I don't mean to de-rail your heated debates of the show but here are some more updates about the show:
There is no real changes about the show itself but one thing to note that after the first show, and the exit music of "This is Our Song" from Camp Rock 2, the speakers then blast the area's standard jazz.
For everyone wondering how the show is removed, here is an hour and a half of my trip poured into one post:
The dancers exit under the bridge by the Grotto
The control room for WoC is used during the show, I would assume specifically for the fountains.
Onto the real stuff. For the first 15-20 minutes or so, really detailed work was done. The panels on the bottom of the stage were dismantled, the speakers, lowered, no major work. As you can see, the panels reveal the infrastructure underneath the stage.
Another view of the stage from behind the viewing area.
The grey panels are then loaded onto thing-a-ma-jig #1. But they then sit there for a while and do not move.
The stair well is then dismantled
The stage is then lowered but not completely, just to meet the level of the first tier. Short video fo the stage lowering, click here.
At this point, the three stage pieces have been seperated. The first piece on the right, looking at the stage, is then wheeled off onto the first tier with the fences opening up.
Set pieces from the show are loaded onto the stage platform and then a special towing machine that could be considered similar to the ones used on airplanes carries away the set piece.
The stage railings are dismantled.
The other end piece is then rolled off the stage.
Up close shot at the wheels
The craziest thing is the side pillars. They consist of two seperate pieces, the top portion, and a base attached directly to the small stages. A rope is tied to the top, main section and is slowly lowered with the CM's catching it below.
The process is repeated for the other pillar and they are placed on this rolling platform.
It's a tight fit but the structure barely fits through the paradise park covers.
It is then paraded to the back stage area.
The rest of the set pieces are placed on the stage platforms. The towing machine proceeds to parade these out of Paradise Park and down the parade route.
Out the make shift parade gate.
The rest of the set pieces are moved out towards the Wine area and pushed by man power.
The entire process took right around an hour. Saying that there were some rookie mistakes too, like lowering the stage before realizing that there was still a set piece that needed to be moved onto the tier, and not position the stages correctly so they would fit through the gate. I can easily see this process being cut dramatically in time as the CM's do it more often.