Magical Monday {Music of Pixar Live! + Fantasmic! Dining Package at Disney’s Hollywood Studios}

We were so excited to be among the very first guests to experience the brand new Music of Pixar Live! show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on its opening night!  By booking the The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic! Dining Package, along with our three fast passes, we were able to knock out a TON in the park and have a pretty leisurely time doing it.  I thought I’d share exactly how we spent our time along with a review of the dining package.

Since we were staying at Disney’s Beach Club Villas, we simply hopped on a boat to Hollywood Studios.  We arrived at the gate around 3PM to low crowds at the turnstiles in spite of the fact that it was Memorial Day weekend.

Our first fastpass stop was Star Tours and we lucked out with a new movie that we hadn’t seen previously.  After Star Tours we were able to walk right in to Muppet*Vision 3D, which is one of our family favorites.  A fastpass is rarely needed.

I popped in the Christmas store on our way to dinner.  They have the cutest things and y’all know how much I love Christmas!

Our dining reservation at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano was for just after 4PM.  We had a very short wait before we were seated.

We’ve done a Fantasmic! dining package at Mama Melrose’s in the past and we all enjoyed our food so we were happy to dine there again.  This package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert along with a non-alcoholic beverage and a guaranteed seat for both The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic! shows.  The price at this restaurant is set at $50 per adult and $21 per child.  We were given four tickets with assigned show times for each of the two shows.  Knocking all of this out in one night on our own with great seats would have been tough!

After dinner we made our Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster fastpass and were already in the right place for the Music of Pixar show.

We were assigned to the 6:45 show and arrived around 6:15.  We were ushered to the reserved section for dining package attendees.  Giant fans overhead felt really good in the heat!  And, if you are familiar with this theater, you will be happy to know they have added seat cushions!!

The show started promptly at 6:45 PM and was really good!  A live orchestra highlights Pixar’s most memorable music while movie highlights play on the big screen and favorite characters make special appearances.  I also loved that video clips throughout the show shared details on the creative process between Pixar filmmakers and composers.

Music, scenes and characters include The Incredibles…

Cars…

Finding Nemo…

UP… (which had me choking back the tears)

… as well as Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. before wrapping up with a sing-a-long to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

If you go:

  • The show takes place nightly at the Theater of the Stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Fastpasses, dining packages and standby are all available.  If you are planning on a table service meal during your Hollywood Studios visit, I would recommend booking a package so that you can still maximize your fastpasses.
  • The show is lengthy at 45-50 minutes long.  It was a great event!
  • Our boys enjoyed the show and we loved that they were getting a great introduction to the symphony.
  • If you are interested in only Pixar and not Fantasmic!, check out the Music of Pixar Live! Dining Package.  It is slightly cheaper than the version including both shows.

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When the show wrapped up around 7:30, we were just in time to make our Tower of Terror fastpass, although half of our party opted out :-)

After Tower of Terror we grabbed drinks and popcorn and then headed right next door to be seated for the 9PM show of Fantasmic!  It had been quite a few years since we last made this show and we were all really excited.

Fantasmic! delves into the imagination of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer’s Apprentice and showcases favorite Disney heroes, princesses and villains.  Add to that wowing pyrotechnics, animated effects, laser lights and dancing water and there is really something for everyone.

If you go:

  • The show takes place on select nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is 30 minutes long.   The theater is outdoors and is cancelled in the event of weather.
  • Fastpasses, dining packages and standby are all available.  If you are planning on a table service meal during your Hollywood Studios visit, I would recommend booking a package so that you can still maximize your fastpasses.
  • If you are interested in only Fantasmic! and not Pixar, check out the Fantasmic! Dining Package.  It is slightly cheaper than the version including both shows.

CLICK TO TWEET: Maximize your time in Hollywood Studios with the Music of Pixar Live and Fantasmic Dining Package. @_DixieDelights_ http://bit.ly/2sVKOI1

Additional Tips and Tricks:

  • The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic! Dining Package provides reserved seating to one of three performances of The Music of Pixar Live! and Fantasmic! in addition to a meal.  You will be assigned the Pixar show time based on the time that you dine.
  • There are three restaurants participating in the package – Hollywood & Vine, Mama Melrose’s and The Hollywood Brown Derby.  Each meal at each restaurant has a different price point.
  • Hollywood & Vine is a buffet style restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The package can also be reserved with one table service dining credit at this restaurant.
  • Mama Melrose’s offers lunch and dinner and the package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert.  The package can also be reserved with one table service dining credit.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby is a signature restaurant offering lunch and dinner.  The package includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert, and can also be reserved with two table service dining credits.
  • Passholder, DVC and Tables in Wonderland discounts are not available on these dining packages.

I know this is a brand new offering and there could be questions.  Please don’t hesitate to ask!

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2 thoughts on “Magical Monday {Music of Pixar Live! + Fantasmic! Dining Package at Disney’s Hollywood Studios}

  1. We ate at Mama Melrose’s on our last trip as a part of the Fantasmic Dining Package and it was great! They easily accommodated our party of 12. The service was fast and the food was delicious!!! Great recommendation!

  2. We saw the Pixar Show on our trip last week and it was so amazing! I, however, was not able to fight back my tears during the Up portion. To tell you the truth, I was on the verge of tears several times throughout the show. I love Pixar music and there was just something about hearing it live with such a superb orchestra. I hope that Disney will keep this show around for a while. We were also able to get fast passes that day after we used up all of our others. That is another awesome tip. As soon as you use your last fast passes, get on the My Disney Experience app and start reserving more fast passes that may be available. I’m sure that I am not telling you anything that you don’t already know. I love your Disney posts!

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