Fantasmic! 1/7/16

There are going to be a lot of changes at Disneyland soon. Next week quite a few things will be closing down for over a year to facilitate the creation of the new Star Wars Land, which is set to open in the spring of 2017. One of the temporary casualties from this construction is the Fantasmic! nighttime show. I haven’t seen it in years so I wanted to catch one of the last presentations before the extended hiatus starts. Due to the near term closure date Fantasmic has been experiencing quite the surge in popularity. This means that the latest dinner package reservation I could get was at 4:40 PM at Blue Bayou. So I left work at 3 PM to make sure I had enough time to drive to Disneyland, park, and get to the restaurant by then. Luckily it was an easy trip and I even had enough time to grab a Star Tours Fast Pass before dinner. I had another delicious Disneyland meal last night – salad, filet mignon and potatoes, and hazelnut chocolate cake. Blue Bayou is definitely one of the best places to eat at the parks. You can’t beat the atmosphere and the food has been amazing the last few times I’ve been lucky enough to eat there. And as part of the Fantasmic dining package they give you a seat cushion for the show. I had some time to kill after dinner so I went on Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion Holiday, Small World Holiday, and Star Tours before I had to head back to the Fantasmic viewing area. (I even had time to buy a couple of Star Wars shirts that just might work for one or both of the races at Disneyland next weekend. There are tons of new Star Wars shirts out there these days, but finding ones that are made of something other than cotton is essential for running.) I almost got a front row seat for Fantasmic, but then a family with small children showed up and I moved so that the kids could have an unobstructed view. Unfortunately I managed to sit right behind a group of quite large folks so it wasn’t ideal, but I could still see reasonably well. Fantasmic is almost exactly the same as I remember it from 7 or 8 years ago. Entertaining, but not as good as the Paint the Night parade or the Disneyland Forever fireworks, both of which were new for the 60th anniversary this year. I’m still glad I made the effort to see Fantasmic before it closes for a year, though. It was worth it.