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The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Ticket Prices and Packages
If you are planning a trip to Disneyland, one of the most important things to consider is your ticket options. With so many different packages and prices available, it can be confusing to know which one is right for you. In this guide, we will break down everything you need to know about Disneyland ticket prices and packages.
Understanding Disneyland Ticket Prices
Disneyland offers a variety of ticket options, including single-day tickets, multi-day tickets, and annual passes. Single-day tickets vary in price depending on the time of year and whether it’s a peak or non-peak day. Peak days tend to be during holidays and summer months when the park is busiest.
Multi-day tickets offer more value for your money as they allow you to visit the park on multiple days at a discounted rate. The more days you visit, the cheaper each day’s ticket becomes.
Annual passes are ideal for frequent visitors as they offer unlimited access to both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park for an entire year. There are several tiers of annual passes available with different perks and blackout dates.
Choosing the Right Package
Once you have decided on the type of ticket that works best for your needs, it’s time to choose a package that suits your budget. Disneyland offers several packages that include admission to both parks as well as other perks like dining plans, hotel accommodations, and souvenirs.
The most popular package is the Park Hopper option which allows guests to visit both parks in one day. This is ideal if you only have limited time but want to experience both parks.
If you plan on staying at one of Disney’s hotels or resorts, there are also vacation packages available that include hotel accommodations along with park admission.
Tips for Saving Money on Disneyland Tickets
Disneyland tickets can be expensive but there are ways to save money without sacrificing any fun. One of the easiest ways to save money is by purchasing tickets through a reputable ticket seller like AAA or Costco. They often offer discounted prices on tickets.
Another way to save money is by visiting the park during non-peak times. Not only will you save money on tickets, but you’ll also experience shorter wait times for rides and attractions.
If you are a California resident, Disneyland offers discounted tickets during certain times of the year. You can also save money by purchasing multi-day tickets instead of single-day tickets.
Disneyland is a magical place that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages. Understanding ticket prices and packages is an important part of planning your trip so that you can make the most out of your visit without breaking the bank.
When choosing your package, consider what’s most important to you and your budget. Remember that there are many ways to save money on Disneyland tickets so do your research beforehand and plan accordingly.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating unforgettable memories at the Happiest Place on Earth.
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Fantasmic! On-the-Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant
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An Important Message
In-park dining requires a theme park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person ages 3 and older. Dining reservations do not guarantee admission to the parks.
A Delicious Dinner and a Spectacular Show!
Feast on a full tasty lunch or dinner and revel in reserved viewing for Fantasmic! —a musical pyrotechnical extravaganza—with one convenient package.
Use the Check Availability feature on this page to reserve a meal pick-up time up to 60 days ahead of your visit. Mobile order is not available for this dining package.
When you’re at the park, just head to Hungry Bear Restaurant in Critter Country during your pickup time window. There, you can choose an entrée and delicious side dishes plus a fountain beverage and dessert. At the restaurant, each Guest with a dining package will also receive a voucher for entry to the reserved viewing area for the first or second performance of Fantasmic!
Meal pick-up times are normally 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, though times may vary based on the Fantasmic! schedule.
- Reservations made for 3:00 PM through 6:45 PM will include a voucher for entry into the reserved viewing area for the first performance of that night.
Reservations from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM will include a voucher for entry into the reserved viewing area for that night's second show.
You can enjoy your food at the restaurant or eat on the go as you explore the park.
Savor Southern Favorites
Choose from a down-home menu created just for this event, featuring barbecued pork ribs, grilled salmon salad or a barbecued half-chicken, served with bacon potato salad, seasonal vegetables, a dessert and fountain beverage. Or try a plant-based Impossible sloppy joe sandwich with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, dessert and fountain beverage.
Kids meals include barbecued ribs, mac and cheese, and a plant-based Impossible sloppy joe slider.
- $38.00 per adult (ages 10 and up)
- $27.00 per child (ages 3 to 9)
Price does not include tax, gratuity or alcohol.
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Park Admission and Park Reservation Required
Valid Disneyland Park admission (not included in the price of the package) is required along with a park reservation for the day of your visit. Park reservations are limited, subject to availability and not guaranteed.
Dining Package Reservations
Advance reservations are highly recommended and can be made on this page or with the Disneyland app up to 60 days prior to your visit. Same-day reservations can be made on a limited basis and are subject to availability.
You must cancel at least 2 hours prior to your reservation to avoid a per person cancellation fee. If you fail to cancel timely and are a no show, the credit card provided at the time of reservation will be charged $10 per person. Please note that reservations for special dining events and holiday dining have different terms and a separate cancellation policy may apply.
Cancellations and modifications to reservations can be made by visiting My Dining and Activity Reservations or via the Disneyland app by tapping My Plans.
Reservation and Showtimes
Your reservation will include a time to pick up your food. Meal pick-up times are normally 3:00 PM to 8:30 PM, though times may vary based on the Fantasmic! schedule. Reservations made for 3:00 PM through 6:45 PM will include a voucher for entry into the reserved viewing area for the first performance of Fantasmic! that evening.
At the restaurant, you will receive one reserved viewing area voucher for each package purchased. Vouchers are valid only for the designated show time on the same day as the dining experience. Packages and vouchers may not be refunded, redeemed for cash, exchanged for a different date or time, or sold.
Your voucher lists the location of your viewing area, the time you should arrive at your viewing location and the show’s performance time. Early and late arrivals will not be accommodated.
The viewing area is separate from the restaurant. If you need directions to the viewing areas, please ask a Cast Member. All viewing areas are standing only, with accommodations for Guests with disabilities.
Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older for the duration of the dining and viewing experiences.
Performances can be cancelled without notice due to technical, weather or other issues. No refunds or exchanges will be issued, even if the show is cancelled.
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Menu items, pricing, hours and any applicable entertainment offerings are subject to change without notice.
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To dine at an in-park table-service restaurant, you need a confirmed dining reservation for the total number of Guests—regardless of age, plus a theme park reservation and valid admission for the same park on that same date for each Guest ages 3 and up. Dining reservations do not guarantee access to a park, and Park Hopper availability may change daily. We recommend Guests book in-park dining at the park where they have a Disney Park Pass reservation.
Feast, Then Fantasmic!
Reserve your VIP spot at this dazzling nighttime spectacular, along with a delightful dining package.
Do you prefer the casual ambiance of Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano , the bustling lunch scene at Hollywood & Vine or the fine dining vibe of The Hollywood Brown Derby ? Whichever you choose, you’ll be sure to savor a mouthwatering meal before the stunning musical extravaganza known as Fantasmic! takes you away with its imagination-bending symphony of lights, lasers, fireworks, music & water animation!
Dining Packages and Prices
Here’s what’s included in each Fantasmic! Dining Package:
- An entrée and appetizer or dessert at select full-service restaurants or one (1) full buffet (where applicable), along with a non-alcoholic beverage
- One voucher for guaranteed seating at Fantasmic! in a reserved area
Explore participating restaurants and dining package prices, which exclude tax and gratuity:
All listed package prices do not include alcohol or required park admission. Alcohol will only be served to Guests 21 and older.
Know before you go.
Learn important information about scheduling, check-in and more.
Scheduling The Fantasmic! Dining Package is available on all Fantasmic! show days. Please note that your dining experience will still take place, even if your entertainment experience is cancelled.
Check-In The entrance to your reserved seating is located on Sunset Boulevard next to Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage . Seating will begin 90 minutes prior to the Fantasmic! show and fireworks. Please arrive at least 25 minutes before showtime to be seated in the reserved section.
Reserved Seating You can pick up your seating voucher for Fantasmic! at the time of your meal. Please note that your seats are not assigned; you will choose them from within the reserved section on a first-come, first-served basis.
Park Admission Disney’s Hollywood Studios admission is not included in the price of the dining package. Both a valid theme park ticket and a theme park reservation are required to enjoy this offering.
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Fantasmic! Dining Package in Disneyland — A Complete Guide
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When a fire broke out at Disneyland’s Fantasmic! in April 2023, we were sad to see the show go on hiatus.
Fantasmic! in Disneyland
Thankfully, the show will return in spring 2024 and we can’t wait to book the Fantasmic! Dining Package .
When the show returns, it will NOT include the Maleficent dragon figure, but Disney says we can expect a new battle scene between Mickey and Maleficent, including updated special effects.
The Maleficent dragon caught on fire!
As we anticipate the reopening, let’s dig into the Fantasmic! Dining Package options.
What is a Fantasmic! Dining Package?
Dining Packages offer a meal at participating restaurants in Disneyland with a great reserved viewing spot for a showing of the nighttime spectacular!
River Belle Terrace
The Fantasmic! Dining Package at Blue Bayou is available for lunch (starting at 11AM) or dinner (starting at 4PM).
Along with a delicious meal, you’ll receive a voucher admitting you to a separate reserved viewing location for Fantasmic! that evening.
Menu choices include Hearts of Palm Escabèche, Roasted Mushroom Ragu Pasta, Monte Cristo Sandwich & Seasonal Salad, Prime Rib, a specialty nonalcoholic drink, and a Fantasmic! specialty dessert.
Monte Cristo Sandwich
To book the Blue Bayou Fantasmic! Dining Package
- Use the Check Availability feature to reserve in advance online and experience one of the 2 Fantasmic! performances that evening.
- Availability is limited.
- Lunch: $89 per Guest (ages 10+); $35 per Guest (ages 3-9), tax and gratuity not included.
- Dinner: $89 per Guest (ages 10+); $35 per Guest (ages 3-9), tax and gratuity not included.
There are 2 experiences available – Premium Package & Standard Package.
You’ll enjoy dinner at 7:15PM and the evening’s first performance of Fantasmic! right from your table on the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
You can choose from the regular menu or from special items offered only to Fantasmic! Dining Package Guests, such as loaded potato bites, petite New York steak and scallops, pan-roasted shrimp, chocolate rocky road cake, or white chocolate raspberry trifle.
Loaded Potato Bites
Reserve this dining package up to 60 days ahead.
- Dinner: $75 per adult; $45 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax and gratuity not included.
Available for lunch (starting at 11AM) or dinner (starting at 4PM) and receive a voucher admitting you to a separate reserved viewing location for Fantasmic! that evening.
You can choose from the regular menu or from special items offered only to Fantasmic! Dining Package Guests.
- Lunch: $50 per adult; $30 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax and gratuity not included.
- Dinner: $50 per adult; $30 per child (ages 3 to 9), tax and gratuity not included.
Book dining packages through the Disneyland app or by calling (714) 781-DINE (3463).
The Fantasmic! Dining Package is for guests who want to see the show but don’t want to have to get there super early to find a seat . If you were already planning on eating at one of these restaurants, the dining package is a nice (although expensive) add-on option for your trip. If you have limited time to tour Disneyland, booking a dining package will help your tight touring schedule.
