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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    I know where you're talking about. Backstage is a completely different world, isn't it?


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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    I CANT WAIT TILL MMD, just 4 months and 2 more weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, WHOOOOO HOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll try to sneak in a camera and take some pics!

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    No, don't do that. It's not worth the risk of getting caught. If you truly love Disneyland, you'll respect the rules that the administration lays down. I know people who've pulled it off; I'm not saying it's impossible to do it without getting caught. But it's just not cool. Take lots of mental snapshots while you're there.

    Think about it this way. What if you were caught, and banned from ever doing MMD or other backstage activities again? Would that be worth a few pictures of warehouses, music studios, and scorched pavement? I know it wouldn't for me.

    The area I really want to explore is that swathe of land behind Adventureland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. It runs basically parallel to the tram route and contains the show buildings for Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Indy, along with a few other buildings and some dumpsters. I've never been back there, but I've seen aerial photos and peeked from the tram. It would be a lot of fun to go exploring back there, but I won't do it unless I have permission.


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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    Hey anyone that does the MMD better post about it so I can go cheer you on!

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    ok, i wont take pics, who knows, maybe my contact will offer me a tour anyways, oh and Eagal Wings, as you can see from my ticker, we're going January 27, 2006, ill orginize a meet when that time comes, hope to see ya there!!!!!

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    I'll definetely go out and support you. What instrument do you play?

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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    I play Tenor Sax, and we're the Marching Indians, our school colors are red and black, our school is John Burroughs H.S!!!!

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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    Quote Originally Posted by figment1986
    Drummers made enough noise to be heard onstage.. LOL
    That's what drummers do best!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FutureImagineer183
    I play Tenor Sax, and we're the Marching Indians, our school colors are red and black, our school is John Burroughs H.S!!!!
    Awesome! I go to Tustin High and we have the same colors. I'm not on marching band but my boyfriend was all 4 years of high school (he's a college freshman now, I'm a senior in HS) and he played drums.

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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister
    No, don't do that. It's not worth the risk of getting caught. If you truly love Disneyland, you'll respect the rules that the administration lays down. I know people who've pulled it off; I'm not saying it's impossible to do it without getting caught. But it's just not cool. Take lots of mental snapshots while you're there.

    Think about it this way. What if you were caught, and banned from ever doing MMD or other backstage activities again? Would that be worth a few pictures of warehouses, music studios, and scorched pavement? I know it wouldn't for me.

    The area I really want to explore is that swathe of land behind Adventureland, New Orleans Square, and Critter Country. It runs basically parallel to the tram route and contains the show buildings for Splash Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, Pirates, and Indy, along with a few other buildings and some dumpsters. I've never been back there, but I've seen aerial photos and peeked from the tram. It would be a lot of fun to go exploring back there, but I won't do it unless I have permission.
    You'd see alot of...ODV cast members!! That's the route they have to get back to the odv office. Seriously, there is a road about the width of the tram road, a few staircases, the Imagineering bungalows, and not much else. The cool stuff is all behind critter country, by toon town. Machine shops, paint shops, parade floats, plus so much more. You can kinda see it from the top level of the parking lot...

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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    Why do you guys want to go backstage so bad???, it is nothing amazing at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKLodge
    Why do you guys want to go backstage so bad???, it is nothing amazing at all!
    I think a number of us have a natural curiosity to see how things work. I was always excited about getting to see something backstage at Disneyland. Now that I have roamed the park at length in backstage areas, I prefer to remain onstage where the magic really is.

    I worked for a number of years in the music industry where people would die to have a backstage pass to a concert. To me, there is nothing cool about seeing a temporary production office, sweaty and stinky people running a forklift and some of the worst catering you have ever had. For others, it is the attraction of the unknown.

    My wife and I belong to several social and business clubs. One of these clubs is the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Neither one of us practice magic but we love the atmosphere of illusion. It is in our nature to want to learn how they performed the trick.

    Things appeal to different people for different reasons. I myself don't understand this whole Disney pin craze. The end result, is that enough people seem to "get it" so it must make sense to someone (maybe I am the crazy one!).

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    That's exactly it, Disneynut. So many of us are fascinated with backstage not because there's anything inherently fascinating about it, but simply because it's part of Disneyland. When you're onstage, you basically see everything the way WDI wants you to see it. By placing paths in the right spots and planting trees or attractions in certain areas, the creators of the park effectively perform a giant magic trick. It's all misdirection. Good misdirection--but misdirection nevertheless. Some people become inquisitive and want to see the park from a different angle, so to speak.

    For example, I'd love to see the back of the Haunted Mansion facade. I imagine it's nothing spectacular--just the bare backside of a building that is attached to the larger warehouse where the ride takes place. In any other context, I would have zero interest. But it's the mystique of the unknown that draws me in. I'm sure I'd just see it once, say "Hey, that's cool," and never have an urge to see it again.

    I guess curiosity is the bottom line. Curiosity and a desire to know how things work. Does that answer your question, AKLodge? We know it's nothing amazing--especially those of us who've worked as CMs or done Magic Music Days. But it's still interesting.

    Interesting info, Arilvdc. So that small building that runs parallel to the Haunted Mansion show building is the ODV "headquarters"? That's cool.


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    Re: Backstage stories. What's yours???

    Quote Originally Posted by Datameister
    When you're onstage, you basically see everything the way WDI wants you to see it. By placing paths in the right spots and planting trees or attractions in certain areas, the creators of the park effectively perform a giant magic trick. It's all misdirection. Good misdirection--but misdirection nevertheless. Some people become inquisitive and want to see the park from a different angle, so to speak.
    Same goes for any type of entertainment venue. Ever been in a casino? Ever notice there aren't any windows except for the doors and those are dark tinted? Ever see a clock ANYWHERE in a casino? When you walk into one they want you to completely forget about the time. It's to fool your internal clock. To get you to forget about the real world outside. It keeps people playing longer. My wife works for the largest resort casino here in Reno. I've been "backstage" and it's just like any other business. No flashing lights. None of the "casino" sounds. Offices and cubicles abound. Housekeeping carts. Service trays. People going about their daily routines. The "magic' happens on the main floor.
    You can think I'm wrong, but that's no reason to quit thinking.



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    Quote Originally Posted by AKLodge
    Why do you guys want to go backstage so bad???, it is nothing amazing at all!
    Are you saying we should pay no attention to that man behind the curtain?

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