Fantasmic!

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Fantasmic!
Disneyland
AreaRivers of America (Disney)
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 13, 1992
Disney's Hollywood Studios
AreaSunset Boulevard
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 15, 1998
Tokyo DisneySea
AreaMediterranean Harbor
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 28, 2011[1]
ReplacedBraviSEAmo!
General statistics
Attraction typeLive show
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
MusicBruce Healey
Duration22-27 minutes
Audio-animatronics1
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available
 
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Fantasmic!
Disneyland
AreaRivers of America (Disney)
StatusOperating
Opening dateMay 13, 1992
Disney's Hollywood Studios
AreaSunset Boulevard
StatusOperating
Opening dateOctober 15, 1998
Tokyo DisneySea
AreaMediterranean Harbor
StatusOperating
Opening dateApril 28, 2011[1]
ReplacedBraviSEAmo!
General statistics
Attraction typeLive show
DesignerWalt Disney Creative Entertainment
MusicBruce Healey
Duration22-27 minutes
Audio-animatronics1
Handicapped/disabled access Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening icon.svg Assistive listening available

Fantasmic! is a nighttime show at Disneyland in the Disneyland Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Tokyo DisneySea in Tokyo Disney Resort. The show features fireworks, live actors, water effects, pyrotechnics, music, several boats, decorated rafts and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney animation. It originated at Disneyland in 1992 after Disneyland's entertainment department was asked to create a nighttime spectacular involving water and fireworks to invigorate the space in front of the Rivers of America. Disneyland Entertainment employed the resources of Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering. Much of the area around the Rivers of America needed to be reworked, including terracing the walkways to accommodate viewing and modifying part of Tom Sawyer Island so that it could act as a stage for much of the show's live action.

In 1996, Walt Disney Entertainment in Florida partnered with Imagineering and Feature Animation to bring a new version of the show to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios), featuring new scenes. The Rivers of America at Magic Kingdom was not conducive to a replication of the layout at Disneyland, so a new purpose-built 6,900 seat amphitheater was built at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Intended to boost low attendance numbers at that park, the new Fantasmic! show was also seen as a needed replacement for Sorcery in the Sky, an aging nighttime fireworks show.

A third version of the show began playing on April 28, 2011 in Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor, replacing BraviSEAmo!.[2]

Disneyland version[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The show is located on the waters of the Rivers of America at Disneyland and on a stage across the waterway. A tavern and tall trees act as a set. As the lights fade, a female voice gives a brief welcome.

"Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination. For, in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy. Or, an exciting adventure! But beware -- nothing is more powerful than the imagination. For it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. Are the powers of Mickey's incredible imagination strong enough, and bright enough, to withstand the evil forces that invade Mickey's dreams? You are about to find out. For we now invite you to join Mickey, and experience Fantasmic -- a journey beyond your wildest imagination..."

A very faint musical note is heard, swelling into a chord as the chorus sings in darkness. Once the chord strikes, two tall columns rise on stage left and right, with spotlights, until Mickey appears in formal attire. He dances and conducts various water fountain effects as "Conductor Mickey" to the show's theme, until bringing up the giant water-mist screens, which, in conjunction with a few flares, fade into the famous Sorcerer's Apprentice scene from Fantasia.

From there, the falling stars of the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene morph into flowers, and a female voice sings the imagination theme. A giant, white flower appears on stage as animated blooming flowers appear on the projection screens. After, music of the jungle is played, the show transitions into a jungle scene.

The lighting and music change to a jungle beat, and a 100-foot-long (30 m) puppet of Kaa, the snake from The Jungle Book, makes its way across the island with beams of light firing from his eyes. Accompanying this scene are three floating barges carrying King Louie and black-lit monkeys across the river stage.

The music segues to a rendition of "Pink Elephants on Parade" from Dumbo, as animated pink elephants appear onscreen and in the form of performers on the island. The elephants then seem to be puppets dancing, which transitions into an onstage sequence based on Pinocchio. Three large puppets (Pinocchio and two female marionettes) are manipulated with fiber-optic "strings" stretching above the puppets.

