Maintenance at Rivers of America Gives Hope For Fantasmic! Returning

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Since Disneyland and Disney California Adventure reopened on April 30, nighttime entertainment has been scarce. Disneyland Resort brought back firework shows to Disneyland Park on July 4, but nighttime spectaculars like World of Color at Disney California Adventure and Fantasmic! have not been running. However, a new development along the Rivers of America has us thinking that could change soon!

Note that Fantasmic! is a beloved nighttime show at both Disneyland Park at Disneyland Resort in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Just as Fantasmic! has not been running at Disneyland, so too has it been temporarily unavailable at Disney World. We’re continuing to update Inside the Magic as more information regarding the return of Fantamic! is released.

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Maintenance on Fantasmic! Fountains at Disneyland

When visiting Disneyland this week, we noticed that some work is being done at the Rivers of America, the stunning waterway that runs throughout the theme park from Frontierland to Critter Country and back again. At this time, the Mark Twain Riverboat is down for a scheduled refurbishment, though the Sailing Ship Columbia is available for Guests to enjoy, and Tom Sawyer Island is open, as well. So, the refurbishment work within the river is not impacting the operations of the Columbia or the island.

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We did notice, though, that there is, indeed, work being done within the river! In particular, Disney looks to be performing maintenance on the Fantasmic! fountains. Take a look at the most recent photos below:

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If you are familiar with the Disneyland nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!, it it takes place on the Rivers of America. The show features water effects, and since it has been quite some time since Fantasmic! was on display at Disneyland, it makes sense for Disney to need to perform some maintenance on the fountains used for the Fantasmic! show. Hopefully, this is a good sign that Disney plans to bring back Fantasmic! sooner rather than later, though at this point, only time will tell.

At the time of this article’s publication, Disney has not yet announced when Fantasmic! will return to Disneyland Resort in California, nor has the Park shared details of this apparent refurbishment/maintenance work. The show is also not running at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida — read more here.

For more information on Fantasmic!, read the official description of this Disneyland show below:

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When Dreams Come to Life

As darkness falls, dazzling special effects transform the Rivers of America into an epic canvas for this extravagant live show.

Fast asleep, Mickey dreams he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice. With a wave of his hands, he conducts scenes from Fantasia across enormous screens of water while brilliant sparks burst overhead. Pink elephants, swashbuckling pirates, princesses and more appear on and around the Rivers of America.

When Mickey is suddenly pulled into the Magic Mirror, his dream takes a dark turn. The Evil Queen from Snow White conjures up some of Disney’s most dastardly villains—including Maleficent as a 45-foot, fire-breathing dragon! Mickey must use the power of his imagination to vanquish his foes—and save the day.

Featuring a fantastical array of live performers, beloved Disney characters, enhanced special effects and spectacular pyrotechnics, this show will wow the entire family.

Discover the Thrill All Over Again

Think you’ve seen Fantasmic! already? Think again! Recently added sequences include memorable scenes from Disney classics such as Aladdin, The Lion King, Tangled and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Enhanced state-of-the-art special effects and projections provide thrilling updated visuals.

Do you hope Fantasmic! returns soon? Let us know in the comments! 

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