Fantasmic! Will Return to Disney World Later This Year with New Scene

by | May 5, 2022 | Hollywood Studios, WDW Blog, WDW News

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Wondering when Fantasmic! will return to Disney World? Scroll on to learn more about the return of this classic Hollywood Studios show — and what new things will be in store when Fantasmic! comes back.

The iconic Hollywood Studios show Fantasmic! has not delighted guests since the temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Slowly but surely, Disney World has been resurrecting discontinued shows and experiences, but Fantasmic! remains one of the last experiences still yet to be revived.

While Disney hasn’t announced a hard date, we do know that Fantasmic! will return to Disney World later this year — and when it does, it’ll have a brand-new scene.

Fantasmic! – Returning 2022

Fantasmic! is an epic entertainment extravaganza in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that is equal parts show and fireworks display. The experience includes more than 50 live performers, inspirational music, stunning pyrotechnics, and massive sets — all set over a canvas of water and light.

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Fantasmic! will return to Disney World in 2022. Photo by Cliff Wang

Fantasmic! is a great place to see your favorite Disney Villains, including Maleficent in her 40-foot dragon form. You’ll also see characters from beloved Disney animated movies like Beauty and the BeastAladdinThe Little MermaidSnow White and the Seven DwarfsThe Lion King, and Sleeping Beauty.

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The Evil Queen is one of many Disney Villains in Fantasmic! at Disney World. Photo by Cliff Wang

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Maleficent appears in dragon form. Photo by Brett Svenson

And of course, this is the iconic place where you can experience Sorcerer Mickey, controlling water, color, and magic.

Check My Disney Experience for showtimes (Fantasmic! doesn’t run every night), and be sure to get to the amphitheater as early as 90 minutes before the show to get a good seat.

The show is outdoors, so if there is inclement weather, it may be canceled, or showtimes may change.

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Sorcerer Mickey will return to Disney World with Fantasmic! later this year. Photo by Cliff Wang

Wondering where to find Fantasmic at Disney World? Check out the Hollywood Studios map before your park day. The amphitheater sits behind the Tower of Terror attraction at the front of the park. (Hang a right d

own Sunset Boulevard after entering the park and keep to the right.)

Updates to Fantasmic! in 2022

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Fantasmic! returns as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Photo courtesy of Disney

The Fantasmic! stage has been dark for two years, so when Disney brings it back to life, it will do so with a whole new dose of magic. Disney has promised a new show sequence that includes some newer Disney characters: Mulan, Elsa, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Moana, all in the heroic moments of their own journeys.

Disney has also promised new technical enhancements.

Thanks to Disney for hosting us on a 2-night The Celebration Continues: Even More Magic Media Event where we got to conduct interviews, learn about exciting updates made for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, stay at Gran Destino Tower, and experience new entertainment offerings. #SaveTheGalaxyTime #CosmicRewind #DisneyWorld50

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Written by Timothy Moore

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Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).
Timothy Moore

Written by Timothy Moore

Boom baby! Timothy Moore is excited to serve as a WDW Magazine contributor and resident Disney Renaissance expert. When he's not drinking around the world at EPCOT or gobbling down Mickey Waffles for breakfast, he can usually be found with his partner hiking and kayaking the great outdoors, putting off writing his novel by playing Nintendo Switch, or telling his dogs Goomba and Blooper that they're the best boys in the world ad nauseam (because they are).