Disneyland's Fantasmic!: Frontierland
Walt Disney World Disney's Hollywood Studio's Fantasmic!
The differences? Fantasmic! debuted on the Rivers of America at Disneyland in May 1992, revolutionizing the theme park night-time show with its blend of water screens, fireworks and live actors, on stage and on boats, floating by the audience. In October 1998, Disney brought Fantasmic! east, building a decicated amphitheater at the then-Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park. The shows are largely the same, though a Pocohantas replaces the Peter Pan sequence that plays on the Sailing Ship Columbia at Disneyland. Then, there's the whole how-does-Mickey-kill-Maleficent thing, too. In 2009, Disneyland debuted a new Maleficent dragon (nicknamed Murphy for all the things that went wrong with it during development), as well as adding Flotsam & Jetsam to the Ursula scene.
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Sure the Orlando one is longer, but one can debate that they even out since some people prefer a longer show, while others think it's a tighter show in Anaheim. But I'd say the reliance on live action at Anaheim vs. the video of Orlando makes me choose Anaheim for sure.
Other than that, the shows are nearly identical. So my vote goes to Anaheim... but if this was about the Haunted Mansion in both parks... Orlaaaandoooooo... or Star Tours... or the Monorail...
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