Onscreen animation shows Jiminy Cricket underwater searching for Pinocchio. The fish from "The Nutcracker Suite" from "Fantasia" dances to "When you Wish Upon a Star". Jiminy Cricket appears in a bubble and pops it with his umbrella to get to his hat. An animated Monstro next appears onscreen, accompanied by a heavy musical score as he crashes through water. The sea morphs into the flood scene from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". As Mickey looks around in the dark, a ship caught in a storm appears. The screens disappear, and the lights darken.

Peter Pan and Captain Hook sword fighting aboard the Sailing Ship Columbia.

A cannon is fired from Sailing Ship Columbia, which portrays Captain Hook's pirate ship, the Jolly Roger. Hook, Smee, Peter Pan, Wendy, and pirates participate in a stunt sequence. They fight many times, each time Pan humiliating Hook. Following the ship is a crocodile barge, with the sound of a ticking clock emanating from its tail. The scene ends with Hook hanging from the end of the boat, being pursued by the crocodile.

Three small floats now arrive to a reprise of the theme, with Belle and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, and Snow White and her Prince each contained in their own float. As each float reaches the centre, the spotlight shines on it, with the accompanying signature melody from each movie — "Beauty and the Beast," "Part of Your World," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come", respectively.

The music takes on an ominous tone as Mickey's dream takes a turn for the worse. The Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on stage, calling for her magic mirror — which appears onscreen in animated form. The mirror says that the three princesses are fairer than she, and that "in Mickey's imagination, beauty and love will always survive." Angered by this, she runs to a cauldron, concocts a spell amidst pyrotechnics and other special effects, and turns herself into the hag to turn Mickey's dream into a "Nightmare Fantasmic". Upon being told by the Magic Mirror that she now has the power to control Mickey's mind, On the water screen, she invokes an excited Ursula, from The Little Mermaid who ecstatically joins the plot against Mickey and sings a reprise of "Poor Unfortunate Souls, as Flotsam and Jetsam glide across the river. Ursula calls upon Chernabog from Fantasia who summons spirits to his theme from "Fantasia".

He summons a blast of fire which appears on stage as Maleficent's classic entrance-by-fire. She prepares Mickey, now in his Brave Little Tailor outfit, to deal with the powers of HER imagination. She rises into the air and the water screens show her transforming into a dragon as the villains laugh maniacally at imagination. On stage, the 45-foot dragon sets the waters ablaze. Mickey, faces the dragon, claiming "You may thing you're so powerful... well, uh...This is my dream!" He shoots sparks at the dragon. As the dragon screams, the water screens show all of the villains screaming and dying. Maleficent also dies as the water splashes with a large firework bang.

Everything is silent, until Tinker Bell appears. Magical stars sparkle in the tavern as the Mark Twain Riverboat approaches. Then a spark of pyrotechnics ignite from The Mark Twain, revealing black and white Mickey in "Steamboat Willie" attire. . Then the tune up is heard, and Mickey comes back on stage to conduct the finale,with music and colors in the world around them. As it glides past the audience, various Disney heroes appear via riverboat. A celebratory atmosphere prevails amid a flurry of fireworks and the chorus singing.

With another flash, Mickey appears atop the highest point of the tavern as the Sorcerers Apprentice as fireworks, lasers, and water light up the stage. A series of pyrotechnics and lasers shoot off. Mickey disappears with another spark of pyrotechnics, there is a small explosion on the side of the stage and Mickey simultaneously reappears in his formal attire from the beginning of the show. Mickey says, "Some imagination, huh?" Pyrotechnics shoot out as he vanishes one last time to the final notes of the music while a cone of lights and searchlights bright up the stage for a few seconds. On the last note of the musical scores, bright low-level mines go off. The audience is stand back walk as a rendition of the theme plays as the exit music.

Attraction facts[edit]

Fantasmic! climax

Original Creative Team:

Backstage developments:

Show times:

Disneyland Cast Members (known as "Bumblebees" among alumni due to their yellow and black-striped shirts) quarantine New Orleans Square in preparation for Fantasmic about 60 minutes prior to the show. In order to sit in the designated viewing area, you will want to arrive at least 75 minutes before weekday shows, 90 minutes before weekend shows.[4]

2007–2014 refresh[edit]

The Disneyland Resort Fantasmic! went through a full technical refresh, aimed at reducing escalating maintenance costs and keeping it looking fresh.

