We’re a party of 5 looking to go to Fantasmic the Monday before Easter, predicted CL9. First timers to the show (and WDW) so would like fairly decent seats but ideally (along with everyone else I know!) would like to avoid queuing for ages before the show starts as kids will be getting tired and grouchy. I do not want to pay for dining or dessert party packages and we will not be going to the Star Wars Fireworks that evening.
I know that show FPs are not generally thought to be worthwhile, but we will have already been to DHS the week before for rope drop, so I don’t mind using a tier 2 FP for Fantasmic if it might save us a bit of queuing time or get us a better seat.
So my questions are:
At such a busy time how long before the show would we need to line up WITHOUT a FP?
If we got a FP for the show would this wait time be reduced at all and by how much approx.?
I don’t think there is reserved seating for Fantasmic FP from what I can work out, can anyone confirm one way or the other?
I’m partly asking as ideally we’d like to ride Slinky in the dark so need to factor that around the show time start of 8.30pm, but also am in a dilemma about whether we want to sacrifice a ToT/RnR tier 2 FP for a Fantasmic one. As we want to ride SDD as late as we can I think that also rules us out trying to get the Fantasmic FP as a 4th one. We’re not hopping from another park that morning so not really trying to maximise our FPPs that day, more trying to do everything between dusk and park close!
Thanks in advance for any help or insights.