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Video: Fantasmic makes debut as Tokyo DisneySea reopens following earthquake

Tokyo DisneySea Fantasmic concept art

Tokyo DisneySea has resumed operations following the devastating earthquake that hit Japan in March, with the new Fantasmic show making its debut at the park.

The park reopened to the public on Thursday, April 28, with the first Fantasmic performance taking place on the same day. Tokyo DisneySea is operating its regular opening hours of 9-10pm, while neighboring Tokyo Disneyland has also resumed evening operations. The Tokyo DisneySea Hotel Miracosta has reopened alongside the theme park.

The Tokyo Disney Resort's operators, the Oriental Land Company, have opted to delay Tokyo DisneySea's 10th anniverary celebrations. However, the park pushed ahead with plans to open Fantasmic, its version of the laser and pyrotechnic show that has proven a smash hit at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios. YouTube user TDRFantasmiclove caught the first performance of the show on camera, with the resulting videos embedded below:

Fantasmic has replaced the BraviSEAmo show, which closed on November 13, 2010, and cost around $33 million to develop. Like the shows in California and Florida (which have been running since 1992 and 1996 respectively), Japan's version of Fantasmic features fireworks, water effects and projections of famous Disney animations, with Mickey Mouse acting as conductor. Unlike the US versions, it does not employ giant water screens, but instead uses inflatable globes to display the projections.

The Tokyo Disney Resort is currently trying to conserve energy by reducing lighting in both indoor and outdoor areas, while air conditioning, escalators and water fountains are also being used in a restricted way. Some electrical equipment, such as hand dryer units, are switched off altogether due to the impact of power shortages in the surrounding Urayasu City area.

Around 20,000 guests spent the night at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea on March 11 after the earthquake caused massive disruption to public transport systems. No injuries were reported, with staff providing supplies for those who needed to stay overnight. This included food, water, blankets, heaters and even free merchandise to help entertain and calm frightened children.


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