At Disney California Adventure park, behind The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, lies Audio Central, one of the most important areas in all of Disneyland Resort. I recently spoke with Stage Technician Brian White, who explained how audio engineers make the magic of music come to life each day.
Audio Central Fun Facts:
- Engineers control 209 full-range parade speakers and 114 subwoofers along the parade route, while controlling more than 250 background music zones in restrooms, restaurants, stores, attraction queues and more.
- Engineers monitor 43 different cameras: 21 along the parade route, 17 for “World of Color” and 5 at additional entertainment locations.
- During the 2013 holiday season, Audio Central was responsible for 31 shows each day: one Pixar Play Parade, five performances of “Phineas and Ferb’s Rockin’ Rollin’ Dance Party: Holiday Edition,” six Disney ¡Viva Navidad! street parties, ten Five & Dime performances, six Red Car Trolley News Boys shows, one tree lighting ceremony and two performances of “World of Color.” These are shows that actively require a technician as an operator. The system simultaneously runs a number of smaller events on its own throughout the day.
- Disneyland park has its own Audio Central, located on Main Street, U.S.A., just above the Main Street Opera House.