Disney Officially Announces Return of Beloved Show

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Nighttime shows are a massive part of the magic experienced throughout Disney Parks. We are thrilled that one beloved show is coming back in 2024.

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Guests traveling to California can enjoy two Disney Parks: Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park. Both parks include unique attractions, shows, and magic.

Disneyland Park is the original Disney Park. Guests will find well-themed lands such as Fantasyland, Adventureland, and Tomorrowland. Beloved rides like Peter Pan’s Flight, Jungle Cruise, the Haunted Mansion, and “it’s a small world” are all found throughout Disneyland Park.

Over at Disney’s California Adventure Park, guests can enjoy themed lands based on beloved movies. Cars Land, Avengers Campus, Pixar Pier, and more. While visiting this unique Disney Park, guests enjoy top attractions like the Incredicoaster and Radiator Springs Racers.

Disneyland combines the history of Disney with the excitement and thrills of new technology throughout these two parks.

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Nighttime Shows

The nighttime shows are a considerable part of the magic at these two Disney Parks. 

In Disney California Adventure, World of Color brings Disney and Pixar stories to guests through projections and water features. This is a 22-minute show that takes place on select evenings around Paradise Gardens Park. 

Over at Disneyland Park, guests can experience a fireworks show on select evenings. The show changes throughout the year, focusing on different holidays during the show. This nighttime show includes fireworks, a fantastic soundtrack, and even unique appearances from some beloved Disney characters.

There is one nighttime spectacular that has been missed at Disneyland Park.

Fantasmic! Leaves

Fantasmic!, a renowned nighttime show, was shut down on April 22, 2023, following a significant issue with the animatronic dragon. During the show, the dragon burst into flames during the finale.

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The show takes place on the Rivers of America in Disneyland Park. In the past, the show included numerous Disney characters, projections from many Disney movies, and fireworks.

Since closing, guests have anxiously been waiting for the return of this fantastic show. We now have a date to mark on the calendar. 

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Fantasmic! Returns

Disney announced today that Fantasmic! will return to Disneyland on May 24, 2024. Previously, Disney stated that the show would return in “spring 2024,” keeping the May opening date on track.

No additional information was provided about show times or updates that will be seen when the show returns in May.

Previously, Disneyland said that when the show returned, it “won’t include the dragon future, but it will feature new special effects and a thrilling new battle scene between Sorcerer Mickey and Maleficent.”

Although we anxiously await more information regarding what surprises Disney has in store for the updated show, we are thrilled that we can now circle a date on the calendar for its return.

This is a fantastic nighttime spectacular that has been greatly missed at Disneyland. We can’t wait for it to return this spring.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.