Despite reading nothing but awesome reviews we ended up extremely disappointed. For us, this show was only "eh" We found the whole performance a bit dated, very disjointed and not up to Disney's capabilities / other shows. -- I hope someday SOON this show gets a major overhaul! **oh and PS... if you have small children, beware - this can be scary (aka: Wizard of Oz Flying Monkey Scary)
Individual parts were 'neat' - like the giant glow in the dark dragon full of live actors moving the monster along the rocks and viewing Disney movie clips on the waterfall 'screens' -- (although admittingly it was difficult to see the detail at times -- liquid water as a movie screen is a cool effect, but solid works much better to view pixels on -- aka the "Wishes" show in Magic Kingdom.) I like the thought of all the medium used: Live Actors, Movie Clips, Pyrotechnics, Water Effects, Lighting, Music...but it never came together for us - too many effects?? Perhaps just a lot of editing would help focus this into a great show?
Now, I wouldn't say this is as bad as Epcot's Ellen's Energy world ride... Fantasmic just felt disconnected - clumsily patching together a 'semi-original' special effects story using established Disney characters to give Mickey a heroic triumph over Malificent and the Evil Queen or was it just Malificent?? I'm still trying to figure out what was going on with the 'story'. The way in which pieces were plucked from known Disney movies and attempted to patchwork them into a new story just didn't work well for my tastes - seemed way to forced.
At one point, although again individually cool -> only 3 boats float across the water with Ariel and Eric, Belle and the Beast and Snow white and her prince -- very nice, but just leaves you wondering - where are the other princesses? why chose just these 3? Is this part of Mickey saving Minnie from the Evil Queen or what happened to that story? --- Just Very Random! ... and Pocahontas gets a big part in the show - strange? is it just to be able to show canoes rowing out on the water??
Do yourself a Big Favor and see the live show of Beauty and the Beast just next door - well worth it and you don't have to arrive an 1-2 hours early! OveralI, I think Fantasmic is just 'okay' If you want to just see cool effects and various Disney characters, then this is just fine. If you were hoping for a Mickey Mouse show, then this can be hard to follow. If Disney wants this to be a show highlighting Mickey then personally, I think reinacting a chunk from Fantasia 2000 would be more successful and cohesive ...just think of how awesome Fantasia's classical music with Water and Light effects would be in that outdoor amphitheater!!!
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