Disneyland has been taking advantage of the downtime for the Rivers of America that was required to squeeze in the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land to also do a little re-imagining of the 25 year old fan favorite – Fantasmic! When it returns this summer the chow will retain its original song and its main star Mickey Mouse, but it will also have new magic.
New Technology: There will be new mist screens that will combine with state-of-the-art projection technology to give guests a brighter, clearer, more vibrant visual of the animation segments than ever before.
New segments: New scenes are planned for the show. A new segment featuring Aladdin and Jasmine floating on a bed of fog during “A Whole New World” has been confirmed. Rumors of new segments include a new Pirates of the Caribbean segment replacing Peter Pan, and new scenes from The Lion King and Tangled.
Disneyland is still waiting for some final details about the Rivers of America operations to come into focus before it can announce an official opening date, but we expect to know that some time soon.
Are you looking forward to Disney adding new stories to Fantasmic! or should they leave it alone?
I can’t wait to see how the Aladdin scene translates into a final performance! And honestly as much as I love some good old nostalgia and understand people wanting to keep it exactly how it’s always been, it’s great that they’re adding some more recent hits to the show as well as bringing in new scenes with the classics- sort of like Happily Ever After adding Hunchback and a few other classics along side newer movies like Moana, Princess and the Frog, and Brave. I’m hoping that it’ll be back up and running by July so I can see it when I make the trip out for D23!
I’m not excited to see Captain Jack Sparrow (seriously–who kept seeing those movies?), but am hopeful that other upgrades will be well placed, timed, and executed. I want the opening sequence and finale to remain largely intact. I’ll miss Peter Pan every performance. I won’t miss Pinocchio marionettes (if they go)–the most perplexing sequence since the beginning because: (1) it can’t be seen properly from about half the viewing are; (2) the puppets are exceptionally underwhelming. The large structures required to support the ‘strings’ always seemed like such a waste of infrastructure to me. I realize it was sort of a useful set up to the Monstro portion, but I have always wondered why the marionette portion wasn’t improved dramatically many years ago. Now if we could just get them to keep the volume at a reasonable level . . . (the last several times I’ve been there, the volume was so deafening it caused me physical pain).
I wonder how long until they update the one in DHS too. Pocahontas isn’t as timely as when Fantasmic! started.
I’m hoping Dumbo’s Pink Elephants on Parade stays in the mix. I’m always a little saddened when the real classics (like from Walt’s era) get pushed aside by the Pixars, no matter how good they are. Ideally there is room for both (or all)
I love the these changes! This is, I think, going to be received well. Taking away tower of terror and making it bounce along to old music… Well, I didn’t say Disney always makes good decisions.