This weeks debate is, which version of Fantasmic! is better and why. There are three versions of this beloved show (Disneyland, DHS, and Tokyo Disney Sea); you can check them all out on youtube. What furhter improvements could be done to all versions?
The Disneyland one is cool, the stage just looks like it is squished on that island. Also, I think the Pinocchio puppets are a little lackluster. However, Disneyland does have Murphey and the sailing ship Columbia.
Tokyo doesn't feel like Fantasmic to me, and the first half seems kind of random in the order/presentation of the video montage. I also don't like the way the scenes were projected on the giant road cone! However, the ending/finale is great. I love the mirror affect and the way the dragon's wings are made by the water. Plus, they messed with the song and you just can't do that.
Anyway, I am probably biased, but that is my reasoning.
Still, I love DHS's version because of the overall experience. The waiting at the entrance of the ampitheater, taking the long walk into the theater, being able to sit while you watch is a plus, and that big mountain is always special. This show is still a favorite, but it definitely needs to be updated a bit.
I will say that I prefer the DHS and DLR versions of Fantasmic! for a few reasons.
The Tokyo one, while technologically superior, doesn't really have much in terms of live performers. It's closer to World of Color to me than Fantasmic! It's mostly water screens, pyro, and projections. And I'm the biggest Stitch fan (I've named one of my blue surfboards 626), but his section is pretty awkward.
Mickey is stuck on the top of the hat... it makes it less of a stage show. Personally, I will always choose a stage show/ live music over a movie/ TV show. WoC is similar to a TV show, while Fantasmic! is a stage show/ live musicians. And the flow of the show is really odd... not to mention the new Imagination lyrics/ sections don't quite fit musically.
But between the two North American shows, Disneyland's version edges out the DHS for a few reasons as well. The pacing and flow is better IMHO... the additional section doesn't quite fit. I understand the comfort and all that. BUT, what tops it off for me is that the dance choreography is much much better at DLR. Just check out the finale on the River Boats.
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