Family Dining
  • On Nov 25, 2019
    Danielle from WA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hello! We will be meeting another family in Disneyland January 24-26, 2020 and I wanted to know if Fantasmic will be running during that time? And, if our families reserve dining packages at different restaurants will we be able to sit together?

    Oh boy, Danielle! 

    You picked a good one. Fantasmic! is my favorite evening show at the Disneyland Resort. While entertainment schedules are subject to change, it does look like reservations for Fantasmic! Dining Packages are currently being accepted for the dates of your visit. Be sure to keep checking the Disneyland Resort entertainment calendar as your vacation dates get closer. Park schedules generally start to fill in about four to six weeks in advance. In just a few weeks you’ll get a better idea of just when the big show will be presented. 

    Most of the time, dining reservations at the Disneyland Resort may be made up to 60 days ahead of your visit. So by all means, feel free to make reservations for your Fantasmic! Dining Packages now. The reserved viewing areas along the banks of the Rivers of America are unique for each participating restaurant. Guests with Disney FASTPASS reservations for different viewing areas are not guaranteed to be allowed to sit together. Though I do have a funny story about that. My family had FASTPASS reservations for the section set aside for guests of the Blue Bayou Restaurant. But there was a miscommunication as we were being seated for the show, and we ended up walking past our designated section and found seats in the section for guests of River Belle Terrace. A while later, a Cast Member noticed the error and asked if we wanted to move. We had already settled and the viewing areas were not full that evening, so the Cast Member allowed us to stay where we were. Since the Blue Bayou Restaurant section and the River Belle Terrace section are adjacent to each other, it would be conceivable to have families sit by each other on either side of the border between those two sections. Note that only guests of River Belle Terrace’s Premium Package will be seated at the restaurant’s dining patio during the show.

    You’ve picked a special time to visit the Disneyland Resort, Danielle. That weekend marks Lunar New Year. And the Lunar New Year celebration held in Disney California Adventure Park at that time will be full swing. My daughters who are studying Chinese are looking forward to it. And so am I! That will also be the weekend after the much anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. I. Can. Not. Wait.

    Have a magical time, Danielle!

    ~Tony
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Meet the Panelist: Tony, Utah

Coming to you from the Beehive State, I’m a Disney-loving dad and husband, buzzing with excitement to share advice and tips for making your Disneyland Resort vacation as magical as possible! I’m excited to help you discover the storytelling magic of the “Happiest Place on Earth!” Learn More About Tony

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