A new sound system debuted in the summer of 2007, along with the new show barges featuring LED lighting arrays.

A complete overhaul of the lighting system debuted in the spring of 2008. The three mainland lighting towers, which rise hydraulically from pits in the ground prior to the show, were rebuilt with pull out slides for the new Clay Paky Alpha Spots and Washes and redesigned for the new Strong Gladiator IV followspots. The footlights, placed on the mainland side at water level were replaced with LED fixtures, as part of Disney's environmental initiative and improved flexibility.

Refurbished pyrotechnic barges were given new technologies derived from Disneyland's Air-Launch Firework (ALF) system.[5] Reworked pyrotechnics emit less smoke than the previous iteration, reducing pollution and improving visibility of the stage, most notable in the finale. This is possible due to there only being a burst charge, eliminating the lift charge.

For the holiday season 2008, the three original 70mm projectors were replaced with High Definition (HD) digital projectors. The animation also received a new digital transfer. New Syncrolite fixtures were added to the mainland and island towers and to the roof of the tavern for use during the finale.

Fantasmic! was to serve as the flagship entertainment offering during the summer 2009 promotion "Summer Nightastic!" Several show scenes were reworked with new characters. The Peter Pan sequence was given a new mechanical crocodile, which, though smaller, can now interact with the scene. The Ursula sequence now features Flotsam and Jetsam, in the form of jet-ski based floats which snake through the water. These replace the Ursula float. A new audio-animatronic dragon (code-named Snaps McGee and nicknamed Murphy by fans, after Murphy's law when the dragon went through multiple delays during 2009) was built to replace the previous dragon (codenamed "Dymo"; frequently misnamed "Bucky") which was a mechanical dragon's head on JLG cherry picker. The new dragon was designed to be a full-bodied replica of Maleficent's final form in Sleeping Beauty, standing at 45 feet tall. The dragon had initial problems before a scheduled debut date and was unable to operate on said date.[6] The new dragon was finally premiered on September 1, 2009, to thunderous applause.

The Mark Twain finale sequence featuring Disney characters doing a streamer dance was re-choreographed, and the timing of the fireworks in the finale was tweaked.

In early February 2010, the entire Rivers of America were drained. Both the Mark Twain and the sailing ship Columbia underwent refurbishment, and the track along which the ships travel was replaced. The show's underwater effects underwent maintenance as well, and the laser effects for the finale were upgraded. In early May, the refurbishment was completed, and the rivers were restored. Fantasmic! returned for the summer season on May 28, 2010.

On August 28, 2010 the 2nd generation dragon (Snaps McGee/Murphy) broke again. It partly collapsed during a performance.[7] It was restored to the show on November 12, 2010.

On January 7, 2014, the show was refurbished with new World of Color-esque fountains.

Disney's Hollywood Studios version[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The show is located at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. An enormous mountain with surrounding trees is the set for the show. As the lights fade, a female voice gives a brief welcome and mentions of the powers of imagination.

"Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination. For, in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy. Or, an exciting adventure! But beware -- nothing is more powerful than the imagination. For it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. Are the powers of Mickey's incredible imagination strong enough, and bright enough, to withstand the evil forces that invade Mickey's dreams? You are about to find out. For we now invite you to join Mickey, and experience Fantasmic -- a journey beyond your wildest imagination..."

A very faint musical note is heard, swelling and growing into a dramatic chord as the chorus sings the intro. in the complete darkness. Once the chord strikes, two tall columns rise on stage left and right, with roving spotlights, until finally Mickey appears centre stage in formal attire. He dances and conducts various water fountain effects as "Conductor Mickey" to the show's theme, until bringing up the giant water-mist screens, which, in conjunction with a few flares, fade into the famous Sorcerer's Apprentice scene from Fantasia.

