Beginning August 6, FANTASMIC! Will Change its Start Time

Fantasmic at Walt Disney World with Steamboat Willie
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Know before you go!

Walt Disney World Resort, located in Orlando, Florida, is renowned for its collection of world-class theme parks. This Resort includes Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The latter Disney Park is where Guests can find the mesmerizing Fantasmic! Show, held on Sunset Boulevard.

Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World Resort has long been a beloved nighttime spectacular. It captivates Guests with a vibrant display of Disney fireworks and songs evoking magic and imagination. Every night at 9 p.m., Guests gather to watch their favorite characters take to the stage to perform in this epic nighttime spectacular.

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Fantasmic! A Disney World Staple

Right now, Walt Disney World Resort is the only place in the United States where Guests can watch Fantasmic. After a mechanical issue started a fire on the show’s Maleficent Dragon, the Disneyland Resort production has been closed. We now know that the show will not be returning to Disneyland any time soon.

For the lucky Fantasmic! fans who are able to catch the show in Orlando, there are some significant changes that you should know about. The show currently begins at 9 p.m., but that is about to change.

Fantasmic at Walt Disney World with Little Mermaid

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Start Time Changes for Fantasmic!

Beginning August 6, 2023, Fantasmic will begin performing at 9:30 p.m. This change will give Guests more time to explore the Resort before it’s time to sit down for the show. It also will help accommodate Guests who are looking to attend events like Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party.

Don’t be fooled; just because it’s a late show does not mean that seats won’t fill up quickly. If you want good seating in the amphitheater, you should head there early to snag one.

Moana Fantasmic

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Fantasmic is truly such a special show. Disney describes it by saying;

“Featuring stunning effects, thrilling stunts, dazzling pyrotechnics and rousing music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a grand canvas of dancing water and light. Overflowing with silly and suspenseful surprises, it will leave your entire family smiling from ear-to-ear! Fast asleep, Mickey Mouse dreams that he is a mighty sorcerer’s apprentice with the power to control water, color and magic. The Disney Villains—including Maleficent in the form of a towering, 40-foot-tall dragon—turn Mickey’s dream into a nightmare, but don’t underestimate the power of Mickey’s imagination!”

If you manage to watch this show soon, have fun and enjoy the Disney experience!


About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.