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    Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Well, over the weekend I saw Fantasmic! for the first time in two or so years as well as for the first time since this offseason refurb. During the show, I noticed somethings that were different in the show that I don't remember from the Summer Nightastic version of the show a few years back:

    • New moving (Oarsman) fountain heads that are similar to World of Color's fountains with the surrounding LED ring
    • New pyrotechnic effects from the barges on the river (I don't remember there being this amount of pyro over the water)
    • New LED moving head wash or "Search" lights on the banks
    • Pyrotechnic "pinwheels" on the river (I believe they used to be on the Mark Twain


    Can anyone confirm that these changes were over the most recent refurb that took place about a week ago? I haven't seen the show in a while so I don't know if these changes were for this season or some past year. As well, this was also my first time seeing Murphy since she debuted as the other times I have only seen Malefiecent in the tower or Bucky (the older dragon) and I must say I'm very impressed. Overall, I really appreciate the new changes to a show that is 20+ years old and was only intended to run for 3 or so years and I hope that they keep plussing it but I am curious as to when they made these changes.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    There have been Pinwheel's on the river since the show opened.


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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by TFN5459 View Post

    • Pyrotechnic "pinwheels" on the river (I believe they used to be on the Mark Twain

    The pinwheels on the river were always there. I am curious about the new pyro and new LED Moving heads on the banks of the ROA. I don't think they have been mentioned before. I can't wait to see F! on Friday!

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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Oh okay, for some reason I seem to remember the pyro being on the Mark Twain with all te characters but maybe I'm not remembering correctly. To me, the new Oarsman fountains make all the difference, instead of being static, they actually look like they're dancing along with whatever the scene is and the colors are bright and vivid just like WOC, I'm glad they took the time to upgrade them.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Towards the end of the show I even saw what looked like an american flag projection with all of the other pyrotechnics going on. I have seen Fantasmic! a lot and am pretty sure this has never been there before. Can anyone confirm on this?

    On the other note, I can confirm that the pinwheel pyrotechnics have been there since before the refurb.

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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    From the video of the finale I have seen since the update, the pyro is the same as when the new finale debuted in... 2007/2008?






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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyZealotBJP View Post
    Towards the end of the show I even saw what looked like an american flag projection with all of the other pyrotechnics going on. I have seen Fantasmic! a lot and am pretty sure this has never been there before. Can anyone confirm on this?
    There IS a new projection as the Mark Twain passes, but it is not the America flag. It is a projection of cartoony-looking stars, and the light just reflects off them (which might have caused the confusion with the flag colors).

    Here's the video: Fantasmic Finale 2014 - YouTube

    It appears to start right before the Mark Twain passes.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    I don't like the new fountains a whole lot or the star projections, but what can you do. Everything else looked the same to me.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by DrFink View Post
    I don't like the new fountains a whole lot or the star projections, but what can you do. Everything else looked the same to me.
    It's funny because this is what we WANTED from F! because there was a show one park over that was doing a show with fountains much better. Unfortunately, the move that they made here seems more closer to the time Knott's parodied WoC in The Hanging back in 2010.

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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    I don't think that Fantasmic! is "mocking" World of Color in my opinion with its new technology. In my opinion they're two entirely different shows that are not really comparable since WOC is newer and breathtaking but F! has a complete storyline and live actors that aren't in WOC but I definitely think that F! got a much needed "facelift" with all these renovations given the age of the show.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    my moms best friend works for fantasmic driving the boats and he confirmed the changes with the fountain head and pyro effects.

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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    If anything, the pyro has been reduced in the past year. Some of the effects have been reduced to very small or, for a while, completely cut.

    Search lights on the banks...? Maybe I'm missing something, but I've not seen anything like that. There's nothing like that on the island facing the guests...

    Saxons have always been on the island side of the Mark Twain and on polls out of the pyro boxes. The river ones just tend to be lost visually in all the other pyro and lighting it seems.

    The new fountains are great ... when they behave. It is a neat addition to the show. It was one of the last places I feel that Fantasmic was lacking technology wise.

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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by Autopia View Post
    Search lights on the banks...? Maybe I'm missing something, but I've not seen anything like that. There's nothing like that on the island facing the guests...

    The new fountains are great ... when they behave. It is a neat addition to the show. It was one of the last places I feel that Fantasmic was lacking technology wise.
    I definitely agree the fountains were definitely something that needed to be upgraded. As for the lights, I seem to remember them upgrading the towers on Tom Sawyer's Island to Clay Paky Alpha 1200's in 2009 but not on the "mainland" in New Orleans Square which it seems to me like they've added some in the offseason.
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneylandMaster View Post
    There IS a new projection as the Mark Twain passes, but it is not the America flag. It is a projection of cartoony-looking stars, and the light just reflects off them (which might have caused the confusion with the flag colors).
    It appears to start right before the Mark Twain passes.
    Um... maybe it's just my imagination... but I don't think it's the flag, or cartoony stars... I think it's supposed to be the Sorcerer's Hat!
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    Re: Fantasmic! Offseason Upgrades

    Have any of you purchased the premium seating lately? I was thinking about getting the reserved seating for a show this weekend. Have never done this

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