Fantasmic! Dining Experience FAQ
What is the Fantasmic! Dining Experience?
The Fantasmic! Dining Experience includes a meal at one of the participating Disney’s Hollywood Studios restaurants and reserved seating in the Fantasmic! amphitheater. As of this writing, only Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose and Hollywood & Vine are participating.
This means that instead of waiting in line for 60-90 minutes outside the theater, you can walk right up to the theater 30-45 minutes before show time (no waiting in a long line!) and still have a seat.
Is there a charge for the package?
Dining packages for The Hollywood Brown Derby and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano include one:
- Non-alcoholic beverage
- VIP seating voucher
The price for the package at Hollywood Brown Derby is $77 for adults; $31 for children (plus tax and gratuity)
The price for the package at Mama Melrose’s is $56 for adults; $23 for children (plus tax and gratuity)
At Hollywood & Vine, you can get the Fantasmic Dining Package as part of breakfast or as part of the special Minnie’s Seasonal Dining events. This character buffet features Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Daisy and Goofy.
- Breakfast – $59 for adults; $39 for children (plus tax and gratuity)
- Lunch/Dinner – $75 for adults; $49 for children (plus tax and gratuity)
The package, which includes the Fantasmic! seating pass, MUST be guaranteed at the time of booking with a credit card, and a $10 cancellation fee applies if not canceled at least 48 hours beforehand.
Report to your restaurant 10 minutes before your Fantasmic! Dining Experience Reservation. After your dining experience, you will receive Fantasmic! Dining Package VIP seating for that evening’s show. Theme park admission is NOT included.
Can I Use the Magic Your Way Dining Plan with the Fantasmic Dining Experience?
Yes, the Magic Your Way Dining Plan can be used to purchase a Fantasmic Dining Experience. You can also get the Fantasmic Dining Experience if you have the Magic Your Way Premium Package or the Platinum Package.
Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano both count as one Table Service meal for the Dining Plan, while the Brown Derby counts as a Signature experience, or two Table Service meals.
When you make a reservation, your credit card number will be taken, but the charge won’t be put through (unless you are a no-show, or do not cancel at least 48 hours before your dining date). You will pay with your Magic Your Way Dining Plan when you dine, just as you would for any meal.
Do I have a reserved seat for Fantasmic!?
No, only the section itself is reserved for those with the Dining Experience. Within the reserved section, seating is on a first come-first served basis, so if you want your choice of seats, you should arrive early.
How do I book the Fantasmic! Dining Experience?
You can book the package now for dates up to 60 days in advance by calling 1-407-WDW-DINE, or online at disneyworld.com
What if I have already made reservations in advance at one of those restaurants for dinner?
That Advance Reservation is distinct from the Fantasmic! Dining Experience. If you want the Fantasmic! Dining Experience you need to book it specifically.
Where is the reserved section?
The reserved section is in the middle of the theater. The amphitheater is set up so that there really are no *bad* seats, except you will get wet if you sit in the first few rows.
Where do I enter the theater?
Your restaurant server will explain exactly where you can enter, but it will be on Sunset Boulevard (located near the Beauty and the Beast theater), about 20-30 minutes prior to the show.
How early do I have to get to the theater?
You must arrive 20-30 minutes before the show starts. There are enough packages available that the Reserved section gets fairly filled up, so if you want a better seat selection within the reserved section, plan to arrive more than 30 minutes before show time. Even though you still need to arrive early, you do NOT have to wait in line like those without reserved seating — you can just walk straight to the reserved section and sit down.
What if that night’s show is canceled?
According to the policies of the Fantasmic! Dining Experience, if the show is cancelled because of weather your pass is invalid, and you will NOT be issued a new one.
What if there are two shows scheduled for one night?
The Fantasmic! Dining Package is only available for the first show on evenings when two shows are scheduled to be performed.
Is it worth doing?
If you dislike waiting in line, or have little ones who can’t tolerate the waiting, the Fantasmic! Dining Experience is probably worth it. The reserved seating area affords a fine view of the show, which is very entertaining.