DAS Card” stands for Disabilities Access Service, and is available at Disneyland. This card allows for people who are not able to wait in long lines to come back at a designated time and skip to the front of the line. Hypoglycemia as a result of T1D would be the reason given when requesting one of these cards.

Is anxiety a disability? ›

Anxiety disorders, such as OCD, panic disorders, phobias or PTSD are considered a disability and can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Those with anxiety can qualify for disability if they are able to prove their anxiety makes it impossible to work.

Can you use DAS pass for Rise of the Resistance? ›

Use DAS if Eligible: Disney's Disability Access Pass (DAS) is available for Rise of the Resistance for guests who qualify. Disney recently unveiled changes to DAS that make it easier to enroll on the app before your arrival. (Note that in order to ride the attraction, guests must be able to transfer.)

Do wheelchairs skip the line at Disney? ›

Disney has been steadily altering their attraction queues so that guests in wheelchairs and ECVs can stay in the regular queue with everyone else. There are still some attractions, such as Spaceship Earth in Epcot, which have a handicapped entrance, but this doesn't mean you'll be moved ahead of everyone else.

Can Das use Genie Plus? ›

The short answer is a resounding YES, you can use both services at the same time - they are completely independent. Doing so is a great way to experience even more of your favorite attractions during a day at the parks!

Is Fantasmic coming back in 2022? ›

Return Date for Disney's Hollywood Studios May Be Announced at D23 Expo, Show Already Testing. Earlier this year, Disney confirmed that Fantasmic! would be returning to Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2022.

What time is Fantasmic at WDW? ›

Depending on your vacation dates, Fantasmic is typically offered two to three times a week. The show times usually are offered between 7:30 to 10:00pm and during peak travel season there is often two shows a night.

How much does Fantasmic cost? ›

Each Fantasmic showing costs a startling $30,000, which means for each and every night per year Disney spends a total of $60,000 per night for the two Fantasmic shows. That adds up to $21,900,000 per year for the Fantasmic show that is shown 365 days a year!

Does Hollywood studios have a night show 2022? ›

- Returning 2022! Be there as the forces of good and evil battle it out in Mickey's dream during this extravagant open-air nighttime musical.

Are there fireworks at Hollywood Studios every night? ›

At present, the fireworks are shown once nightly, right at park close, and it is possible to view both Fantasmic and the fireworks in the same night. In busier months, we anticipate Fantasmic will be shown twice nightly, and the fireworks will continue to be presented at park close.

What happens in Fantasmic? ›

Fantasmic is an evening extravaganza combining various elements–fire, water projections, lasers, and fireworks–for a show that is loosely about the power of imagination. Disney Villains turn Mickey's dream into a nightmare, and the little mouse uses the power of his imagination to overcome them!

Is Fantasmic coming back in 2022? ›

Return Date for Disney's Hollywood Studios May Be Announced at D23 Expo, Show Already Testing. Earlier this year, Disney confirmed that Fantasmic! would be returning to Walt Disney World and Disneyland in 2022.

Is Fantasmic coming back in 2021? ›

In November 2021, we shared that Fantasmic will be returning in 2022. Disney shared that Fantasmic will reopen with a few changes. The new Fantasmic show will feature “new animation, water effects, and everything that we love about Fantasmic.” Be sure to check out the details for these new show scenes HERE.

Does Fantasmic run every night? ›

Does Fantasmic! show every night? Disneyland's Fantasmic! typically runs at least once per night on select nights of the week or twice on busier nights, with showtimes usually at 9 PM and 10:30 PM. Each show lasts 25 minutes.

Does Hollywood studios have a night show 2022? ›

- Returning 2022! Be there as the forces of good and evil battle it out in Mickey's dream during this extravagant open-air nighttime musical.


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