|Attraction type||Fireworks and hydrotechnic show|
|Theme||The heroes and villains of Disney|
|Opening date||May 13, 1992|
|Music||Fantasmic! Good Clashes with Evil in a Nighttime Spectacular & A Musical History of Disneyland|
|Ride duration||22 minutes|
|Audio-animatronics||Maleficent (dragon form)|
|Performance venue||Laffite's Tavern and the Rivers of America|
|Sponsored by||Sony (2009-present)|
In 1996, Walt Disney Entertainment in Florida partnered with Imagineering and Feature Animation to bring a new version of the show to Disney's Hollywood Studios (formerly Disney-MGM Studios), featuring new animated and live action scenes. The Rivers of America at the Magic Kingdom was not conducive to a replication of the layout at Disneyland, so a new purpose-built 10,000 seat amphitheater was built at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Intended to boost low attendance numbers at that park, the new Fantasmic! show was also seen as a needed replacement for Sorcery in the Sky, an aging nighttime fireworks show.
A third version of the show will begin playing in Tokyo DisneySea's Mediterranean Harbor in April 2011, replacing BraviSEAmo.
The show is located on the waters of the Rivers of America at Disneyland and on a stage across the waterway. A tavern and tall trees act as a backdrop for the show. To begin, lights around the Rivers of America fade and a female narrator introduces the story. "Welcome to Fantasmic! Tonight, our friend and host Mickey Mouse uses his vivid imagination to create magical imagery for all to enjoy. Nothing is more wonderful than the imagination, for in a moment, you can experience a beautiful fantasy or an exciting adventure. But beware, nothing is more powerful than the imagination, for it can also expand your greatest fears into an overwhelming nightmare. Are the powers of Mickey's imagination strong enough, and bright enough, to withstand the evil forces that invade Mickey's dreams? You are about to find out. For we now invite you to join Mickey, and experience Fantasmic!… a journey beyond your wildest imagination."
The show follows a dream of Mickey Mouse which begins with Mickey in formal attire directing a water show on the river. The show's signature water projection screens are activated, onto which animation from the Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence from the film Fantasia. Musical scores from "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and the "Imagination" theme accompany the animation as Mickey conducts animated shooting stars pyrotechnics launched from the six pyrotechnic barges on the river.
The animation then blends with live performers interpreting different flowers.
The petals then become huge green leaves and combine with on-screen animation to become flora and fauna of the jungle. The lighting and music change to a jungle beat, and a 100-foot long puppet of Kaa, the snake from The Jungle Book, makes its way across the island with beams of light firing from his eyes. Accompanying this scene are three floating barges carrying King Louie and blacklit monkeys across the river, dancing along to the beat.
The music segues to a contemporary rendition of "Pink Elephants on Parade" from Dumbo, as animated pink elephants appear onscreen and in the form of performers on the island. The elephants then seem to be puppets dancing on strings, which serves to transition into a sequence based on Pinocchio. Three large puppets are manipulated by nine performers with fiber-optic "strings" stretching 30 feet above the puppets.
Onscreen animation shows Jiminy Cricket underwater searching for Pinocchio. An animated Monstro the Whale interacts with live splash effects on the river. The storyline progresses as Mickey notices his dream becoming darker.
A concussion cannon is fired from Sailing Ship Columbia, which has been transformed into Captain Hook's pirate ship. Hook, Smee, Peter Pan, Wendy, and pirates participate in a stunt sequence as the ship makes its pass. Following the ship is an articulated crocodile barge, with the sound of a ticking clock emanating from its tail.
Snow White and her Prince, Ariel and Eric, and Belle and the Beast appear on three floating stages (transformed since the Jungle scene earlier) on the river, dancing to a medley of each princess' signature song, accompanied by lighting and water effects.
The music turns darker, as the Evil Queen from Snow White appears on stage, calling for her magic mirror — which appears onscreen in animated form. The mirror informs the Queen that the three princesses are fairer than she, and that "in Mickey's imagination, beauty and love will always survive."
In anger, she moves to her cauldron, where the Queen transforms into the Hag from Snow White. The hag summons "forces of evil" to transform Mickey Mouse's dream into a "nightmare Fantasmic." Onscreen, we see her face dissolve into that of the sea witch, Ursula, from The Little Mermaid. Ursula sings and joins the plot against Mickey as her two pet eels, Flotsam and Jetsam, glide across the river.
Onscreen, the face of Ursula transforms into Chernabog, from Fantasia. Animation from the "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence from Fantasia accompanies Mussorgsky's score.
