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  • On Jun 9, 2022
    Stephanie from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Which fantastic dining packages allow us to sit right by the fence next to the water? I would prefer to sit on the ground by the fence vs sitting at the restaurant table! Also, which package will allow me the most front and center view?

    Welcome to planDisney, Stephanie! Thanks so much for stopping by and asking this great question.

    Fantasmic! happens to be one of my very favorite nighttime spectaculars! I'm happy to help provide some information so you can make the best decision for viewing Mickey's imagination. At this time, you have two Fantasmic! dining package options that will place you in a viewing area along the Rivers of America versus being seated at a table at River Belle Terrace. The Fantasmic! On-the-Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant offers a special menu of various selections and will be a quick-service meal. This dining package includes a voucher for the reserved seating area. Your voucher lists the location of your viewing area, the time you should arrive at your viewing location, and the show’s performance time. In my experience, I have found that your arrival time will likely determine where you will be viewing the show. If you are one of the first to arrive, you have a better chance of being placed along the fence. While most people in the reserved viewing area are required to stand, individuals that are placed along the fence will be required to sit for the entire 27-minute performance. If you decide to go with the River Belle Terrace Standard Package, the process will be the same. You will receive a voucher for a reserved viewing area that indicates the location and time to arrive as well as which performance you will be viewing.

    There are a couple of additional things to keep in mind when making your plans to see Fantasmic! While quick-service locations don't normally require a reservation, the number of Hungry Bear dining packages is limited, so you will need to make an advanced dining reservation. You will receive a voucher for entry to the reserved viewing area for the first or second performance of Fantasmic! and your reservation time determines which performance you will attend. Reservations made for 3:00 p.m. through 6:45 p.m. will include a voucher for entry into the reserved viewing area for the first performance of Fantasmic! that evening. Reservations from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will include a voucher for entry into the reserved viewing area for that night's second show. 

    Another important factor to keep in mind is that Blue Bayou Restaurant Fantasmic! dining packages will be returning and this will very likely impact current reserved viewing areas. As of now, both the Hungry Bear and River Belle Terrace dining packages have provided some front and center, up-close viewing opportunities. Once Blue Bayou packages begin, I anticipate that those packages will offer the best viewing areas and the other dining packages will shift more to be on the left or right versus the center. This was the case PreCovid when I had a Blue Bayou dining package for Fantasmic! From my personal experience, I would also suggest trying to secure a spot that is not all the way against the fence. It can be harder to take in the view and our family found we had to watch through the fence rails to see. 

    This is such a great way to end a magical day at the Disneyland Resort! I hope this information helps with your planning. Please visit us again at planDisney if you have more questions about visiting The Happiest Place on Earth. We would love to help!

    See ya real soon! 
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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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