Fantasmic Downtime Prolonged to Finish of Summer season

Disneyland has formally paused Fantasmic till at the least Labor Day to repair injury from a hearth that destroyed the Murphy Audio Animatronics dragon. This publish covers the most recent information, plus a attainable reimagining and alternative leisure for the California summer time vacationer season.

For starters, Disneyland launched a brand new assertion: “Our aim is to all the time ship the very best present for our company. With that in thoughts, we’ve made the troublesome resolution to place Fantasmic! on hiatus via at the least Labor Day. Groups are actively exploring alternate leisure choices for company this summer time and we stay up for sharing extra quickly.”

Disneyland additionally shared the affect on Solid Members, reiterating that nobody–visitor or worker–was injured through the incident final month. Additionally they acknowledged that every one impacted Solid Members, together with performers and supporting roles could be reassigned to different areas across the resort whereas Fantasmic is being repaired.

To start with, it’s necessary to emphasize that Fantasmic returning after summer time is completely tentative at this level. Fantasmic may return even later than that–all of it relies upon upon how rapidly interim replacements for the broken showpieces could be ready. Judging by the character and extent of the hearth injury, it’s doubtless that the Murphy Audio Animatronics determine of Maleficent can be lacking for a lot longer, and won’t return by Labor Day.

On the very least, the Maleficent dragon scene is probably going going to be introduced in b-mode when Fantasmic does return. Whether or not that finally ends up being a mist display (doubtless at first) or a “dragon on a stick” (attainable inside a number of weeks) stays to be seen. Don’t anticipate to see the Murphy AA anytime quickly–probably not once more till 2024 and perhaps by no means.

Frankly, we’re skeptical of a Labor Day return for Fantasmic given what else Disneyland has introduced. It looks like that is extra a sign that Fantasmic will not be carried out this summer time than it’s affirmation of when the present will return.

It’s because Disneyland additionally indicated that Disney’s artistic leisure group is utilizing Fantasmic’s downtime to guage the nighttime spectacular and “discover alternatives so as to add new magic and touches” for company to take pleasure in.

Disneyland’s tease of a reimagined Fantasmic is unsurprising. We figured that if the present needed to stay darkish for a number of months or if Disneyland needed to make investments tens of thousands and thousands of {dollars} to rebuild the Murphy Dragon AA, they’d go a step additional and introduce a reimagined model of the present.

For one, it’s not precisely marketable to say, “we constructed the dragon that we unintentionally burned down–locals, come try the factor you’ve already seen many instances!” Against this, a reimagined Fantasmic with new scenes or different enhancements does give Disneyland one thing to advertise and it’ll draw locals and Disneyland diehards. They may do an entire promotional marketing campaign with merchandise, particular menus, popcorn buckets, sipper cups–mainly pull a web page from the Primary Road Electrical parade playbook.

For one more factor, Disney actually simply reimagined the Walt Disney World model of Fantasmic, and did so with nice success and an extremely optimistic visitor reception. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the recently-returned Fantasmic options an all-new sequence that brings to life heroic moments from Disney tales similar to Moana, Mulan, Aladdin, Frozen 2, and Pocahontas.

By means of this prolonged sequence, the viewers goes on a journey with heroes, watching as they discover the energy inside themselves to push via in a very spectacular means. The brand new heroes half contains a high-energy Aladdin chase stunt session, a robust scene with Elsa set to the tune “Present Your self” that’s positive to thaw essentially the most frozen of hearts, and stirring moments with Pocahontas, Moana, and Mulan.

Previous to this, one in every of my go-to dad jokes was calling the Disney’s Hollywood Studios model Pocahontasmic! We seldom watched Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios–I may rely the variety of instances we had seen the present within the final 5 years on one hand. And none of that was by alternative, it was all to check touring technique. Suffice to say, we weren’t followers. Our view on Fantasmic was that it was pointless to observe the Walt Disney World model once we may see the far superior Disneyland incarnation. That was earlier than.

