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Old 10-02-2010, 10:56 PM   #1
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World of Color - Grand Californian Balcony for Viewing?

Sorry if this has been addressed - but I don't get here nearly as often as I would like.

I know when we were there Sept 09 they told us that the Grand Californian was adding a balcony to view the World of Color as part of the DVC addition - can anybody verify/provide information. Anything would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-02-2010, 10:59 PM   #2
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Yes there is a viewing area, it is to the right of the room we stayed in last May. The view from our room was not good enough to tell what was going on when they were doing the testing (show had not started yet), so I know that the view from the balcony would be even worse.

It has also been reported by lots of people that the only way to really see the show and to tell what is going on is to see it at the show.
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Old 10-02-2010, 11:28 PM   #3
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I watched it from the balcony about a month ago. I had already seen it but I enjoyed it from here. However, you can't see any of the screens... just the colors and patterns (which, like I said, I actually enjoyed). If you've never seen it, this is not the place to watch from.

Here's the actual balcony:


And the view (sorry my camera sucks):


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Old 10-03-2010, 01:48 PM   #4
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I discussed this on our Disneyland edition of the DIS Unplugged Podcast this month.

I have seen the show from the viewing platform a couple times now and heartily agree that it is not the place to view for first-timers. But.....

That being said, what we did one time was to get Fastpasses for the 9:15 show and then run back to the hotel and up to the platform for the 10:15. We thought that was the perfect way to really see the different perspectives and to really appreciate what we couldn't discern from the ground.

It's really two different shows for two different vantage points. Like mrsxsparrow said, each has it's own merits.
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I forgot to mention that they can close that off for private parties and such, so it is a very good idea to ask Guest Services if you have access to it on the night you are planning to use it. Also allow plenty of time before your showing to make sure your room key will open it. That way, if it's locked, you have time for calling security to open it for you.

The one night, there had been a private party the day before and the locks hadn't been reset to allow all guest room key access. We discovered it and had to have them come. Live and learn!
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It's your best option to see the show without having to use one of the days on your park hopper.
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