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    Has anyone seen Fantasmic at both DL and WDW?

    I enjoy Fantasmic but it's not a "must-see" favorite. We are WDW passholders headed to DLR -- is Fantasmic any different there? Should we make a point to see it, or not spend the time? My least favorite thing about it is the stupid amount of time you end up spending sitting around the stadium after you get there early enough to get a seat within two zip codes of the stage....

    If we do go, any idea what we can get away with in terms of arriving early? Do we have to go an hour ahead or more to get a seat?

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    I seen the show at both WDW and Disneyland many times. If you've only seen it at WDW then seeing it at Disneyland is a MUST! You will not be disappointed.

    The best place to see it, without paying extra for a dessert seat is to get there early enough to sit in the center seating area. There are no bleachers at Disneyland, so you will be sitting on the ground.

    People tend to get there early, but you could probably arrive an hour to 90 min before and find a place to sit in the seated area. You will be very close.

    If there are two shows, see the second show, much less crowded, and easier to get a seat in the center area without having to wait so long.

    On several occasions I've watched the fireworks from the hub near the castle (left side near Frontierland) then worked my way through the crowd to get a very nice sitting area for the 2nd showing of Fantasmic.

    If you choose that option, don't be afraid you won't get a seat. There is no need to stop and find a place to the right of the stage. There will be areas to sit, dead center for that 2nd show. It just make take a little while to work through the crowds ... and you won't be two zip codes away.

    The key is to be near the castle to the left, so you can easily leave the fireworks and go straight through Frontierland to the Rivers of America to view Fantasmic.
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    I agree that you should shoot for the second show if they have one. The last time I saw it I was just coming out of Pirates when the first show finished. As people left I was able to walk up to within two rows of the front and sit down. I don't remember how long I needed to wait before the show started, but it wasn't that long. A word of warning, Disney crews won't really have time to clean up the messes people leave behind. I almost stepped in a puddle of melted ice cream, and about ten feet away someone had left a dirty diaper on the ground. Who does that?!?!?

    I have honestly seen people spreading out blankets at 4:00 in the afternoon to get a good spot for the 9:30 show. That's just crazy and a waste of good park time. Avoid the first show if you can.
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    Disneyland's Fantasmic is AMAZING. It's so much better than WDW's version that I don't even understand how they can CALL the WDW version the same name. It's an insult.

    Definitely a "must do" at DLR. Don't worry too much about getting there super early. Try for the second showing, if there will be one, and go get your spot while everyone else is on Main Street watching the fireworks (try to see the fireworks on a different day).
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    Thanks for the info, even though I didn't ask the question, I will be there in 20 days so it was very helpful, I have seen WDW Fantasmic several times, this will be 1st time at Disneyland.

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    I have been holding this in since my trip to WDW in December. Fantasmic was a huge disappointment there. Didn't want to offend anyone. Fantasmic at WDW was in the too hard to do column! Packed in like sardines, CM's yelling at you like your cattle, and everyone gets up to leave before the end so you can't see! Not to mention not seeing the Mark Twain coming around the bend. DL-goosebump city. WDW-a lot of work and no goosebumps!

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    Been to both DL 3/09 last & WDW 6/11 My vote is WDW or has DL changed/referb Fantasmic in the past 3yrs ?

    Heading back to DL this sept.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Surfer View Post
    Been to both DL 3/09 last & WDW 6/11 My vote is WDW or has DL changed/referb Fantasmic in the past 3yrs ?

    Heading back to DL this sept.
    Yes! They HAVE changed Fantsamic in the past 3 years. There's a new animatronic firebreathing dragon. A cool one, not a puppet looking thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Surfer View Post
    Been to both DL 3/09 last & WDW 6/11 My vote is WDW or has DL changed/referb Fantasmic in the past 3yrs ?

    Heading back to DL this sept.
    Quote Originally Posted by BrerGnat View Post
    Yes! They HAVE changed Fantsamic in the past 3 years. There's a new animatronic firebreathing dragon. A cool one, not a puppet looking thing.
    Plus you can't beat the two ships used at Disneyland. Hard not to laugh when you see what the characters ride out on at WDW.
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    Wow, you guys make it sound GREAT! Cant wait, Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Epcot View Post
    Plus you can't beat the two ships used at Disneyland. Hard not to laugh when you see what the characters ride out on at WDW.
    Ha ha...the word "LAME" always pops into my head...
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    Another vote for Disneyland's version!
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    Yet another vote for the Disneyland version. They really are two different types of shows. One has an area designed specifically for it and with all of that possibility it just misses the mark (IMHO). The other is the original. Sure it can be a challenge to get a good spot depending on the time of year. It is well worth either springing for the desert viewing area or taking the time out of your trip to ensure good seats for it.

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    I haven't seen the WDW (thanks for the tip...I won't waste my time).

    But I do LOVE the DL one. Definitely the 2nd show is less crowded and you can get a great seat once the 1st one ends so that you don't have to sit and wait too long.
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    First of all, I apologize if I have posted in the wrong area. It has been a few years since I've been here so I won't be offended if this gets "bumped" to the proper forum

    I'm returning to Disneyland after a 4+ year absence. I'm taking my daughter and my girlfriend so I wanted to make it special..so I reserved Premium Viewing seats for Fantasmic.

    After doing so, I've read mixed reviews. I'm not really concerned about getting my money's worth; I'm more concerned about the quality of the viewing.

    Can you regular's give me your opinion and any tips a rusty DL visitor might need for August?

    Thanks to All!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Epcot View Post
    Plus you can't beat the two ships used at Disneyland. Hard not to laugh when you see what the characters ride out on at WDW.
    I laughed at Mickey in a "Golf Cart" boat at the end of the WDW version. So much better at Disneyland!

    Quote Originally Posted by CogsworthWest View Post
    I'm returning to Disneyland after a 4+ year absence. I'm taking my daughter and my girlfriend so I wanted to make it special..so I reserved Premium Viewing seats for Fantasmic.

    After doing so, I've read mixed reviews. I'm not really concerned about getting my money's worth; I'm more concerned about the quality of the viewing.

    Can you regular's give me your opinion and any tips a rusty DL visitor might need for August?

    Thanks to All!!
    We are also considering the Premium seating.

    I have only seen the show from the Gallery Balcony, back when that used to be the premium seating.

    I have heard that the new area is not as good, so any feedback from someone with first hand experience would be appreciated.

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    I have done the new premium seating -- and the old. I don't think it's the best place to see the show -- and it's really expensive now! The dessert box is yummy, free drinks and you don't have to wait with the crowd to see the show -- kind of worth it but honestly I am not sure I would spring for the premium again -- for $70 I would rather eat at Steakhouse 55.
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    Oh, my - Fantasmic! is INCREDIBLE at DL. The scene with the fighting on the ship... just... wow. Go.
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    Still debating sitting and waiting, or the premium seating. We will see the show, just not sure about the details yet. I want to make sure Ryan (who is seeing it for the first time) has a good experience, and we only have three days at the Resort, so time is an issue.

    I have to wait till 30 days out to book, so I have a week to brew.

    They quoted me $60 when I called, which is still expensive.

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    Thanks for your input everyone. I agree that $60 per person is expensive. My rationale was that I didn't want to camp-out to reserve seats and "waste" time not experiencing the park. I know the later showing of Fantasmic is not as crowded, but I'll be struggling to stay awake at that time so the earlier show is my only option. So, by paying the money, I can enjoy the park for a couple of extra hours before I need to check-in and I'll be awake to enjoy the show!

    I will definitely report back and let you all know my thoughts!

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