However, if Fantasmic! isn’t must-see entertainment for you, the restaurants don’t appeal to you, or you are on a strict budget, then Fantasmic! Dining Packages are probably not for you.
If you decide to book a package, remember to reserve early!
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Yes, I believe I will pamper myself and get the dining package since it will be during my birthday. 😊
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Disneyland Dining Packages — Where to Splurge & Where to Save
Finding the best viewing of Disneyland shows can be stressful, especially if you have never done it before. It can be time-consuming to camp out in a spot hours before the show starts when you could be off enjoying the rest of the park. What if we told you there was a way to make it easier, relieve some stress, get a good view and maybe save some time with Disneyland dining packages? Your froggy friends are here to help you decide if they are worth it for your family and share which ones offer the best value or are a good splurge for celebrating a special occasion.
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Overview of Disneyland Dining Packages
The Disneyland dining packages offer a stress-free way to catch must-see entertainment. While all parades and shows offer free standby viewing areas, a few offer dining packages and dessert parties to give you a reserved (and sometimes better) area to watch the show. Are Disneyland dining packages worth it? We will help you decide that for yourself with a comparison of all the packages and their pros and cons. After all, that convenience and premium view or seat comes with a cost. You can determine the packages that offer the most value and the shows where you might be able to save some green by skipping a costly package. And keep in mind that you have to eat lunch or dinner anyway, so a dining package might make sense to combine a meal with access to a show.
Most large nighttime spectaculars and parades offer Disneyland dining packages that come with a meal and a guaranteed spot to watch the show. We have tried all the viewing locations and found ones we think are absolutely worth it and others that we would rather save our money for Mickey bars and Mickey pretzels while finding free viewing or a more affordable package. Most offer time savings and convenience, and a few packages offer a superior view or a seat if that's important to you. Those may be worth the splurge! Others might not be as valuable since those shows offer great viewing areas for no extra cost. For those, we say to save your money for something else. We frogs always want to get the most for our money, balancing out the time savings versus the cost.
One important thing to keep in mind is that shows can get canceled last minute. If you have spent a lot of money on a dining package and the show is canceled, there is no refund or replacement. You got a meal or experience that you may not have otherwise paid for, and you will have to make the best of the situation. So before you spend any money, ask yourself if you actually want to eat there and if you are going to be able to accept a show cancellation. The show most likely to get canceled is fireworks so we usually opt for the free viewing of that. The other shows are a pretty reliable bet and rarely get canceled. However, they could be canceled due to weather or technical difficulties, so it’s always a possibility.
One way to see shows without paying for a package is to see the second show or parade when offered. You can usually get good standby viewing for the latest show of the day due to lower crowds.
Disneyland Dining Packages Available in Disneyland Park
You can reserve Disneyland dining packages for parades, Fantasmic! and fireworks. The offerings can change seasonally. Here's what each package costs and what you get for it. We are not going to get too specific on menus since they are subject to change. You can apply any Magic Key or Disney Visa discounts to most packages.
Fantasmic! Dining Packages (Temporarily paused until spring 2024.)
Fantasmic! takes place on the Rivers of America. It does not have stadium seating like Disney World's Fantasmic! has, so viewing can be a little trickier at Disneyland.
We think the Fantasmic! dining packages are the most worth it of all the Disneyland dining packages, and here’s why. The viewing areas are absolutely front and center without obstruction (just don’t sit behind light poles at the edges of each section). You can save time and stress while getting a decent meal and a fantastic view. Plus, you can sit to watch the show, and your kids can actually see it! All viewing areas are seated on the ground (with accommodations for people who need them), except for one package, which has you seated in your restaurant seat. You do not need to be front row for these viewing areas, In fact, the front row is seated behind a fence railing. We like to be halfway back or toward the back of the viewing area to see over the fence and have a little stretching room for our frog legs.
You might get treated to two different nighttime spectaculars if you time it right, depending on the night you visit. On nights with fireworks, the fireworks show starts three minutes after the first Fantasmic! show ends, so stay in place (actually, they'll ask you to stand up) for a special view with projections, music and fountains to enhance the fireworks show.
There are many standby viewing areas, but they are all standing areas and many have minor to major obstructions (such as light poles, equipment or trees) or distractions (such as people walking in front of you or cast members using lights to direct foot traffic). You'll want to get in place early for the front of any section (such as behind a fence or planter railing) or else your tadpoles will not be able to see above the people in front of them. You can hop over to our post on fantastic tips for viewing Fantasmic! to weigh your options and decide if you want to camp out for a decent spot or pay for an upgraded viewing experience with Fantasmic! dining packages. Again, the last show of the day has easier access for standby viewers. Just hop in place after the fireworks end.
Here is a look at all of the Fantasmic! packages:
Blue Bayou is the most expensive Fantasmic! dining package for adults at $89 ($35 for kids 3 to 9) plus tax and gratuity, but it does offer the absolute best view of the show, the best table-service dining ambiance and the best food. The other two packages are pretty close in view quality but having sat in all three, we can say there is no competition for the Blue Bayou view. On the night we visited, our section was less crowded than the packed-in Hungry Bear, so we had plenty of room to stretch out.
Blue Bayou is a dining experience in itself, located next to the waters of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. It's always a romantic, twilight "outdoor" patio in the Bayou with crickets chirping and frogs croaking. It's always a pricier, but special, meal.
But let's talk about the price of the dining package. We priced out the items we ate on the package a la carte off the menu. If you were to dine at Blue Bayou without the package and purchase a salad, an entree (such as filet mignon), a dessert and a mint julep, the price comes to $80.50. That's $8.50 less than the price of the $89 Fantasmic! package. If you were going to dine at Blue Bayou anyway and could walk up to the front and center of viewing 30 minutes to show time with a great view of Fantasmic! for $8.50 more per person, you should toadally do it! (The alternative is to wait at least an hour for a lesser view.) But if it's not in your budget, the other dining packages offer a similar view for less.
Here’s what’s on the menu at Blue Bayou (subject to change and you can choose items from the main menu): choice of a starter, entree and dessert. Items may include gumbo, heirloom tomato and watermelon salad, hearts of palm escabèche, fava bean and pistachio pesto pasta, Monte Cristo sandwich & seasonal salad, fish, filet mignon (or another steak), a specialty nonalcoholic drink and a Fantasmic! specialty dessert.
This prix fixe menu is made of most items from the regular menu, although there is a special dessert. The dessert is a special Fantasmic! Mickey-themed mouse with white chocolate. You could substitute a different dessert such as crème brûlée!
Pros: It's the best Fantasmic! viewing you can get. Blue Bayou is a high-demand restaurant for its ambiance. It makes for a nice park visit to dine here and watch the show stress-free. Save it for a special occasion.
Cons: It's the priciest package. It might not be such a good dining value if you are vegetarian or get the Monte Cristo (compared to if you order the filet mignon). Also, it's a high cost for a large family. It's hard to get a reservation, but you may have good luck with Walk-Up Availability.
River Belle Terrace
This table-service dining location offers two dining packages, the standard and premium packages.
The menu is a prix fixe 3-course meal with special items, or you can select items off the main menu. The menu items vary seasonally.
If you want the 9 p.m. show, aim to eat by 5 p.m. as once that show sells out (demand may vary per day), the later diners will receive the later show. For the later show, the viewing area may be even more centered since there may be fewer dining package diners.
Cons: When it comes to food quality, we prefer the budget-friendly Hungry Bear or the quality food, ambiance and more comfortable chairs at Blue Bayou. But this is a decent middle-price choice if you want table service.
The Premium Package for the 9 p.m. show only costs $75 per adult and $45 for ages 3 to 9 plus tax and gratuity. (That's about $4 less for an adult and child than an adult and child at Blue Bayou, BTW.) Guests must reserve this package at this link for 7:15 p.m. You can stay at your dining table for the 9 p.m. show. You can order from the Fantasmic! menu or choose items from the normal menu. There is no package for the second show.
Pros: You have a chair to sit on and space around you and a more relaxed night.
Cons: You are not as close to the show as the seating on the ground, but you are a little elevated. Guests walk in front of the dining area and cast members direct foot traffic with lights. We prefer the food at the other two Fantasmic! dining packages, so if you choose this one, you are going for the chair and may be less about the food.
Hungry Bear On-the-Go (available for both showings)
This is the most affordable package at a quick-service restaurant at $35 for adults and $25 for ages 3 to 9 plus tax. The viewing area is immediately to the left of Blue Bayou, but that is subject to change each night based on how many people purchase each package. We sat to the right of Blue Bayou. While the viewing area is good for the price, you’ll want to arrive early enough to get a spot that is more centered rather than further to the side. You don't need to be right up front. In fact, we enjoy sitting in the back half so the fence is visually out of our way.
Pros: It's the most affordable Fantasmic! dining package. You'll also save even more over other packages because there is no gratuity added here. The viewing area is great, and maybe even better, for the second show. We liked the chicken and ribs! You do not need to sit up front for this. Because people are seated, you can see well from the back of the viewing section.
Cons: You'll want to arrive as soon as you can to get seating toward the center stage. This is a more crowded section where you are more likely to be sitting cross-legged and closer to other families. The sides were not our favorite items on the menu, even though we loved the main course. The ground can be hard, cold or warm, so bring a blanket or towel for more comfortable viewing.
Parade Dining Packages
The parade packages save you a little time and stress. We like them for viewing the parade with little kids because there is no stress about finding a spot early and waiting there for a while. But you also need to show up earlier than stated on your voucher if you want a curb spot. It was available for the Main Street Electrical Parade (through Sept. 1, 2022) and was followed by the Frightfully Fun Parade packages during the Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure (discussed further below). A Christmas Fantasy holiday parade package has returned to Plaza Inn at Disneyland for viewing for the second parade of the night.
This meal can change seasonally. Current menus are online on the Plaza Inn Dining Package page. Be sure to check the dates for this package, as it is not available on select dates and holidays (April 9, May 13, May 14, May 29, June 18, July 4 and July 8, 2023), nor on select nights around the Candlelight Ceremony in December.
Pros: You save time and stress over finding a place to sit. The food is great (can you really go wrong with Plaza Inn fried chicken or tender short rib (and plant-based options?). This spot is a perfectly fine spot to watch the parade. You can apply discounts to your package. The parade viewing is near the park exit if you plan to leave after it's over. Because you are at the start of that parade, you'll beat the crowds out of the park (or to Disney California Adventure).
Cons: You'll save some time but will still want to arrive about an hour before the parade starts to get a curb spot. You can find seating for no extra cost all along the parade route if you want to camp out for about an hour and a half to two hours depending on the crowds. This package is only available for the second parade. You can get a tasty (but different) Plaza Inn meal for half the cost of this package and find your own viewing.
