Fantasmic Dining Package at Disneyland

I recently saw the newly re-imagined Fantasmic! as a part of my River Belle Terrace dining package. As promised in my last post, I want to give my thoughts on my experience. Read on for what to expect from a Fantasmic dining package at Disneyland.

Fantasmic Disney Package at Disneyland

First, it’s important to note that Disneyland is currently offering two Dinner packages. One package exists for River Belle Terrace and Blue Bayou, and one is an On-The-Go package at Hungry Bear Restaurant. Packages vary from $29.99 to $65.00 for adults and $19.99 to $25.00 for children. Each package includes a special menu and admission to a reserved viewing area for Fantasmic! Because I have never eaten at River Belle Terrace, I decided to choose their dining package. Reservations are encouraged and can be made 60 days in advance!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining Package

Dining Experience

Dining is an experience unto itself. Each guest receives a 3-course dinner which includes a starter, entrée and dessert. Seating is available inside and outside. For an additional $15, guests can upgrade to premium 8:00 p.m. seating and watch the first performance of Fantasmic! from your seat on the outside patio! For guests who may not want to stand or sit on the ground during the show, this option may be good for you! Pro tip: Make upgrades to a dining reservations by calling ahead or by upgrading at the restaurant. Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining Package

The Food

Next, the River Belle Terrace offers a variety of BBQ inspired entrees. Starters include either a soup or salad. Entrees varied from Fried Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Pork Spareribs, Pulled Pork Sandwich, Beef Brisket Sandwich, and more! I went with the Pork Spareribs which comes with their signature baked beans and a choice of side. Sides include Tangy Coleslaw, Seasoned Tater Bites, Potato Salad, or Seasonal Vegetables!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining PackageFor dessert, I chose the Maleficent Dragon. It was a Crunchy Milk Chocolate Base and a Spiced Dark Chocolate-Blackberry Ganache Center with Caramel Mousse and Orange-Vanilla Sauce! The other dessert option was fresh Strawberry Shortcake. When the guests are finished, cast members hand out tickets for reserved seating for the show. Overall, I am glad I tried this dining experience. It may not be my favorite restaurant in the park, but the food is definitely worth trying!

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Furthermore, if you don’t do a dining package you still have the opportunity to watch Fantasmic! FastPass distributions are located at the FastPass machines along the Rivers of America adjacent to Frontier Landing. FastPass tickets reflect show time, return time, and where to return for show seating. Show times are at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The entire show lasts 27 minutes! Fantasmic! is back at Disneyland, and it's better than ever! Find out why we think you should book at Fantasmic! dining package on your next trip.

What’s New

Fantasmic! is my favorite show at the Disneyland Resort, and I was very eager to see it return with some new enhancements! First of all, the most notable change to the show included new costumes for the dancing monkeys and a Lion King overlay! Rapunzel and Flynn Rider now appear in the Princess sequence. Another important change is to the Columbia. Peter Pan is now Captain Jack Sparrow and a Pirates themed sequence! The new enhancements also included more water projections, more pyrotechnics, and a new soundtrack!Fantasmic at Disneyland Dining PackageI was pleasantly surprised with the new changes. Visitors to the Disneyland resort will definitely want to add this show to their must-see list!

Thanks to Disneyland contributor, Amanda, for this great post and accompanying photos!

Meredith’s Trip Report Part 2

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Hey howdy hey, its Friday again! And I’m super excited to share with you all more of our Rock Your #Disneyside day. Yep, I’m finally getting around to pt2 of my trip report!! If you missed the first report, you can check that out here.

rockyourDisneysideIMG_5079After lunch, and a little playtime with our friends, we headed back to Main Street for some ice cream and the Festival of Fantasy parade. I was super excited to try out the new (not even officially on the menu yet) Kitchen Sink from the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. And although there was no way I could possibly finish this scrumptious treat, I still just HAD to get one. They’re priced at around $15, but there’s enough to feed four easily. Not that you’d want to share, but still. ^_^

rockyourDisneysideIMG_5119We scoped out a shady spot in front of Casey’s Corner  to park the girls (they were both napping in the double stroller at this point) and enjoyed the ice cream. I had a lovely chat with a lady who just happened to be one of our rivals (yes, she was an Alabama fan and you can check it out on my ig) and then enjoyed WDW’s most fantastical AND fantastic parade that I’ve ever had the pleasure to experience. The Festival of Fantasy parade boasts some of the most beautifully designed parade floats and costumes. It also brings a much-needed update to more currently known and celebrated Disney characters while continuing to celebrate some of WDW’s most beloved characters.

