Fantasmic!

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Fantasmic!
Disneyland
Area Rivers of America
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. 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.

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.

Renovation[edit]

The Disneyland Resort Fantasmic! went through a full technical refresh, aimed at reducing escalating maintenance costs and keeping it looking fresh. A new sound system debuted in the summer of 2007, along with the new show barges featuring LED lighting arrays. A complete overhaul of the lighting system debuted in the spring of 2008. The three mainland lighting towers, which rise hydraulically from pits in the ground prior to the show, were rebuilt with pull out slides for the new Clay Paky Alpha Spots and Washes and redesigned for the new Strong Gladiator IV followspots. The footlights, placed on the mainland side at water level were replaced with LED fixtures, as part of Disney's environmental initiative and improved flexibility. Refurbished pyrotechnic barges were given new technologies derived from Disneyland's Air-Launch Firework (ALF) system.[2] Reworked pyrotechnics emit less smoke than the previous iteration, reducing pollution and improving visibility of the stage, most notable in the finale. This is possible due to there only being a burst charge, eliminating the lift charge.

In 2008, the three original 70mm projectors were replaced with High Definition (HD) digital projectors. The animation also received a new digital transfer. New Syncrolite fixtures were added to the mainland and island towers and to the roof of the tavern for use during the finale. The Peter Pan sequence was given a new mechanical crocodile, which, though smaller, can now interact with the scene. The Ursula sequence once featured Flotsam and Jetsam, in the form of jet-ski based floats which snake through the water. These replaced the Ursula float. However, as of summer 2013, these jet-skis no longer appear in the show.

A new audio-animatronic dragon (code-named Snaps McGee and nicknamed Murphy by fans, after Murphy's law when the dragon went through multiple delays during 2009) was built to replace the previous dragon (codenamed "Dymo"; frequently misnamed "Bucky") which was a mechanical dragon's head on JLG cherry picker. The new dragon was designed to be a full-bodied replica of Maleficent's final form in Sleeping Beauty, standing at 45 feet tall. The dragon had initial problems before a scheduled debut date and was unable to operate on said date.[3] The new dragon was finally premiered on September 1, 2009, to thunderous applause. The Mark Twain finale sequence featuring Disney characters doing a streamer dance was re-choreographed, and the timing of the fireworks in the finale was tweaked.

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.

On November 6, 2014; Disneyland announced new viewing options for Fantasmic!; primarily with the debut of a Fastpass return time system very much like the one implemented for World of Color. In addition, new dining packages that include tickets to Fantasmic! were also announced.[5]

Disney's Hollywood Studios version[edit]

Hollywood Hills Amphitheater[edit]

Hollywood Hills Amphitheater stage for Fantasmic!
Hollywood Hills Amphitheater rear entrance

The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is the purpose-built riverside amphitheatre at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, that showcases the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! It is located off of Sunset Boulevard, between the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Beauty and the Beast stage show. The Fantasmic! stage in Florida is much larger than Disneyland's, featuring a man-made, 50-foot-tall (15 m) mountain on which Sorcerer Mickey stands and from which the dragon (code-named "Bucky") emerges. The amphitheater has 6,900 seats, with room for an additional 3,000 people standing.[6] The moat around the island itself can hold 1,900,000 US gallons (7,200,000 L) of water.[6]

Show problems[edit]

In January 2009 the Florida show's schedule was reduced from seven to two nights a week to selected nights each week.[7] These schedule cuts coincided with the opening of The American Idol Experience. It was announced in 2010 that during peak park attendance periods it would be performed three nights a week with two shows per night.

Show improvements[edit]

Unlike the California version of the show, the Florida production has not undergone a major refurbishment. However since 2008, the show has been upgrading and replacing some of the technology, without any changes to show elements.

Alternative show[edit]

The Florida version has a four-minute-long substitute show, colloquially named Taste of Fantasmic!, that plays when inclement weather prohibits the presentation of the regular show.[8] The alternative show does not showcase any of the performers, floats, puppets or the mechanical dragon, due to the dangerous conditions that are posed to the performers because of the possibility of rain accumulating on the stage. Instead the ancillary show is a brief summation of the conventional show; including a fountain display synchronized to "Little April Showers", a sequence integrating the "Night on Bald Mountain" music, and a finale orchestrated with all of the usual pyrotechnics and musical fanfare from the original show's conclusion.[9][10]

Tokyo DisneySea version[edit]

Pre-production and concept[edit]

On February 5, 2010, it was announced the show was to debut on April 23, 2011 at Tokyo DisneySea as a replacement for the current show, BraviSeamo! The show would be a newer and larger version and would feature new scenes from Aladdin, Finding Nemo, and Cinderella, and will take place in Mediterranean Harbor. This was to become the nighttime spectacular for the Tokyo DisneySea 10th Anniversary Celebration "Be Magical!" However, the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 delayed the opening of the celebration for six weeks. The presentation premiered instead on April 28, 2011.

