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Old 12-11-2010, 03:18 PM   #1516
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WOC viewing area?

I can understand that it would be a different view of WOC (a different perspective at the very least) but I'm just wondering, how much of the show can you actually see from the viewing area? Do you miss a lot of it? Or it that viewing area better than say the worse viewing area in DCA?
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:43 PM   #1517
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I can understand that it would be a different view of WOC (a different perspective at the very least) but I'm just wondering, how much of the show can you actually see from the viewing area? Do you miss a lot of it? Or it that viewing area better than say the worse viewing area in DCA?
I have not watched from the viewing area, but I have watched from the DVC rooms (at least 4 of them). The water projections are difficult at best to see from the room balconies. The viewing platform is even farther from the the optimal viewing area so I would imagine that you can see even less of the water screens. The fountains and other effects are awsome from anywhere, but the water screens are best viewed from the viewing area. That said, unless you are directly in front, the better viewing areas are farther back (at least in my experience.) Our first viewing was from the Dining Handicapped area, and it was quite obstructed by the guests in front of us. The second was from the VIP area, which was high up and we had a much better view.
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Old 12-12-2010, 10:10 PM   #1518
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I can understand that it would be a different view of WOC (a different perspective at the very least) but I'm just wondering, how much of the show can you actually see from the viewing area? Do you miss a lot of it? Or it that viewing area better than say the worse viewing area in DCA?
Prior to the official opening of the WoC we saw a practice run from the Grand Californian viewing deck, which as another poster pointed out, is quite a ways off center from the WoC. I wasn't really able to see much of the projections at all. It might be interesting to see the WoC from the platform to get an idea of the distribution of the fountains, but you will be missing a lot of the show. I'd either just brave the crowds or use one of the lunch or dinner packages to get a better viewing spot with less waiting. I had the picnic dinner (I ate it for lunch) and was in the Yellow Section. I arrived about 20 minutes before the WoC started and got a great spot.
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:20 PM   #1519
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I can understand that it would be a different view of WOC (a different perspective at the very least) but I'm just wondering, how much of the show can you actually see from the viewing area?
The large fountains are still spectacular from the patio, but many of the light effects are not visible.

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The animation projected on the fans of water are not visible.

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...Or it that viewing area better than say the worse viewing area in DCA?
The view from the patio is worse than any of the Fastpass viewing areas inside the park.


Some pictures to give a better idea of the view...

The empty patio facing east:


From the same spot, facing southeast toward the WoC:


A large fountain burst viewed from the patio:


End of the show from the patio:


End of the show from the rear of the Premium Dining Fastpass area (my favorite spot):

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Old 12-14-2010, 01:55 AM   #1520
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Wow! Thanks Nonsuch for your great pictures. They give a really good idea of the view. I think I may just prefer to be up there away from the crowd.
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Old 12-14-2010, 12:12 PM   #1521
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Thanks for the replies back about the WoC viewing area everyone! We're definitely going to watch in the park but I think it'd be neat to also see it from the hotel one evening so will probably end up seeing it from both places.
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:15 PM   #1522
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Wow! Thanks Nonsuch for your great pictures. They give a really good idea of the view. I think I may just prefer to be up there away from the crowd.
You're welcome for the pictures.

The fastpass viewing area is very crowded, however the Premium Dining fastpass area is much less packed. I like the view from farther back, which is the very least crowded.

Similar to a movie or concert, everyone has a different favorite area. I like the big picture from the back, but can understand the appeal of being up close (or even getting wet).

I highly recommend having your first viewing of WOC from the Fastpass area. The 9:00AM Grand Californian early entry makes it easier to get Fastpasses.
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Old 12-14-2010, 04:59 PM   #1523
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Okay, let's see if I got this straight. DCA opens at 10 am, but GC guests (other DLR guests too?) get in at 9 am to get fastpasses for WoC? That's all you need to see WoC? Where do you go to get them? Is this every morning? What else can I do during DCA early entry?
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:45 PM   #1524
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Okay, let's see if I got this straight. DCA opens at 10 am, but GC guests (other DLR guests too?) get in at 9 am to get fastpasses for WoC? That's all you need to see WoC?
The Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure opens at 9:00AM for registered guests of the 3 Disney Hotels, room keys are rather strictly checked. World of Color Fastpasses (aka Showpasses) are distributed from the Grizzly Rapids fastpass machines. One fastpass per park ticket, and the park ticket must be used for entry on that day.

The California Adventure main gates open at 9:30AM for World of Color Fastpasses, distributed from the same Grizzly Rapids machines.

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Is this every morning?
This happens every morning.

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Someone else needs to answer this part, since I usually go to Disneyland in the morning.
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Old 12-15-2010, 12:41 AM   #1525
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What else can I do during DCA early entry?
Queue up for first entry to TSMM, or ride Soarin.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:44 AM   #1527
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Just giving this a bump up - we arrive very early Saturday morning for four nights (and yes, we've prepared ourselves for wall-to-wall people - all the more reason we're looking forward to staying so close to the parks - what sweet relief when the crowds get too much !)

We're all soo excited about this trip - it's been in the planning since our last trip 2+ years ago. I know I'll be planning the next one before this one is over

Hopefully I'll be able to post some photos of my own once we're there.

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...we arrive very early Saturday morning for four nights...
Check in early, to take advantage of Disneyland Magic Morning at 8AM or get your World of Color fastpass at 9AM
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The Grand Californian entrance to California Adventure opens at 9:00AM for registered guests of the 3 Disney Hotels, room keys are rather strictly checked. World of Color Fastpasses (aka Showpasses) are distributed from the Grizzly Rapids fastpass machines. One fastpass per park ticket, and the park ticket must be used for entry on that day.

The California Adventure main gates open at 9:30AM for World of Color Fastpasses, distributed from the same Grizzly Rapids machines.


This happens every morning.

Someone else needs to answer this part, since I usually go to Disneyland in the morning.
Thanks!

So we can get in early to get WoC fastpasses & ride Soarin b4 the park fully opens? Cool!
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