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    Any news on when it's coming back?

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    Currently, there is no information regarding the opening of Fantasmic. Because Disneyland is following ever-evolving orders from the state, I don't even think they know when it will reopen. I suspect Fantasmic will be the last piece of live entertainment to open at the resort given how big of an operation it is.

    Recent budget cuts throughout the resort had me worried Fantasmic might be on the chopping block after the closure, but apparently Walt Disney World's Fantasmic is set to open later this year, so Disney is still clearly invested in the show. Whenever WDW Fantasmic reopens, Disneyland's will probably follow several months to a year later.

    Sigh... I sure do miss this show.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Brian PieGuy View Post
      Recent budget cuts throughout the resort had me worried Fantasmic might be on the chopping block after the closure, but apparently Walt Disney World's Fantasmic is set to open later this year, so Disney is still clearly invested in the show. Whenever WDW Fantasmic reopens, Disneyland's will probably follow several months to a year later.
      I don't think it's at risk of being canceled anytime soon. Disney spent money for a new backstage facility for the floats during Galaxy's Edge Construction. Sure, they could reuse the floats for a new show, but the current version of Fantasmic hadn't reach the 2 year mark before the shut down. And finally, next year will be the 30th anniversary of the show, meaning there is a 99.99% chance that Disney will heavily promoted it with merch.

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      • #4
        When shows were terminated, the actors were not furloughed. They were laid off, with no indication whatsoever if they will be coming back. So I'm sure they moved on to other things. But slowly but surely it seems some entertainment is returning. Look to Avengers Campus when it opens June 4th. I can't give details but the "trickle" of the show aspect of the resort will return. The first big entertainment offering will be the return of World of Color. Obviously, it doesn't require actors so it's much easier to just "turn it on" and let it play.

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        • #5
          Live entertainment will be the last thing to come back. I would NOT expect it to return this summer.

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          • #6
            They’d probably have to rehire old performers or try and hire new ones. At the earliest I could see it reopening by the end of the year but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by LordVader View Post
              They’d probably have to rehire old performers or try and hire new ones. At the earliest I could see it reopening by the end of the year but I wouldn’t hold my breath.
              If the actors have moved on (rather than just taking UI this whole time due to there being NO live entertainment), would it really be that hard to hire new 20-somethings to fill the roles? Sorry, but I don't think it would be hard at all.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by mickeyfan42 View Post

                If the actors have moved on (rather than just taking UI this whole time due to there being NO live entertainment), would it really be that hard to hire new 20-somethings to fill the roles? Sorry, but I don't think it would be hard at all.
                I don't think it's just performers. For big productions like Fantastmic! there are stage managers, techs, sound engineers; etc. The list goes on. These jobs require a lot of on-the-job experience, which is hard to build up if more senior staff have left.

                I hope that this isn't the case, though, but if staffing is an issue I don't think it will be as easy to fill those roles in a short amount of time and expect the show to have zero hiccups.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mickeyfan42 View Post

                  If the actors have moved on (rather than just taking UI this whole time due to there being NO live entertainment), would it really be that hard to hire new 20-somethings to fill the roles? Sorry, but I don't think it would be hard at all.
                  Whenever they post an ad for auditions, hundreds of people show up but only a handful are selected. Getting people to apply? No problem whatsoever.

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                  • #10
                    IMO-
                    Disney is in no hurry........in putting on live entertainment production such as Fantastmic........
                    , again Disney Save money on operation !

                    World of Color in DCA is cheaper to put on......than Fantastmic
                    I think Disney more likely to put that show on ....if any ?

                    Plus They for ways to get guest ,on the DCA side of the parks!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SuperHappyCM View Post

                      Whenever they post an ad for auditions, hundreds of people show up but only a handful are selected. Getting people to apply? No problem whatsoever.
                      As an actor who checks the Disney Audition website at least once a week, I can confirm this.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Captain Andy View Post

                        I don't think it's just performers. For big productions like Fantastmic! there are stage managers, techs, sound engineers; etc. The list goes on. These jobs require a lot of on-the-job experience, which is hard to build up if more senior staff have left.

                        I hope that this isn't the case, though, but if staffing is an issue I don't think it will be as easy to fill those roles in a short amount of time and expect the show to have zero hiccups.
                        This is going to be the issue. Theatre tech crew don’t come cheap by any means, and many have moved on To other industries because the benefits during covid were far below their usual take. Most went into film when it started rolling again.

                        It wont be actors that are hard to find, though Fantasmic is a pretty specialized show with some pretty specific performance requirements that may be difficult to fill. It’s going to be filling those tech and managerial positions that will be difficult, Fantasmic is a pretty complicated show and if the entire stage management crew left it will take a long time to fill those shoes.

                        Side note this will also also likely be the reason the Hyperion lays dormant for a long time. If they have moved on from Frozen they will need to design a new show sure, but if the entire tech staff manning that building has been gone for a few years filling those positions won’t be easy.

                        Ofcourse all of this means nothing if Disney is just willing to pay, but perspective a tech at a 1000ish seat theatre somewhere already makes north of 80-90k a year. I don’t know exactly what Disney pays but the ballpark numbers I’ve always been told are definitely lower than that. Lots of those 80-90k a year jobs are open now though and competition for employees is going to be fierce, “The magic of working at Disney” only goes so far these days....they’re going to need to open up their wallets and hand out some $$$

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