Steve Davison has called this new version of Fantasmic as "Fantasmic 2.0," hinting that the show would be redesigned. The show's score was completely recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, composed by Don L. Harper, as is, Bruce Healey's theme to the original Fantasmic! The new version has new scenes and plot, accompanied with a new song titled "Imagination". This is the only version of Fantasmic! to not have a stationary stage, since Mediterranean Harbor is located in the center of the park. Instead most of the show takes place on barges and boats. All of the character dialogue was recorded in Japanese by the characters' respective Japanese voice artists, excluding the "Imagination" and Fantasmic! songs. In conclusion, the performance is very different.

Development and advertising[edit]

The original Disneyland soft opening and press premiere were scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 29, 1992 and continue through the weekend. By late afternoon, rioting began in Los Angeles following the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Promotional materials with the catchphrase "Be Here When the Night Ignites" were quickly pulled from public circulation. Fantasmic! was not the first Disneyland attraction to share its premiere with an infamous Los Angeles tragedy. On August 9, 1969, the Haunted Mansion was officially opened while later that evening actress Sharon Tate and others were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers.

Fantasmic! was originally going to be called "Imagination", but Disney could not register that title as a trademark, so they changed it to Fantasmic! The attraction was designed to run for 5 years only, but due to continuing positive crowd response in both parks, it still runs today.

Pre-show[edit]

Disneyland

  • 1992–present Frontierland songs.

Disney's Hollywood studios

  • 1998-2007 Original pre-show:
01. You've Got a Friend In Me - Robert Goulet
      from Toy Story 2
02. Iko Iko - Samuel E. Wright (as Sebastian)
      from The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
03. I've Got No Strings - Gipsy Kings
      from Simply Mad About the Mouse
04. When You Wish upon a Star - Billy Joel
      from Simply Mad About the Mouse
05. Mickey Mouse Club Mix
      from Mickey Unrapped
06. Under The Sea - Mark Lennon & Andrea Martin
      from Mouse House
07. So This Is Love - Tonya Kelly
      from Mouse House
08. I Just Can't Wait To Be King - Denny Leroux
      from Mouse House
09. Beauty And The Beast - Carmen Carter & Valerie Davis
      from Mouse House
10. Perfect World - Tom Jones
      from The Emperor's New Groove
11. The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room (Macarena Dance Version) - Mary Hylan & Marco Marinangeli
      from Mouse House
12. Disney Mambo #5  - Lou Bega
      from La Vida Mickey
13. Digga-Digga Dog - Oren Waters
      from 102 Dalmatians
14. Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf? - LL Cool J
      from Simply Mad About The Mouse
15. Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life For Me) - The Pointer Sisters
      from Music From The Park
16. Topsy-Turvy - Randy Crenshaw
      from Mouse House
17. Hot Hot Hot - Samuel E. Wright (as Sebastian)
      from Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea
18. Living La Vida Mickey
      from La Vida Mickey
19. Hakuna Matata - Lebo M
      from Rhythm Of The Pride Lands
20. Kiss the Girl - Soul II Soul
      from Simply Mad About The Mouse
21. Castle In Spain - Buster Poindexter And The Banshees Of Blue
      from Stay Awake
22. Cruella DeVil - Lisa Davis, Betty Lou Gerson & Bill Lee
      from Mouse House
23. Pink Elephants on Parade - Sun Ra & His Arkestra
      from Stay Awake
24. I Wan'na Be Like You - Los Lobos
      from Stay Awake
25. Grim Grinning Ghosts - Barenaked Ladies
      from Music From The Park
26. The Bare Necessities - Harry Connick, Jr.
      from Simply Mad About The Mouse
27. Surfin' Medley
      from Mickey's Sports Songs
01. Ever Ever After - Jordan Pruitt
        from Enchanted
02. You'll Be in my Heart - Teddy Geiger
       from Tarzan
03. A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes - Disney Channel Stars
        from Cinderella
04. Go The Distance - Lucas Grabeel
     from Hercules
05. That's How You Know - Demi Lovato
      from Enchanted
06. Some Day My Prince Will Come - The Cheetah Girls
     from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
07. True To Your Heart - Keke Palmer
      from Mulan
08. Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? - B5
      from Three Little Pigs
09. Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me) - Jonas Brothers
      from Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Can You Feel the Love Tonight - Sara Paxton
      from The Lion King
11. Part of Your World - Miley Cyrus
      from The Little Mermaid
12. I Wan'na Be Like You - Jonas Brothers
      from The Jungle Book
13. The Second Star to the Right - T-Squad
     from Peter Pan
14. Colors of the Wind - Vanessa Hudgens
     from Pocahontas
15. When You Wish upon a Star - Kate Voegele
     from Pinocchio
16. Kiss the Girl - Ashley Tisdale
      from The Little Mermaid
17. Cruella de Vil - Hayden Panettiere
      from 101 Dalmatians
18. If I Didn't Have You - Mitchel Musso & Emily Osment
       from Monsters, Inc.