If you like a spot where you can see it coming for a while, then you might want to find your own viewing spot. We recommend watching the second parade because you can sit below the train station, where the second parade starts on Main Street, U.S.A. Then you can exit the park ahead of the crowds once the parade ends. If you want to watch the first parade without the dining package, you'll have to invest some time in waiting for it.
Fireworks Dining Packages
There are rarely fireworks packages for close viewing of Disneyland fireworks. The closest is Plaza Inn, which is a side and possibly obstructed view of the castle. You may keep an eye out for special holiday packages for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve through Plaza Inn. There is a Plaza Inn Halloween Screams Dining Package with reserved viewing for Halloween Screams on select nights with fireworks. It costs $60 per adult and $30 per child (ages 3-9). The package is different from 2022. In 2023, it includes a meal. The menu is online. You must book between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to pick up your meal, beverage and credentials. Dining is at any open table. The viewing is on the north side of the outdoor Plaza Inn patio.
Keep in mind that fireworks can get canceled due to technical, weather or other issues. You cannot get a refund or exchange if the show is canceled.
The New Year's Eve package is pricier at $125 per adult and $100 per child (ages 3-9). It includes a feast ( menus online ). Arrival time is between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. for the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Dining Package at Plaza Inn.
The July 4, 2023, package was $75 for adults and $45 for kids ages 3 to 9. You do not get a refund if the fireworks are canceled. You'll reserve a dining time between 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The viewing area is on the north side of the outdoor Plaza Inn patio.
Pros: It's a good way to have a more relaxed experience. It's a seated fireworks option. It's a unique experience, but it may be more appealing to locals who have seen the full show or visitors who are overwhelmed by the fireworks crowds and mostly care about the actual fireworks than they do about the complete show with projections. Pregnant moms, grandparents and people with tired, small children may find this seated option appealing. It can be worth it for New Year's Eve when people line up hours early for the fireworks.
Cons: Your view may be obstructed by the tall bushes. You may not be able to see the projections, but you can see the fireworks and the top of the castle (and Jack Skellington and Zero for Halloween Screams). Views may vary based on where you are seated. Some seats can see the projections better than others, but it's a side view. This is better for shows that are not big on projection.
It's a tight seating situation. Also, it may not save you more time than just getting your own viewing spot in the park. You can find free viewing of the fireworks in a lot of other places shortly before showtime if you do not feel the need to wait in front of the castle. This package may only be offered seasonally. You must book well in advance. If the fireworks get canceled, you do not get refunded. No discounts apply. The package may be more worth it for popular holidays, such as New Year's Eve or Fourth of July, in which projections are less important to the show than, say, Halloween Screams, and fireworks crowds are thick early on.
The only regular package that includes a fireworks viewing is the Tomorrowland Terrace Lounge Experience.
Mother's Day and Father's Day Brunch at Plaza Inn
Plaza Inn has special brunches on select holidays, such as Mother's Day and Father's Day. Father's Day Brunch features Goofy and Max in their Dapper Father's Day attire. You can enjoy special character experiences and added menu items. These special brunches are from 8 a.m. until noon. You'll want to reserve as early as you can as reservations are limited for these one-day celebrations. You can reserve on the Plaza Inn main page (as opposed to the dining package page). Prices are $75 per guest over 9 years and $35 for ages 3 to 9.
Tomorrowland Skyline Terrace Lounge Experience — Dinner in the Stars or Halloween Theme
The Dinner in the Stars Package is through Aug. 28, 2023, and includes your choice of a souvenir Star Wars sipper or tumbler. The Halloween option runs select nights from Sept. 1 through Oct. 31, 2023. It comes with a commemorative beverage novelty and glow cube.
The tables on the edge are low tops and the second row is high tops. You don’t really get to choose a preference. If you are a small party of two, you will be seated with another party of two. You can eat your food, and get all the cold drinks you want up top. You can come and go because your table is yours for the night. Play games at your table or play giant games with others. There are several Star Wars–themed board games available! You can also ask for a blanket to use if you get cold. Catch the fireworks shooting off to the sides of the Matterhorn from this view.
This package is good for a party that needs a relaxing night and an escape from the crowds. The only tricky aspect of this package is that fireworks can get canceled pretty often due to winds at altitude, and that’s what happened the night we visited. The show got canceled, and while the food was actually really delicious, we would not pay that price for the food alone.
The experience theme and price may change seasonally. It is currently Star Wars-themed. You can view the current menu on the reservation page .
This cost is $89 and includes tax but not gratuity. No discounts apply. If a cancellation is needed, make sure to do so at least two days in advance.
Cons: You are carrying your tray around the park. This can be more challenging for families with disabilities or small groups carrying lots of food. Fireworks can get canceled. Sitting in the lounge keeps you from experiencing dance parties, rides and other nighttime entertainment. The fireworks show is not the full show with special effects and projections in all its glory. You may be seated with others, but that could be a pro if you like making new friends!
For us, there are great fireworks locations you can hop in place for just before the show starts without spending any more money. Our Disneyland fireworks post can help you find the best place to watch the show. If you want adequate space and seating, and don’t mind seeing just the actual fireworks, this may be worth it, but ask yourself how you might feel if the show were to be canceled and you spent your whole evening in the lounge. If the fireworks are just a bonus, then this may be worth it to you. Do you want to see the show and also enjoy the rest of the park? Then, see the show on Main Street, U.S.A. for no extra cost and make the most of your night at Disneyland.
Disneyland After Dark Dining Packages
On select nights in January and February, Disneyland holds the ultimate date night. It's a sold-out, separately-ticketed event. These dining packages are only available January 31 and February 2, 5, 7, 9, 14 and 16, 2023.
Plaza Inn Sweethearts' Nite Dining Package
Partygoers (with ticket) can reserve a romantic prix-fixe dinner for two with a photo op themed to "Lady and the Tramp." This dining package is available between 8 to 10 p.m.
The adult meal for two is $80 plus tax per couple and includes a spaghetti and meatballs plate for 2, individual Caesar salads, breadsticks and Individual tiramisu. Each guest gets their choice of fountain beverage or Dasani water.
The child meal is $15 plus tax and includes spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad, breadstick and tiramisu with a choice of small Dasani water or small milk. Plant-based options are available.
Pros: You get a themed meal and photo op. You can reserve at 8 p.m., which is one hour before the party officially starts. Discounts apply.
Cons: It's a bit pricey for quick-service dining. You might not want to spend party time in a meal since the night usually goes so quickly and there is so much to see.
Cafe Orleans Disneyland After Dark Dining Packages
Guests with admission to certain Disneyland After Dark parties can experience special meals indoors or outdoors with fantastic river views. You can reserve these in advance, or check for walk-up availability in the Disneyland app.
The dining packages vary per event. For Sweethearts Nite it was a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner (adult or child meal). For Princess Nite, it was tea time. At Pride Night, you got to choose from a list of creative Monte Cristo sandwiches and floats. This dining package is available starting at 8 p.m. for party ticket holders and may differ from year to year for the same event.
Pros: You get a unique meal. You can reserve at 8 p.m., which is one hour before the party officially starts. Discounts apply.
Cons: It's a bit pricey on top of party admission. The food may not be worth the price. You might not want to spend party time on a table-service meal since the night usually goes so quickly and there is so much to see.
Disney California Adventure Dining Packages
World of Color is the main nighttime spectacular that has dining packages and a dessert party. There was a Frozen dining package before the pandemic, so once a show returns to the Hyperion, there could be additional dining packages in the park. During Halloween Time, there are usually Frightfully Fun Parade dining packages and dessert parties to watch out for.
World of Color Dining Packages
Two restaurants offer dining packages for World of Color. Both of them cost the same and share the same standing viewing area. It is pretty well-centered, but people at the front of the section will have a better view than people in the crowd, so this is one you may want to arrive at the start of your return window.
Keep in mind that World of Color has free standby viewing as well as a free virtual queue. You can join the virtual queue (here's how) at noon as long as you have entered a theme park and have a valid ticket. The virtual queue can put you in the very front rows and give you an excellent view. But keep in mind that the front rows may get wet, depending on which direction the wind is blowing. So you can get a great view without paying extra. You should arrive early for the best viewing selection. You do not want to be to the far sides, especially not to the right, because it becomes harder to see the water screens.
Standby areas are not as great as the virtual queue or dining packages (although we do love the bridge). So if you cannot join the virtual queue, or are arriving later in the day, a dining package or dessert party is a great backup plan. The second show is the least crowded, so if you do not want to spend any money or time and are going to be in a standby area, then see the second show. If there is extra room in the viewing areas, you may be let in. As long as you are behind a fence or planter box, you will be able to see or near the back of a viewing section. Aim for a buffer of space between you and the people in front of you. You should be able to see this very tall show on fountains of water.
Wine Country Trattoria (available for both shows)
Wine Country Trattoria costs $59 per adult and $35 for ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and tip). It's a 3-course prix-fixe meal with a starter, entree and dessert and a nonalcoholic beverage. This Disney California Adventure table-service dining location gives you a taste of Tuscany with pasta dishes.
To book, reserve lunch (12:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m.) or dinner (3 p.m. to 6:20 p.m.). Join the Walk-Up List in the Disneyland app if you don't have a reservation. Ask your server about upgrading to the World of Color dining package.
Pros: The viewing area is centered and has a buffer of space around it so it’s easy to see.
Cons: You’ll want to arrive early rather than late to your viewing location to get a front-row view in that section, especially if you have shorter tadpoles. If the section is busy when you arrive, try to go to the back of the section, putting a buffer of space between you and the people in front of you.
Storytellers Café (available for both shows)
Storytellers costs $59 per adult and $35 for ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and tip). This all-you-can-eat buffet is located outside the theme park in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa. But don’t worry — a special theme park hotel entrance takes you right there. It’s just as close as if it were in the park.
You’ll book a normal dinner reservation and let your server know that you’d like to upgrade. If you can't get a reservation, look for Walk-Up availability in the app. You’ll get the same buffet food (along with some items your server can bring you), a voucher for the Preferred Dining Viewing area and a box of macarons to enjoy during the show.
If you want the first show plan to dine between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. For the second show (or if there is only one show) dine between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Pros: It’s all you can eat, so you can fill up your hungry bellies. Plus take some dessert with you! The viewing area is centered and has a buffer of space around it so it’s easy to see.
Cons: You’ll want to arrive early rather than later at your viewing location to get a front-row view in that section, especially if you have shorter tadpoles. If the area is busy when you arrive, try to go to the back of the section, putting space between you and the people in front of you. You must cancel one day in advance.
World of Color Dessert Party (available for both shows)
It is nice to have a seat and a good view. This is a good experience to celebrate a special occasion or date night. Seating is toward the back of the viewing area (behind the dining packages). The first row has low-top tables and the back row has high tops. The seats have a buffer between them and the people in front at a lower elevation.
