• On Mar 8, 2019
    Linda from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Is it necessary to use FastPass or Dining package for Rivers of Light and Fantasmic? Going June 8-12. Thanks

    Hello, Linda! Thanks for bringing another great question to us at the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Although I haven't booked a dining package for Fantasmic or Rivers of Light, I have experienced each with FastPass+ reservations and in the standby seating areas, too. While it isn't necessary to use a dining package or FastPass to experience these shows, the reserved seating is a definite perk.

    Both Fantasmic at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park are big shows, and there's a lot to take in. Being closer to the action lets you see the attention to detail Disney has put into the props, costumes and water projections. If you want to see these details better, I would recommend using a FastPass+ reservation for reserved seating. A dining package or dessert party reservation will also ensure you have seats in the reserved section. Either way, you'll want to arrive early for the best seats (even though your space is reserved) since the seats within the reserved section are first-come, first-served.

    I hope you get to experience both of these nighttime shows during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation, Linda. Please let us know if we can do anything else to help you as you plan.

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