From there, the falling stars of the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene morph into flowers, and a female voice sings the imagination theme. A giant, white flower appears on stage as animated blooming flowers appear on the projection screens. After, music of the jungle is played, the show transitions into a jungle scene. Elephants, giraffes, monkeys, birds, ostriches, rhinos, crocodiles, and cheetahs begin to herd in the mountain. These 2D black-light puppets make noise and dance around on the island while Rafiki and other black-light monkeys do a dance on floats traveling across the water. Simba and Nala from The Lion King run through the jungle in a short projection which transitions into a montage of clips of many classic Disney movies appearing in floating bubbles. Scenes from The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Hercules, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Mulan, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid pop and float across the screen.

Jiminy Cricket appears in a bubble and pops it with his umbrella to get to his hat in a separate bubble. An animated Monstro next appears onscreen, accompanied by a heavy musical score as he crashes through the waters. The chaotic sea morphs into the flood scene from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice". As Mickey looks around in the dark, a ship caught in a storm appears. The screens disappear, and the lights immediately darken.

A loud cannon blast erupts. Live characters re-enact battle scenes from the film, Pocahontas. Governor John Ratcliffe and his fellow Englishmen fight against the Native Americans, followed by John Smith. As John Smith climbs to the very top of the mountain, a Native American warrior moves to strike Smith when Pocahontas arrives; the water screens spring back up, and Grandmother Willow appears, with a quote from the movie; the lights dim on the battle, and the "Colors of the Wind" scene plays out on the screens. The show then moves into classic dancing scenes with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Princess Jasmine and Aladdin on the water screens to a reprise of the theme.

Three small floats now arrive, with Belle and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, and Snow White and her Prince each contained in their own float. As each float reaches the centre, the spotlight shines on it, with the accompanying signature melody from each movie — "Beauty and the Beast," "Part of Your World," and "Some Day My Prince Will Come", respectively.

The music takes on an ominous tone as Mickey's dream takes a turn for the worse. The Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on stage, calling for her magic mirror — which appears onscreen in animated form. The mirror informs the Queen that the three princesses are fairer than she, and that "in Mickey's imagination, beauty and love will always survive." Angered by this, she runs to a cauldron, concocts a spell amidst pyrotechnics and other special effects, and turns herself into the hag to turn Mickey's dream into a "Nightmare Fantasmic". Upon being told by the Magic Mirror that she now has the power to control Mickey's mind, On the water screen, she invokes some of the most infamous Disney villains:

Jafar uses his magic to send Mickey (in his classic attire) to the Cave of Wonders. After escaping a wave of lava, Mickey encounters Jafar, who transforms into a giant black cobra appearing on both the stage and the mist screens. Seeing a magic lamp, Mickey rubs it, assuming it will help him. Unfortunately, Jafar is transformed into a genie and calls upon Hades (Hercules) who mockingly summons Chernabog (Fantasia), summoning the spirits from the dead to his theme from "Fantasia".

Steamboat Willie riverboat at Disney's Hollywood Studios

He summons a blast of fire which appears on stage as Maleficent's classic entrance-by-fire. She prepares Mickey, now in his Brave Little Tailor outfit, to deal with the powers of HER imagination. She rises into the air and the water screens show her transforming into a dragon as all the villains laugh maniacally at the power of imagination. On stage, the 40-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon sets the waters ablaze. Guests as far as halfway back in the theater can feel the heat from the fire. Mickey, faces the dragon, claiming "You may thing you're so powerful... well, uh...This is my dream!" He uses the powers of his imagination to conduct the water as he did at the beginning of the show and create a wall of water around the island, smothering the flames. He pulls the sword from the stone which shoots sparks through the wall of water, defeating the dragon. As the dragon screams, The water screens show all of the villains screaming and dying. Maleficent also dies as the water splashes with a large firework bang.

All is quiet, until Tinker Bell appears and flies to restore the mountain. Magical stars sparkle in the mountain as the Steamboat Willie riverboat approaches with sparks falling from the side. Then a spark of pyrotechnics ignite from Steamboat Willie, revealing black and white Mickey in "Steamboat Willie" attire, controlling the boat.

As it glides past the audience, various Disney heroes appear aboard the riverboat, dancing with streamers. A celebratory atmosphere prevails amid a flurry of fireworks and the chorus singing. The sequence is accompanied by searchlights, fountains, fire, and pyrotechnic effects.

