The 25-minute spectacular "Fantasmic!" features 50 performers and combines
dazzling special effects, colorful pyrotechnic explosions, beloved Disney
characters, animation and dancing waters synchronized to the melodies of
timeless Disney classics. The presentation lights up the sky nightly above
the 6,900-seat amphitheater behind The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror off
Sunset Boulevard. The specially designed amphitheater also can accommodate
3,000 standing guests.
The show takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse -- where his magic
creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling stars,
balls of fire and other amazing wonders. When Disney villains intrude on
Mickey's fantasy and turn his dreams into nightmares, he uses the powers of
good to triumph over evil.
The opening scene takes place on a darkened island surrounded by a
1.9-million-gallon moat. A faint musical note pierces the air as a brilliant
cone of light reveals the star of the show, Mickey Mouse. Mickey's
imagination brings the waters surrounding the island to life as he conducts
the "Fantasmic!" musical score.
The music builds as animated comets soar across three giant water screens,
sprinkling the night with twinkling stars. At the direction of Sorcerer
Mickey, the stars dance in unison to the melody of "Sorcerer's Apprentice"
while pyrotechnic comets soar across the water.
To the sounds of African drums and the chatter of wild animals, vividly
costumed animal characters emerge from behind the water screens. They
perform a wild, upbeat version of "I Just Can't Wait to be King" from "The
Lion King" while animated characters Simba and Nala splash playfully in the
A cascade of bubbles fills the water screens as Disney characters dance to a
medley of Disney favorites including "Under the Sea" and "Be Our Guest."
More bubbles rise and guests discover Jiminy Cricket trapped inside a large
rising bubble. Jiminy escapes the bubble only to find Monstro the whale in
pursuit. Monstro's tremendous body sends waves crashing against the rocks
and water onto guests seated in the front rows.
With the waters again calm, the silence is broken by the thunder of a
cannon. The island transforms into the "New World" as scenes and music from
Disney's "Pocahontas" fill the island. The action reaches a climax when
Pocahontas abruptly stops a battle and appears face-to-face with John Smith
as colored leaves whirl across water screens to the tune of "Colors of the
The leaves transform into puffy white clouds as the mood turns to love and
romance. Disney character-couples Cinderella and Prince Charming, Belle and
Beast, Aladdin and Jasmine, Ariel and Eric, and Snow White and her Prince
float above the water in a magical dream-like setting filled with twinkling
lights and Disney love songs.
The merriment fades and the music becomes haunting as the Evil Queen from
"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" brews a magical spell to defeat Mickey
Mouse amidst lightning, flares and smoke effects. She calls on villains
including Ursula, Cruella, Scar, Frollo, Jafar, Maleficent and Hades to
harness the positive energy Mickey possesses and make it evil. Mickey is
terrified when Maleficent unexpectedly transforms into a ferocious
40-foot-tall dragon whose breath ignites the waterway with a sea of flames
that overtakes the island.
Mickey pulls a magical sword out of the mountain and summons the waters,
creating a giant curtain which surrounds the island. The fountains begin to
dance again, smothering the fierce flames while Mickey defeats the dragon.
The mood brightens in the festive finale of fireworks, sparkling effects and
a full orchestral score as favorite Disney characters sail past the audience
aboard the Steamboat Willie River Boat in a celebration of Mickey's triumph
"Fantasmic!" premiered at Disneyland in California in 1992. The Disney-MGM
Studios production features many new show elements and incorporates scenes
from animated releases such as "The Lion King," "Pocahontas," "Hercules" and
Because of the nature of this performance, some portions may be too intense
or loud for small children.
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