You can check in early near the restrooms across from The Little Mermaid and pick your seat. We'd aim for something toward the center of the viewing area If we had to pick. We’d go with a high top especially since it gets you just a little higher than the crowd.
Pros: You can sit after a long day, enjoy a drink and relax during the show.
Cons: You need to check in early and get seated early or you might not have time for a second drink. You might get seated with other parties. It is the most expensive choice for the least amount of food. You are toward the back of the viewing so you cannot see the bottom of the water, but you can see the show well. Keep an eye out for obstacles that could potentially get in your view. You pay in full when you reserve and must cancel a day in advance if you can't make it.
Rogers: The Musical Premium Viewing Experience (Select days June 30 through Aug. 31, 2023)
Here's a package you cannot reserve in advance. Visit Studio Catering to purchase this $29 package until it's sold out or it's 90 minutes before the last show. We recommend purchasing this package as soon as Disney California Adventure opens, as it sells out quickly.
This dining package gives you priority access to the theater to choose your seats. Arrive up to 90 minutes early to check into Stage 12 at the Hyperion Theater. You can enjoy reserved seating in an exclusive lounge area before the show. It comes with a Rogers: The Musical souvenir popcorn bucket with red, white and blue kettle corn and your choice of Coca-Cola bottled beverage. Get your picture taken by a PhotoPass photographer at the photo opportunity.
Pros: You get great seats, some VIP treatment, a snack and a beverage without having to set an alarm for the virtual queue . It's the most affordable Disneyland dining package. And it's the best way to go if you want to sit right in front or get into the theater before the rest of the audience.
Cons: You can get a seat for free for this show and you also cannot reserve this experience in advance. It tends to sell out quickly, but there may be some later show availability after late arrivals or park hoppers enter the park. Availability can vary per day.
Wine Country Trattoria Frightfully Fun Parade Dining Package
Wine Country Trattoria has a lunch and dinner dining package that provides a reserved but separate area to watch the parade. It is only available on Oogie Boogie Bash party dates for people with party tickets. It is a three-course meal with a starter, entree and dessert. The package costs $59 for adults and $36 for children ages 3 to 9, plus tax and gratuity (discounts do not apply). There is a $10 upcharge for ordering rib-eye steak. Upon arrival, you'll request an upgrade to the dining experience. You'll need to show your Oogie Boogie Bash ticket to get the experience.
You'll dine between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. before or during the early entry time in the park. (You'll need a daytime ticket that gives you access before 3 p.m. if you reserve before 3 p.m. After 3 p.m. your Oogie Boogie ticket will get you in, but be sure to arrive early.) You will let your server know you'd like to upgrade to the package.
Pros: You don't have to waste any party time dining. You can fill your belly with a full meal before the party start. You know you have a place to watch the parade. If you cannot get a reservation, you may be able to walk up until 6 p.m. You may be able to apply discounts.
Cons: The packages are limited and not guaranteed, which may leave you in need of a plan B if they sell out. You may need to arrive at the reserved area earlier than stated to get a good spot. You need to make sure you have a ticket that gets you into the park for your reservation time. Oogie Boogie guests can enter as early as 3 p.m. Guests with a daytime ticket can dine earlier. You can find your own parade viewing for free.
Sonoma Terrace Oogie Boogie Bash Dessert Party
You'll be able to check in up to 45 minutes before the first parade (which starts at 7:50 p.m.) and up to 30 minutes before the second parade (which starts at 10:05 p.m.). Seating is first-come, first-served, so we highly recommend arriving earlier than recommended for the best seat. You may be seated with other guests or in a back row. The dessert party begins 30 minutes before the parade starts and can be enjoyed up until the parade ends. The front row is low tables and the back rows are high tops.
Tickets for the dessert party are paid for when you reserve. It's $89 per person (ages 3 and up) and includes tax and gratuity. Children ages 2 and under may attend free of charge, but they must be seated on the lap of an adult. You'll need to have Oogie Boogie Bash tickets to book. If the parade is canceled due to technical issues or weather, your dessert package will not be refunded.
Pros: You get a seat to watch the parade.
Cons: You have to check in early to get a good seat. Some seats are in a second or third row or around the corner from the oncoming parade. Small parties may be seated together. You can save money by hopping in place on the parade route around the same time you might check in for the dessert party without spending any extra money. You can use your trick-or-treating sweets to make your own dessert party for no added cost! The party is costly and you cannot apply discounts.
Tips for Disneyland Dining Packages
If you are considering booking a Disneyland dining package here are a few tips:
- Make sure you have a park reservation for that park or a park hopper ticket if starting in the other park.
- Check the show schedule for your date of the visit so you know all show times (they can vary each day).
- Choose a package that allows you to potentially see two shows. For example, after the first Fantasmic! show, you can stay for the fireworks. After the Main Street Electrical Parade, walk over to Main Street, U.S.A. to catch fireworks.
- Decide whether you already want to eat at the restaurant where the dining package takes place. If so, that's a big plus.
- Look at the menus ahead of time to make sure you like the choices. (There are vegetarian and gluten-free options or substitutions.)
- Eat on the early side of the dining window as packages are limited.
- Book 60 days in advance for the best selection.
- If you do not get a reservation, keep checking as cancellations do pop up. Also, check to join the Walk-Up List in the Disneyland app.
- Ask if you can add people to your party when you check in if others want to join you. We have been able to add people if there's availability.
- Ask about discounts. Most packages can have Magic Key and Disney Visa discounts applied, but a few do not.
- If you can't make your reservation, cancel in the expected time. Some packages can be canceled two hours in advance. Others a day or two before.
- Only book if you are comfortable knowing that shows can be canceled last minute with no refund.
- For Fantasmic! you are fine to sit in the middle or back half of the seated areas, rather than the front row against the fence.
- Let your server know of any allergies.
Do you have any further questions about the Disneyland dining packages? Ask in the comments section below. You'll need a theme park ticket and reservation to view these shows. Save money on your Disneyland theme park tickets when you purchase from Undercover Tourist so you have a bigger budget for Disneyland dining packages.
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Hello! I’ll be traveling with a ten year old - he turns ten one week before - who won’t have the appetite for the adult options. Will it be a problem to order him a child package for any of the table service restaurants?
Thanks for the info! Will the Blue Bayou and River Belle offer the cushion for seating with the Fantasmic packages?
The seating no longer has a cushion.
How do the dining package (not dessert party) viewing area for World of Color compare to the Virtual Queue viewing area? Does the dining package provide a better view?
In this particular instance, we prefer to save our money and use the virtual queue. If you want to be in front, go with the virtual queue and arrive as early as you can. Any spot on any railing, even on a higher tier, is also great with the virtual queue viewing area. With dining packages, you would stand in the middle but not right in front or at a railing and it can be harder to see over heads.
Hey there! Thanks for all the great info!
I have scheduled for two Plaza Inn parade dining packages on March 7th and March 9th. My Disneyland confirmation email clearly says that my reservations are for "Plaza Inn Dining Package - Magic Happens" but on the Disneyland site it says that there are no parade packages when there are "after dark" events. Princesses After Dark is on both of those dates. Your thoughts?
Thanks for hopping by! Since you were able to make the dining package reservations, we think it should be fine! The Magic Happens parade is scheduled for 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. showings on those days, so unless your dining time is after 8 p.m. (which is when the park closes to the general public), we don't think it would impact the reservations.
Hi! Planning a visit 4/12-13 and there are no schedules published yet : / How does one decide what to book?!? Do you think since it's Easter there is a better chance of actually getting Fantasmic! and fireworks during a weekday? Thanks!
We won't know for certain until entertainment schedules are published which usually happens about six weeks in advance. In the past, sometimes there have been nightly fireworks and shows around that time, but we can't guarantee that they will hoppen nightly when you visit.
We are planning our first family trip to Disneyland (one day, no hopping), which will be a weekday in May 2023. Your site says to avoid Grad Nites, which is good advice. Where do I find out when these would be?
Grad Nites are planned for May 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 25, 30 and 31 in 2023. Mainly, they will just make the theme parks more crowded. At 9 p.m. all the kids head to DCA for a special nighttime party, but they mix in with regular park guests for most of the day.
On these grad days are they only at Disneyland during day? For example out trip is May 25/26 (25th is a grad night date) would it be better to do DCA on 25th and Disneyland on 26th? Thank You!!
The Grad Night crowds can vary. But the grads can hop back and forth to either park during the day and then just check into DCA at 9 pm. The park closes an hour early to the public at 9 p.m. that night. That usually means there is one World of Color show for day guests at 9 p.m. Fireworks and Fantasmic! at Disneyland are only on weekends then so that would be the 26. If the nighttime entertainment is important to you, then we would book DCA on the 25th and Disneyland on the 26th. Have a great trip!
Do you know when the entertainment schedule for the holidays will be updated? It's so hard to plan when you don't know what will and won't be available. Thank you!
Times can be posted 6 weeks out, but sometimes things do not populate until it gets closer. If you look at Nov. 17, you will get a general sense of what to expect. More times could be added to that day, as well. Overall, we'd say that most days would likely follow that schedule — though things might change slightly over the holiday break (or as it gets darker earlier at night, some things could move a little sooner). Dec. 3-4 can have some modifications due to the Candlelight Ceremony. Hours are not yet posted for December, but say if there were an unanticipated early closure midweek, then that could alter the schedule (none have been announced though). Hope this helps as more general advice!
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Updated January 18, 2023
Fantasmic! is an old school Disneyland gem! Definitely consider it for your visit.
As with any big show at Disneyland, good planning will ensure you have a good experience.
I’ve compiled this information from what Disney has released to us, what other dining packages typically include and specifically what I know from the dining experiences offered prior to Covid.
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First, check this link to see if Fantasmic! is showing during your dates.
Depending on when you visit, Fantasmic! will show every day of the week or on weekends only. Weekends include Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Disneyland.
When Fantasmic! is running, most days include 9:00pm and 10:30pm shows, but confirm before your visit.
Fantasmic! is a very popular show that debuted in 1992 as an attempt to pull crowds over into the space that borders the Rivers of America. The show includes both water and pyrotechnics and can be scary for little ones. There are plenty of children at the show. But, if you have kids who scare easily, I recommend watching videos on YouTube prior to visiting. The basic synopsis involves good vs evil. Spoiler alert: Good always wins.
The show was reimagined in July of 2017 with new scenes and an altered story line. It still consists of a combination of part of the show on Tom Sawyer Island and the rest on water craft, including The Sailing Ship Columbia, Mark Twain Riverboat and small rafts.
It typically lasts around 25 minutes. Guests will fill the viewing area that surrounds the Rivers of America to watch the show.
