Earlier this 12 months Disneyland’s fire-breathing Maleficent dragon bought slightly too actual throughout a efficiency of Fantasmic when the large animatronic caught fireplace and was utterly destroyed. We already knew that we have been going to should survive the entire summer time with out Fantasmic (aka among the best points of interest at Disneyland) however now it seems just like the present will likely be gone for a full 12 months or extra. And when it returns, will probably be with vital modifications, as there will likely be no direct substitute for the animatronics.
An announcement from Disneyland Resort (by way of Theme Park Insider) states that Fantasmic is now set to be closed till Spring, 2024, which at finest means the present will likely be down for 11 months contemplating the fireplace passed off in April this 12 months. However past that, whereas Fantasmic will nonetheless embody a battle between Sorcerer Mickey and Maleficent, the struggle will change in some way because the animatronic dragon is not going to be rebuilt, so the struggle will likely be dealt with in another method.
Fantasmic has all the time had a “B-mode” for the dragon impact, the place an animated picture of Maleficent because the dragon was projected on a display screen of water. It was used anytime there have been technical difficulties with the principle dragon, which weren’t unusual. The dragon had been nicknamed Murphy by Solid Members because of the frequency of issues.
It’s doable that this secondary mode will simply change into the principle approach to do the scene, but when that have been the case, we’d count on Fantasmic to open quite a bit sooner. Fantasmic is a well-liked present and also you’d assume Disneyland would wish to get it up and working as rapidly as doable. As such, it’s doable that one thing really new is being developed.
Fantasmic was not too long ago changed by performances by Queenie and the Jambalaya Jazz Band on the Rivers of America, and Disneyland has promised different new leisure that will likely be showing rather than Fantasmic within the months to return. There’s an excellent probability that we’ll see some holiday-themed leisure when Disneyland’s Halloween Time will get began on September 1 after which one thing for Christmas starting in November.
There’s an excellent probability that we’ll see different modifications to Fantasmic when it will definitely returns subsequent 12 months. Whereas the core present has remained intact for over 30 years, elements of the present have been up to date if not totally changed over time. It appears possible that might occur when the brand new model of the present debuts. The model of Fantasmic that reopened at Walt Disney World following its pandemic shutdown did so with new segments which were well-received by followers.
The truth that Fantasmic is returning in any respect and never being changed by one thing totally new exhibits simply how a lot love followers have for the nighttime spectacular. You may make sure that subsequent spring these followers will end up to see Fantasmic and discover out simply how a lot has modified.