With another flash of pyrotechnics, Mickey appears atop the highest point of the mountain as the Sorcerers Apprentice as fireworks, fire, lasers, and water light up the stage. As the finale concludes, Mickey disappears from the top of the mountain with another spark of pyrotechnics, there is a small explosion in the main center stage and Mickey simultaneously reappears in his formal attire from the beginning of the show. Mickey says, "Some imagination, huh? Ha ha!" Pyrotechnics shoot out of the main stage and barges on the moat, as he vanishes one last time to the final notes of the music while a cone of lights and searchlights bright up the stage for a few seconds. On the last note of the musical score, bright low-level mines go off. The show is concluded. The audience is lit back up as a rendition of the theme plays as the exit music.

Hollywood Hills Amphitheater[edit]

Hollywood Hills Amphitheater stage for Fantasmic!
Hollywood Hills Amphitheater rear entrance

The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is the purpose-built riverside amphitheatre at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, that showcases the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! It is located off of Sunset Boulevard, between the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Beauty and the Beast stage show. The Fantasmic! stage in Florida is much larger than Disneyland's, featuring a man-made, 50-foot-tall (15 m) mountain on which Sorcerer Mickey stands and from which the dragon (code-named "Bucky") emerges. The amphitheater can seat slightly more than 8,200 guests.

Attraction facts[edit]

Original "Evil Destroyed" version[edit]

Florida's version of Mickey destroying the dragon was said[8] to have originally involved Mickey walking on the surface of the river and rising up in a column of water to slay the dragon. As it turned out, the lift simply could not be controlled in a safe enough manner to protect Mickey. A simpler ending of Mickey using the sword in the stone was used instead. However, the "Fantasmic! Good Clashes with Evil in a Nighttime Spectacular" soundtrack had already been produced with the last track called "Mickey Walks On Water/Evil Destroyed."

2009 show cuts[edit]

In January 2009 the Florida show's schedule was reduced from seven to two nights a week to selected nights each week.[9] These schedule cuts coincided with the opening of The American Idol Experience. It was announced in 2010 that during peak park attendance periods it would be performed three nights a week with two shows per night.

2008–2014 show enhancements[edit]

Unlike the California version of the show, the Florida production has not undergone a major refurbishment. However since 2008, the show has been upgrading and replacing some of the technology, without any changes to show elements.

2011[edit]

The Florida show's schedule briefly returned to seven days a week from July 3 to September 30, 2011.[10]

Alternative show[edit]

The Florida version has a four minute-long substitute show, colloquially named Taste of Fantasmic!, that plays when inclement weather prohibits the presentation of the regular show.[11] The alternative show does not showcase any of the performers, floats, puppets or the mechanical dragon, due to the dangerous conditions that are posed to the performers because of the possibility of rain accumulating on the stage. Instead the ancillary show is a brief summation of the conventional show; including a fountain display synchronized to "Little April Showers", a sequence integrating the "Night on Bald Mountain" music, and a finale orchestrated with all of the usual pyrotechnics and musical fanfare from the original show's conclusion.[12][13]

Tokyo DisneySea Version[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The show begins with the tune of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" as out of the stars, Sorcerer Mickey emerges on a tower of stars in a comet. The new theme song, "Imagination" plays as Mickey conducts the water fountains and images of different characters appear on the tower. The music shifts into the traditional Fantasmic! theme and weaves into "Sorcerer's Apprentice" as Mickey conducts the stars and sea and calls on the Magic Brooms. The waters rise and Ariel enters vocalizing "Part of Your World", as Crush and his seaturtle pack from Finding Nemo swim in the background. The dancing fish from Fantasia's "Nutcracker Suite" also appear as does Jiminy Cricket in his bubble, which pops and fills the scene with bubbles.

Mickey's eyes appear confused in the dark and the show enters as the show progresses into a jungle environment. While Tarzan and Jane Porter appear swinging on the projection tower, floats featuring giant inflatable versions of Baloo, King Louie, Pumbaa and a young Simba appear along with a floating Kaa. A medley of music from Tarzan, The Jungle Book, and The Lion King plays, eventually building up into the "Circle of Life" scene.