Differences between the versions[edit]

Although the shows in Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Tokyo DisneySea are similar in many respects, there are some differences between the three versions.

  • In the old Disneyland version of the finale, as soon as Mickey says "Some imagination, huh? Ha ha!", the cone of lights immediately turns on and fireworks from the barges surrounding the stage ignite. This caused the audience to view how Mickey "vanishes". Now, like the Disney World version, there is a spark of bright pyrotechnics as soon as the line is said. In the Tokyo DisneySea version, this illusion is created by pyrotechnics at Mickey's platform, followed by a quick release trap set within the platform.
  • The choreography of the Opening Mickey and Sorcerer Mickey in both Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios are different in their own ways. At Tokyo DisneySea, this choreography is completely removed, as this show has a different opening.
  • Whereas the show is performed on the Rivers of America at Disneyland, Disney needed a new nighttime draw for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater built at Disney's Hollywood Studios was made specifically for Fantasmic!
  • At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the show runs for almost 27 minutes (due to the montage of Disney clips inside bubbles, the additional villains, and the wall of water at the climax), compared to Disneyland's which is only 22 minutes. The Tokyo DisneySea version runs at approximately 23 minutes.
  • The Jungle Scene with Kaa, King Louie, and the monkeys from The Jungle Book at Disneyland is replaced with a tribute to The Lion King at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, King Louie and the monkeys do appear briefly in the bubble scene. Tokyo DisneySea uses characters from both films series, as well as video from Tarzan to accent the "Circle of Life" scene from the Lion King.
  • The Peter Pan re-enactment from Disneyland was replaced with scenes from Pocahontas at Disney's Hollywood Studios at the request of Michael Eisner, who wanted more recent films in the show. Mr Smee appeared in the WDW version during the finale from 1998-2002 and again in 2014.
  • The "Pink Elephants on Parade" clips and Pinocchio puppets are replaced with a montage of many clips from Disney features inside bubbles at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, they do appear briefly in the bubble scene. Clips of the bubble montage are found in "The Little Mermaid" / "Finding Nemo" section, while clips of "Pink Elephants" are projected on the screens during the "Friend Like Me" segment from Disney's Aladdin found in the Tokyo DisneySea version.
  • Due to Actors' Equity contract provisions, Ariel cannot flip her tail past 90 degrees and no lifts can be performed in the princess medley at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
  • Ursula's reprisal of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is taken out at Disney's Hollywood Studios to introduce the other Disney villains. She plays a smaller role in the Florida show than in the California one. In Tokyo DisneySea's version, her role is identical to California's version, with the exception that the song is in Japanese.
  • More villains are featured in the Florida version. Many of the additions are villains from Disney animated features released after the Disneyland version was first introduced.
  • In California, Mickey destroys the villains by pointing a sword at the Dragon and saying, "You may think you're so powerful, well, this is my dream!" before light shoots from his sword toward the villains. In Florida, he still says this, but before he destroys the villains, he causes a wall of water to block out the island and douse the flames; he then marches over to the sword in the stone and pulls it out.
  • Instead of the Mark Twain riverboat, the characters in the Florida show dance on a smaller boat based on the steamboat from Steamboat Willie. Tokyo DisneySea uses four barges refurbished from previous shows performed in the Mediterranean Harbor.
  • In the California version, the giant snake that comes out on the stage is Kaa from The Jungle Book; in the Florida version, the snake is Jafar from Aladdin. Also, Jafar has a much bigger role in the show than any other villain except for Maleficent. Tokyo DisneySea uses a redesigned Kaa as a moving float during the "Circle of Life" segment.
  • Having been updated, the California version's Maleficent dragon is considerably more advanced than its Florida counterpart and has a wider range of movement.
  • The final battle scene in Tokyo DisneySea's show differs from both its American counterparts. While both California and Florida versions pit Brave Little Tailor Mickey against the dragon Maleficent, Sorcerer Mickey is the one who battles Maleficent at Tokyo DisneySea. Instead of using a sword, Mickey shoots fireworks from a magic wand topped with a Hidden Mickey emblem.
  • Unlike the US versions, Tokyo DisneySea's show does not open with the "Welcome to Fantasmic!..." phrase as part of the opening act; instead it starts off with Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice. The narration is recited as part of the pre-show announcements in both Japanese and English, by two male voices, instead of a female voice.
  • The Finale music at Tokyo DisneySea is almost identical to the US versions except when the chorus sings the "Imagination" theme song instead of Bruce Healey's lyrics for the US versions. The choreography is different as well, with no dancing ribbons.
    • The music of the Villain segment of the show is almost identical to Disneyland's version, with two notable exceptions: in the Chernabog scene, the music is instead a mixture of "Night on Bald Mountain" and "Hellfire"; and instead of the Evil Queen's Transformation to the Old Hag, Mickey is the one who summons the Magic Mirror and the power of evil.
  • The dialogue in Tokyo DisneySea's version is in Japanese. When translated from Japanese to English, Mickey's dialog in Tokyo DisneySea's version is literally the same as the US versions (except when Mickey calls the Magic Mirror and the magic of romance).
  • In all three versions Bruce Healey's Exit Music can be heard after each performance.
  • Tokyo's Princess Sequence does not include vocals, but a more orchestral soundtrack than its US counterparts. It also features Cinderella, Snow White, and Aurora. The US versions feature Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Snow White and her Prince.
    • Tokyo's version features Ariel (as both human and mermaid), Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog (as animation), and Snow White (Theme and Finale). Cinderella is the only Princess featured who does not appear in all three versions. Belle and the Beast are featured as animation only; they do not appear in the Finale.

