• On Jan 22, 2020
    Cassie from TX Asked

    We booked a Fantasmic VIP Dining Package for our upcoming trip in March. My mother will use a wheelchair while we are there due to limited mobility. It looks like the VIP viewing area has stairs to and from the VIP seating. Should I cancel?

    Hi Cassie!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel! It certainly is my pleasure to help a fellow Texan plan their upcoming Disney Days.

    I absolutely love Fantasmic! It's definitely my favorite nighttime show at Walt Disney World Resort. Good call on booking a Fantasmic! Dining Package as a way to secure seating to this very popular spectacular. Not only will you have a bit more free time (guests have been known to line up an hour before the theatre opens to secure seating), the VIP seating pass that comes with your meal frees up a FastPass+ reservation. Instead of using a FastPass for this event, you can now reserve another show or attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, like the brand new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run or "For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration". (My favorite daytime show.)

    You are correct that this amphitheater contains stairs. However, there is definitely a place for your family to comfortably sit without needing to move levels. I'm linking a map of the Fantasmic! Theatre. After the theater loads, zoom in all the way and count the pie-pieces of seating sections starting at the most southern section and going up clock-wise. Your VIP seating pass will allow you access to the entirety of the fourth or fifth section, some nights they even block off both, all for VIP passes. And if you look really closely at the top rows (the pie crust, if you will) of sections one through five, they're a bit broken up where the rest of the rows are solid all the way across; these are the rows specifically reserved for wheelchairs. And usually the solid row directly in front of the broken row is also reserved for those in wheelchairs, or those with other accessibility or mobility needs. This way the chairs go in the row gaps and there is plenty of seating for family members and friends directly next to and in front of the special seating.

    There is limited room for wheelchairs in the reserved VIP section, so it would be a good idea to enter the theater as soon as you can to claim your seats. While the theatre opens for guests 90 minutes before show time, there are restrooms and snack locations within this area. And you're also allowed in-and-out privileges with your VIP seating pass, so your group can take turns getting snacks, drinks and treats from just outside the theatre, too. (My personal favorites are the Very Berry Lemonade from both Catalina Eddie's and Rosie's All-American Cafe, as well as the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake from 50's Prime Time Cafe, which can be made to-go from the connected Tune-In Lounge.)

    I hope this helped to clEAR things up a bit, Cassie, and We'll See You Real Soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Kristen, Texas

Hi, I'm Kristen! I am a preschool mom and military wife who loves keeping up with the latest Disney Parks news. Trips to Walt Disney World have always been fun, but now that I'm the parent AND the planner every moment is that much more treasured.  I am so honored and excited to be able to share tips I've picked up, pass on fun factoids I've learned, and help create magical moments for your vacation of a lifetime!  Learn More About Kristen

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