A pyrotechnic burst of flames heralds Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty's arrival, beginning the climactic showdown sequence. Maleficent rises 30 feet from the stage and transforms into a dragon onscreen. The animation gives way to a 45-foot animatronic dragon, who rises from the stage before breathing fire onto the river. As of September 2009, if all is working well, a flame-thrower from the dragon's mouth emulates an exciting breath of fire, and fire-on water effects spread toward the audience.
Mickey appears as the Brave Little Tailor and uses a magic sword to destroy the dragon. As the dragon screams, the villains who have appeared are also destroyed onscreen, and the sequence ends with a pyrotechnic burst from the river.
Following an appearance by Tinker Bell, the Mark Twain Riverboat crosses the stage, piloted by a black and white Mickey Mouse, dressed in attire from Steamboat Willie. Approximately 50 Disney characters dance on the ship in a ribbon routine. The sequence is accompanied by searchlights, fountains, and pyrotechnic effects.
Mickey appears on top of the tavern as Sorcerer Mickey, and "conducts" laser beams, fireworks, and lighting effects that span the length of the river stage. In a flash, he disappears from atop the Tavern, and re-appears center stage, resuming his formal attire. Mickey says to the audience, "Some imagination, huh?" and with a laugh, he disappears in a flash. A final burst of pyrotechnics is accompanied by searchlights placed around the tavern and stage. As a finale, a brilliant green flash of pyrotechnics ignites on the water where the river once again becomes quiet and dark. Usually following the victory of good over evil come the fireworks celebration spectacular, Magical!
- Official debut: May 13, 1992
- Location: Rivers of America, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, California
- Show length: 22 minutes
- Sponsorship: Sony (2009 - present)
- Producers: Disneyland Entertainment, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering
- Executive producer: Ron Logan
- Audio: LCS matrix audio system with WildTracks audio playback software
- Control: Fully Automated by SMPTE timecode
- Score: Bruce Healey
- Director and original conception: Barnette Ricci
- New director: Carla Carlile
- Villains: The Evil Queen, Ursula, Flotsam, Jetsam, Chernabog, Maleficent, Captain Hook, Kaa, Monstro, and Pink Elephants on Parade
- The twenty-foot tall Ursula is no longer a part of the show. It collapsed upon itself and was therefore taken out. A budget was given to replace Ursula when Fantasmic! received its new barges in 2007, but the replacement never happened when the barges went overbudget.
- Show cost: approx. $30,000 per evening.
- Spring 2008 - New lighting & new pyrotechnics
- November 2008 - New HD projections
- Spring 2009 - New characters
- Summer 2009 - New dragon
The Disneyland Resort Fantasmic! is in the process of a full technical refresh, aimed at reducing escalating maintenance costs and keeping it looking fresh.
A new sound system debuted in the summer of 2007, along with the new show barges featuring LED lighting arrays.
A complete overhaul of the lighting system debuted in the spring of 2008. The three mainland lighting towers, which rise hydraulically from pits in the ground prior to the show, were rebuilt with pull out slides for the new Clay Paky Alpha Spots and Washes and redesigned for the new Strong Gladiator IV followspots. The footlights, placed on the mainland side at water level were replaced with LED fixtures, as part of Disney's environmental initiative and improved flexibility.
Refurbished pyrotechnic barges were given new technologies derived from Disneyland's Air-Launch Firework (ALF) system. Reworked pyrotechnics emit less smoke than the previous iteration, reducing pollution and improving visibility of the stage, most notable in the finale.
For the holiday season 2008, the three original 70mm projectors were replaced with High Definition (HD) digital projectors. The animation also received a new digital transfer. New Syncrolite fixtures were added to the mainland and island towers and to the roof of the tavern for use during the finale.
Fantasmic! was to serve as the flagship entertainment offering during the summer 2009 promotion "Summer Nightastic!" Several show scenes were reworked with new or improved characters. The Peter Pan sequence was given a new mechanical crocodile, which, though smaller, is more animated than its predecessor and can now interact with the action during the scene. The Ursula sequence now features Flotsam and Jetsam, in the form of jet-ski based floats which snake through the water. These provide a replacement for the used to be Ursula float, which was taken out of the show years ago due to constant repairs. A new audio-animatronic dragon was built to replace the previous dragon which was a mechanical dragon's head on JLG cherry picker. The new dragon was designed to be a full-bodied replica of Maleficent's final form in Sleeping Beauty, standing at 45 feet tall. The dragon had initial problems before a scheduled debut date and was unable to operate on said date.The new dragon, Murphy, was premiered on September 1st, 2009.
