“Mysteries and magic, visions fantastic…”
Murphy the Dragon – the mascot of Fantasmic! at Disneyland Park.
In this season of villains, it only seems appropriate to shine a spotlight on one of the greatest villainous battles you can find at a Disney Park – the nighttime extravaganza Fantasmic! However, since there are somewhat different stagings of this show at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, let’s see how one stacks up against the other… at least in my personal opinion!
I remember that my overriding first impression of the Walt Disney World Resort was being blown away by the sheer SIZE and immensity of everything compared to the Disneyland Resort. I couldn’t stop saying “IT’S HUGE!!!”
I looked at Main Street, U.S.A. and said, “It’s HUGE!”
I looked at Cinderella Castle and said, “It’s HUGE!”
I looked at Spaceship Earth and said, “It’s HUGE!”
I looked at the Tree of Life and said, “It’s HUGE!”
So you can imagine the mindset I went in with to see Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ version of Fantasmic! – my absolute favorite Disney nighttime spectacular and one of the most thrilling, emotionally moving and magical experiences I think any guest can have at a Disney Park.
But I knew something was off as I approached the stadium bleacher seating under the bright lights, with Cast Members peddling popcorn and snacks across the rows of people while a couple of other guys shouted bad jokes at the crowd and tried to get them to do “the wave”…
And then I saw the size of the waterway and the cave set that the show would be performed on… and I started to laugh… “but it’s all so small!”
And I didn’t stop laughing until long after the show ended.
So I’m going to give you the spoiler result right up front: Disneyland Resort wins this comparison hands (gloves?) down. And here’s why… Continue reading