Characters appearing in the finale[edit]

Disneyland's version of the finale includes Mickey, Minnie Mouse, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Cinderella, Perla and Suzy, Snow White and her Prince, Dopey, Princess Aurora, Prince Phillip, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Genie, Princess Tiana, Ariel, Prince Eric, Belle, Beast, Mary Poppins, Chimney Sweeps, Alice, The White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Two Green Army Men from Toy Story. However this can sometimes vary between shows as other, random characters are occasionally featured such as Mulan, Esmerelda, Pinocchio, Jane, Terk, Pocahontas, Meeko, Winnie the Pooh, Baloo, and Clarabelle Cow are very randomly featured on the boat instead. For instance, during the 20th anniversary of Disneyland's show, Brer Fox, Brer Bear, Brer Rabbit, The Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf, and Roger Rabbit made appearances.

Walt Disney World's version includes Mickey, Minnie, Chip, Dale, Goofy, Pluto, Donald, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Princess Tiana, Baloo, Snow White and her Prince, The Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Genie, Mulan, Belle, Beast, Ariel, Prince Eric, Rafiki, Brer Bear, Lilo, Stitch, Pocahontas, John Smith, Meeko, Mary Poppins, and Bert.

Tokyo DisneySea's version includes Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, Daisy, Pluto, Chip, Dale, Clarice, Marie, Snow White and her Prince, Dopey, Aurora, Prince Phillip, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Abu, Geppetto, Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, Prince Eric, Princess Ariel, Max the Dog, and the Fantasmic dancers.

Disneyland technology[edit]

The water projection screens were initially designed with a single screen centered in front of the island. During development, show producers determined that the venue would need three screens to enable viewing along the entire waterfront. In addition to providing story development, the screens hide set changes. The pump house for the water screens and other fountain effects is located in the small structure along the river, just north of the Mark Twain dock. Water for the fountains is supplied via massive intake pipes directly under this structure. The fog system located around the banks of the river uses fresh water to create the fog effects along the river. The river's water itself is not suitable to be pumped through the mist nozzles, as aquashadow dye is added to the river to mask the bottom from guests. In the winter of 2008, Disneyland's Fantasmic! returned from another refurbishment with new high-definition digital projectors, most noticeable in the "Pink Elephants" and "Tinker Bell" segments, where the images look clearer and deeper colors compared to the 70 mm film projections that were used for 16 years.

There are six pyrotechnics barges that can hold up to three shows worth of pyrotechnics each. Two barges go on each side of the stage, and two are at center stage. The pyrotechnics were redesigned during the winter 2008 refurbishment. The show's final blast does not come from any of the 6 pyro barges, but rather 5 mines located along the island banks of the river.