The "Mark Twain" finale sequence featuring Disney characters doing a streamer dance was re-choreographed, and the timing of the fireworks in the finale has been tweaked.
As of February 2010, the entire Rivers of America is drained. Both the Mark Twain and Sailing Ship Columbia are undergoing refurbishment, and the track along which the ships travel is being replaced. The show's underwater effects are undergoing maintenance as well. The Rivers are expected to reopen sometime around mid-May, based on weather and construction delays. The show should return in June 2010. While no new effects have been announced, many of the current effects should perform better due to the refurbishment.
Disney's Hollywood Studios versionEdit
As the lights fade, a female narrator gives a brief welcome and mentions of the powers of imagination. A very faint musical note is heard, swelling and growing into a dramatic chord in the complete darkness. Once the chord strikes, two tall columns rise on stage left and right, with roving spotlights, until finally Mickey appears centre stage. He conducts various water fountain effects, until bringing up the giant water-mist "screens", which, in conjunction with a few flares, fade into the famous "Sorcerer's Apprentice" scene from Fantasia.
From there, the falling stars of the Sorcerer's Apprentice scene morph into flowers, and after a brief interlude, into a jungle scene. Elephants, giraffes, monkeys, birds, ostriches, rhinos, crocodiles, and cheetahs begin to herd in the mountain. Neon animals make noise and dance around on the island while Rafiki and monkeys do a dance on floats traveling across the water. Simba and Nala from The Lion King romp together. Next, a large Bubble Montage takes place, where scenes and characters from major classic animated Disney movies appear in floating bubbles. Scenes from The Lion King, The Jungle Book, Dumbo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Hercules, Pinocchio, Aladdin, Mulan, Cinderella, Lady and the Tramp, Fantasia, Bambi, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid pop and float across the screen
An animated Monstro next appears onscreen, accompanied by a heavy musical score as he crashes through the waters. The chaotic sea morphs into one of the opening scenes from Pocahontas, with the ship caught in a storm. The screens disappear, and the lights immediately darken.
A loud cannon blast erupts. Live characters re-enact battle scenes from the film, Pocahontas. Governor John Ratcliffe and his fellow Englishmen fight against the Native Americans, followed by John Smith. As John Smith climbs to the very top of the mountain, a Native American warrior moves to strike Smith when Pocahontas arrives; the water screens spring back up, and Grandmother Willow appears, with a quote from the movie; the lights dim on the battle, and the Colors of the Wind scene plays out on the screens. The show then moves into classic dancing scenes with Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Princess Jasmine and Aladdin.
Three small floats now arrive, with Belle and the Beast, Ariel and Prince Eric, and Snow White and her Prince each contained in their own float. As each float reaches the centre, the spotlight shines on it, with the accompanying signature melody from each movie — "Beauty and the Beast," "Part of Your World," and "Someday My Prince Will Come," respectively.
The music takes on an ominous tone as Mickey's dream takes a turn for the worse. The Wicked Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on stage, calling for her magic mirror — which appears onscreen in animated form. The mirror informs the Queen that the three princesses are fairer than she, and that "in Mickey's imagination, beauty and love will always survive." Angered by this, she concocts a spell amidst pyrotechnics and other special effects, and turns herself into a hag. Upon being told by the Magic Mirror that she now has the power to control Mickey's mind, she invokes some of the most infamous Disney villains:
- Ursula from The Little Mermaid
- Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians
- Scar from The Lion King
- Judge Claude Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Jafar from Aladdin
Jafar uses his magic to send Mickey to the Cave of Wonders. After escaping a wave of lava, Mickey encounters Jafar, who transforms into a giant black cobra appearing on both the stage and the mist screens. Seeing a magic lamp, Mickey rubs it, assuming it will help him. Unfortunately, Jafar is transformed into a genie and calls upon Hades (Hercules) and Chernabog with the latter summoning the spirits from the dead.
On stage, Mickey encounters Maleficent, who transforms into a 40-foot-tall fire-breathing dragon that sets the waters ablaze. Guests as far as halfway back in the theater can feel the heat from the fire. Mickey, now in his Brave Little Tailor outfit, manages to create a wall of water around the island, smothering the flames and defeating the dragon. He destroys the villains using the power of his imagination and his sword (Similar to The Sword in the Stone). Maleficent also dies as the water splashes with a large firework bang. All is quiet, until we see Tinker Bell fly to restore the mountain. Magical stars sparkle in the mountain as the Steamboat Willie River Boat approaches. Then a spark of pyrotechnics ignite from the riverboat, revealing Steamboat Willie controlling the boat.