Within the months since its return, I’ve seen Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios roughly 10 instances. Certain, a part of that’s for the sake of technique exams, however I’ve loved it each single time. On multiple event, I’ve watched twice in a single night time. We now make some extent of ending on daily basis at DHS by seeing Fantasmic, even when which means selecting the nighttime spectacular over a last-minute journey on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

The Walt Disney World and Disneyland variations have very completely different strengths and weaknesses, and are nearly incomparable in consequence, however frankly, I’d somewhat watch the Walt Disney World one at this level. The brand new heroic moments sequence is so good and the entire strategy of seeing the present within the amphitheater is a lot simpler (I really like the way in which Disneyland’s Fantasmic has a extra ‘natural’ viewing space, however it may be a trouble to see), that I’d give the sting to the Walt Disney World present from a mixed high quality and practicality perspective.

Judging the exhibits on their respective deserves alone, it’s a harder resolution. Disneyland’s Fantasmic in all probability nonetheless will get the sting. Or did, till Murphy the Dragon burned down. However the level is that this was by no means an in depth name earlier than–Fantasmic at Disneyland trounced its Florida counterpart. The purpose is that the brand new scene has bridged the hole in a giant means, and it’s doubtless that Disneyland needs a few of that to as soon as once more give it the extra pronounced edge. It’s additionally doubtless that the corporate needs to advertise its newer characters from Frozen, Moana, and different films.

The heroic moments medley was designed for Walt Disney World, and couldn’t simply be launched at Disneyland with out important modifications to account for the differing displays of Fantasmic. It’s doubtless that the Aladdin chase sequence could be reduce completely, which is smart on condition that Disneyland’s Fantasmic already has its personal distinctive magic carpet scene.

With out spoiling something, it’s additionally possible that the Moana half would should be modified for Disneyland. The opposite segments would should be tweaked, however may largely be plugged into the prevailing Fantasmic with out being completely reworked. It’s additionally attainable Disneyland would need its personal, distinctive additions that differentiated it from (and made it superior to) the Walt Disney World model.

One apparent change could be a fully-fledged Encanto scene. Based mostly on the announcement for the Florida model and the event timeline, it’s doubtless that they only missed out on the recognition of Encanto. Coming just a little later, it appears attainable that Disneyland would treatment that.

No matter what enhancements are made, having this all achieved by Labor Day strikes us as an exceedingly aggressive timeline. If the Audio Animatronics Murphy the Dragon is being rebuilt and any quantity of latest sequences are being launched, we’d anticipate Fantasmic to be darkish till at the least early 2024. Even that may be overly bold.

Nonetheless, it’s attainable the plan isn’t to launch Fantasmic 3.0 by Labor Day. Disneyland has beforehand urged that an ‘different model’ of Fantasmic could possibly be produced whereas the total present is reevaluated and repaired. Now, they’re indicating that manufacturing has been placed on hiatus as a way to put together a top quality model. That would nonetheless imply an interim model of Fantasmic round Labor Day, and the reimagined Fantasmic in 2024.

In truth, that’s our wager. Truthfully, it’s additionally what we hope occurs. Not having Fantasmic for the summer time is unlucky, however issues occur. It’s higher to take the mandatory time and put together a top quality manufacturing than rush again with a dragon on a stick and a present that’s a shadow of its former self.

As for the reimagining, there’s solely a lot that could possibly be achieved between now and Labor Day. As soon as the brand new segments are developed or tailored for Disneyland (that takes time!), they might require a number of weeks (if not a month-plus) of choreographing and coaching, none of which could be achieved whereas the hearth injury is being repaired. The very best case looks like an interim Fantasmic by Labor Day, with leisure persevering with to work after-hours on the reimagined model till 2024.

Within the meantime, Disneyland additionally introduced that “different leisure experiences are being explored for the summer time.”

As for what this implies, properly…the apparent and speedy conclusion that any Disneyland fan will draw is Primary Road Electrical Parade. The McRib of Disney leisure appears destined to make its 376th farewell run this summer time, popping out for “one closing look” for a restricted time run. (In truth, I doubt Disneyland would name this a farewell run–given how typically it has been trotted out within the final a number of years, that tagline has misplaced all affect/which means.)

An apparent different to Primary Road Electrical Parade that would get followers excited is Paint the Evening. That parade has been absent for a number of years now, after receiving a brand new Incredibles float for the Pixar Fest. After the roughly 5 12 months absence, Disneyland followers could be ecstatic to see this parade–which remains to be being saved in Southern California.

Nonetheless, it’s our understanding that Paint the Evening wants quite a lot of repairs and modifications that make its return for this summer time “prohibitive.” Even previous to this, we had heard rumors of Paint the Evening returning someday in 2024. Hopefully, that’s truly the plan.

