One of the best aspects of a dinner at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure is that you can watch the fireworks from the terrace if you dine at the right time. If you’re considering dining at Carthay Circle Restaurant you will want to read our full review, but for now let’s take a look at the fireworks. As far as viewing the fireworks goes, the view is one of the best in all of Disneyland Resort. The relative distance between Sleeping Beauty Castle and many of the fireworks bursts is greater, giving the normally modest fireworks displays put on by Disneyland (at least in comparison to those at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom–where there is no City of Anaheim to contend with) much more grandeur.
Photographing the fireworks from Carthay Circle Theatre’s terrace is a different story. In fact, it’s such a poor spot to photograph the fireworks that I almost didn’t bother posting these, but I have received a number of questions about the view, so I thought I’d share these shots for illustrative purposes only! After about two frames into the Magical! fireworks, I realized the spot was awful for photos, and only went through the motions (I mean, the camera was already set up, so why not?!) with the rest of the photos. As you can see, Red Car Trolley wires, poles, and trees make for a decidedly uninteresting fireworks photography location.
To cleanse your palate after those photos that might have you thinking, “Tom has lost it,” I give you this:
For this photo of Magical, I set up in my favorite spot right in front of Partners, and decided to use my brand new variable neutral density filter. I was a little reluctant to use this CHEAP-O variable neutral density filter due to concerns about image quality and color cast, but I’m pretty pleased with the results.
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Have you dined at Carthay Circle Restaurant at Disney California Adventure? Did you watch the fireworks from there? What did you think of the food? If you have any questions or thoughts to share, please post them in the comments. We love hearing from readers!