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Fantasmic!
Fantasmic (Disney's Hollywood Studios)

Opening

Spring 2022

Show length

26 minutes

Producer

Walt Disney Entertainment

Score

Michael Giacchino (score)
Bruce Healey (theme)

Director

Barnette Ricci

Show cost

$45,000 per showing

Fantasmic! is a Disney nighttime show at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. The show features fireworks, live actors, water effects, fire, music, several boats, decorated rafts, and projections onto large mist screens featuring reworked Disney animation. It originated at Disneyland in 2017 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.

In 2022, Walt Disney Entertainment in Florida partnered with Imagineering and Feature Animation to bring a new version of the show to Disney's Hollywood Studios, featuring new animated and live action scenes. The Rivers of America at the 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. Intended to boost low attendance numbers at that park, the new Fantasmic.

Show Description[]

The show is located at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. An enormous mountain with surrounding trees is the set for the show. As the lights fade, a female voice gives a brief welcome and mentions of the powers of imagination. "Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host, Mickey Mouse, uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. In a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy or an exciting adventure! But beware... nothing is more powerful than the imagination-for it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. We now invite you to join Mickey and experience Fantasmic! - a journey beyond your wildest imagination."

The show follows a dream of Mickey Mouse that he has one night while fast asleep. As the lights fade, a female narrator gives a brief welcome and mentions of the powers of imagination. A very faint musical note is heard, swelling and growing into a dramatic chord in the complete darkness. Once the chord strikes, two tall columns rise on stage left and right, with roving spotlights, until finally, Mickey appears center stage. He conducts various water fountain effects, until bringing up the giant water-mist "screens", which, in conjunction with a few flares, fade into the famous "Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Fantasia.

From there, the falling stars of the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene morph into flowers, and after a brief interlude, into a jungle scene. Elephants, baboons, birds, hippopotamus, rhinos, crocodiles, and cheetahs in black-lit fluorescent colors begin to herd in the mountain. These 3D black-light puppets make noise and move around on the island while Terk and gorilla do a dance on floats traveling across the water, and Tarzan and Jane romp together on the water-mist screen Originally, this sequence was themed to The Lion King, but it was transformed into a Tarzan scene following the 2022 refurbishment. Next, a large bubble montage takes place, where scenes and characters from major classic animated Disney movies (Tarzan, The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Lilo & Stitch, Alice in Wonderland, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Emperor's New Groove, Pinocchio, Frozen, Meet the Robinsons, The Princess and the Frog, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia 2000, Melody Time, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, and Ratatouille) appear in floating bubbles Originally, this sequence was themed to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Hercules, Aladdin, Mulan, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, but it was transformed into a Lilo & Stitch, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Emperor's New Groove, Frozen, Meet the Robinsons, The Princess and the Frog, Melody Time, Mary Poppins, Toy Story, and Ratatouille scene following the 2022 refurbishment.

Mickey discovers a magical lamp. He rubs it, causing Genie to be freed via onscreen animation. He then shows Sorcerer Mickey his powers while singing "Friend Like Me". Some of the transformations include turning into Donald Duck and Goofy, as well as turning Mickey into Pinocchio complete with dancers that look like Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck, as a tribute to the original Pinocchio sequence. Genie then disappears causing Sorcerer Mickey to go underwater.

Onscreen animation then shows Cleo, Pinocchio, and Jiminy Cricket underwater. An animated Monstro then appears onscreen, accompanied by a heavy musical score as he crashes through the waters. The chaotic sea morphs into Mickey lost in an overflowed room as he is whisked into a whirlpool. After Mickey wonders where he is, the scene shifts to one of the opening scenes from Frozen II, with the ship caught in a storm. The screens disappear, and the lights immediately darken.

Live characters from the movie Frozen II. Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and the Arendelle citizens stop Elsa from fooling around but getting rid of the fires, After the sisters' conversation, Mist screens show Elsa starts singing "Into the Unknown" and "Show Yourself" while transforming into a spirit and then depict the ending where the sisters reunite. Originally, this sequence was themed to Pocahontas, but it was transformed into a Frozen II scene following the 2022 refurbishment. However, you can see silhouettes of Peter, Wendy, Michael, and John flying over the moon after Sorcerer Mickey paints it.

