On my last trip to Disney World I was playing "tour guide" to a Disney newbie. It was fabulous. There were a lot of experiences we just had to cram into our stay. One of those was Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I knew that Chelsea (the newbie) would LOVE this show because she is so musically inclined. Also, she loves the classic Disney characters and I knew that all these Disney characters in one place would create a memorable experience. So here was the issue. At the time we went to Disney World there were only two nights of Fanstamic! shows. The night we went there was a show at 6 and a show at 8. We knew that we only had those two slots to shoot for and that the parks were pretty populated. I have never had good seats for Fantasmic! and I really wanted to be able to see everything clearly. So, like all die hard fans of this show we picked up from our lunch with the princesses at the Magic Kingdom and were whisked away to the land of glitz and glamor...Hollywood Studios. We promenaded down Hollywood Boulevard like stars and rubbed shoulders with the Citizens of Hollywood. It was simply fabulous darling. Until we saw it.
No, I didn't leave you hanging...this space was intended. It was all for effect.
What in the heck? Now, like I mentioned back in the fall (read on) I knew that in order to get "good seats" you have to be early. So, you can imagine my surprise when the line looked like this when I thought we were early (I thought 4:15ish would be plenty early for a show that doesn't start until 6). Who were we kidding? Apparently, everyone else had received the same message but, no fear, our story takes a turn for the best soon. Once the gates were open (probably the only job at Disney World I would even be shy to take) the line became a traveling group. Let me just take a moment to tell you that you have got to be aggressive in that mob. People were stepping all over us. It was fight or flight. I chose fight! So we elbowed our way through (that is a bit dramatic but it sounds so good! It was actually more like we walked elephant style (that is when you grab on to the person in front of you in order to form a human chain). And we made our way to the arena.
Once in the arena, there are cast members telling you to fill in the rows. So we made our way down the great steps to the best view (while staying dry during the show (more on this below)) that I think you could just about get.
IT'S ONLY 5:20. ARE YOU KIDDING ME...!
Just when it seems like there is a bajillion years of waiting...a Disney cast member started the MOST fun wave I have ever been a part of. We did the fast wave, we did the slow motion wave, we did the roller coaster, we did it all. It made the wait SO fun! I am putting a picture of this below. It is hard to see from here but this is mid-slow-mo-wave. I also have a video. Ignore us talking and laughing. It was great!