How to view Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios in Disney World including the Fantasmic Dinner Package

How to view Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

How to view Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World

Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios is a wonderful way to end your night.  It presents Disney live action characters, giant water screen projections and low level fireworks to create a unique Disney World experience.  The show tells the story of good vs evil with Mickey being the good guy and the Disney villains taking the opposite role.

The gates open 90 minutes before showtime for the first show and 45 minutes before showtime for the second or third shows.  Guests ARE allowed to bring in or purchase food and beverages.  The theater currently seats about 11,000 guests per show.

NOTE:  Fantasmic! may be scary for some younger children.

Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World August 2014 (16)

What Characters appear during Fantasmic?

As of August 2014 here are some of the characters you might see nightly at Fantasmic!

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Maleficent & her in dragon form
  • Snow Queen & Old Hag
  • Kaa
  • Pocahontas, John Smith & Meeko
  • Gov Ratcliffe
  • Ariel & Eric
  • Belle & Beast
  • Tiana
  • Snow White and her Prince
  • Baloo
  • Brer Bear
  • Dopey & other dwafs
  • Pinocchio & Gepetto
  • Rafiki
  • Chip n Dale
  • Goofy
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Donald Duck
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • Aladdin and  Jasmine
  • Genie
  • Mulan
  • Pluto
  • Lilo & Stitch
  • Max
  • Tigger

Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World August 2014 (11)

What are my options for seating at Fantasmic?

1.  Fantasmic! Dining Package

A few months ago Disney World finally made the Fantasmic Dining Experience a very positive one by moving the reserved section to the center “Mickey” section of the theater.  For several years guests paying extra for the dining experience were forced to sit far to the right.  But Disney has corrected this issue and now those booking this dining experience now get the primo seats for Fantasmic!

If there are multiple shows on a given night, the Fantasmic! Dining Package and VIP seating  is only available for the FIRST show.  Plan to arrive 20 to 30 minutes early for your choice of seats in the VIP area.

Select Your Restaurant and Meal

The Fantasmic! Dining Package is available for lunch and dinner meals at Mama Melrose, The Hollywood Brown Derby and DINNER ONLY at Hollywood and Vine.

Adult Child Choices Dining Plan Credits
Mama Melrose 37.99 12.99 Entree, Dessert & Non-alcoholic beverage 1 Table Service
Hollywood Brown Derby 56.99 16.99 Entree, Dessert & Non-alcoholic beverage 2 Table Service
Hollywood and Vine 35.99 19.99 Buffet & Non-alcoholic beverage 1 Table Service

Advance reservations for the Fantasmic! Dining Package are highly recommended and can be made up to 180 days prior to your visit.  The reservation MUST be guaranteed with a valid credit or debit card and a fee of $10 per person will be charged, if you fail to cancel within 48 hours of your date.

NOTE:  I would recommend this dining package for guests who wish to view the first show and guests who are attending the park when Fantasmic! is only offered once on their date of choice.

When and where do I enter?

You enter the Fantasmic! Dining Experience line beside the entrance to Beauty and the Beast on Sunset Boulevard.  It is clearly marked and Cast Members are on hand to assist you.  I recommend entering 30 minutes early for your choice of seats in the VIP center section.

2.  Use Fastpass+ to reserve a seat.

If you plan to use Fastpass+, only do so as a 4th or subsequent Fastpass option.  This post will help you understand your Fastpass+ priorities.  Fastpass+ doesn’t guarantee you a specific seat or specific seating section.  It only guarantees that you’ll be allowed to enter the theater area.  Arrive 30 minutes early for the better seats, but they won’t be center section for the first show!

NOTE:  If Disney only offers ONE showing and you don’t wish to use the dining package, you should use a FP+ to assure a seat and arrive 45 minutes early.

3.  Wait in the Stand By line.

Some guests wait in line up to 2 hours early, but it’s really not necessary to do this.  Only during the busiest holiday periods will the first show fill to capacity within 30 minutes of showtime.  Plus they usually offer multiple shows per day when the park is busy and the second or third shows are easier to find seating with less wait.

NOTE:  If you wish to sit in the center section for the best view, either book the Fantasmic! Dining Package for the first show or arrive 30 minutes early for the second or third show!

How can I know when Fantasmic! is presented during my vacation?

I try to make that really easy.  Just use my Crowd Calendars which contain full park hours, extra magic hours, evening spectaculars dining booking dates and Fastpass booking dates.  They are updated regularly.

August 2014 Disney World Crowd Calendar Park Hours KennythePirate

Fantasmic! photo gallery

 

22 thoughts on “How to view Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World”

  1. Hi Kenny! I have been trying to secure Fantasmic Dining Package reservations at Mama Melrose the week of November 18, 2019 since my 180 day mark to no avail. Do you know of anything going on to explain this? Reservations are available at the other two restaurants. Thank you for your help.

  2. I made a reservation for “Hollywood & Vine Lunch Fantasmic 1st Show” at 1:50. You say H&V is dinner only; will I still get a pass for Fantasmic? I booked through the Disney World Fantasmic Dinner Package page. Thanks in advance!

    1. That is unknown. They are usually released with park hours. It could come later or it could be closed for a refurbishment. Maybe we’ll know next month.

      1. hi kenny- i am planning to attend the 8pm fantasmic on thursday night 10/6 (only one show that night). i currently have a 5pm hollywood and vine dinner package reservation but am thinking of instead booking 6pm dinner at sci fi and then using a fast pass+ for the show. (we don’t arrive to disney until that afternoon anyway). would you recommend one way or the other? i don’t really want to eat at 5 (latest rez for the package) but we will do it if you think it wise to stick with the package as there is only one show that night. thanks!

  3. Hello! Excitedly planning our trip for 12/18-12/22. Can you tell me if we watch The 1st Fantasmic show, will we have time to walk over to the Osborn lights? Thanks!!

  4. There’s a Fantasmic Lunch option at Hollywood & Vine now too. It’s a character meal at lunch and still only 1 dining credit, so a great value in my opinion! I have one booked for September.

  5. I just booked a reservation for 8/16/15 to see Fantasmic! and have dinner at Mama Melrose’s. It says that I have the first show but there is only one show listed… is that standard for the fact that the first show is only eligible for the VIP seating regardless of how many shows are scheduled? Thanks!

  6. I have a question about the Dining Package and Dining Plan. Does it cost Extra on top of the Dining Credit? Is that the cost you listed there or that just the average of a meal there. I have dinner reservations at Mama Melrose at the end of January would it be “worth it” to change to a Dining Package?

      1. I just switched around my meals so I could do this! :) I hope Disney doesn’t change things again before January. It seem all of WDW is in flux these days.

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