Showtimes for each day vary. Visit the Disneyland site to see what timing is available for the days you will be at the parks. Adjust the calendar at this link for your visit. Most days will include two shows. Those are at 9:00pm and 10:30pm.
As with other Disney shows, the earlier times are always more crowded.
I like both shows for different reasons. The earlier one may be more crowded, but it’s so convenient to watch Fantasmic! and then not have to move to watch the fireworks (typically at 9:30pm each evening). Love that. However, if you must see fireworks on Main and/or with a castle view, you can grab a spot there fairly close to show time (for fireworks at 9:30pm) and then walk over to see the 10:30pm Fantasmic! with less of a crowd. After fireworks, there is a mass exodus. Cast members work hard to direct people through each land and out of the park and by 10:30pm there is a noticeable difference in the quantity of people there.
Let’s now take a closer look at the three options for Fantasmic! viewing.
Booking a Dining Package
As with other big shows at the park, Fantasmic! offers dining packages that give you a premiere spot for viewing the show. In most cases, you will dine at the restaurant hosting the dining package and then show up later to watch the show with everyone else stationed around the Rivers of America. There is one exception – we’ll cover that in a second.
Dining packages are always popular at Disneyland and with the return of Fantasmic!, these are in high demand. Do not hesitate to book your package now. If you change your mind on using it, cancel within 24 hours of your dining time so that your credit card on file is not charged the $10 per person cancellation penalty. These packages do not requirement pre-payment. All you have to do now is make the reservation. The app does not allow you to make these reservations. You must use the Disneyland site or call Disney directly at (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time) to book.
Magic Key and Disney Visa discounts apply to all dining packages, but the two cannot be used together.
Magic Key and Disney Visa discounts apply to all dining packages, but the discount won’t apply to the upgraded portion of your bill. For example, if you booked the Upgraded River Belle Terrace package at 8pm, you will receive your discount on the $45 per person portion, but not the $15 upgrade per person.
Dining packages can be booked 60 days out from the day you plan to dine at Disneyland.
Disneyland is super accommodating with food allergies. If you have specific needs, share those when you book online in the section provided. If you call in to book, let the cast member helping you know your needs. Then, when you check in at your dining time, reiterate those details again.
Each dining package includes favorites from the restaurant’s menu and sometimes a few dishes not available during regular dining. Exceptions/substitutions/changes, etc….from the Fantasmic! menu to the normal one are not allowed. You may only choose from the Fantasmic! menu.
The basic game plan includes enjoying your meal and then once you pay your bill, you will receive a “FASTPASS” (or return voucher) that will allow you entrance into the viewing section that coordinates with where you dined. Sometimes, they’re referred to as Return Tickets or Return Vouchers. But, they look just like the paper FASTPASS Reminders.
With any of the three dining package options, I recommend arriving an hour prior to showtime. The FASTPASS that you receive after paying your bill will advise showing up 30 minutes prior. And, lines will likely not be allowed to form until that time. But, with the popularity of this show, you don’t want to miss out on what you paid for – good viewing. Show up to the viewing area an hour early and just hang out. Wait for the line to form and jump in it as soon as cast members allow.
For the later show, be prepared to find all three dining option guests mixed into the same viewing area. This feels a little frustrating since they section off the earlier show and allow those who paid for Blue Bayou to have the center view. I attended the later show when I reviewed the Blue Bayou package and when I arrived, everyone was sitting together. I asked a cast member and he confirmed that the later show mixes everyone. With this in mind, if you want a great view at a low cost, consider the Hungry Bear package for the late show.
The three dining package options include:
Blue Bayou Dining Package
For a detailed review from a previous experience, visit this link .
To book this package, visit this link .
- Blue Bayou is located in New Orleans Square, to the right of the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction exit. It is the premiere dining package and usually the most sought after.
- Blue Bayou has indoor seating only, but you’ll feel like you’re outdoors in some ways because of the restaurant’s design. This dining option is located inside the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction and is old school Disney fabulous. You’ll see the boats of the attraction float by during your meal.
- If you’re interested in a water-side table (there are only about 15 tables located right next to the water), go by the reservation podium located at the front of the restaurant about 30 minutes prior to your reservation time and ask if you could please sit water-side. Your wait may be a little longer than expected, but many guests think this is an essential part of dining at Blue Bayou.
- Viewing for Blue Bayou is typically dead-center, front row. There will be an iron railing in front of you, but this has never bothered me.
River Belle Terrace Dining Package
For a detailed review from my experience, visit this link.
To book this page, visit this link .
- Reservations for River Belle Terrace start each day at 4:00pm. When you book – online or on the phone directly with Disney – you will learn which show your dining time is assigned to. The FASTPASS that you receive that allows you into your viewing location will state this show time, too. You may not attend a show other than the one your FASTPASS assigns you to.
- An upgrade to River Belle’s dining package is available for $25 per person, adult or child. To upgrade your experience, you must call (714) 781-DINE or (714) 781-3463 between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM Pacific Time daily. In order to upgrade, you must dine at 8:00pm. With that dining time and a confirmed upgrade, you can enjoy dinner and then stay at your seat to watch the first performance of Fantasmic! – which begins at 9:00pm – from the outside patio (where you’ll be seated). With this upgrade, you will enjoy a charging station at your table, a lanyard, and continued drink service through the show.
- River Belle Terrace is located in Frontierland, across from the Rivers of America. It is typically considered 2nd in line to Blue Bayou as far as food goes, but I’m a huge fan of this place. It reopened with a new menu in February of 2016 after Big Thunder BBQ closed down for Star Wars Land. While it isn’t a total mimic of what Big Thunder offered, the menu transitioned to include more grown up, modern BBQ selections and I’ve really enjoyed them.
- River Belle has both indoor and outdoor seating. I’ve dined in each and they’re both lovely. There is far more outdoor seating compared to indoor, so be prepared for a possibly longer wait if you want to dine indoors.
- River Belle’s viewing section is next to Blue Bayou, so it’s not dead center, but it’s still really good. It will go up to the railing, so front row is possible, just like Blue Bayou. You will be able to sit on the ground in this section, unlike guests with FASTPASSES and those in standby.
Hungry Bear Grab-n-Go Dining Package
For a detailed review of this dining package, visit this link .
- Reservations for Hungry Bear Restaurant start each day at 3:00pm. When you book – online or on the phone directly with Disney – you will learn which show your dining time is assigned to. The FASTPASS that you receive that allows you into your viewing location will state this show time, too. You may not attend a show other than the one your FASTPASS assigns you to. (From what I can tell, all Hungry Bear dining package guests are assigned to the first show each evening.)
- Hungry Bear is a casual restaurant located in Critter Country, just across from where you grab FASTPASSES for Splash Mountain and to the right of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
- Unlike Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace dining packages, you do not have to dine on location. You may simply pick up your food and take it elsewhere to enjoy or you may use one of the tables at the restaurant. All seating is outdoors, in a covered patio overlooking the Rivers of America.
- Upon arrival, you will pay your bill and receive your meals packaged up to go (or stay). The restaurant provides everything you need – boxed meals, cutlery, napkins, etc. At this time, you will also receive your FASTPASSES granting entry into the Hungry Bear viewing section for Fantasmic!
- The viewing section for Hungry Bear is next to Blue Bayou, which is dead center. If enough guests buy this package, you may have to stand for the show. (Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace dining package guests are guaranteed the option to sit on the ground.) I have yet to see this section full enough to enforce the standing rule. So, for the price you pay, you’re getting an excellent view.
Standby sections aren’t bad! Don’t panic if you don’t book a dining package for this show.
There are two standby sections that I have had great luck with over the years. If you are using the standby option, consider:
- The bridge that goes above the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction: A rope is set up on the side of the bridge facing the water. The rope keeps guests snug in that area and out of the way of traffic, as guests use this bridge to exit the Frontierland/New Orleans Square area to get to Adventureland. I’m usually able to slide in there to watch the show.
- There are several little pockets of space behind an iron guard rail in between the Cafe Orleans patio and the French Market. Many guests think this is a walk way area and don’t stop to grab a spot. Rest assured, if you’re in a path for guests, cast members will alert you to keep moving. These are great last minute options to watch the show.
Guests with Disabilities
There is a section next to the River Belle Terrace dining section for guests with disabilities. A cast member will escort you to the section for guests with disabilities. There are no chairs provided. This section is typically filled with guests in wheelchairs and ECVs along with their family/friends.
Within each dining package section, guests in wheelchairs or ECVs are stationed near the back of the section so that they’re not blocking other guests’ views since they’ll be sitting on the ground. Feel free to enjoy any of the dining packages and know you can sit with everyone in your party within in the dining package sections noted on the map below.
The map, above, shows the general idea, based on what previous years included. This is a VERY ROUGH idea of where each section will be located. I’ll update the map as information becomes available.
- There is no current option for guests to sit in a chair at Fantasmic! If this is a deal breaker for you, I recommend booking the River Belle Terrace 8:00pm option with the upgrade so that you can stay in your seat to watch.
- If your child won’t eat any of the options on the child’s menu (when the menus are available), you may pay for an adult dining package and allow him or her to order from it. But, children cannot order from it without paying the adult pricing.
- As with all restaurants at the Disneyland Resort, these dining package options will do their best to accommodate guests with food allergies or special diets. When you book your reservation, make clear notes in the comments section with your needs. If you book by phone, share your needs with the cast member you speak to. Upon arrival, reiterate what your needs are to the cast member you’re checking in with. Your notes will already be attached to your reservation, but I recommend calling attention to them when you arrive.
- A Disability Section should be available in the Fantasmic! viewing area. I’ll share more details on that as soon as I find them and will also update my post on Disabilities at Disneyland .
- This show can be surprisingly scary for many children. It’s main theme is “good vs evil” and “good” wins, but the show, as a whole, is shocking at times. I encourage you to watch the video, below, if you are concerned at all that your child could be scared.
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Fantasmic Dining Package Review
Fantasmic Dining Packages are available at several Disney restaurants, including Blue Bayou, River Belle Terrace, and Hungry Bear. In this review, we share food photos, thoughts on whether the nighttime spectacular meal is worth the money, and our overall assessment of the cuisine at River Belle Terrace.
Before we get to the Fantasmic Dining Package at River Belle Terrace, let’s start with background. This Disneyland restaurant is a 1955 opening day original, and was reportedly a favorite breakfast spot of Walt Disney. River Belle Terrace sits at the intersection of Frontierland, Adventureland, and New Orleans Square at what is probably the biggest bottleneck in Disneyland. Its inside seating area offers a “great” view of this bottleneck, while its outdoor patio offers an excellent view of the Rivers of America. Personally, I’ll take the view of the Rivers of America every time.
