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Area Rivers of America (Disney)
Status Operating
Opening date May 13, 1992
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Area Sunset Boulevard
Status Operating
Opening date October 15, 1998
Tokyo DisneySea
Area Mediterranean Harbor
Status Operating
Opening date April 28, 2011[1]
Replaced BraviSEAmo!
General statistics
Attraction type Live show
Designer Walt Disney Creative Entertainment
Music Bruce Healey
Duration 22-27 minutes
Audio-animatronics 1
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]

On May 13, 2012, the Disneyland Park version celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show.

On October 15, 2013, the Disney's Hollywood Studios version celebrated the 15th anniversary of the show.

Attraction facts

  • Official debut: May 13, 1992
  • Location: Rivers of America, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
  • Show length: 23 minutes
  • Producers: Disneyland Entertainment, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Executive producer: Ron Logan
  • Lighting: ETC Eos with 8 DMX Universes
  • Audio: LCS matrix audio system with WildTracks audio playback software
  • Control: MediaLon with fully automated SMPTE timecode
  • Score: Bruce Healey
  • Director and original conception: Barnette Ricci
  • New director: Carla Carlile
  • Show cost: approx. $75,000 per showing.[3]

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.[4] It was restored to the show on November 12, 2010.

During the short after-holiday refurbishment period beginning on January 7, 2014, the show's original stationary fountains were replaced by new World of Color-esque dancing fountains with individual LED lighting and could be articulated to match the movements of performers onstage, effectively dancing with the music. These new fountains made their Fantasmic! debut when the show returned in time for Valentine's Day on February 14, 2014.

Disney's Hollywood Studios version

Tokyo DisneySea Version

  • Official debut: April 28, 2011
  • Location: Mediterranean Harbor, Tokyo DisneySea, Tokyo Disney Resort
  • Show length: approx. 23 minutes
  • Sponsorship: NTT DoCoMo
  • Producers: Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment
  • Creative Director: Steve Davison
  • Executive Producer: Roger Heartsner
  • Technical Director: Darren J. Wilkie
  • Production Manager: Michelle A. Tritt
  • Score: Don L. Harper


The soundtrack for the show can be found on these releases:

  • Fantasmic! (1992) (Disneyland Park, Disneyland Resort)
  • Fantasmic! (1998) (Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World)

Disneyland production

  • Conceived and directed by Barnette Ricci
  • Produced by Bruce Healey
  • Score composed/arranged by Bruce Healey
  • Engineer: Don Dorsey

Disney's Hollywood Studios production

  • Conceived and directed by Barnette Ricci
  • Score composed/arranged by Bruce Healey
  • Soundtrack produced by Bruce Healey
  • Executive vice president of entertainment: Ron Logan
  • Album executive producer: Doug Strawn
  • Album produced by Bruce Healey
  • Recorded and mixed by Paul Freeman
  • Soundtrack editing, sound effects, and surround sound design by Paul Freeman
  • Music production manager: Daren Ulmer
  • Album coordinator: Ted Rickeets

Tokyo DisneySea production

Voice cast

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

See also

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  1. ^ "OLC Announces Tokyo DisneySea to Reopen on April 28th - Disney World, Disneyland and More". 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 "Fun Facts of Disneyland's Fantasmic!". Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ Esquivel, Paloma (August 31, 2010). "The case of the missing dragon". Los Angeles Times. 

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Coordinates: 33°48′42″N 117°55′16″W / 33.81178°N 117.92119°W / 33.81178; -117.92119