As it glides past the audience, various Disney characters appear aboard the River Boat, dancing with golden streamers to a tune from Disneyland's Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams. A celebratory atmosphere prevails amid a flurry of fireworks. With another flash of pyrotechnics, Mickey appears atop the highest point of the mountain in his Sorcerer outfit as fireworks, fire, and water light up the stage. As the finale concludes, Mickey disappears from the top of the mountain with another spark of pyrotechnics, a small explosion in the main stage and simultaneously reappears in his shiny tuxedo suit. A small applause from the crowd and Mickey says, "Some imagination, huh? Ha ha!" Pyrotechnics shoot out of the main stage and barges on the moat, he vanishes one last time to the final notes of the music while a cone of lights and searchlights bright up the stage for a few seconds. All turns dark once again and the show has concluded.
Hollywood Hills AmphitheaterEdit
The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater is the purpose-built riverside amphitheatre at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA that showcases the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! It is located off of Sunset Boulevard and between the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Beauty and the Beast stage show. The location was chosen to help boost attendance to the once struggling park, and as an alternate to the Magic Kingdom's Rivers of America which, unlike Disneyland's, could not easily house such a production. The Fantasmic! stage in Florida is much larger than Disneyland's, featuring a man-made, 50 foot tall mountain on which Sorcerer Mickey stands. The Amphitheater can seat up to 10,000 people in addition to standing room accommodating 2,000 to 3,000 more.
- Official debut: October 15, 1998
- Location: Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida
- Show length: 26 minutes
- Sponsorship: Sony (TBA)
- Producers: Walt Disney Entertainment (in conjunction with Walt Disney Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering)
- Executive producer: Ron Logan
- Score: Bruce Healey
- Director: Barnette Ricci
- Villains: The Evil Queen, Monstro, Chernabog, Maleficent, Cruella de Vil, Ursula, Jafar, Scar, Governor John Ratcliffe, Judge Claude Frollo, Hades.
- Show cost: Estimated at $30,000 per showing
Original "Evil Destroyed" versionEdit
The original version of Mickey destroying the dragon for the Florida version of the show was said to involve Mickey walking on the surface of the river and rising up in a column of water to slay the dragon. While some say the effect suffered from technical problems, others suggest that former Disney CEO Michael Eisner felt the concept had too many religious parallels. A simpler ending of Mickey using the sword in the stone was used instead. However, the show's soundtrack had already been produced with the last track called "Mickey Walks On Water/Evil Destroyed."
2009 show cutsEdit
In January 2009 the Florida show's schedule was reduced from 7 to 2 nights a week to selected nights each week.These schedule cuts coincided with the opening of The American Idol Experience.
The Florida version of the show, unlike the California version of the show, has not undergone a major refurbishment. However since 2008, the show has been upgrading/changing some of the technology, without any changes to show elements.
- The lighting towers have been enhanced to appear in view throughout the whole show, giving more lights to be in use throughout the opening, villians scenes, and the finale, instead of constantly going up and down. This change happened in 2008.
- The Steamboat Willie riverboat originally had "spinning fireworks" that ignited on the side of the riverboat. A incident happened in 2007 when one of the spinning fireworks flew off of its stand and nearly hit the audience. Due to this incident, waterfall fireworks replaced the spinning ones when the show entered its 2008 season.
- In summer 2009, the sound system was upgraded.
Development and advertisingEdit
The original Disneyland soft opening and press premiere were scheduled to begin Wednesday, April 29, 1992 and continue through the weekend. By late afternoon, rioting began in Los Angeles following the acquittal of the Los Angeles police officers involved in the Rodney King beating. Promotional materials with the catchphrase "Be Here When the Night Ignites" were quickly pulled from public circulation. Fantasmic! was not the first Disneyland attraction to share its premiere with an infamous Los Angeles tragedy. On August 9, 1969, the Haunted Mansion was officially opened while later that evening actress Sharon Tate and others were murdered by Charles Manson and his followers.
Fantasmic! was originally going to be called "Imagination", but Disney could not register that title as a trademark, so they changed it to Fantasmic! The attraction was designed to run for 5 years only, but due to continuing positive crowd response, it still runs today.