Because it’s an opening day original, there’s some interesting history surrounding the restaurant. Prior to New Orleans Square being added to Disneyland, the restaurant was on the New Orleans Street portion of Frontierland, which explains why the restaurant’s architecture resembles New Orleans Square more than it does Frontierland. During this time, it was known as Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House in the 1950s and early 1960s (with a slight modification to Aunt Jemima’s Kitchen through 1970). This name was given to the restaurant because it was sponsored by Quaker Oats, maker of Aunt Jemima pancakes and syrup.
However, it wasn’t just a simple sponsorship; the restaurant was reportedly a really special place during the time, with Aunt Jemima herself making appearances and a menu consisting of different types of themed pancakes. Since 1971, the location has been more or less the current incarnation, River Belle Terrace.
If you want to learn more about the history of the location and see photos of it as Aunt Jemima’s, I highly recommend checking out Daveland’s page on Aunt Jemima’s Pancake House . It’s really fascinating.
As far as food goes, we’ve done many meals at River Belle Terrace over the years. In fact, this review was originally scheduled to be posted over two years ago, sharing our thoughts on the full counter service breakfast and lunch menus.
A few days before the post was scheduled to go live, Disneyland announced it was going to become a table service restaurant, so I had to drop the review. Fortunately, all was not lost. I was able to salvage all the fluff–I mean history–you read above for this review.
I’m also able to recycle the ambiance section, as River Belle Terrace was so lazily “converted” to a table service restaurant. It’s still totally the same, right down to the cafeteria-style ordering line at the front of the restaurant.
If River Belle Terrace ever needed to do counter service breakfast or lunch again in a pinch, it could easily be re-converted…probably overnight.
It’s still a very charming restaurant. The exterior is vaguely reminiscent of an Antebellum manor (a lot like those at Port Orleans Riverside), and the inside feels like a well-appointed Southern kitchen.
All of the decor is relatively understated, leaning more towards classy than grandiosity. Its intimate, airy, and pleasant, but hardly the pinnacle of the themed design. Personally, I prefer sitting outside under the umbrellas overlooking the Rivers of America on a cool morning or evening, but that’s just me.
Alright, let’s move on to the dinner menu, and specifically, the 3-course Fantasmic Dinner Package…
For our dinner at River Belle Terrace, we were joined by Guy Selga from TouringPlans.com who also did the Fantasmic Dinner Package.
Sarah did not do the dining package, instead opting to order a la carte…
We’ll start with what Sarah had (which is also available on the Fantasmic Dinner Package), the Pulled Pork Sandwich.
She really liked this, and was impressed with its quality. I would hope so; this is a $20 sandwich.
Guy and I started our Fantasmic Dinner Packages with Guy ordering the Corn Chowder while I chose the House Salad.
Both of these were completely forgettable; not necessarily bad, just nothing special.
Neither of us would’ve ordered these if paying out of pocket. I think it’s worth noting that there was no biscuit service with this meal, and our entrees ordered less than 5 minutes after our appetizers.
I’ve heard this is a common occurrence, as the main goal is to churn through guests with the Fantasmic Dinner Packages (we dined here at 4 p.m., so it’s not like they were trying to be helpful by getting us out the door in time for the show).
For his entree, Guy’s had the Beef Brisket Sandwich. Calling this beef brisket is a misnomer, as it was basically a roast beef sandwich. I don’t think there’s any positive way to spin this. By itself, this deli sandwich is $20+ and as part of the Fantasmic Dinner Package, it’s the cornerstone of a $50+ meal.
Guy remarked that it was lacking in flavor, which was no surprise. He probably would’ve been better off with literally anything from French Market.
I had the Pork Spareribs, and these were actually pretty good. The meat was tender, and the spice rub provided both a nice texture and delicious flavor. The ribs were neither too fatty nor too lean, and the portion was filling.
My benchmark for River Belle Terrace is the aforementioned French Market and Plaza Inn. After all, River Belle Terrace is just a glorified counter service restaurant, even today. I’d say my entree was easily on par with either of those places. I was very satisfied with the Pork Spareribs.
Next, we both ordered the Maleficent Dragon Dessert. This was the highlight of the meal. Arguably, this whole Dinner Package is “worth it” for the photos of this you can share on social media to make your Walt Disney World-centric friends feel even more jealous that our version of Fantasmic “gets all the good stuff.” 😉
In addition to the super-cool presentation, the flavor of the dark chocolate-blackberry ganache center was unique and interesting, with a slight cinnamon spice befitting of a Maleficent dessert. I’d go as far as to say this is one of the better/cooler desserts I’ve had at Disneyland.
Currently, the Fantasmic Dinner Package at River Belle Terrace costs $45 before tax and gratuity. Whether it’s worth it is a matter of how much Fantasmic matters to you. Using tortured logic, you can rationalize this by telling yourself that you’re only paying a $5-10 premium for the Fantasmic seating.
The problem with that logic is that under no circumstances would I pay $40+ for a dinner at River Belle Terrace were I not a Disney blogger “needing” to write about it. To me, this meal was worth about $25-30, meaning the actual Fantasmic surcharge was significant.
Even though I enjoyed my entree and the dessert, it’s just not worth the money. In terms of ambiance and food quality, River Belle Terrace is on par with French Market and Plaza Inn, and I could do a comparable meal there for a little over half the cost. (As much as I enjoyed the Pork Spareribs, I still prefer Plaza Inn’s fried chicken.)
Had I ordered Guy’s “brisket” entree, I would’ve been even more disappointed–that sandwich looked about equal to Jolly Holiday’s Roast Beef and Smoked Cheddar on Hoagie Roll.
This is not to say the Fantasmic Dinner Package is not worth purchasing. It really depends upon your definition of “worth.” We noticed that the best seating for Fantasmic is all reserved for the Dinner Packages, and even the best spots for Fantasmic are now fairly far off-center or in a cramped and small standing-only section. (Read our Fantasmic Viewing & Photography Tips for more info.)
If you’re willing to be extorted for a centered view of Fantasmic, a dining package makes complete sense. I think paying less and doing the Hungry Bear grab and go option, or paying more and having the front and center view (plus seating cushion!) for the Blue Bayou package might be the better options.
While way overpriced (that also goes for the standard menu), Blue Bayou is a Disneyland institution, and it’s worth dining there once solely for the ambiance. If you’re a tourist visiting Disneyland wanting the whole experience, I think it’s easier to justify the Blue Bayou Fantasmic package from that perspective. The Blue Bayou dining package is expensive, but it’s a very good restaurant, and you get an excellent view of Fantasmic.
Oh, one final note on the Fantasmic dinner package at River Belle Terrace. For an additional $15 (currently), you can do the 8 p.m. seating and stay in your seat for the 9 p.m. showing of Fantasmic. On the one hand, this is a ton of money for a view of Fantasmic that is not that great. On the other hand, I guess it beats sitting on the balcony of Innoventions and playing Jenga while looking at the Observatron for an hour. (Quite literally, you’d have to pay me to get me to do that.)
As for River Belle Terrace, it is what it is. It still sort of bothers me that this was converted to table service as nothing more than a blatant cash grab for Fantasmic dinner packages, but they sell out with regularity, so what do I know? Fantasmic dinner package or not, River Belle Terrace is not one of my recommended restaurants at Disneyland. There are no doubt good options on the menu (as demonstrated by my praise for the ribs and Maleficent dessert), but overall, you can do better elsewhere.
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Do you agree or disagree with our take on the Fantasmic Dinner Package at River Belle Terrace? Are you a fan of this restaurant? Any menu recommendations here? Have you done the Blue Bayou or Hungry Bear Restaurant Fantasmic Dinner Package? Share any questions, tips, or additional thoughts you have in the comments!
Written by Tom Bricker
The new menu at River Belle Terrace is greatly improved. I had the fish of the day, which was halibut. The entree comes with two sauces, peach beurre blanc and romanesco puree. This was one of the best fish meals I have ever had (and we live in Maine). I’ve tried to recreate the sauces, but theirs were much better than mine. My wife had the macaroni and cheese, which included beef brisket. She loved hers too. The corn chowder was wonderful (I think much improved over previous versions). Overall the experience was excellent and well-worth the cost. The reviewers should revisit River Belle Terrace for a new improved review.
I really enjoyed the pulled pork sandwich from River Belle Terrace. Is there a place at Disney World that has a similar pulled pork sandwich? Thanks!
As someone else mentioned above, we also did this in 2015 and the options were steak, chicken, and I believe a pasta as the vegetarian option. We enjoyed our meal, and I didn’t hear any complaints from the rest of the party… but my view of the day is slightly biased as we got engaged that morning and the staff gave us wine glasses and tickets for the show for the next night since it ended up being rained out 🙂 But this new review is just one more point for Blue Bayou on our next trip…
I was considering the upgraded option mostly to keep from having to sit on the ground for an hour even before the show, but how IS that view? Also might be nice if you can stay at your seat to watch the fireworks right after Fantasmic, but am wondering if you have any input on that view as well? Thank you!!!
We did the Blue Bayou Paint the Night dining package last year because Fantasmic wasn’t running and we wanted to eat there anyway. We loved it and would do in a heartbeat for Fantasmic the next time we have a chance.
Thanks for the review! We had booked a River Belle Terrace package but were second-guessing it. This review helped us decide to go with Blue Bayou instead–I know the food is hit-or-miss, but since it’s our first Disneyland trip, we decided to go with a dining package for the better seating and figured we’d enjoy the Blue Bayou atmosphere more. We’re excited to see how this Fantasmic compares to Disney World’s version!
My wife and I did the Fantasmic dinner package at River Bell Terrace back in 2015 for the original version of the show and it seemed like the dinner options were more substantial back than. I think I got a steak and my wife some sort of chicken dish. Both were served with some sort of potato and veggie. I believe the cost was around the same as well. The food was fine, not spectacular but not bad, and we felt it was well worth it.
We may be in the minority here but we actually really love many of the upcharge options. I guess we are part of the problem, but we gladly pay a little extra for a dinner package or a dessert party to avoid having to camp out hours in advance to get premium spots for night time shows. The night time spectaculars are one of our favorite aspects of the parks and it takes so much stress out of finding a decent spot for them. Some of them offer decent value as well (in WDW anyway). Both the Fantasmic package at The Brown Derby and the ROL package at Tiffins offer great value of what you get when compared to regular menu prices.
River Belle Terrace was always on my parents’ “never” list. (Along with the adjacent Golden Horseshoe) In all my years of going to DL growing up we never ate there. If we ate in that area it was generally at French Market or we went all the way to Hungry Bear. Our Table Service go-to’s were Carnation Cafe and the Tahitian Terrace. (RIP, I have so many memories of watching the hula dancers and fire spinners at the show, even if the food was mediocre at best) It sounds like my parents were and still are mostly right.
