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Fantasmic Remains Drained While Disney Prepares For Other Nighttime Spectaculars

If there is one thing we hear most recently from Walt Disney World fans, it is that they are ready for nighttime spectaculars to begin once again. The fantastic news is that recently Disney announced that Magic Kingdom’s “Happily Ever After” and EPCOT’s “Epcot Forever” nighttime spectaculars are returning! With the debut of these two nighttime spectaculars kicking off on July 1, that leaves us just hours away from experiencing fireworks and projections once again – after over a year of quiet skies above Disney. We simply can’t wait! But, how is the future of nighttime spectaculars looking over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom?

Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Unfortunately, a recent photo taken by @bioreconstruct was posted on Twitter on June 26, showing that despite our hopes for it’s return soon, Fantasmic is still drained.

As you can see in the photo, it doesn’t look like this nighttime spectacular is anywhere near reopening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Before COVID, Disney’s Hollywood Studios was home to a duo of nighttime spectaculars which included Fantasmic and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. Both shows were absolutely stunning. Disney has yet to release information on when/if these two nighttime spectaculars will return.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Moving on over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom… fireworks are not allowed in the park due to the animal care. Pre-COVID, Disney did offer the nighttime spectacular called “Rivers of Light”. The show (which featured water screens, stunning projections, and colorful floats) was popular but never really seemed like a crowd favorite. We learned last year that Rivers of Light will not be returning.

Rivers of Light

So, does Disney have a plan for a new nighttime spectacular at Disney’s Animal Kingdom? We have yet to hear. Disney did however announce a new daytime form of entertainment called “Disney KiteTails” which is scheduled to debut on October 1 in the former Rivers of Light location (Discovery River Amphitheater).

Disney KiteTails

While we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed Disney returns nighttime spectaculars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom soon, we do know more plans are in the works for Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. A new nighttime spectacular is coming to Magic Kingdom, plus the reveal date for EPCOT’s Harmonious nighttime spectacular has been announced.

About Mike/ Jamie

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.