The fire on water effect is created by natural gas lines running beneath the river. The gas simply bubbles up to the surface and 3 flame throwers along the banks of the river ignite the gas. With the original dragon, it initially would be the source of ignition for the water. This would cause the face of the dragon to burn and so 3 flame throwers were added. The new dragon's style of flame thrower sprays the stream of fuel, and then ignites it after it is all airborne, opposed to igniting the fuel as it sprays out. This allows the flame to throw further, aerosolize, and overall be more impressive.

The lighting system consists of three mainland towers along the shore of the Rivers of America, in the audience seating area, along with two island towers, and several auxiliary lighting systems (i.e. the river boxes with the new ColorKinetics ColorBlast 12s that replaced the Stonco Pars). In early 2008 the lighting system was completely replaced, the first major rework since the show opened in 1992.[11] After a 3-month period, the show reopened on March 7, 2008 with new Clay Paky fixtures mounted on the completely redesigned towers, including Alpha Wash 1200s and Alpha Profile 1200s, replacing the old Morpheus PC Spot fixtures. Additionally 2 Syncrolite MX3000's on Tower B and one each on Towers A and C, 2 on each island tower and 2 behind the tavern. These Syncrolite fixtures add much brightness to the show and give a high intensity source of "black-light" effect used throughout the show. The two located behind the tavern are at roof level and act as intense backlighting while Mickey is directing the finale. The followspots were replaced with Strong Gladiator IV. Unlike the previous followspots, these do not accept gobos — most noticeable in the opening sequence where Mickey was formerly lit with a star. The show also includes Vari-lite VL500's on the island towers, and ColorKinetics ColorBlast TR-UV's. Lighting control was switched to an ETC Eos console with fixtures operating in 8 DMX universes. The High End Systems Dataflash AF1000 strobes were recently replaced with Atomic Strobes. And as of February 14, 2014 new LED lighting rings replaced the fountain lighting along with new articulated fountains. 21 fountains to be exact.

Video and audio playback were originally mastered to laserdisc. Originally Triad (company)|Triad]] provided the show control for the complex audio source and mixing systems, as well as programming services for Fantasmic! After the May to June 2007 remodel, there are four J arrays (d&b audio) consisting of two J8s and two J-SUBs per stack and there are three arrays mimicking the placement of the water screens as the primary music source. Along the edge of the mainland (land side of the river) there are Meyer UPA-1Cs that are manually hydraulically raised specifically for Fantasmic! for delay and 2 MSL-2As per mainland lighting tower. The centermost UPA's are also used in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, running from November 18, 2009 to January 3, 2010. The sound system that is used daily for background music- Meyer UPM's mounted in the lamp posts- also remains active during the show. There is a surround system of d&b Ci90s and Ci60s and various EAW cabinets that are hidden above the River Belle Terrace in a wicker chest, above Club 33, The Dream Suite and the Haunted Mansion roof, as well as various other locations, are mounted on the roof on hydraulic lifts that operate the same way as the lighting mounts located on the Main Street Roofs. These speakers are cued to lift to show position at 2+ hours before showtime. Additional Meyer UPA-1C's are added to the Columbia because as it sails by during the Peter Pan segment, it physically blocks the sound from the island J arrays. All the audio runs off a Meyer/LCS Matrix3 system, with eight tracks of playback and close to forty outputs. There is something in the region of six different areas of sound that are duplicated on three sides of the stage. All loudspeakers, d&b and Meyer are run off d&b D12 or E-PAC amplifiers. The amplifiers are split into two locations, one on the island and one at the control booth. By using the d&b ROPE C control software, engineers can look at both parts of the system from the control area.

The Mark Twain Riverboat is actually powered by the rear-mounted paddle, but is guided by the same replacement track installed at the install time of Fantasmic! It is a real steam-powered sternwheeler, but the steam is regulated by the engineer in the rear of the boat and steam is powered by a biodiesel-fueled boiler. The boiler is regulated at the center of the boat with many gauges and a three-way toggle switch labeled "Slow," "Fast," and "FANTASMIC." The last setting provides the most speed.

The Columbia is CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) powered, unlike the bio-diesel powered Mark Twain. It sports a real cannon that gets shot during the Peter Pan segment of Fantasmic!

Lasers were part of the show from the beginning to the tree above the main building on the island, to the tavern roof itself, and later more were added directly above the stage deck facing upstage, used during the death of the dragon.

Soundtrack[edit]

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[edit]

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

Disney's Hollywood Studios production[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Voice cast[edit]

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

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Image gallery[edit]

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