The projections then transform into castle, where Tin Soldier and Ballerina are on the stage as if they're ballet on the toy (set to Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102). Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Ariel and Eric, and Belle and the Beast appear on three floating stages (transformed since the jungle scene earlier) on the river, dancing to a medley of each princess' signature song ("Beauty and the Beast", "Part of Your World", and "I See the Light" respectively) accompanied by lighting and water effects.

The music turns darker, like Mickey in his Sorcerer's Apprentice outfit encounters the Magic Mirror as he tells him "True magical power lies within the mirror, gaze deep into your own reflection and see powers better than you could even imagine." Mickey is skeptical at first, but he eventually decides to take a look. Mickey then gets trapped inside the mirror where he eventually encounters The Evil Queen who has been transformed into The Old Hag. She invokes the help of Ursula, Cruella de Vil, Shan-Yu, Scar, Frollo, Jafar, and Yzma. Yzma uses his magic to send Mickey to the Yzma's Secret Lab. After via roller coaster Mickey encounters Guards, who transforms himself into an ostrich, a gorilla, a lizard, an octopus, a warthog, and a cow, appearing on both the stage and the mist screens. Seeing a vials Mickey rubs it, assuming it will vial. Unfortunately, Yzma is transformed into a cat. Originally, this sequence was themed to Aladdin, but it was transformed into a The Emperor's New Groove scene following the 2022 refurbishment. and calls upon Dr. Facilier and Hades who then calls Chernabog, who summons spirits from the dead.

As Chernabog finishes, Mickey comes face to face with Maleficent, who transforms into a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon that sets the waters ablaze. Guests as far as halfway back in the theater can feel the heat from the fire. Sorcerer Mickey outfit, manages to create a wall of water around the island, smothering the flames and defeating the dragon. He eliminates the villains from the dream world using the power of his imagination and his sorcerer powers. As the villains feel the wrath of the magical electricity from the sorcerer powers, Maleficent dies as the water splashes with a large firework bang.

All is quiet until we see Tinker Bell fly to restore the mountain. Magical stars sparkle in the mountain as the Steamboat Willie riverboat approaches. Then a spark of pyrotechnics ignites from the riverboat, revealing Mickey, looking as he did in the original short, controlling the boat. As it glides past the audience, various Disney and Pixar characters appear aboard the boat, usually waving streamers. A celebratory atmosphere prevails amid a flurry of fireworks.

With another flash of pyrotechnics, Mickey appears atop the highest point of the mountain in his Sorcerer outfit as fireworks, fire, and water light up the stage. As the finale concludes, Mickey disappears from the top of the mountain with another spark of pyrotechnics, a small explosion in the main stage and simultaneously reappears in his shiny tuxedo suit. A small applause from the crowd and Mickey says, "Some imagination, huh? Haha!" Pyrotechnics shoot out of the main stage and barges on the moat, he vanishes one last time to the final notes of the music while a cone of lights and searchlights bright up the stage for a few seconds. All turns dark once again and the show has concluded.


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Soundtrack[]