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You’ll see Anna and Elsa without waiting 300+ minutes as well as the likes of Captain Hook, the magnificent Maleficent in dragon form,  and a very spunky Tinkerbell. The Frozen sisters join Belle and the Beast, Tiana and Naveen, and Cinderella and Prince charming on a ginormous float that leads the parade. Other floats feature the Tangled gang, the crew from Neverland, the Little Mermaid, Brave, and Sleeping Beauty. The parade finishes with a beautifully-detailed float featuring those classic Disney characters that made the Disney name so iconic. You can check out my full gallery of photos here.

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I have to say, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather were so unexpectedly cool! They’re actually on some sort of, what I can only imagine as a kind of roomba-type platform, but man! They whizz around and they’re just so much fun to see in person. But for all it’s grandeur, the stars of this parade are actually the costume designers and cast members wearing said costumes. So good are they, that I’d dare say that Disney actually has designers from the Capitol working for them because they so brightly and accurately portray the floats and stories they’re accompanying. All of this combined, make this parade a MUST see for anyone and everyone who hasn’t had the pleasure. It definitely added a fun new thing to experience for those of us who have been in recent years and are looking for something new and magical to do.

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Aaaaaaaand, I’m going to pause there for now, more to come soon!! And if you’d like to watch the full parade video now, you can watch the video here. ~M °o°

Have any of you experienced the Festival of Fantasy parade? Where in the park did you watch from and what did you think of it?

Have you seen Maleficent?

Hey there folks! I’m helping Amy out today and decided to quickly chat about the Disney villain that has everyone talking here lately.

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Maleficent is the re-interpretation of the villainous fairy in Disney’s 1959 animated classic Sleeping Beauty. I had the pleasure of first seeing this film on its release date with Amy, and a few of our fellow Memory Makin’ Moms readers. I had such a good time that night and thanks to those who came out with us! I think all of us really enjoyed it. Most surprisingly is that the ladies who didn’t particularly care for Angelina Jolie actually really enjoyed her performance. I’ve never really loved her nor have I ever disliked her. That said, this has to be my favorite movie of hers so far. She really brought life to the character and the storytelling really urges the audience to rethink the known elements of the story. The Sleeping Beauty story has been one for going for hundreds of years and there are many interpretations of it. And while some people may scoff at the fact that this film deviates from the 1959 version, I enjoy the fact that Disney has made a conscious effort to re-imagine instead of just re-tell the same story. And this is coming from someone who’s come to love the Maleficent character in the Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers series! (If you’ve read them, you know what I mean 😉 )

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The part I liked best about this movie is the stunning visual beauty. It really is a lovely film to watch. The fantastical world they’ve created within the moors is such a spectacular place and I really think that the kids loved those scenes. Though for me, I couldn’t help but think about the nighttime features that are coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This setting lends itself perfectly to what they’ve already got in motion in regards to avatarland. Anyone else think that too?

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Maleficent’s character design is fantastic. The makeup and overall character styling is spot on throughout the film. Her style changes with her mood and so too, does her crown. The stylings of her sidekick, Diaval, are quite nice too. His human form has a very beak-like nose, and the characters that he changes to throughout all have hints of his true ravenous self.  The original fairies, Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather, are now Flittle, Knotgrass, and Thistletwit. Okay. Whatevs. I’m also a huge HP fan, so seeing Imelda Staunton in a role that is supposed to be “good” is both surprising and a little silly.

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As for little ones, and how young is too young? Well, it’s like any other time. You know your child. Mine for example, is about to be three and loves to watch Enchanted, even though most 2yo’s probably wouldn’t do well with live action, much less a giant fire-breathing dragon. (She also loves Mary Poppins!) She’s also been really good about loud noises at WDW and doesn’t seem to be bothered by the villains we’ve met along the way. So, for this movie, after seeing it first with the ladies, I knew she’d be fine with it. And boy was she! She followed along just fine and could probably say Maleficent better than you can! Hahaha ^_^

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I also took my 6yo and one of her best friends (also 6). They both really loved it! The first thing Boo said once the credits started rolling was, “Mom, ::rolls her eyes as she removes the 3d glasses:: that wasn’t scary at all!!” as if it was my fault that she wasn’t even a little spooked! They all liked it and we had a good time talking in the car about things that happened throughout the movie. I think most kids will enjoy this one!

 

Overall, if you’re a Disney fan, then you need to see this movie! Just don’t go in expecting the exact same story as the 1959 version, be prepared for change and you’ll end up loving it too ~M °o°