Fantasmic! returns tomorrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We attended a preview tonight, but unfortunately, the show was canceled partway through due to inclement weather. We did get to see the entire new scene featuring Pocahontas, Aladdin, Elsa, and Moana.
The original “Pocahontas” scene with Governor Ratcliffe and the colonizers has been removed.
Instead, Pocahontas peeks out from the water screen before we see video of her running.
She appears on the right side of the mountain and performs part of “Just Around the Riverbend.”
Leaf projections play across the mountain and water screen though “Colors of the Wind” is not featured.
A new video compilation of “heroic moments” projects images including Tiana and Naveen dancing, Tarzan swinging, Mirabel looking at the camera, and Mulan cutting her hair and wiping the makeup from half her face. When that image fades, the lights come up on the stage to reveal a new set with Mulan and Li Shang practicing in the center.
The whole stage is bathed in red, and the projections flash an image of a dragon on the mountain.
“I’ll Make a Man Out of You” plays as they spar, and images from the movie’s training montage flash on the water screens.
It goes dark before lights reveal Aladdin climbing the left side of the mountain.
He checks that his stolen loot is secure before proceeding, and the vendors he stole from pursue him with swords.
“One Jump Ahead” plays until he jumps off the mountain. He appears alone a moment later and sings the “They’d find out there’s so much more to me” line from the reprise as stars glitter on the mountain.
The lights fade before Elsa rides the Nokk across the water screens. She appears at the base of the mountain in her pants outfit, bursting into “Show Yourself.”
The screens show images of her mother from the same scene in “Frozen 2” and create the element diamonds. The lasers shine above the mountain in blues and purples.
At the climax of the song, Elsa is obscured and reappears with a flash in her off-shoulder dress.
After she finishes the song, it goes dark again before Gramma Tala’s manta ray form swims across the water screens. They show images from the “Know Who You Are” scene as the song plays. Moana appears on the ground to the right of the mountain, picking up the song from her first line.
She moves down and seemingly steps upon the water, sending colorful lights scattering into spots across the lagoon.
The fountains create waves for the manta ray to swim across as Moana travels up onto the stage in front of the mountain.
She reaches the left side to declare “I am Moana” in a spotlight before the lights fade, revealing the bright green glow of the Heart of Te Fiti.
The water screens play a montage of more heroic moments as the song plays out. We see Hercules with Megara, Tiana, and her mother, Tarzan and Jane, Quasimodo smiling, and finally, Mirabel opening the door to the rebuilt Casita.
Fantasmic! has been absent from Disney’s Hollywood Studios for two and a half years. In addition to the new scenes, the show also received technological, audio, and lighting upgrades.
Watch our video of the new segment in Fantasmic! below.
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