However, when Rafiki is about to hold up Simba, Stitch appears instead (similar to the "Inter-Stitch-als") and the music transitions into an electric guitar version of "Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride" with Stitch conducting the water while Angel pilots Stitch's red speeder shooting plasma blasts. Mickey appears again, accompanied by the show's theme song and "When You Wish Upon A Star" and sets the stage for an appearance by the Genie singing "Friend Like Me" as well as the scene of "A Whole New World". As Aladdin and Jasmine fly off, the music segues into Cinderella and a sequence based on the Disney Princesses.

After the Princess medley, Mickey encounters the Magic Mirror. Mickey asks the Magic Mirror if he's the greatest sorcerer of all and the Mirror tells him to look closer and deeper into the mirror. The Mirror and the Evil Queen then cast a spell trapping Mickey inside, allowing the villains to take control, each one appearing within the mirror. The Queen (now as the Old Hag) calls on the assistance of Ursula (singing "Poor Unfortunate Souls") and Chernabog (whose appearance is accompanied with a composition of "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Hellfire" with clips of the villains of the show, and Jafar (Aladdin)). The Queen laughs at the power of Mickey's imagination and the last villain emerges from the mirror: Maleficent who shows the power of her imagination by turning into her dragon form. Mickey defeats Maleficent and the other villains with his magic wand and the power of his imagination. He falls back into his sleeping body and with a wave of Tinker Bell's wand, the show moves into the finale, with a reprise of the song and many of the show's other characters appearing on the barges, including classic Mickey and company. The barges stop and Sorcerer Mickey reappears on the tower, clad in a glowing, white, fiber-optic reflecting robe to conduct the final pyrotechincs and fountains as the music builds. Mickey then remarks "Imagination?", laughs and disappears, with a few notes of the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" theme and the final fanfare. The tower takes on the appearance of the Sorcerer's Hat and the exit music plays.

Attraction facts[edit]

Pre-production and concept[edit]

On February 5, 2010, it was announced the show was to debut on April 23, 2011 at Tokyo DisneySea as a replacement for the current show, BraviSeamo! The show would be a newer and larger version and would feature new scenes from Aladdin, Finding Nemo, and Cinderella, and will take place in Mediterranean Harbor. This was to become the nighttime spectacular for the Tokyo DisneySea 10th Anniversary Celebration "Be Magical!" However, the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 delayed the opening of the celebration for six weeks. The presentation premiered instead on April 28, 2011.

Steve Davison has called this new version of Fantasmic as "Fantasmic 2.0," hinting that the show would be redesigned. The show's score was completely recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, composed by Don L. Harper, as is, Bruce Healey's theme to the original Fantasmic! The new version has new scenes and plot, accompanied with a new song titled "Imagination". This is the only version of Fantasmic! to not have a stationary stage, since Mediterranean Harbor is located in the center of the park. Instead most of the show takes place on barges and boats. All of the character dialogue was recorded in Japanese by the characters' respective Japanese voice artists, excluding the "Imagination" and Fantasmic! songs. In conclusion, the performance is very different.

Development and advertising[edit]

The original Disneyland soft opening and press premiere were scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 29, 1992 and continue through the weekend. By late afternoon, rioting began in Los Angeles following the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Promotional materials with the catchphrase "Be Here When the Night Ignites" were quickly pulled from public circulation. Fantasmic! was not the first Disneyland attraction to share its premiere with an infamous Los Angeles tragedy. On August 9, 1969, the Haunted Mansion was officially opened while later that evening actress Sharon Tate and others were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers.

Fantasmic! was originally going to be called "Imagination", but Disney could not register that title as a trademark, so they changed it to Fantasmic! The attraction was designed to run for 5 years only, but due to continuing positive crowd response in both parks, it still runs today.

Differences between the versions[edit]

Although the shows in Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea are similar in many respects, there are some differences between the three versions.

Characters appearing in the finale[edit]

Disneyland's version of the finale includes Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Cinderella, Perla and Suzy, Snow White and her Prince, Dopey, Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Princess Tiana, Ariel, Prince Eric, Belle, Beast, Mary Poppins, Chimney Sweeps, Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Two Green Army Men from Toy Story. However this can sometimes vary between shows as other, random characters are occasionally featured such as Mulan, Genie, Esmerelda, Pinocchio, Jane, Terk, Pocahontas, Meeko, Winnie the Pooh, Rapunzel, and Clarabelle Cow are very randomly featured on the boat instead. For instance, during the 20th anniversary of Disneyland's show, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, and Roger Rabbit made appearances.