  • Conceived and Directed by Barnette Ricci
  • Original Score Composed by Michael Giacchino
  • Original Fantasmic! Theme Composed by Bruce Healey
  • Music Supervisor: Dave Jordan
  • Performed by the Hollywood Studio Symphony
  • Soundtrack Recorded at The Newman Scoring Stage, Fox Studio Lot, Los Angeles, California, US, The Eastwood Scoring Stage, Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, California, US
  • Soundtrack Mixed at Robert Wise Mixing Stage, Fox Studio Lot, Los Angeles, California, US
  • Music Editors: Stephen M. Davis, MPSE, Warren Brown, MPSE, Tanya Noel Hill
  • Assistant Music Editor: Scott Johnson
  • Synth Programming: Eric Wegner, Mae Crosby, Brian Taylor
  • Score Technical Engineer: Luke Dennis
  • Orchestrations by Tim Simonec, Andrea Datzman, Marshall Bowen, Brad Dechter, Michael Giacchino, Larry Kenton, Chad Seiter, Cameron Patrick, Peter Boyer, Jennifer Hammond, Chris Tilton, William Ross, Mark Gasbarro, Jeff Kryka, Germaine Franco, Gordon Goodwin, Curtis Green
  • Orchestra Conducted by Tim Simonec, Marshall Bowen
  • Soundtrack and Album Produced by Michael Giacchino
  • Executive Vice President of Entertainment: Ron Logan
  • Album Executive Producer: Tom MacDougall
  • Score Recorded and Mixed by Joel Iwataki
  • Digital Score Recordist: Vincent Cirilli
  • Soundtrack Editing, Sound Effects, and Surround Sound Services by Skywalker Sound A Lucasfilm Ltd. Company, Marin County, California
  • Soundtrack Editing, Sound Effects, and Surround Sound Design by Ben Burtt
  • Music Production Manager: Andrew Page
  • Orchestra Contractor: Reggie Wilson
  • Assistant Orchestra Contractor: Connie Boylan
  • Vocal Contractor: Vangie Gunn
  • Music Preparation: Booker White, Dave Giuli, Jennifer Hammond, BTW Productions, Inc.
  • Scoring Stage Recordists: Tom Hardisty, Tim Lauber
  • Stage Technical Engineer: Ryan Robinson
  • Additional Stage Technical Engineer: Denis St. Amand
  • Scoring Stage Crew: Richard Wheeler Jr., Greg Dennen, Emad Borjian, Damon Tedesco, Christine Sirois, Peter Nelson
  • Scoring Stage Managers: Jamie Olvera, Stacey Robinson
  • Score Assistant Engineers: Paula Salvatore, Chandler Harrod, Nick Rives, Timothy Marchiafava
  • Music Production Assistants: Jill Iverson, Lydia Paweski
  • Vocal Coaching by Sam Kriger
  • Score Production Coordinator: Deniece LaRocca-Hall
  • Score Coordinator for Michael Giacchino: Andrea Datzman
  • Assistant to Michael Giacchino: David Coker
  • Additional Score Preparation: Curtis Green, Pierre Derycz, Mick Giacchino
  • Additional Recording Preparation: James Carroll


  • Hollywood Studio Symphony
  • Music Copyists: Booker White, Chris Anderson-Bazzolli, Brandon Bailo, Leslie Buttars, Nicolas Cazares, Alfredo Fredo Esparza, David Giuli, Jennifer Hammond, Lisa Janacua, Valarie King, Martin McClellan, Aaron Meyer, Melissa Orquiza, Sasiwan Seiter, Karen Smith
  • Violins: Bruce Dukov (concertmaster), Roger Wilkie (principal 2nd), Richard Altenbach, Tami Hatwan, Darius Campo, Lily Ho Chen, Katia Popov, Sara Parkins, Eun Mee Ahn, Roberto Cani, Natalie Leggett, Liane Mautner, Alyssa Park, Joel Derouin, Sid Page, Julie Rogers, Neel Hammond, Irina Voloshina, Marc Sazer, Carol Pool, Alan Grunfeld, Eve Butler, Nina Evtuhov, Grace Oh, Shalini Vijayan, Yelena Yegoryan, Ana Landauer, Kevin Connolly, Marina Manukian, Jennie Levin, Eric Hosler
  • Violas: Brian Dembow, Alma Fernandez, Vickie Miskolczy, Thomas Diener, Pamela Goldsmith, Matt Funes, Darrin McCann, Keith Green, David Walther, Kate Reddish, Jenni Hansen, Marlow Fisher, Lynne Richburg, Andrew Duckles, Kazi Pitelka
  • Cellos: Tim Landauer, Tony Cooke, Victor Lawrence, Tim Loo, Steve Richards, Erika Duke Kirkpatrick, Paul Cohen, Tina Soule, Chris Ermacoff, Jodi Burnett, Paula Hochhalter, Miguel Martinez
  • Basses: Ed Meares, Mike Valerio, Bruce Morgenthaler, Chris Kollgaard, Dennis Karmazyn, Sue Ranney, Frances Liu, Ann Atkinson
  • Flutes: Heather Clark, Pedro Eustache, Geri Rotella, Chris Bleth
  • Sax: Dan Higgins, John Mitchell
  • Oboes: David Weiss, John Yoakum
  • Clarinets: Stuart Clark, Justo Almario, Greg Huckins
  • French Horns: Jim Thatcher, Dan Kelley, Dylan Hart, Jennie Kim, Phil Yao, Steve Becknell, Joe Meyer, Teag Reeves,
  • Trumpets: Rick Baptist, Harry Kim, Dan Fornero, Jon Lewis
  • Trombones: Charlie Loper, Alex Iles, Bill Reichenbach, Phil Teele, Andrew Lippman
  • Tuba: Doug Tornquist
  • Harps: Katie Kirkpatrick, Marcia Dickstein
  • Piano: Randy Kerber, Bryan Pezzone, Gloria Cheng, Robert Thies
  • Upright & Electric Bass: Nico Abondolo, Rene Camacho
  • Guitar: Tony Morales, Johnny Marr, Andrew Synowiec, George Doering
  • Keyboards: Alan Steinberger, Randy Kerber
  • Drums: Ryeland Allison, Mike Shapiro, Matt Chamberlain, Bernie Dresel, Steven Schaeffer
  • Percussion: Satnam Ramgotra, Michael Englander, Brian Kilgore, Alex Neciosup-Acuna, Emil Richards, Walter Rodriguez, Dam Greco, Wade Culbreath, Bob Zimmitti, Thomas Raney
  • Timpani: Gregory Goodall, Don Williams