Differences between the versionsEdit
Although the shows in Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios are similar in many respects, there are some differences between the two versions.
- In the old Disneyland version of the finale, as soon as Mickey says "Some Imagination, Huh? Ha ha!", instead of a spark of pyrotechnics on the stage, the cone of lights immediately turns on and fireworks from the barges surrounding the stage ignite. This caused the audience to view how Mickey "vanishes", so now in the finale, like Disney World, there is a spark of pyrotechnics as soon as the line is said.
- The choreography of the Opening Mickey and Sorcerer Mickey in both Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios are different in their own ways.
- Whereas the show is performed on the Rivers of America at Disneyland, they needed a new draw for Disney's Hollywood Studios for the night. The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater was built at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which was made specifically for Fantasmic!
- At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the attraction runs for almost 27 minutes (due to the montage of Disney clips inside bubbles, the additional villains, and the wall of water at the climax), compared to Disneyland's which is only 22 minutes.
- The Jungle Scene with Kaa, King Louie, and the monkeys from The Jungle Book at Disneyland is replaced with a tribute to The Lion King at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, King Louie and the monkeys did appear briefly in the bubble scene.
- The Peter Pan re-enactment from Disneyland is replaced with scenes from Pocahontas at Disney's Hollywood Studios, at the request of Michael Eisner, who wanted more recent films in the show.
- The Pink Elephant clips and Pinocchio puppets are replaced with a montage of many clips from Disney features inside bubbles at Disney's Hollywood Studios. However, they do appear briefly in the bubble scene.
- Due to Actors' Equity contract provisions, Ariel cannot flip her tail past 90 degrees and no lifts can be performed in the princess medley at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
- Ursula's reprisal of "Poor Unfortunate Souls" is taken out at Disney's Hollywood Studios to introduce the other Disney villains. She plays a smaller role in the Florida show than the California one.
- More villains are featured in the Florida version. Many of the additions are villains from Disney animated features released after the Disneyland version was first featured.
- In California, Mickey destroys the villains by pointing the sword at the Dragon and saying "You may think you're so powerful, well, this is my dream!", which causes "light" to shoot toward the villains. In Florida, he still says this, but before he destroys the villains, he causes a wall of water to block out the island and douse the flames and marches over to the sword in the stone and pulls it out.
- Instead of the Mark Twain riverboat, the characters in the Florida show dance on a smaller boat based on the steamboat from Steamboat Willie.
- In the California version, the giant snake that comes out on the stage is Kaa from The Jungle Book; in the Florida version, the snake is Jafar from Aladdin, also Jafar has a much bigger role in the show than any other villain except for Maleficent.
The water projection screens were initially designed with a single screen centered in front of the island. During development, show producers determined that the venue would need three screens to enable viewing along the entire waterfront. In addition to providing story development, the screens hide set changes that happen on stage while video playback is occurring. The pump house for the water screens and other fountain effects is located in the small structure along the river, just north of the Mark Twain dock. Water for the fountains is supplied via massive intake pipes directly under this structure. The fog system located around the banks of the river uses fresh water to create the fog effects along the river. The river's water itself is not suitable to be pumped through the mist nozzles, as aquashadow dye is added to the river to mask the bottom from guests. In the winter of 2008, Disneyland's Fantasmic! returned from another refurbishment with new high-definition digital projectors, most noticeable in the "Pink Elephants" and "Tinker Bell" segments, where the images look clearer and deeper colors compared to the 70 mm film projections that were used for 16 years.
There are six pyrotechnics barges that can hold up to three shows worth of pyrotechnics each. Two barges go on each side of the stage, and two are at center stage. The pyrotechnics were redesigned during the winter 2008 refurbishment. The show's final blast does not come from any of the 6 pyro barges, but rather 5 mines located along the island banks of the river.
The fire on water effect is created by natural gas lines running beneath the river. The gas simply bubbles up to the surface and 6 flame throwers along the banks of the river ignite the gas. With the original dragon, it initially would be the source of ignition for the water. This would cause the face of the dragon to burn and so 3 flame throwers were added. The new dragon's style of flame thrower sprays the stream of fuel, and then ignites it after it is all airborne, opposed to igniting the fuel as it sprays out. This allows the flame to spew further and be more impressive.
