Fantasmic!

Fantasmic at Disney World's Hollywood StudiosIf you want to see some of the best that Walt Disney World can offer in terms of nighttime entertainment, Fantasmic! is the show for you.

Fantasmic! actually originated in California’s Disneyland, but was such a hit that it migrated across the country in order to wow and thrill viewers to Walt Disney World. The show itself features fireworks, live actors, water effects, fire, music, several boats, decorated rafts and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney Animation.

The original Fantasmic! in Disneyland was started in 1992, in order to “invigorate the space in front of the Rivers of America.” At the time, Walt Disney World’s nighttime show was a fireworks display called Sorcery in the Sky, which was starting to age. By the time that 1996 rolled around Fantasmic! was one of the most beloved shows at Disneyland and Sorcery in the Sky was definitely nearing the end of its run, so a different version of Fantasmic! was set up at Hollywood Studios. The show itself involves many of the most beloved Disney heroes and heroines, and also some of the most nefarious villains.

Of course, there was no Rivers of America at Walt Disney World, so a special stage had to be built – it seats 10,000 people. It’s estimated that each showing of Fantasmic! costs Walt Disney World 25,000 dollars, but all visitors agree that the nighttime spectacle is well worth the cost, time, and energy poured into it to make the showing a success.