Alright, so I never thought that getting rid of Fantasmic! was a good idea until I started thinking about it. Quality over quantity is what it is all about. For that reason, I say kill Fantasmic! and bring back nighttime parades.
What puts Fantasmic! on the chopping block for me:
- It is 20 years old and is very difficult to upgrade. The barges aren't cheap and it needs more then just a few new effects to make it feel brand new.
- It isn't as unique as other nighttime options. It is sort of a scramble of 3 different types of shows; World of Color and Fantasmic! both share projection screens and water fountains, Nighttime Parades and Fantasmic! both share live actors and light up floats, and Remember/Magical and Fantasmic both share fireworks synced to incredible music. A nighttime parade would be much different from the other two nighttime shows rather then Fantasmic! being different, but not as different from the other shows.
Then what killed Fantasmic! for me was the cost. Not only is it very expensive to run, but very rarely does it run just one show. Because of its very limited capacity in the viewing area, the park usually has to run at least 2 shows, sometimes 3 for sufficient crowds to be able to watch. While as a nighttime parade can back in about the same as the average 2 show Fantasmic! crowd for only one show.
That money could be put towards adding new floats each year to the nighttime parade and World of Color to keep them as fresh as possible for Annual Passholders. It could be put towards running the nighttime parade more days, or even towards ride refurbishments. Overall this money could just be put to better use.
While I do truly love Fantasmic!, I feel that this option is better for the park as a whole. Apply the Tokyo Disneyland "No saving spots until an hour prior the show rule" and crowd control would also be much easier. What do you think?