UPDATE November 4 - After over two years of waiting, Disney fans were finally able to experience Fantasmic! again in all its glory last night as it officially reopened at Disney's Hollywood Studios. As predicted there have been numerous videos posted online of the show and we are sharing one with you which shows the first performance on November 1.
For anyone who is lucky enough to be visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios in the near future to experience Fantasmic! then look away now but for those who would like to kick back, relax and see it from the comfort of your own home then click on the video below and enjoy. So far, Disney fans appear to be seriously impressed with the new show and sequence and are thrilled to finally have this iconic show return to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
November 3 - The day has finally dawned. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios officially reopens today with showtimes at 20:00 and 21:30. As predicted videos have already appeared online from the Media preview events and we are embedding one below which shows the highly anticipated new heroes scene.
From reading hundreds of comments online it certainly seems like this new scene is impressing Disney fans. Iconic characters are featured in this new addition to Fantasmic! including Pocahontas, Aladdin, Elsa singing "Show Yourself", Moana and Mulan. This has been confirmed as being 2 minutes longer than the Pocahontas scene it is replacing. If you are interested in taking a look then click on the video below. Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
November 2 - Disney has revealed a number of photos of the new scene which will debut tomorrow (November 3) when the long shuttered Fantasmic! finally returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios. These can be seen in this tweet by reporter, Scott Gustin.
Disney has shared a first look at the new scenes added to Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The show makes its official return on Nov. 3. pic.twitter.com/0aSRyskVag— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 1, 2022
There are also further promo images for Fantasmic! and a video for the new sequence which can be seen below. From reports online it appears that Disney has installed a new sound system which should be a huge improvement. There was a Cast Member preview last night and another Cast Member/ Media preview tonight so there is likely to be lots more videos posted online for eager Disney fans to feast their eyes on in the coming days.
Here are some other Fantasmic! promo images released by Disney earlier today: pic.twitter.com/QAyuOXXZAP— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 1, 2022
NEW: Here is promo video of the new Fantasmic! show sequence. pic.twitter.com/auo4enxj7z— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) November 1, 2022
October 28 - Showtimes have been updated for Fantasmic! when it returns to Disney's Hollywood Studios beginning November 3. Here are the current listed timings:
- Nov 3 - 7: 20:00 and 21:30
- Nov 8 - 13: 20:00
- Nov 14 - 16: 20:00
- Nov 17 - Dec 3: 21:00
- Dec 4 - 20:00
- Dec 5 - 25 21:00
- Dec 26 - Jan 6 20:00
As we know this schedule is open to being changed so it is always advisable to check the Walt Disney World calendar prior to your visit.
October 24 - We are all eagerly awaiting the return of the extremely popular Fantasmic! to Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 3. It has now been rumored online that guests staying in EPCOT area resorts at Walt Disney World which includes Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts, Disney’s BoardWalk Resort, the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resorts, and the Swan Reserve have been warned that there will be firework testing and rehearsals at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Wednesday October 27 and Thursday October 28 between 11:00-11:30PM.
Please note that this there has been nothing officially confirmed that this is testing for Fantasmic! but we are making a well-informed assumption that it is!
When Fantasmic! returns on November 3 it will have an all-new show sequence which has been promised to feature, "a high-energy Aladdin chase with stunts never seen on the “Fantasmic!” stage, a powerful scene with Elsa set to “Show Yourself” that is sure to thaw the most frozen of hearts, and stirring moments with Pocahontas, Moana and Mulan."
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October 19 - Disney has now confirmed the return date for Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. This popular long shuttered show will return on Thursday, November 3.
NEW: Fantasmic! returns to Walt Disney World on November 3. pic.twitter.com/6MSEe0Ll76— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) October 19, 2022
Scott Gustin has also confirmed that when Fantasmic! returns on November 3, it will include "a new heroes sequence features a "high-energy Aladdin chase with stunts never seen on the “Fantasmic!” stage, a powerful scene with Elsa set to “Show Yourself” that is sure to thaw the most frozen of hearts, and stirring moments with Pocahontas, Moana and Mulan."
