Skip the tail! Score a fantastic dining package at Disney World (2023)

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Disney’s long-awaited favorite is back: Fantasmic! now plays at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Also returning: the Fantasmic Dining Package at Disney World. Here’s what you need to know to avoid long lines at Fantasmic! at Walt Disney World Resort.

About Fantasmic! At Disney World

From the Walt Disney World website:

With stunning effects, thrilling stunts, dazzling pyrotechnics and upbeat music, this larger-than-life show is painted on a large canvas of dancing water and light. Bursting with wacky surprises and full of suspense, it will leave your whole family smiling from ear to ear!

With a brand new Disney character sequence added to the series, the return date has been announced as November 3, 2022.

The fantastic ! the meal package will go on sale from October 26 for shows on November 30 and beyond.

Fantasmic Disney World Hollywood Studios sign.  Learn more about Disney World's fantastic dining plans

What do the seats for Fantasmic look like?

You’ll be seated in an open-air amphitheater for the show, evoking Hollywood’s Golden Age.

This area is in the Disney backlot, a location that is not accessible to the public except during show times.

Disney World Fantasmic has actual seating where the Disneyland show does not (you have designated areas to stand or sit in, but no actual seating).

Where do you stand with the Fantasmic! Dining plan at Disney World?

The section of seats reserved for Fantasmic! Meal plan holders are the focus of the theatre.

They will begin to fill on a first come, first served basis with the Mickey Mickey section.

The Scar section of the seats will be used if necessary.

seats for fantasmic at disney world.  stadium outdoor amphitheater seats.

Do you need tickets to Fantasmic Disney World?

You do not need additional tickets for Fantasmic. You need theme park admission and a reservation (or the ability to park between Disney parks).

You also need a bit of patience and time to line up for the show, especially if you’re going within the next two months after opening (November 2022).

The queue to enter the theater is LONG and begins to form about 90 minutes in advance.

But you can skip that line by purchasing a Fantasmic Dining Package at select Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants.

Save time online and reserve any of these dining options in advance.

Check Disney Genie in the My Disney Experience app for times.

fantastic hours.  The fantastic meal package at disney world will only count for the 1st show (8pm in this case).

Dinner and show! Fantastic Dining Package: Disney World (2023)

The return of Fantasmic Dining packages has been announced: November 30 is the first day you can reserve any of these meals from the reserved section.

There are 5 full-service restaurants participating in the Fantasmic Dining Package at Disney World.

  • 50s Prime Time Cafe (classic American comfort food!)
  • Hollywood and vineyard
  • Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
  • The brown Hollywood derby

You can book this dining experience 60 days before your visit.

First, you’ll enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants above, then you’ll watch a fabulous high-energy show to round off your Hollywood Studios night.

jafar in fantasy on water screen.

How much does the Fantasmic dining package cost at Disney World?

Package prices listed are $49-$73 per adult ($22-$29 for children ages 3-9).

A credit card is required to reserve.

The Fantasmic Dining Package is available every day of the Fantasmic show, but will only provide seats for the first Fantasmic show! each night.

sci-fi dinner in disney world fantasy dinner package

What do meals in the meal plan include?

  • One main course and one entrée or dessert at select full-service restaurants or one (1) full buffet (where available), plus one non-alcoholic beverage
  • A voucher for a lounge area reserved for Fantasmic! in a reserved space

When you go to your meal, a cast member will give you seat vouchers to hand out later. Don’t lose them!

You will check in to your reserved seating and viewing area next to the Beauty & The Beast Live show located on Sunset Boulevard.

Seating will begin 90 minutes before the Fantasmic! show, but as long as you arrive at least 25 minutes before show time, you’ll have no problem getting good seats.

Seating is first come, first served in this area (center stage, Mickey section) but there really isn’t a bad view with the Fantasmic Dining Package.

steamboat mickey on the boat during disney's fantasy world

Fantastic Disney World! Meal plan recommendation

Before seeing Mickey Mouse and his imagination on stage, you’ll choose where to dine with your restaurant reservation.

Which Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurant is the best place for your family?

As always: it may depend on what you are looking for. Participating restaurants offer you a variety of great options when it comes to price, menu and experiences.

You really can’t go wrong.

From dining at a colorful Italian restaurant (Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano) to 50s kitsch (50s Prime Time Cafe) to buffet restaurants, you really can’t go wrong with this dinner priority.

But we have a personal favourite: Hollywood & Vine.

Meals with Hollywood Characters and Vine are available for the Disney World Fantasy Dinner Package.

Treat yourself to a Character Meal and enjoy a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner with some of your favorite Disney Characters.

If you want a good buffet meal, look no further. This food is GOOD.

Of all the options on the venue list, we place Hollywood & Vine as the best value for your Fantasmic dinner at Disney World!

minnies holiday dinner minnie mouse

For breakfast, you’ll meet Disney Junior stars like Doc McStuffins at this character buffet.

For lunch and dinner, Minnie Mouse hosts seasonal dinner parties. The characters will dress according to the theme depending on the time of year.

It’s lovely!

This is one of the best buffets offered by Walt Disney World. Read our Minnie’s Holiday Dine review to see why we love it.

Whichever option you end up booking, we highly recommend the Fantasmic! Disney World Dinner Package.

It’s the best way to avoid the long queue that forms before the show and to get good seats!

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