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Fantasmic is the name of the 25 minute long night-time extravaganza which is performed at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. It is a wonderful show of huge variety, including many performers and with many different elements - fireworks, music, film projections, lasers and water effects - coming together to make this one of the most spectacular shows at Walt Disney World.
Did you know that ….
• The lagoon at the front of the stage, where a lot of the action takes place, is actually only one and a half feet deep? You might imagine that (as with all things Disney) the water was kept sparkling clean and crystal clear, but this is not the case here – it is filtered, but the algae is deliberately left in it so that it stays murky and the audience cannot see the true depth of the water!
• The Hollywood Hills Amphitheater has enough room in it for an audience of nearly 10,000 people - 6,900 seated and 3,000 standing
• Only one of the many boats in the water parade is on a track – Steamboat Willie’s. The princess boats each have a driver and the canoes have motors to propel them while the actors on them steer them with paddles.
• There are three huge water screens used in the show. Each one is 50 feet tall and 100 feet wide, and they pump 2,400 gallons of water into the air every minute.
• The height of the water spray can be adjusted depending on how windy it is.
• The mountain on the stage is 59 feet high, which makes it the fourth highest mountain in Walt Disney World, behind Big Thunder, Space and Splash Mountains.
• Maleficent, the dragon, weighs 32,000 pounds, rises 50 feet into the air and has a wing span of 50 feet. To move the dragon’s enormous body requires more than 2,000 psi of hydraulic pressure.
• The villainous Jafar is a 100 ft long, 16 ft high cobra. It could fit more than 8,000 average sized King Cobras in its coils.
• During the Grand Finale of the show you should be able to spot 26 Disney characters on the 80 ft long replica of Steamboat Willie.
• There are over 50 performers involved in the show, many of them playing several parts, and a total of 150 costumes are worn by them.
• A 5 watt Krypton laser and a 30 watt Argon laser are used to create some of the effects.
• Each show costs approximately $20,000 to stage.
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Page added on: 22 October 2006
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