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  • On Jul 14, 2013
    Tammy 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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    Scored BOG ressies for our trip for Aug 13 for 6:35!! Have hopper and want to leave after dinner and go to HS for Fantasmic at 1000. Is the 2nd show usually as crowded as 1st? What time should we get there and get in line? Do shops stay open late? thx

    Welcome Back Tammy!

    Sounds like you have an action packed evening planned!  I love it!

    I checked the online calendar for Disney's Hollywood Studios (DHS) for August 13, 2013. They are currently showing Fantasmic! at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. so that gives you a little more time.  In my opinion, the second performance of Fantasmic! doesn't typically seem as crowded as the first especially when the performances are later.  Many Guests have little ones that come to the earlier shows so they can get to bed earlier. That doesn't mean it won't be crowded so I'd still plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to showtime.

    Here's something else I've noticed about the second performances. It seems they may not start seating as early as they do for the first performance for the evening.  That may be because it takes time for them to clear the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater and clean it before they start seating for the second performance. That's just my guess but it can cause a massive line of Guests down Sunset Blvd which causes Guests to stress a bit when they see it. Don't stress. The Amphitheater is huge.

    DHS is scheduled to close at 10 p.m. on 8-13-2013.  However, you will find the larger shops along Sunset Blvd and Hollywood Blvd open as you make your way out of the park following the last performance of Fantasmic! that evening. I can't resist a final souvenEAR!

    Keep the questions coming!  We're hEAR for you!

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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