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  • On Jul 14, 2009
    Sonja Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We have reservations at Whispering Canyon at 5:20 on the only night of our trip that Fantasmic is showing. Fantasmic is at 8:30. Will we have time to eat, travel to the park using Disney transportation and still get a seat? I visit the panel everyday thnks

    Thanks onja,

    We are so glad we can be of assistance in planning your Disney vacation. Whispering Canyon is a fantastic fun, lively restaraunt with yummy grub. My rule of thumb is to plan 75-90 minutes at a table service Disney restaraunt. That time could be slightly shorter here since the menu is designed  family style and therefore the wait time for the food is typically less but I would plan to spend at least 60 minutes at your table once you are seated.

    Once dinner is complete, you will need to take a Disney bus from the front of the resort to Hollywood Studios. The buses run on average every twenty minutes and the ride to the Studios will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Figure into your equation enough time to pass through security and the turnstiles as well as walk to the Fantasmic theater entrance. With all of that thrown into the time table, I would estimate that you could be at Fantasmic by 8ish and chances are very good (with no hidden delays) that you could make it by 8:30. Now the problem becomes the seat.

    Fantasmic is extremely popular and while the theater is quite large, it fills to capacity almost every show. Guests often line up 60-90 minutes before the show to obtain a seat. There is no way of knowing how crowded the park will be that evening but I would plan on a full house at the show. Suggestions would be to try and move your dinner reservation up by another half hour or so to provide extra time, or consider dining at Whispering Canyon a different evening and choose one of the delicious restaraunts at Hollywood Studios for your meal that night. Our family loves the easy family feeling at Mama Melrose, and the food is great too. If those options do not work, I would still give it a try as it could still work.

    Good luck and enjoy!


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Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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