As for Primary Road Electrical Parade, I’ll admit to having fun with it final 12 months throughout its fiftieth Anniversary run. Seeing the parade once more was heartwarming and felt like a return to normalcy. The brand new finale is cute and the entire thing got here at a time when nostalgia and sentimentality actually hit the spot. I gained’t be upset if MSEP makes yet one more return.

I additionally gained’t be in the slightest degree excited. If MSEP returns for Summer season 2023, it’ll be out of necessity–a technique to fill an leisure void and provides summer time vacationers (who’ve largely by no means seen it) another choice. It’s too quickly to maneuver the needle for locals and Disneyland diehards; all of us simply noticed it, shopping for our Elliot sippers and Spirit Jerseys final summer time. Given the anticipated summer time tourism slowdown, Disneyland may be well-advised to do one thing completely different.

My hope is that they rapidly throw collectively a novel summer time providing. Maybe one thing within the type of Jungle Ebook: Alive with Magic or Rivers of Gentle at Animal Kingdom.

Clearly, there must be variations, however the important thing level is that Disneyland has entry to a number of issues that made up the center of these exhibits: dwell entertainers and floats from Fantasmic. Combine that with some new music (or one thing recycled from Walt Disney World or one of many worldwide parks that few Disneyland followers have heard) and increase, “new” summer time present introduced on the Rivers of America that followers would flock to see.

Put a jazz band on the Mark Twain and do nighttime cruises. Deck out the Crusing Ship Columbia because the Flying Dutchman and do eerie night voyages. I’ve no scarcity of unhealthy concepts, I’m simply spitballing right here.

Frankly, I don’t care if these are full flops–simply suppose outdoors the field and do one thing contemporary. It’s just one summer time season, and the worst case situation is a short-lived piece of leisure that develops a cult following however misses the mark for mainstream audiences, and will get its personal Defunctland episode a number of years from now.

Greatest case is that Disneyland produces one thing actually enjoyable and peculiar on a decent timeline with out the traditional guardrails proscribing creativity, and it turns into so beloved that they’re “pressured” to discover a technique to preserve it round in 2024. Something is best than continually bringing again MSEP, which feels just like the theme park equal of all these lazy dwell motion film remakes.

Finally, Disneyland will in all probability go for the tried and true with Primary Road Electrical Parade, which is predictably eye-catching. There’s minimal draw back to that, but in addition, solely a lot upside after they simply trotted it out final 12 months. We simply wish to see one thing distinctive and authentic this summer time season. Admittedly, there’s much more draw back–it could possibly be a complete trainwreck–but in addition much more upside.

Regardless of the summer time leisure does find yourself being, don’t anticipate it till a few month from now (late June 2023). The whole lot with leisure takes time, from growing the productions to casting and coaching. Even subsequent month could be a really aggressive timeline when contemplating staffing constraints and turnaround instances prior to now for bringing again MSEP (announcement time to debut date).

It’s protected to anticipate a non-permanent model of Fantasmic to debut round Labor Day, adopted by a reimagined nighttime spectacular in 2024. In our view, that’s the perfect case situation, because the return of a ‘everlasting’ Fantasmic round Labor Day essentially means one thing much less bold. Regardless, it must be enjoyable to observe this saga proceed to play out–hopefully Disneyland will make lemonade out of lemons!

Planning a Southern California trip? For park admission offers, learn Suggestions for Saving Cash on Disneyland Tickets. Study on-site and off-site motels in our Anaheim Lodge Evaluations & Rankings. For the place to eat, try our Disneyland Restaurant Evaluations. For distinctive concepts of issues that’ll enhance your journey, try What to Pack for Disney. For complete recommendation, seek the advice of our Disneyland Trip Planning Information. Lastly, for guides past Disney, try our Southern California Itineraries for day journeys to Los Angeles, Laguna Seashore, and tons of different locations!


What are your ideas on Fantasmic being darkish till at the least Labor Day? Hope that it returns then in everlasting type, or that Disneyland takes extra time to provide it a extra bold reimagining or enhancements? Ideas on leisure additions within the meantime for Summer season 2023? Do you agree or disagree with our perspective? Any questions we can assist you reply? Listening to your suggestions—even once you disagree with us—is each attention-grabbing to us and useful to different readers, so please share your ideas under within the feedback!

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest Articles