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hope23 02-22-2013 04:58 PM

Fireworks, Fantasmic, or WOC?
 
For several reasons we are only planning to do 1 evening "show" with our kids 9, 7 & 3. It will be on an off-season Sunday night, so we have the choice between Fantasmic, WOC or fireworks... which would you choose? Our kids won't be bothered by the dragon/scary things in Fantasmic, so that's not an issue. Overall, we just want to do the BEST one... what is your opinion of the one that's a MUST SEE? Thanks!

sonnyjane 02-22-2013 05:08 PM

This is SUCH a personal thing. I know a lot of people on these boards really prefer Fantasmic!, but for me, both the fireworks and WOC have moved me to tears whereas I wasn't that impressed with F! at all. Everyone is so different. I will absolutely acknowledge that WOC is the biggest "hassle" to deal with as far as getting a viewing spot goes, but of the three, it's the show that I recommend the most. It's just SO different from anything out there right now. Really, really great. That would be my vote but again, I understand that you'll have to get FastPasses for it and line up an hour or so before the show to get a good spot, which not everyone wants to do. It is SO good though... really impressive to *me*.

DLR29 02-22-2013 05:09 PM

I'm a big fan of Fantasmic because it combines water (world of color), pyro (fireworks), and characters (parades) all into 1 show. It's easier to find spots where all the kids can have a good view. And it's just magical how they use Tom Sawyer Island and the Rivers of America as the setting.

Melidef3405 02-22-2013 05:25 PM

It's a matter of preference. For me, it depends which fireworks show it is. If it's Remember....Dreams Come True, I'll pick fireworks hands down, it moves me to tears. If it's Magical!, I'll pick Fantasmic!. My whole thing is, I love Remember & Fantasmic! because it's a story unfolding in the show & there's so many different elements that help tell that story. Even without the hassle of WoC, I don't know if I'd plan around it. For me, it was just ok.

sechelt 02-22-2013 05:28 PM

If you go when there are two Fantasmic performances, attend the first show and you'll be able to watch the fireworks afterwards.

RSWA2 02-22-2013 05:38 PM

Have you guys seen any of the shows? Like in the past? Or at WDW?

If so, WoC is the new show to you guys...

If not, like other PP have stated, it is a personal preference.

I always think a must see is the Fireworks in front of the Castle, that is Disney. One thing to note, I think in the off season, they don't do fireworks on a school night? Maybe someone can clarify, but I went during the off season and noticed fireworks were only on selected nights and I read somewhere it's because of an agreement they have with the city not to have the booming sound on school nights.

mdsd8700 02-22-2013 06:13 PM

Agree with others who say it is personal preference. We love WOC and it is our favorite but we go to WDW more often then DLR so that is one of the reasons it is our top choice we just don't get to see WOC as often.

Rubygoose 02-22-2013 06:57 PM

I enjoyed the experience of watching Fantasmic more than the other two, simply because I didn't have to lift up a 30 lb child. I really liked WOC and the fireworks, but I'm only 5 '2" and couldn't see very well, and really didn't like standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers. For fantasmic, we watched from a table at Riverbelle Terrace and then stayed there to watch the fire works. Couldn't see the finer details like we did at the hub, but I enjoyed it more from my seat.

Disney Dreams 02-22-2013 07:13 PM

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Originally Posted by DLR29
I'm a big fan of Fantasmic because it combines water (world of color), pyro (fireworks), and characters (parades) all into 1 show. It's easier to find spots where all the kids can have a good view. And it's just magical how they use Tom Sawyer Island and the Rivers of America as the setting.

Saved me from typing it. 100% agree.

Fireworks would be very close second.

- Dreams

HydroGuy 02-22-2013 08:28 PM

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Originally Posted by hope23 (Post 47594461)
For several reasons we are only planning to do 1 evening "show" with our kids 9, 7 & 3. It will be on an off-season Sunday night, so we have the choice between Fantasmic, WOC or fireworks... which would you choose? Our kids won't be bothered by the dragon/scary things in Fantasmic, so that's not an issue. Overall, we just want to do the BEST one... what is your opinion of the one that's a MUST SEE? Thanks!

WOC is the best show IMO but with your kids so young it will take a major effort to see it and get a good spot.

As a PP said, if fireworks is not RDCT then go for Fantasmic. If it is, then RDCT may be a good choice. The thing about RDCT is that the whole thing works better for those with some nostalgia - as in folks a little older. Fantasmic may be the best choice for you and your younger kids although for me personally it comes in third place of the three.

:wizard:

Cinderpamela 02-22-2013 08:45 PM

I agree with Hydroguy & his reasoning... when considering the ages of your kids, Fantasmic might be the best choice. Even though WOC is my family's fave. I think they will be thoroughly entertained by Fantasmic, its a great show and one to be seen at least once if not more.

When doing Fanasmic I would seriously consider springing for the dessert package. The first time we did it my kids were around 10 and 6, it was worth the special treat to be able to sit in a nice chair with blankets (it was Nov) through the show and have unlimited refills of hot cocoa and sodas. Plus my kids could see the show easily.

If you havent already read the Fantasmic Super thread here is the link:
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2671983

Jaina 02-22-2013 09:16 PM

I appreciated reading these responses, as we've been trying to figure out what to do with our kids. (6, 5, and 2) Question about WoC - I think it's going to take that "major effort" to get a decent viewing spot for these kiddos. How terrible would it be to watch it from TSMM (backwards) if we couldn't get a decent viewing spot with our FP? Possibly worth it, or not even close? I just don't think the kids are going to be impressed enough to make it worth standing/waiting for 1.5-2 hours...

DLR29 02-22-2013 11:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Jaina (Post 47596795)
I appreciated reading these responses, as we've been trying to figure out what to do with our kids. (6, 5, and 2) Question about WoC - I think it's going to take that "major effort" to get a decent viewing spot for these kiddos. How terrible would it be to watch it from TSMM (backwards) if we couldn't get a decent viewing spot with our FP? Possibly worth it, or not even close? I just don't think the kids are going to be impressed enough to make it worth standing/waiting for 1.5-2 hours...

I wouldn't. You can't see the projections or just the show as it was intended, and I would hate for you to have that be your first impression of an incredible show. However, the kids won't care no matter where you stand because they will just be impressed with the big water fountains of color. If you want to get a spot for WoC in the viewing section you can minimize the perceived wait by eating dinner while waiting or taking turns leaving to ride Ariel or a close-by ride.

hallienicole 02-23-2013 12:36 AM

I agree, this is all personal opinion. For me, Fantasmic! hands down! It's got pyrotechnics, hydrotechnics, lazers, dancing, Princesses, a pirate ship, even a 45 foot tall dragon...of and of course you can't forget the hero, Mickey Mouse!

Jaina 02-23-2013 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by DLR29 (Post 47597849)
I wouldn't. You can't see the projections or just the show as it was intended, and I would hate for you to have that be your first impression of an incredible show. However, the kids won't care no matter where you stand because they will just be impressed with the big water fountains of color. If you want to get a spot for WoC in the viewing section you can minimize the perceived wait by eating dinner while waiting or taking turns leaving to ride Ariel or a close-by ride.

Thanks for being honest about that. From things I've read, if you don't get a good spot (for short people) they can't see well at all. Is that not true? If we got FP's and I got in line 45-60 minutes before (on a Weds night) would we be able to be somewhere they could actually see, or is it hard to tell? We don't need to be close, but we need them to be able to see...


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