Tuesday, October 18, 2011

100 Things to Do in Disney #41 ~ Fantasmic, where good always triumphs over evil

This photo has nothing to do with Fantasmic, but
it is from the 2010 trip and one of the few I have with
all of them in one shot!
Today in our countdown to Disney series, 100 Things to Do in Disney, I am sharing one of my favorite nighttime shows in Walt Disney World ~ Fantasmic! in Disney's Hollywood Studios.  This show is so unique that the first time I experienced it, I was just amazed beginning to end.

The premise of the show is that you are watching Mickey make his way through several dreams, which turn to nightmares. As always, good prevails over evil in this show that combines fireworks, lasers, water and, of course, music.  During our 2008 trip, we did not bring the children.  They were just 3, 2 and 10 months, and after a complete freak out by my son at Mickey's Philharmagic (who knew, right?) there was no way I was going to attempt Fantasmic!  He probably wouldn't have slept for a week after that.  But we did go in 2010 when they were 5, 3.5 and 2.  My parents had also never been to Fantasmic, so the 7 of us made our way to The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, which is located on Sunset Boulevard.

We only lined up about 30 minutes before the show and had great seats near the back.  We learned our lesson one cold, windy night on a previous trip before kids that sitting in the front is not necessarily an advantage.  With all the water we were sprayed with, we were soaked and freezing for the rest of the night.  Of course, if it isn't windy, you will not have an issue with this.  Besides, sitting near the back gives you an advantage to getting out of the theater. Normally, I would not plan where to sit based on our exit, but in this case, I find this particular theater to be the worst to get out of in all of Walt Disney World.  We actually sit for a bit after the show ends to let the crowd disperse a little bit.

In the end my children loved this show, and so did my parents.  I was shocked that not one of the kids wanted to leave, but I believe that may be because they knew every single villain that appeared in the show.  Plus, I was prepared.  I had brought along glow sticks just in case anyone started to get nervous.  These were perfect.  They gave enough light to make them comfortable, but not so much that it disturbed the other guests sitting near us.

I have already stocked up on glow sticks for our next trip.  Our Dollar Store carries all different sizes and shapes from bracelets, necklaces, fairy wands, tridents, masks and more.  Just remember that these have liquid in them, so make sure you pack them in luggage that you will check, not your carry on.

Just a note: Joey just looked over my shoulder and asked why I had his name typed in here.  I read him the article, and he has says to me, "Don't forget there were ax glow sticks too but you wouldn't let me get those because they are not appropriate for Disney."  For the record, he and I had that conversation about 2 months ago.  I can't believe he still remembers it!


Beth Green said...

too funny! I love what kids remember!! :)

Beth D. said...

They like to keep us on our toes! :-)