Hungry Bear Fantasmic! On-The-Go Review

Updated August 27, 2017

I reviewed the Hungry Bear Fantasmic! Dining Package on 8.9.2017. This is the most affordable of the three Fantasmic! options and still has a fantastic view.

If Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace are out of your price range, I recommend considering Hungry Bear.

With a Fantasmic! dining package, you will pay for your meal and with it, you’ll receive a “FASTPASS” that saves you a spot in a great location to watch Fantasmic! later that evening.

I dined at 3:15pm, which gave me a return ticket for the earlier Fastasmic!, which is at 9:00pm.

Take a look at all of your options for Fantasmic! in this post.

Let’s look at all the details.

Basic Info

***Tax and gratuity are not included.

Adults (age 10 and over) – $29.99

Kids (age 3-9) – $19.99

Infants (up to age 2) – FREE (children age 2 and under do not have to pay for the meal and do not have to have a FASTPASS to enter the viewing area; a meal will not be provided to your child; he or she can eat off your plate)

Dining times for Hungry Bear start each day at 3:00pm. When you book – online or on the phone directly with Disney – you will learn which show your dining time is assigned to. The FASTPASS that you receive that allows you into your viewing location will state this show time, too. You may not attend a show other than the one your FASTPASS assigns you to.

Dining packages are always popular at Disneyland and with the return of Fantasmic!, these are in high demand. Do not hesitate to book your package now. If you change your mind on using it, cancel within 24 hours of your dining time so that your credit card on file is not charged the $10 per person cancellation penalty. These packages do not require pre-payment. All you have to do now is make the reservation. The app does not allow you to make these reservations. You must use the Disneyland site or call Disney directly at (714) 781-DINE (3463) between 7:00 AM and 9:00 PM daily (Pacific Time) to book.

Annual Pass discounts apply to all dining packages.

Dining packages can be booked 60 days out from the day you plan to dine at Disneyland.

Book this package online here.

Menu

Here is the menu for both kids and adults with additional options at the bottom.

(If you don’t care for the menu offerings for adults or children, you can order from the standard menu at Hungry Bear. You will still pay the prices here – $29.99 and $19.99. Coke products are also available if you prefer those instead of Blue Sky Sodas.)

Setting

Hungry Bear is located in Critter Country, on the path leading to Splash Mountain. The dining area is outdoors and overlooks the Rivers of America.

This option is great for young kids because you don’t have to worry about them being too loud. There’s room for little ones to run around, too.

Here was my view:

 

Food

I didn’t love what I ordered – the Pork Riblets. They’re weren’t bad, but next time I think I’ll try the BBQ Chicken.

At Hungry Bear, you can dine there or take your food to go. It’s all wrapped up for you when you arrive.

Everything is included in case you dine elsewhere. Cutlery, napkins, etc.

LOVE the Blue Sky Soda options.

Where The Viewing Location Is and When To Arrive

After paying your bill, you’ll get a “FASTPASS” that looks like this:

You’ll enter near Habour Galley. Arrive by 8:00pm to secure a good spot. Look for this sign:

Show the cast member your FASTPASS and proceed on this path:

Hungry Bear’s section is next to Blue Bayou.

Check out my view:

Not bad for $30!

Here is the crowd on each side at show time:

Depending on when you dine, you will have a Return Ticket or “FASTPASS” for one of two shows – typically scheduled for 9:00pm or 10:30pm.

If you are seeing the 9:00pm show, arrive by 8:00pm to claim your spot. A few minutes after the show ends, Fireworks will begin (if they’re scheduled and weather doesn’t deter them). Stay right where you are for Fireworks. Don’t try to make it over to the castle. It’s too hectic and you won’t make it in time. Stand up after Fantasmic! ends (you’ll be directed to on the loud speaker) and watch Fireworks from where you watched Fantasmic! (More details below.)

If you are seeing the 10:30pm show, watch Fireworks (if they’re scheduled and weather doesn’t deter them) from wherever you wish and then head over to the viewing section as soon as they end. The later show allows all three dining package option guests to sit in the same section. So, you will want to grab a spot as soon as Fireworks end. You can watch them from the viewing area that you will sit in to watch Fantasmic! It’s open to everyone. Then, when the ropes go up to start reserving space for the dining packages, you can be right there ready to claim your spot.

Everything moves quickly here. 9:00pm Fantasmic!, 9:30pm Fireworks, 10:30pm Fantasmic! Cast members are great at keeping people moving. Know ahead of time where to go and you’ll have great views for all shows.

 

Fireworks

If fireworks are scheduled for the evening you watch Fantasmic! (with or without a dining package), and you’re slated for the first Fantasmic!, stay right where you are for the show.

You’ll be advised to stand (by the magical voice on the Disneyland loud speaker), but it’s a great place to watch fireworks, as you can see them shooting off in all the locations. Projections that accompany the show are visible on a water screen (like World of Color), in front of Tom Sawyer Island.

So, as you can see from this photo, fireworks are going off to the right and then the projections are in front of you. These are the same projections you will find on the castle and the it’s a small world facade.

(Fireworks are not part of the dining package and are never guaranteed.)