Walt Disney World's version includes Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Princess Tiana, Baloo, Snow White and her Prince, The Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Genie, Mulan, Belle, Beast, Ariel, Prince Eric, Rafiki, Brer Bear, Lilo, Stitch, Pocahontas, John Smith, Meeko, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Elsa, Olaf, Mary Poppins, and Bert. Sometimes, Robin Hood, Meg, Hercules, Timon, Mushu, Remy, Fairy Godmother, or Alice appear. As in Disneyland, characters vary in this version as well, though not quite as often.

Tokyo DisneySea's version includes Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Clarice, Marie, Snow White and her Prince, Dopey, Aurora, Prince Phillip, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Abu, Geppetto, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Prince Eric, Princess Ariel, Max the Dog, and the Fantasmic dancers.

Disneyland technology[edit]

The water projection screens were initially designed with a single screen centered in front of the island. During development, show producers determined that the venue would need three screens to enable viewing along the entire waterfront. In addition to providing story development, the screens hide set changes. The pump house for the water screens and other fountain effects is located in the small structure along the river, just north of the Mark Twain dock. Water for the fountains is supplied via massive intake pipes directly under this structure. The fog system located around the banks of the river uses fresh water to create the fog effects along the river. The river's water itself is not suitable to be pumped through the mist nozzles, as aquashadow dye is added to the river to mask the bottom from guests. In the winter of 2008, Disneyland's Fantasmic! returned from another refurbishment with new high-definition digital projectors, most noticeable in the "Pink Elephants" and "Tinker Bell" segments, where the images look clearer and deeper colors compared to the 70 mm film projections that were used for 16 years.

There are six pyrotechnics barges that can hold up to three shows worth of pyrotechnics each. Two barges go on each side of the stage, and two are at center stage. The pyrotechnics were redesigned during the winter 2008 refurbishment. The show's final blast does not come from any of the 6 pyro barges, but rather 5 mines located along the island banks of the river.

The fire on water effect is created by natural gas lines running beneath the river. The gas simply bubbles up to the surface and 3 flame throwers along the banks of the river ignite the gas. With the original dragon, it initially would be the source of ignition for the water. This would cause the face of the dragon to burn and so 3 flame throwers were added. The new dragon's style of flame thrower sprays the stream of fuel, and then ignites it after it is all airborne, opposed to igniting the fuel as it sprays out. This allows the flame to throw further, aerosolize, and overall be more impressive.

The lighting system consists of three mainland towers along the shore of the Rivers of America, in the audience seating area, along with two island towers, and several auxiliary lighting systems (i.e. the river boxes with the new ColorKinetics ColorBlast 12s that replaced the Stonco Pars). In early 2008 the lighting system was completely replaced, the first major rework since the show opened in 1992.[14][dead link] After a 3-month period, the show reopened on March 7, 2008 with new Clay Paky fixtures mounted on the completely redesigned towers, including Alpha Wash 1200s and Alpha Profile 1200s, replacing the old Morpheus PC Spot fixtures. Additionally 2 Syncrolite MX3000's on Tower B and one each on Towers A and C, 2 on each island tower and 2 behind the tavern. These Syncrolite fixtures add much brightness to the show and give a high intensity source of "black-light" effect used throughout the show. The two located behind the tavern are at roof level and act as intense backlighting while Mickey is directing the finale. The followspots were replaced with Strong Gladiator IV. Unlike the previous followspots, these do not accept gobos — most noticeable in the opening sequence where Mickey was formerly lit with a star. The show also includes Vari-lite VL500's on the island towers, and ColorKinetics ColorBlast TR-UV's. The High End Systems Dataflash AF1000 strobes were recently replaced with Atomic Strobes. And as of February 14th, 2014 new LED lighting rings replaced the fountain lighting along with new articulated fountains. 21 fountains to be exact.

