By now, the return of Fantasmic! to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios is considered old news, but that doesn’t mean that the crowds have begun to thin, and likely won’t be anytime soon. The lines are incredibly long, considering that Fantasmic! is not available for Genie+ or Lightning Lane services, creating an even longer stand-by line.
Guests are not allowed to wait in line any earlier than 90 minutes before the show starts, and DAS (Disability Access Service) passes are currently unavailable for the nighttime spectacular as well.
Although the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater can hold up to 6,900 seated Guests (with room for an additional 3,000 standing Guests), finding a good seat can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack! If you’ve been trying to secure a good spot for the outdoor nighttime spectacular, then you totally need to give the Fantasmic! Dining Package a try.
The Fantasmic! Dining Package allows Guests to dine at one of 5 select Hollywood Studios table-service restaurants with guaranteed VIP seating for the nighttime spectacular. Guests can eat at the 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Hollywood & Vine, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, or the Hollywood Brown Derby. Each restaurant’s dining package comes at a fixed price and includes the following, according to Walt Disney World’s official website:
An entrée and appetizer or dessert at select full-service restaurants or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
One voucher for guaranteed seating at Fantasmic! in a reserved area
After enjoying your meal, you’ll be given a paper voucher for reserved seating for Fantasmic!, just like the good old days of FastPass+. Should you lose the paper voucher, you’ll be able to receive another one or gain entry into the reserved section with the receipt. So don’t fret, because a Cast Member will help you!
Although you may have to shell out a couple of extra bucks for the Fantasmic! Dining Package, it’s one of the best ways to ensure you have good seats for the nighttime spectacular! You can avoid the headache of large crowds.