Notes

  • I think this dining package is an excellent value. The viewing section is fantastic – right next to Blue Bayou, which is much pricier – at $65 a person.
  • Technically, the only sections that are guaranteed to be able to sit on the ground while watching the show are Blue Bayou and River Belle Terrace. If the crowds are heavy enough, guests in the Hungry Bear section may be asked to stand to accommodate more people. However, in the three times I watched Fantasmic!, shortly after it began in the busy summer, I never saw this section have to stand.
  • Within each dining package section, guests in wheelchairs or ECVs are stationed near the back of the section so that they’re not blocking other guests’ views since they’ll be sitting on the ground. Feel free to enjoy any of the dining packages and know you can sit with everyone in your party within in the dining package sections noted on the map above.
  • Disneyland is super accommodating with food allergies. If you have specific needs, share those when you book online in the section provided. If you call in to book, let the cast member helping you know your needs. Then, when you check in at your dining time, reiterate those details again.
  • I’ll be back with my kids to dine here again. The food and viewing section are totally worth the money.
  • If you don’t care for Blue Sky Soda, you can purchase a Coke product instead.
  • If you don’t care for the menu choices, you can choose from their regular menu. Less “exotic”. More “burgers and fries”. But you will still pay the stated price for adult or child.
  • You can find my review on Blue Bayou’s Fantasmic! dining package at this link. It’s the most expensive option and includes a cushion to sit on during the show.
  • You can find my review on River Belle Terrace’s dining package at this link. It’s the mid-range option and has an upgrade available to actually watch the show from your table.
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26 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for the pictures! I always feel stressed about these things because describing them with words doesn’t always help me know where to go!
    This may be a silly question, but do you have to park your strollers outside the viewing area? I find the stroller really helps my little ones sit comfortably and be able to see whats going on. But I imagine it would be a hindrance in this seating area for other people. Just thought I should ask ahead of time! Thank you so much!

    • Also, I have heard it is not the best spot to view the fireworks. We have only seen them from in front of its a small world. Will this viewing spot be a decent view? Do you have to stand for the fireworks from the fanstasmic viewing area?

      • I actually love this area for fireworks. The projections are shown onto a water screen in front of Tom Sawyer’s Island and the view of the actual fireworks is good. I share a photo of what it looks like here:

        https://disneylanddaily.com/hungry-bear-fantasmic-on-the-go-review/#Fireworks

        The loud speaker will ask all guests to stand for fireworks after Fantasmic! because some guests will want to exit and not stay for the show. If you remained seated, you might be in danger from the people exiting in the dark. However, I encourage you to stay right where you are to see them. You’d lose your mind trying to get over to middle of the park for a castle view and likely get rerouted by cast members to walk toward the front of the park instead of toward the castle as you would want to.

        If you’re visiting during the Holiday season, you’re in great shape, too, for the show. It snows at the end of fireworks right where you are. Enjoy!

        • I feel like I read this somewhere… If fantasmic is canceled for some reason but you purchased a dinning package, will you get tickets to see the next show?

    • Me, too! That’s why I review these dining options and take lots of photos. I never know really what to expect. Glad you found them helpful.

      Strollers should be allowed in the viewing areas. You’ll need to set up toward the back of the section so as not to deter other guests from seeing the show. But, they should allow you to bring it in.

  2. Just ate at the Hungry bear dining. Food was terrible had we threw most of it in the trash. Hope the veiw for Fantasmic is worth the extra money.

    • Hey, Justin. I’m sorry you didn’t like the food. Did you let a cast member know? The view is fantastic from that area. I hope you were able to enjoy at least that! Let me know if I can help you in any way.

      • The veiw was good for Fantasmic. I would recommend substituting for the food on the regular menu. All the people sitting around us said the same thing. Amazing show though.

  3. I’ve searched lots of sites for answers to my questions in regards to the Hungry Bear Dining package, seating area, etc… yours has been the most helpful! Thank you very much!

  4. Hi Casey! Thanks for This review! We have fantastic reservations at hungry bear on 10/7 @ 8:30 pm. How are the crowds for the 10:30 pm showing? You also stated that in the later show all dining packages share the same seating area. So would it be better if we watched the fireworks near there to get front seats for the show? Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Hi Casey, I have just booked Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package for 6:30pm on Sun 10 Sept. My reservation email says “Cafe Orleans Fantasmic! Dining Package, 2nd Show”. Does this mean we will get a Fastpass for the 10:30pm show not the 9pm? I’m worried this will be too late for my kids to stay up and watch.
    Thanks for your help.
    Sally

  6. How does hungry bear in the go work?when exactly do you order? And any idea what is being offered on the cafe orleans menu?
    Thanks

  7. Hi Casey!

    If you order off the regular menu do you get and entree and a side and a fountain soda? How will it work?

    Thanks so much!!!
    Ps is there anyway to get the cafe orleans package menu?
    Thank you 🙂

  8. Need to ask; Where is the disabled section? It’s not mentioned on the map. Dad is not “disabled” in that he is in wheelchair or has placard for car but is 77 yrs old and to expect him to sit on hard ground for upwards of two hours is unacceptable. Does Disney allow for a chair in any instance such as this? Some form of accommodation? (if I’m paying extra to have reserved seating they should have some sort of accommodation for seniors in this instance)

  9. Hi Casey , so excited you did this review. My family is doing our first trip Sept 21-27th. I have booked the Hungry Bear on the 23rd. My question is, if we want to order off the regular menu, how does that work? Do we just let them know when we show up for our reservation? The special menu is just a bit too special for my 8 and 11 year old ?. Thanks so much. Krista

      • Thank you, thank you. I could not figure out how this worked because you don’t input any info when you reserve. One more thing not to fret about. So excited bout our first trip.

  10. Hi Casey,
    I’m loving your website and Facebook page!
    Our trip is getting closer, and I was going to book the hungry bear Fantasmic dining package, but it appears on the entertainment schedule on the Disneyland website that Fantasmic isn’t scheduled for the days we will be there?
    Would this be the case or likely to be updated.
    We were going the Tuesday or Wednesday 5/6th of September?
    Thanks in advance

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