When Will Fantasmic! Reopen? A Look at the Amphitheater’s Progress

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With the pandemic hit, so did many changes for the theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort, including the loss of entertainment and nighttime spectaculars.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for example, had to put many of their shows on pause due to the safety concerns that come with creating a spectacle, with one of those shows being Fantasmic!.

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After Walt Disney World reopened in July, Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed the Fantasmic! gates of the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater in order to stay in line with CDC guidelines, keeping the safety of Guests and Cast Members as number one priority. Since then, we have seen that the surrounding lagoon of the show has been fully drained, leaving Mickey’s dreams a thing of the past.

Now, it seems after being shut down for almost 11 months, Fantasmic! continues to remain drained. Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) took to Twitter to post an updated view of the Fantasmic! the stadium, and it still looks bone dry.

Aerial view of Fantasmic stadium in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Considering the lagoon has yet to change for months, and Mickey’s Steamboat has been unmoved, it seems that Disney is not in a particular rush to bring back Fantasmic! in the recent future. Shows such as Fantasmic! or Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom are large crowd gathering areas, which would possibly eliminate the ability to social distance. Therefore, although some things have begun to return to normal at the Walt Disney World Resort such as Park Hopping, there are still many offerings that are not ready to return.

Mickey Mouse
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That being said, there are few reasons why Guests can continue to stay optimistic about Fantasmic!’s return. The Fantasmic! pre-show music continues to blast from the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, which is a constant reminder that the show exists.

Additionally, the My Disney Experience app updated the Sorcerer Mickey on the Fantasmic! stage. If Disney were planning to not bring back the show, they likely would not be updating its image on the MDE app, therefore, we can continue to patiently wait and hope for the nighttime spectacular to return.

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The Disney World website describes the show as:

A Legendary Tale

Featuring more than 50 live performers, massive sets, stunning effects, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light like nothing you’ve ever seen. Overflowing with silly and suspenseful surprises, it will leave your entire family smiling from ear-to-ear.

A Night When Dreams Come True

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—including Maleficent in the form of a towering, 40-foot-tall dragon—turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, but don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination!
The fantastic fantasy includes Disney Characters from some of your favorite animated classics:

Beauty and the Beast
Sleeping Beauty
The Little Mermaid
The Lion King
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

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Know Before You Go

Fantasmic! is performed on select nights only. Be sure to check our Entertainment Schedule, the My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for showtimes.

The amphitheater curves around the lagoon, so wherever you’re seated, you’re perfectly situated to experience the action. Guests sitting in the first couple of rows may get wet during the performance.

Please have your entire party together before entering the amphitheater. You may arrive as early as 90 minutes prior to each show. Be sure to arrive early to get a seat!

Since this is an outdoor show, it is also subject to cancellation due to inclement weather. Showtimes are subject to change.

And in the meantime, you can watch a short video of Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World here:

Stay tuned to Inside the Magic as we continue to update you all returning offerings at Walt Disney World!

Do you miss Fantasmic!? If there is one show you could bring back at Disney, what would it be? 

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