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‘Fantasmic!’ at Disneyland celebrates its 30th anniversary today

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Today “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland marks its 30th anniversary, and if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, Disney’s longest-running nighttime spectacular is returning to the Rivers of America on May 28, 2022.

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Images courtesy of Disneyland Resort

The return of “Fantasmic!” completes the lineup of fan-favorite nighttime spectaculars that have been so missed at the resort, along with “World of Color” at California Adventure and the “Main Street Electrical Parade” and “Disneyland Forever” fireworks at Disneyland.

Fun Fact: Since its debut on May 13, 1992, “Fantasmic!” has performed nearly 11,000 shows.

Fantasmic at Disneyland - Sorcerer Mickey

“’Fantasmic!’ is an emotional extravaganza of colorful Disney-animated story scenes, choreographed to an exciting musical score,” wrote Disneyland Public Relations Director Kelsey Lynch in the Disney Parks Blog. “The waters of the Rivers of America come alive as Mickey Mouse dreams he is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and faces dastardly villains, using the power of his imagination to save the day. Along the way, fantastic events and images as seen in stories like ‘Fantasia,’ ‘The Jungle Book,’ and more come to life with live performers, character appearances, enhanced special effects, and pyrotechnics.”

Fantasmic at Disneyland - Dragon

Over the years, “Fantasmic!” has undergone a few updates, including an enhanced version featuring digital projections – not to mention the spectacular 45-foot-tall fire-breathing Maleficent dragon – that premiered in 2009, and new scenes (plus featured songs from “Aladdin”) that were added in 2017.

“Fantasmic!” will also return to Walt Disney World in 2022 with an all-new sequence featuring live performers, stunts, special effects, and more. No opening date has been announced.

“Fantasmic!” Dining Packages:

The best way to be sure to have prime viewing for “Fantasmic!” at Disneyland is to reserve a lunch or dinner dining package at River Belle Terrace (Blue Bayou dining packages will be available at a later date).

Fantasmic at Disneyland - Steamboat Willie
  • River Belle Terrace Premium Package (7:15 p.m. dining reservation) – Enjoy dinner and the evening’s first performance of “Fantasmic!” right from your table on the outdoor patio (regular menu and special “Fantasmic!” dining package items are available). The price is $75 per adult; $45 per child (ages three to nine). Tax and gratuity are not included. Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made up to 60 days before your visit.
  • River Belle Terrace Standard Package – Enjoy lunch (starting at 11:00 a.m.) or dinner (starting at 4:00 p.m.) and receive a voucher admitting you to a separate reserved viewing location for one of the two “Fantasmic!” performances on the same day as the dining experience (regular menu and special “Fantasmic!” dining package items are available). Availability is limited, and the Standard Package cannot be reserved in advance. The price for lunch or dinner is $50 per adult; $30 per child (ages three to nine). Tax and gratuity are not included.

Same-day reservations for the River Belle Terrace Premium Package and Standard Package can be made on a limited basis and are subject to availability. Even if the show is canceled, no refunds or exchanges will be issued for either the Standard or Premium Package.

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