We also know that the show will be 3 minutes longer than it was previously and is now listed as 29 minutes long. Cast members will be among the first to see the new show with special previews. Fantasmic! dining packages for select restaurants at Disney's Hollywood Studios will be available for performances beginning November 30 onwards.
Disney fans will certainly be excited for the return of this iconic show at Disney's Hollywood Studios and will be eager to see these new promised additions. Let us know your thoughts on the return of Fantasmic! by leaving us a comment below or on our Facebook page.
October 12 - Disney has just confirmed that Fantasmic! will return to Disney's Hollywood Studios in November. We heard in mid-September that rehearsals had begun and we have all been eagerly awaiting this confirmation.
This is certainly exciting news for Disney fans, the very long wait is nearly over. All we need to know now in the exact date in November that Fantasmic! is set to return which we will update you on as soon as it is announced.
💫 🐭 Cue the music because we’ve been waiting for this one. Fantasmic! returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon – November 2022! pic.twitter.com/txeAOGHSeo— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) October 12, 2022
September 13 - After Disney recently took to social media to confirm that Fantasmic rehearsals had finally begun, many parks fans were almost certain this weekend would bring confirmation of the show’s expected return date, but unfortunately, this wasn’t the case.
During the panel, a timeline was displayed that featured Fantasmic within the 2022 section, which wasn’t necessarily surprising given that it's currently in its rehearsal stages, however, no further date was confirmed so, for now, Fantasmic’s reopening will remain a mystery until we receive further news. With cast rehearsals in full swing, we are confident that fans won't have to wait much longer until they can finally enjoy Fantasmic! once again at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
August 31 - We now have news that cast rehearsals have finally begun for the highly anticipated Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios meaning there should be a reopening date announced very soon. Some fans are speculating this date could be released during the upcoming D23 event which is taking place in Anaheim, September 9-11, 2022. We will keep you posted on all further updates on our news and Facebook page.
@disneyparks We’ve been waiting for this one…Cast rehearsals have begun 👀 #Disney #DisneyParks #DisneyWorld #HollywoodStudios #DisneyCastLife #Fantasmic ♬ original sound - Disney Parks
June 13 - Although we still don't have a confirmed reopening date for Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios, a recent aerial photo has been posted by Bioreconstruct which shows the moat full again and trash cans in place at each section of seating as well as a Boom lift which has been installed.
This shows Disney is certainly making progress with the refurbishment of Fantasmic and gives us hope of some positive news regarding an opening date very soon. You can check out the aerial photo below.
Aerial look at the refurbishment of Fantasmic. Zoom in and there's trash cans staged at each seating section. Boom lift at left side of the seating is likely for servicing the show lighting. pic.twitter.com/VTj8qUfwEp— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) June 11, 2022
April 5 - We reported back at the end of February that Disney had announced that Fantasmic! would return to Disneyland on May 28. This gave Walt Disney World fans hope that an opening date for Fantasmic! to return to Disney's Hollywood Studios may be imminent.
We had seen positive photos online at the start of March of the moat having been filled meaning testing could progress.
However, a tweet posted by Bioreconstruct yesterday shows the moat drained with only some collected rain water at the bottom of it. It also shows you the original tweet from March 2 when we assumed the refurbishment was almost complete. You can see the tweet embedded below.
Aerial look at Fantasmic. Drained, except for rain accumulated yesterday.— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) April 4, 2022
Arrow at a collection of recently staged trash cans. pic.twitter.com/d1WXcdMP5x
This certainly doesn't seem to be good news for fans of Walt Disney World. There does, however, appear to be some trash cans lined up, could this mean that they are going to be distributed around the area in preparation for an opening or could it mean that they are using the area to store trash cans? We certainly hope it is the former!
We haven't had confirmation as to why the moat which had previously been filled has now been drained again but we will keep you up to date with any further details as soon as we get them on our news and Facebook page.
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