  • Los Angeles Choir
  • Choir: Amanda Achen, Steve Amerson, Beth Anderson, Chyla Anderson, Michael Bannett, Crystal Barron, Vatsche Barsoumian, Joan Beal, Samela Beasom, Josh Bedlion, Edie Lehmann Boddicker, Cindy Bourquin, Eric Bradley, Aleta Braxton, Karen Hogle Brown, Reid Bruton, Joanna Bushnell, Amick Byram, Elin Carlson, Harry James Campbell, Katie Campbell, Tim Campbell, Bradley Chapman, Alvin Chea, Kenton Chen, Jessica Childress, Dwayne Condon, Craig Copeland, Randy Crenshaw, Andrea Datzman, Tim Davis, Laura Dickinson, Monique Donnelly, Kevin Dorsey, Allie Feder, Fuzz Finnegan, Amy Fogerson, Diane Freiman Reynolds, Sam Garcia, Michael Geiger, Gregory Geiger, Dylan Gentile, Debbie Hall Gleason, William Kenneth Goldman, Timothy Gonzales, Abdiel González, Jennifer Graham, Taylor Graves, Emma Gunn, Levi Gunn, Vangie Gunn, Christine Guter, Kelci Hahn, Jon Robert Hall, Sandie Hall, Katie Hampton, Linda Harmon, James Harper, Karen Harper, Drew Harrah, Walt Harrah, Missi Hale, Ayana Haviv, Amy Keys, Judith Hill, Nayanna Holley, Katharine Hoye, Laura Jackman, Luana Jackman, Clydene Jackson, Elissa Johnston, Bob Joyce, David Joyce, Briana Lee, Jon Lee Keenan, Larry Kenton, Teri Koide, Keri Larson, Scott Lehmkuhi, Lesley Leighton, Tori Letzler, Michael Lichtenauer, Ben Han-Wei Lin, Kimberly Lingo, Rick Logan, Susie Stevens Logan, JJ Lopez, David Loucks, Sarah Lynch, Melissa Mackay, Chris Mann, Sara Mann, Baraka May, Sean McDermott, Donna Medline, Michael Miersma, Andrea Miller, Lika Miyake, Dan Navarro, Charissa Nielsen, Scott Oatley, Bobbi Page, Aaron Page, Beth Peregrine, Marc Antonio Pritchett, Meredith Pyle, Paul Rabjohns, Jasper Randall, Zanaida Robles, Laura Smith Roethe, Jessica Rotter, Gaby Santinelli, Amy Schubert, Lisbeth Scott, Aretha Scruggs, Holly Sedillos, Ann Marie Sheridan, Fletcher Sheridan, Jessie Shulman, Kathryn Shuman, Connor Warren Smith, Mark Edward Smith, Antonio Sol, Sally Stevens, Gary Stockdale, Todd Strange, Kimberly Switzer, Natalie Babbitt Taylor, Ty Taylor, A.J. Teshin, Matthew Tresler, Carmen Twillie, Suzanne Waters, Oren Waters, Dick Wells, John West, Greg Whipple, Karen Whipple Schnurr, Gerald White, Eyvonne Williams, Jackie Williams, Elyse Willis, Terry Wood, Raya Yarbrough, Andrea Zomorodian
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