Hmm, on both coasts it seems that if they give the best seats to the dinner packages, more people are convinced to pay for the packages to guarantee a decent seat. This in turn leads to even more of the decent seating being given to dinner packages, which leads to even more people feeling the need to buy it. (Or perhaps I just put on my cynical hat today.)
No, it definitely has a self-fulfilling prophecy sorta vibe to it. As do too many Disney upcharge offerings, unfortunately. FOMO and all that…
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Having done the Hungry Bear dining package, I’d say it’s not worth $30 and would not recommend it. The food was OK at best, and unless you’re one of the first few people in the section, your view is heavily obstructed. The viewing section is right at the raft dock, so you have signage and props for Tom Sawyer Island, light poles, and trees blocking your view of the stage. I did Fastpass for a later show and the view for that was a lot better than what I had with the Hungry Bear dining package.
I wonder if the Hungry Bear area got larger since you did it, as last night it was part of the area you’re describing, but also a lot of unobstructed area just to the left of the Blue Bayou seating area. This was also the reserved seating area that had (by far) the most people in it.
Still plenty of space for everyone, but it makes me wonder whether they’ve started selling more of the Hungry Bear packages, and increased the size of the seating area, as well.
My dining package was for the 17th (9 pm show on the night of Fantasmic’s official return), and there were a lot of people complaining about the view. So, maybe Disney listened and made some changes.
I really wanted to enjoy this experience since it was my first time doing a dining package. It was also the last day of my trip, and I had not seen any of the preview shows the nights before. It really felt like a big slap in the face when a whole section of Fastpasses had better views than we did. Maybe I expected too much.
Thanks for this, Tom. We have been debating between BB and RBT dinner packages. When I phoned in, a CM told me that RBT and BB seating for Fantasmic is shared. From your review, it sounds like this is not the case. Is seating for the RBT futher back? Were you able to sit, or did you have to stand? Thanks!
When we went a couple nights ago the viewing area was the same for both restaurants, and we were required to sit for the show.
Last night, there were separate areas for Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace, with the latter being slightly off-center. I’ll keep an eye on social media to see whether this changes.
I agree with your review whole heartedly. We just did the dinner package there a couple nights ago, and I doubt we will ever go back. I can justify the one time to get the viewing for Fantasmic, but we will be going to the Blue Bayou if we feel the “need” to do it again. I just wish your review had come out 3 days ago and I could have been spared the flavorless Beef “brisket” sandwich and gone with the ribs instead. I did enjoy the strawberry shortcake desert. But they didn’t even have options for the kids meal dessert they just brought out a small serving of their butterscotch pudding, which from my experience is not the most kid-friendly desert option. A single scoop of vanilla ice cream would have been a better choice.
Thanks for the review….I was considering the fantasmic package since I haven’t dined at River Belle Terrace since it converted over to Table Service. We still might try it as we recently did the Blue Bayou Electrical Parade package and the dessert is so cute. River Belle was one of my favorites when it was counter service due to the excellent toppings bar so it saddens me that this is what replaced it.
Counter service at River Belle Terrace was solid. My unpublished review for that was quite solid (although I did say the breakfast was overrated).
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Disneyland Fantasmic! Guide 2023: Show Times, Dining Packages, Seating Tips
Disneyland Fantasmic! is the best nighttime show at the Disneyland Resort currently running. Fantasmic! takes place in Frontierland and can be viewed via reserved seating from a dining package or general standby viewing.
In 2023, Fantasmic! turned 30 years old. This incredible nighttime spectacular has been updated and reshaped throughout the years, but the general premise of good vs evil battling it out to the same catchy Fantasmic! tune in Disneyland has remained.
In this guide to Disneyland Fantasmic!, we'll share info on reserved seating and dining packages, the typical nightly schedule and showtimes, tips for getting good seats for the show if you choose not to buy a dining package, and a short history of Fantasmic! at Disneyland.
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Fantasmic! at Disneyland 2023 Show Times
Currently the Disneyland entertainment schedule indicates that Fantasmic! will perform twice nightly at 9 pm and 10:30 pm.
During off seasons, Fantasmic! show times vary so check the Disney app for the most up-to-date schedule.
Disneyland Fantasmic! Viewing Options
The Fantasmic! show takes place along the Rivers of America in Frontierland and New Orleans Square. The walkways along the river area are roped off leading up to the show to create the Fantasmic! viewing area. The viewing area is really just slightly sloped concrete and brick area so you won't have a proper seat for the show. Part of the magic of this show is that during the day you would never know that as dusk settles the entire area is turned into a high tech performance theater – light towers emerge from the concrete and Tom Sawyer's Island is prepped to become the home of massive set pieces and props.
Prior to each show, two viewing sections are roped off: dining packages viewing and standby viewing. The dining packages have the best viewing placed right in front of the stage along the Rivers of America. Dining package viewers and the closest guests siting in standby will sit for the show. Guests in standby sections further back will remain standing.
Of course this may change depending on crowds so plan accordingly. Ask a Cast Members what is asked of you when you check in!
The standby viewing is first come first serve. Some guests will begin to line up up to 2 hrs before the show in hopes to securing a premium spot. There are designated standby viewing spaces throughout the area including directly in front of Pirates of the Caribbean (the most prime standby general viewing), on the bridge in front of Pirates of the Caribbean, on the upper tiers in front of New Orleans Square, and off center closer to the water. There are three mist screens that play the same video for the show facing center and left and right.
Even for the dining packages, you'll want to arrive earlier than the stated time on the paper reserved seating card so that you can secure a prime spot.
Although you do not need a dining package voucher to view Fantasmic!, standby areas fill up fast and do not guarantee you a place to view. For this reason, we recommend you consider watching the second showing of Fantamsic! of the night as that show has less time for guests to line up and stake out a spot.
You'll want to be in the area for the Disneyland fireworks and then move to secure a spot right as guests from the first show are exiting the viewing areas. The area is hectic and difficult to understand. You will receive conflicting information from Cast Members. During a recent trip we were able to hop into what seemed like a reserved seating area at the last minute because a Cast Member waved us in as we were walking just a short time before the show began. All that said, there isn't much method to the madness beyond our key tips of aiming for the second show or securing a dining package.
When waiting for the second showing of Fantastic! you should watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks from the area between Frontierland and New Orleans Square directly in front of the River Belle Terrace. This is closest to that prime standby viewing that I mentioned above. When the fireworks end, move forward into the seating area. Be sure to check with the crowd control Cast Members to avoid standing in an area that will be cleared for reserved dining package seating.
The better and more directly you can see Tom Sawyer's Island the better your experience watching the show will be. Here's the view from the most prime seat in the house within the dining package area for illustration. You'll locate this view within the reserved seating area by finding a manhole cover directly in front of the director's soundboard.
Is there a Disneyland Fantasmic! Virtual Queue for reserved seating?
Unlike the World of Color which offers guests the ability to secure reserved seating through a virtual queue at the middle of the day via the Disneyland app, Fantasmic! will not be offering a virtual queue for guests. For the World of Color show, the virtual queue fills the first show of the evening and then fills the second show of the evening.
Guests have the option of either purchasing a dining package for reserved seating or lining up to secure general guest viewing.
Disney has not ruled out completely that virtual queues will be used in the future. A Disneyland rep simply shared that there will be no Disneyland virtual queue for Fantasmic! at this time.
Disneyland Fantasmic! Dining Packages – Times, Restaurants, Info
Fantasmic! dining packages provide a pre-fix meal and reserved seating for Fantasmic! along the Rivers of America. Currently the restaurants offering these reserved seating packages are the River Belle Terrace and Hungry Bear Restaurant.
There is typically also a Blue Bayou Fantasmic! dining package, but that restaurant is still in the process of reopening and the Fantasmic! dining package has not yet returned. We expect that it will return sometime this summer.
Let's dive into the bellow dining packages for info how you can secure reserved seating for the shows. Keep in mind that typically you are more paying for the seat than for the food. The food quality ranges by restaurant.
The Blue Bayou
The Blue Bayou Disneyland Fantasmic! dining package offers guests a 3-course meal (starter, entrée, and dessert), an 18 x 18 foam cushion to sit on, and a voucher for a designated viewing of Fantasmic! Each guest in your party must purchase a dining package to receive a voucher. Having purchased this package in the past, I must say that it offers the best viewing of Fantastic! and is well worth the money spent!
Reserved seating at Blue Bayou Restaurant begins daily at 11:30am for lunch and 4:00pm for dinner. Lunch is $59 per adult; $29 per child (ages 3 to 9) – tax and gratuity not included. Dinner is $69 per adult and $29 per child (ages 3 to 9) – tax and gratuity not included.The higher price you pay with this package gets you the best viewing, right in front of the stage.
River Belle Terrace Disneyland Fantasmic! Dining Package
The River Belle Terrace Fantasmic! package includes a 3-course dinner (starter, entrée, and dessert) and reserved seating begins daily at 4:00pm. Dinner is $50 per adult and $30 per child (ages 3 to 9) – tax and gratuity not included.
Another great option with the River Belle Terrace option is the opportunity to upgrade to premium 8:00pm seating for an additional $25 per adult and $15 per child (ages 3 to 9). Guests can enjoy their meal as well as the first performance of Fantasmic! from their seat on the outdoor patio! We don't like this option as much as your view will be partially obstructed and would recommend watching from the closer water viewing area.
Fantasmic! On The Go Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant
If you are short on time, but would still like to take advantage of a Fantasmic! dining package, then simply reserve a dining package from the Hungry Bear Restaurant. Order online or by phone prior to your Disneyland Park visit.
You have the choice between 4 entrees from a menu created especially for this event – cedar salt-roasted sustainable salmon, barbecue chicken, blackberry barbecue pork riblets, or mushroom and leek frittata. All dishes are served with wild rice and cranberry-apricot grains as well as kale and garbanzo bean salad. The cost is $30 per adult and $25 per child.
Fantasmic! Dining Package Details
As with all Fantasmic! dining packages, all guests in each party must purchase a meal in order to receive a voucher. Viewing, with the exception of the River Belle Terrace upgrade, are located outside the restaurants.
The prime viewing areas for Fantasmic! are reserved for these dining packages. Once you are in the viewing areas you'll want to either be up against the railing in the first row or a couple of rows back. We personally choose to sit back a couple of rows to be able to see the entire show more clearly rather than having our faces pressed up against the metal grate. You won't want to sit between the front row and back row as then you'll end up with the top of railing blocking your view.
Some restaurants may allow some minor food substitutions at an additional cost, however, there is no guarantee this may be allowed.
Reservations are highly recommended due to the popularity of the packages. For dinner reservations, book early in the evening (about 2 to 2 1/2 hours before show time) to allow plenty of time to eat your meal. Factor in extra time for any delays. Reserve online up to 60 days before your Disney vacation from the Disneyland app.
Tips for Experiencing Fantasmic!
