Well.....nothing actually. It is simply the best of it's type and it's unlikely to be beaten in it's own category.
It'll be a tough one to pick if and when it comes up against Waterworld because I rate that the best stunt show on offer. But as a show of any type then Fantasmic lives up to it's name and is unbeatable in my book.
It's so good it may even win the whole shebang.
Regardless, I give Fantasmic! a 10-Perfection on the TPI scale. This show and the Tower alone make a trip to DHS worthwhile.
Great Music, Great Fireworks, and, great Characters!
A great show all around!
Great clips though! Number three is the best in my opinion.
I too was sad not that Illuminantions was not found in this bracket. I enjoy that show more, but I like Fantasmic as well!
My predictions for this bracket:
1. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios16. Universal Studios Florida's Beetlejuice's Graveyard Revue
8. SeaWorld San Diego's Cirque de la Mer9. SeaWorld Orlando's Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
4. SeaWorld San Diego's Pets Rule13. Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom
5. SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight 12. SeaWorld Orlando's Blue Horizons
2. Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure15. Lights! Motors! Action! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
7. Busch Gardens Tampa's Katonga10. Universal Studios Hollywood's Waterworld
3. Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom14. SeaWorld Orlando's Believe
6. Dollywood's Sha-Kon-O-Hey11. Universal Studios Florida's Universal Horror Make-up Show
1. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios9. SeaWorld Orlando's Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
13. Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom5. SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight
2. Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure10. Universal Studios Hollywood's Waterworld
3. Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom11. Universal Studios Florida's Universal Horror Make-up Show
1. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios5. SeaWorld Orlando's Sea Lions Tonight
2. Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure3. Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom
1. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios3. Festival of the Lion King at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Winner: 1. Fantasmic! at Disney's Hollywood Studios
a #1 seed wouldn't be playing a #2 in the quarterfinals.
In any case, Fantasmic and Festival of the Lion King are the two best live shows at WDW.
I too, Like a few other readers am curious why IllumiNations did not make it into the tournament. Was it too hard to decide what bracket to put it in between live or animated, or did it simply not get enough votes? While Fantasmic is a good show, I would go to watch IllumiNations instead of Fantasmic if I had to choose between the two. It's much more original in terms of music and storytelling, and the fireworks are beautiful.
Still a great show after 10 years.
As for Illuminations, forgive me it I didn't explain this back in the beginning (I'd meant to), but I kept the pyro shows out of the tournament because I couldn't figure out where to put them. Fantasmic had enough elements of a live show that I felt like I could put it in this bracket (though I almost kept it out because it no longer plays every day that the park is open.) But the pyro shows were so unlike other shows that they really needed their own bracket.
But five brackets didn't exactly work. Illuminations and Universal's show remained the toughest calls, however, because they have filmed elements within them and might have fit in the Movie or Animated Show bracket. Ultimately, though, no one votes for Illuminations because of the film. They like it because of the music and pyro. So that's why I decided against putting it into the movie bracket. It's a pyro show.
(Conversely, pyro's just one element of Fantasmic, and not the essence of the show.)
I hope this helps explain the reasoning.
So we have a situation in which those same AP holders lecture us on how the Disneyland version is so much better, but the resort, and those same mobs, make it practically impossible for anyone but them to see it! Thanks. Thanks a lot.
I like the DHS because you can actually sit down to watch it vs having to stand and clog the already tight bottleneck that Adventureland/Pirates Cause.
I like the predictions mentioned above, but I personally am rooting for Festival of the Lion King to take it all just because of the first rate singing, dancing, and music.
Incidentally, I will be out of commission for the first weekend of this tournament, so I need need all the THEME&THRILLS OVER THRILLS-ALONE folks to keep a few of my favorites in the race at least through the first round! =)