Video and audio playback were originally mastered to laserdisc. Originally Triad provided the show control for the complex audio source and mixing systems, as well as programming services for Fantasmic! After the May to June 2007 remodel, there are four J arrays (d&b audio) consisting of two J8s and two J-SUBs per stack and there are three arrays mimicking the placement of the water screens as the primary music source. Along the edge of the mainland (land side of the river) there are Meyer UPA-1Cs that are manually hydraulically raised specifically for Fantasmic! for delay and 2 MSL-2As per mainland lighting tower. The centermost UPA's are also used in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, running from November 18, 2009 to January 3, 2010. The sound system that is used daily for background music- Meyer UPM's mounted in the lamp posts- also remains active during the show. There is a surround system of d&b Ci90s and Ci60s and various EAW cabinets that are hidden above the River Belle Terrace in a wicker chest, above Club 33, The Dream Suite and the Haunted Mansion roof, as well as various other locations, are mounted on the roof on hydraulic lifts that operate the same way as the lighting mounts located on the Main Street Roofs. These speakers are cued to lift to show position at 2+ hours before showtime. Additional Meyer UPA-1C's are added to the Columbia because as it sails by during the Peter Pan segment, it physically blocks the sound from the island J arrays. All the audio runs off a Meyer/LCS Matrix3 system, with eight tracks of playback and close to forty outputs. There is something in the region of six different areas of sound that are duplicated on three sides of the stage. All loudspeakers, d&b and Meyer are run off d&b D12 or E-PAC amplifiers. The amplifiers are split into two locations, one on the island and one at the control booth. By using the d&b ROPE C control software, engineers can look at both parts of the system from the control area.

The Mark Twain Riverboat is actually powered by the rear-mounted paddle, but is guided by the same replacement track installed at the install time of Fantasmic! It is a real steam-powered sternwheeler, but the steam is regulated by the engineer in the rear of the boat and steam is powered by a biodiesel-fueled boiler. The boiler is regulated at the center of the boat with many gauges and a three-way toggle switch labeled "Slow," "Fast," and "FANTASMIC." The last setting provides the most speed.

The Columbia is CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered, unlike the bio-diesel powered Mark Twain. It sports a real cannon that gets shot during the Peter Pan segment of Fantasmic!

Lasers were part of the show from the beginning to the tree above the main building on the island, to the tavern roof itself, and later more were added directly above the stage deck facing upstage, used during the death of the dragon.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios production[edit]

Tokyo DisneySea production[edit]

Voice cast[edit]

DL: Disneyland Park; Anaheim, California
DHS: Disney's Hollywood Studios; Lake Buena Vista, Florida
No abbreviation: American versions
TDS: Tokyo DisneySea; Urayasu, Chiba, Japan

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "OLC Announces Tokyo DisneySea to Reopen on April 28th - LaughingPlace.com: Disney World, Disneyland and More". LaughingPlace.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Fantasmic! coming to Tokyo DisneySea Park". D23: The Official Community for Disney Fans. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 4, 2010.
  3. ^ a b (T. R. Shaw) tshaw at oitc.com. "Fun Facts of Disneyland's Fantasmic!". Oitc.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Disneyland Featured Events « Theme Park Agent". Themeparkagent.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Disney's Enviroport - 2004 Annual Environmental Report". Corporate.disney.go.com. Retrieved September 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ OCRegister.com – Disney's Dragon Still Under Repair for Fantasmic Show
  7. ^ Esquivel, Paloma (August 31, 2010). "The case of the missing dragon". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ "Fun Facts of Hollywood Hills' Fantasmic, Florida". Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ WDWHistory.com – Fantasmic! Show Schedule Changing
  10. ^ "‘Fantasmic!’ Expands to Seven Nights a Week « Disney Parks Blog". Disneyparks.disney.go.com. June 29, 2011. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Fantasmic!, Walt Disney World – LaughingPlace.com: Disney World, Disneyland and More". LaughingPlace.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Disney World's MGM Studios – Fantasmic!". Villas4all.com. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  13. ^ YouTube video of Taste of Fantasmic!
  14. ^ Lighting Fixtures – While this is a blog, it does show pictures confirming the new fixtures.

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