The lighting system consists of three mainland towers along the shore of the Rivers of America, in the audience seating area, along with two island towers, and several auxiliary lighting systems (i.e the river boxes with the new ColorKinetics ColorBlast 12s that replaced the Stonco Pars). In early 2008 the lighting system was completely replaced, the first major rework since the show opened in 1992.[dead link] After a 3-month period, the show reopened on March 7, 2008 with new Clay Paky fixtures mounted on the completely redesigned towers, including Alpha Wash 1200s and Alpha Profile 1200s, replacing the old Morpheus PC Spot fixtures. Additionally 2 Syncrolite MX3000's on Tower B and one each on Towers A and C, 2 on each island tower and 2 behind the tavern. These Syncrolite fixtures add much brightness to the show and give a high intensity source of "black-light" effect used throughout the show. The followspots were replaced with Strong Gladiator IV. Unlike the previous followspots, these do not accept gobos — most noticeable in the opening sequence where Mickey was formerly lit with a star.
Video and audio playback were originally mastered to laserdisc. Originally Triad provided the show control for the complex audio source and mixing systems, as well as programming services for Fantasmic! After the May to June 2007 remodel, there are four J arrays (d&b audio) consisting of two J8s and two J-SUBs per stack and there are three arrays mimicking the placement of the water screens as the primary music source. During the scenes with fire on water, one or more of the arrays are turned off to prevent damage. Along the edge of the mainland (land side of the river) there are Meyer UPA-1Cs that are manually hydraulically raised specifically for Fantasmic! for delay and 2 MSL-2As per mainland lighting tower. The centermost UPA's are also used in Tiana's Showboat Jubilee, running from November 18, 2009 to January 3, 2010. There is a surround system of d&b Ci90s and Ci60s and various EAW cabinets that are hidden above the River Belle Terrace in a wicker chest, above Club 33 and various other locations. Additional Meyer UPA-1C's are added to the Columbia because it blocks the arrays from the island as it drives by. All the audio runs off a Meyer/LCS Matrix3 system, with eight tracks of playback and close to forty outputs. There is something in the region of six different areas of sound that are duplicated on three sides of the stage. All loudspeakers, d&b and Meyer are run off d&b D12 or E-PAC amplifiers. The amplifiers are split into two locations, one on the island and one at the control booth. By using the d&b ROPE C control software, engineers can look at both parts of the system from the control area.
The Mark Twain Riverboat is actually powered by the rear-mounted paddle, but is guided by the same replacement track installed at the install time of Fantasmic! It is a real steam-powered sternwheeler, but the steam is regulated by the engineer in the rear of the boat and steam is powered by a biodiesel-fueled boiler. The boiler is regulated at the center of the boat with many gauges and a three-way toggle switch labeled "Slow," "Fast," and "FANTASMIC." The last setting provides the most speed.
The Columbia is CNG powered, unlike the bio-diesel powered Mark Twain. It sports a real cannon that gets shot during the Peter Pan portion of Fantasmic!
Lasers were part of the show from the beginning to the tree above the main building on the island, to the tavern roof itself, and later more were added directly above the stage deck facing upstage, used during the death of the dragon.
- Conceived and directed by Barnette Ricci
- Produced by Bruce Healey
- Engineer: Don Dorsey
Disney's Hollywood Studios productionEdit
- Conceived and directed by Barnette Ricci
- Score composed/arranged by Bruce Healey
- Soundtrack produced by Bruce Healey
- Executive vice president of entertainment: Ron Logan
- Album executive producer: Doug Strawn
- Album produced by Bruce Healey
- Recorded and mixed by Paul Freeman
- Soundtrack editing, sound effects, and surround sound design by Paul Freeman
- Music production manager: Daren Ulmer
- Album coordinator: Ted Rickeets
- Wayne Allwine - Mickey Mouse
- Susan Blakeslee - Cruella De Vil
- Corey Burton - Captain Hook, The Pirates, Chernabog
- Eddie Carroll - Jiminy Cricket
- Pat Carroll - Ursula
- Louise Chamis - Evil Queen/Old Hag
- Jonathan Freeman - Jafar
- Linda Gary - Maleficent
- Linda Hunt - Grandmother Willow
- Jeremy Irons - Scar
- Tony Jay - Judge Claude Frollo, Magic Mirror
- David Ogden Stiers - Governor Ratcliffe
- James Woods - Hades
On February 5, 2010, it was announced that the show will debut next spring at Tokyo DisneySea as a replacement for the current show, BraviSeamo! It will feature new scenes from Fantasia, The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Aladdin, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch, The Princess and the Frog, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Beauty and The Beast and Sleeping Beauty.
- Evil Queen
- Magic Mirror
- Flotsam and Jetsam