- Each Fantasmic! show comes with its own unique advantages. The first viewing is always the most crowded; however, this is the show time that you are guaranteed to be seated in your own dining package reserved seating area. During the second show time, sometimes the crowds lighten up, which is great since it is not so crowded, however, sometimes dining package seatings for this show time are combined.
- If you are at the first show time of Fantasmic! and fireworks are scheduled that night, then stay where you are to watch the Rivers of America put on a magical show with projections that play against the screens of water in sync with the fireworks show. Your view of the fireworks may be obscured, however, this is still a great place to be since chances are you may not make it over to the front of the castle to view the fireworks show.
- Be aware that Fantasmic! may be scary for little ones. The show can get bright, loud, and a bit scary at times.
- Blue Bayou is currently the only dining package that offers guests a complimentary seat cushion. No worries! Many gift shops around the Park have them to purchase!
- Since the show takes place on water, guests in front may get wet.
- Keep your Fantasmic! Fastpass in a safe place where you will not lose it because they are not replaceable!
- We prefer to view the show from a couple rows back in the first section instead of right up against the bars. Some call this Fantasmic! jail as it looks like you're looking out of a jail cell while viewing the show so directly up front.
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DAS Pass Fantasmic! – Guests With Disabilities
Guests with disabilities should not rely solely on the viewing area Disney designates for guests with disabilities. This area, near the Haunted Mansion, does not provide the best view of Fantasmic! Instead, guests with disabilities should obtain a dining package voucher and arrive at least an hour before the show starts. Cast Members will assist guests with disabilities and their family on where to go in their designated area.
There is no specific DAS pass offering for Fantasmic! beyond the Cast Members who will be able to assist you with seating.
Brief History of Fantasmic! at Disneyland
In 1992, Disneyland's entertainment department was given the challenge to come up with a new nighttime spectacular, utilizing the Rivers of America. The result was Fantasmic!.
The show includes: fireworks, live performers, water effects, pyrotechnics, music, a few watercrafts, decorated rafts and projections onto extensive mist screens emphasizing reworked Disney animation. It was one of the first of its kind to incorporate all the elements into one amazing performance.
A significant part of the area around the Rivers of America was required to be revamped, including terracing the walkways to accommodate viewing and changing the front section of Tom Sawyer Island with the goal that it could act as a stage for most of the show's live action.
The show was originally set to run for 5 years. Due to the popularity with the resort’s guests, the show has been revamped many times over the years and had the latest technology added in. Five years ago the show went through a large redesign that led to the inclusion of newer characters including Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Tangled and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
Versions of the show have also been performed at Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World and Tokyo DisneySea at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Fantasmic! at Tokyo DisneySea has been retired and will be replaced with a new nighttime spectacular. During a recent press day at the resort we met a creative headed to Tokyo to continue work on the new show. How exciting!
Below is a little more on the details of Fantasmic! at the Disneyland Resort in California.
Fantasmic! Show Overview, Scary For Kids?
Along the shores of Tom Sawyers Island, within the waters of the Rivers of America, Mickey Mouse creates a spectacular show using his brilliant imagination. Welcome to, Fantasmic! – Mickey transforms into Sorcerer Mickey where he conjures up clips from some favorite Disney movies – Fantasia , Aladdin , The Lion King , Tangled , and Pirates of the Caribbean – all on streaming screens of water.
Live action scenes come alive with such characters as Aladdin and Jasmine emerging from the fog to delight guests with their musical carpet ride; the Sailing Ship Columbia sails by with a ghost crew of pirates right out of the movie Pirates of the Caribbean ; and rafts adorned with colorful lights float down the river carrying such princesses as Beauty dancing with Beast, Rapunzel with her prince, Flynn Rider, and Ariel with her love, Eric.
Where there is good, there is always a whole lot of bad. That is true at Disneyland in Fantastic! as well. When Mickey is pulled through the magic mirror, things turn dark. Enter a fantastic show featuring some of Disney’s most infamous villains. Mickey is forced to fight an angry 45-foot dragon, which is the highlight of this amazing show. Of course, with all things Disney, the good prevails. In an epic finale, the Mark Twain Riverboat paddles its way along the river dotted with every Disney character imaginable.
Words alone cannot materialize the images all the fascinating water effects, lasers, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and live action scenes Fantasmic! brings to life.
For a literal play-by-play of the show itself (Note: SPOILERS!), check out this Wikipedia article.
Or, the easier approach: Check out the video below!
Advice for Non-Fantasmic! Viewers – RIDE ON!
If you are not planning on viewing Fantasmic! or have already seen this magical one-of-a-kind show, the best advice I have is to take advantage of this time to experience attractions with a lower wait time throughout Disneyland Park.
Currently there are three nighttime spectaculars playing in Disneyland Park on its own (not even including World of Color in Disney California Adventure). Once the first showing of the Main Street Electrical Parade begins at 8:45 pm, there is an entire block of time occupying a large amount of guests in the parks which will lead to lower wait times. This is a perfect argument for having a three day or longer ticket to the parks. This way you can watch the Disneyland shows one night, World of Color the next, and finally end with low wait times during the shows.
During the Fantasmic! showings during our most recent trip we saw Star Tours with a 10 minute wait, Space Mountain at 45 mins, Rise of the Resistance with a 40 minute wait (!), and Big Thunder Mountain at a 25 min wait during these shows. A great time to ride!
If you decide to experiences attractions in the Frontierland area, be aware of the large crowds around Fantasmic! and that there will be intense guest control efforts to keep you moving through the area. We typically try to avoid the area unless we are walking directly to an attraction like the Haunted Mansion or Pirates of the Caribbean.
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Chairs? What means this chairs? When we did a Blue Bayou dinner for Fantasmic they sat us on the ground in front of the river. I would have sat there! Dad needed one! 77 yr old man & expected him to sit on hard cement for two hours!
Where can we call for reservation? I can’t see it on the disney website, only the dining options appear.
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Disneyland Fantasmic! Dining Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant
Posted on Published: December 29, 2022 Categories Disney , Disneyland
By: Author Mindy
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Want to make your trip to Disneyland unforgettable? Check out the Fantasmic Dining Package at Hungry Bear Restaurant! Enjoy a delicious meal before the show and receive VIP reserved seating for the performance. Take in all of the sights and sounds of this beautiful show from a prime location right in front. Whether you’re looking for an unforgettable family experience or just a night out, this package is sure to create lasting memories. Read my review below to find out if it’s right for you!
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What is the Fantasmic Dining Package?
The Fantasmic Dining Packages at Disneyland let you enjoy a delicious meal and also receive reserved or VIP seating for the Fantasmic! show later in the evening. Currently, these packages are available through Hungry Bear Restaurant, Blue Bayou, and River Belle Terrace.
Hungry Bear Fantasmic! On-The-Go Package
This package is the one I decided to purchase for my family on our recent trip. I liked that I didn’t have to use park time for a sit-down dinner, but if that is what you like, you might want to consider dining at Blue Bayou or River Belle Terrace.
I booked this package 60 days before the day we planned to use it. The reservations were released on the Disneyland website at 6:00 am Pacific Time.
I found that for booking this package, it was easier to use the website over the app.
How Much is the Hungry Bear Fantasmic Package?
For this on-the-go dining package, the price for adults was $35 and $25 for kids .
Hungry Bear Fantasmic Package Menu
Adult dinner $35.
Each adult dinner includes: choice of entree, dessert , and a fountain beverage.
Adult Entree Choices
- Grilled Salmon Salad: Mixed greens with crumbled bacon and cherry tomatoes, served with Bacon Potato Salad and seasonal vegetables.
- Carolina BBQ Half Chicken: Roasted and lacquered with house-made BBQ sauce, served with Bacon Potato Salad and seasonal vegetables.
- BBQ Ribs: Slow-roasted and smothered in a sweet-smokey BBQ sauce, served with Bacon Potato Salad and seasonal vegetables.
- Impossible Sloppy “Bear-which”: With a mixture of vegetables and seasonings, dairy-free cheese and shredded romaine on toasted sourdough, served with seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit and a plant-based brownie.
Kids Dinner $25
Each child dinner includes: choice of one beverage, seasonal vegetables and seasonal fruit.
Kids Entree Choices
- BBQ Pork Ribs
- Impossible Soppy Joe Slider
- Mac & Cheese
Hungry Bear Dining Package Food Review
Two of my sons and I ordered the BBQ Ribs dinner. I thought it was delicious! The BBQ sauce was sweet and tangy, the food was warm, and the ribs were fall off the bone!
My husband ordered the Half Chicken and thought it was moist and flavorful. He finished the rest of my son’s ribs though, and said that he wished he had ordered that instead of the chicken.
The potato salad was delicious and the broccoli was seasoned well. The S’mores dessert wasn’t my favorite. I would say that it was just ok.
My 8-year-old had the Mac & Cheese and said it was great! He just wished that his meal had come with a dessert as well.
Reserved Viewing Location
The reserved viewing area is right up front, across from Tom Sawyer Island. I would say we were a little to the left of the exact center. Check out my video here to see what the view was like.
Be aware that if you do book this package, your will be sitting on the ground to enjoy the show.
When to Arrive at the Viewing Location
The night we purchased the dining package, Fantasmic! was set to begin at 9:00 pm. Our ticket for the viewing area said to arrive about 30-45 minutes before showtime, so between 8:15-8:30.
If you want to view the fireworks after Fantasmic! the show will usually start about 10 minutes later. It was great to just stay in our spot because the castle projections are also projected onto the water in front of Tom Sawyer Island and the music is played there as well.
It even began to “snow” over us, just like it does on Main Street!
Is the Hungry Bear Fantasmic Dining Package Worth It?
I would say that depends. I honestly have not seen Fantasmic in years, mostly because I am not a fan of trying to fight others to save a spot for the show.
So for me, the Fantasmic Dining Package was totally worth it. It relieved the stress of finding a spot for the show and allowed me to enjoy more park time with my family.
Frequently Asked Questions
The adult dinner costs $35, and the kids dinner costs $25.
No, it is only offered during certain show times. You can check the Disneyland website or app to see which time works best with your schedule.
The dining package includes reserved seating for Fantasmic, so you will need to arrive about 30-45 minutes before showtime.
For the Hungry Bear Dining Package, you will be sitting down directly in front of the viewing area. There are no chairs or blankets included in the dining package.
Yes, you have up until 24 hours before your reservation to cancel with no penalty. You can also change the time of your reservation as long as it is within the same day.
The Fantasmic show does not require reservations, but the Fantasmic Dining Package does.
Fantasmic is included with the price of your Disneyland admission. Only the dining package has an extra charge.
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With the Fantasmic Dining Package, get it all: delicious meals and VIP seating to one of Disneyland’s most beloved shows. Enjoy a magical experience that will create memories for years to come.
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