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  • On May 30, 2022
    Jennifer from CT Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Where is the best place to view Fanstamic at Disneyland if I don't have a dining package? How early would we need to be there to get a good spot? Do rides clear out during evening shows somewhat like at WDW?

    Hiya Jennifer! Welcome back to planDisney! Thanks so much for sending us a great question. I'm happy to see you have a Disneyland Resort vacation planned for next month!

    I love Fantasmic! and I'm so happy it has returned to the entertainment lineup. I have to say I'm partial to the Disneyland version of Mickey's imagination, so I definitely have my favorite spot for viewing! If you are facing the Rivers of America where Fantasmic! is shown, I prefer to watch on the far right side. You must stand in this area and I would suggest getting there at least an hour or more before the show is scheduled to start. Because it's standing room only, it is also important that all of your travel party is with you.

    I like this particular viewing spot for the easy access to attractions once the show is over. In my experience, there are lower wait times for attractions at Disneyland Park during viewing times for Fantasmic!, Disneyland Forever, and Main Street Electrical Parade. I have also found this to be the case during World of Color at Disney California Adventure Park. It's a tough choice to make because lower wait times for attractions can be nice, but the nighttime spectaculars are amazing! If you are planning multiple days in the theme parks, I would suggest planning to see some of the entertainment and choose a night that you would rather ride attractions. You could also have the best of both by using Disney Genie+ during your visit! This theme park ticket add-on helps maximize your time with attractions and frees up time in the evening to see the entertainment. 

    Please let us know if you have any additional questions as you are planning your visit to The Happiest Place on Earth! We're always happy to help at planDisney!

    Happy Planning!

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Meet the Panelist: Lisa, Colorado

Hi everyone! I’m Lisa from Colorado where I live Happily Ever After as a mom, wife, and kindergarten teacher! I was raised on all things Disney and fell in love with Walt Disney World Resort on my first visit at six years old. I'm lucky to be an annual Passholder at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World and I love visiting my laughing places as often as possible! I’m so excited to help you plan special memories at The Happiest Place on Earth and The Most Magical Place on Earth! Learn More About Lisa

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