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  • [Question] Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

    Curious to see what the area looks like in Disneyland

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    Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

    We weren't allowed to take pictures backstage but the fireworks launch tubes are grouped together in rows, inside a chain-link fence enclosure. Others are up on towers. There are probably 300 tubes in the enclosure I saw.

    Sorry I couldn't help you with pictures.
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      Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

      the location is outside the berm, right?

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        Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

        I don't know about now, but 20 years ago it was outside of the berm. It was north of Toontown. I looked at Google Earth. I think I see it near the parade building. But I'm not sure if that's an enclosure of launchers or a building.

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          Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

          Originally posted by Garrett240 View Post
          I looked at Google Earth. I think I see it near the parade building. But I'm not sure if that's an enclosure of launchers or a building.
          You mean this right?
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          I'm pretty sure this is just the storage area for the launchers (and note the two huge purple air compression tanks above it). As to whether these are stationary or if these get rolled out into the below pathway every night is anyone's guess but my assumption is that for the safety of the cast members the fireworks just launch from inside the cage and are controlled remotely by computers & operators.
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            Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

            Look north and west of the NW corner of Toontown. That is where the main fireworks are shot from, as alphabassetgrrl decribed. Also there are tower like she suggested along the street right behind toontown.
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            • #7
              Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

              I have posted this to YouTube. This is the Disneyland Podcast from March 2006 talking about the 50th fireworks show.
              (hardest part of it was putting together enough photos to fit 31 minutes of audio.
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                Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                That's what the cage and rows of launchers look like. I don't think it's mobile; as far as I understand it, they launch from there. It's controlled from inside a little trailer just "below" the picture.
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                • #9
                  Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                  This short Disneyland documentary called Gears Behind the Ears shows the behind the scenes look on how Disney does their fireworks and it also shows the launch tubes and systems used in the show. Quite interesting!

                  Last edited by DonaldMissingPants; 04-18-2013, 12:36 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                    the current Disneyland central maintenance building is right in front of those launchers. kinda fun to watch them launch from right there (the compressed air launch system is awesome!) Also... it rains ash for about 3 hours after a show, getting progressively finer until it stops

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                    • #11
                      Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                      In between the launchers and the horse barn, there is a tower (you can barely make it out on that pic, but blow it up and you can see it.) There is a second one further down the road closer to Toontown. I am not sure WHAT part of the show is shot off from there, but when we were back at the barns last Oct, they were prepping for the show, and loading stuff there also. The guide with us even pointed out they were loading for the show.
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                      • #12
                        Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                        The towers are the "Nine Line" launchers where all the flares and comets come from - they have bigger ones at the ends and center for the extra tubes firing the comet fans and reverse fans. Those are the medium sized shells that appear in a line in the back.

                        The cage is the launchers for the big aerial mortar shells for the high level stuff.

                        And there are small enclosed launchers on the roof of the Castle and several other spots around the Hub - deliberately disguised so even when you can find an angle to see them (say from the Treehouse) you can't really tell what they are, just a big innocuous box on the roof - could be an Air Conditioner for all you know. The 'Fireworks Exit Here' hole is on the top, and probably has a motorized lid opener.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Anyone know of any backstage fireworks staging area pics?

                          ​Cool video- thank you!
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