The railing is for safety for pyro setup. If you don't like it, take it up with the state? I dunno, Disney's hands are likely tied.
Pyro setup requirement??? Except for the fact that there is pyro attached to the railing there is no such requirement. I have been a commercial pyrotechnician for over 15 years and knowing many of the pyrotechs at Disneyland.
I have watched the pyrotechs setting up the show on the castle and the walls are high enough (or the techs are short). Without the railing the walls of the castle appear to be higher than the railings on the Mark Twain. That said I can see no OSHA requirement.
A little off topic: I seem to remember way back when some herald trumpeters would come out on that ledge and play a cool fanfare for something. Anybody remember what this was for? Maybe a predecessor to Remember?
I'm literally a born Disney fan! I was born at Providence St. Joseph Med Center right across the street from Disney Studios in Burbank. The same hospital where Walt died.
By the way my shirt in the pic says "I like big sharks and I cannot lie"
ORWEN: I'm wondering if the performers in the picture up above are standing on a platform to make it just SEEM that the battlements only come up to their knees? It seems that--several years ago--we saw other people standing up there and the battlements came up to their waists and NOT their knees.
ORWEN: Okay, I just went and found a book that answered my very own question. The book had a picture of the Toy Soldiers from BABES IN TOYLAND standing on the balcony over the main archway into the castle and the battlements came up to their waistlines--except for a couple of them who were at the far right and left. (I wish I could show you the pictures.) But the book was entitled Disney Insider Yearbook in case you have it in your collections and would like to have a look see for yourselves. It looks like two of the soldiers are standing on platforms on the balcony to make them taller, while the rest are standing on the balcony at a normal level.
Thanks Morva for looking that up. I will go into the Park tonight and take pictures of the pyrotechs on the castle so all can see how high the walls really are.
I will also try to photograph the pyro devices which are attached to the railing. Assuming there is a show tonight, as there was no show when I was there Friday due to the Santana winds, and I didn't hear one last night either.