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Paul Hiffmeyer

by , Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Hi, I’m Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations here at the Disneyland Resort.

Like my counterparts at the Walt Disney World Resort, I’m lucky enough to have access to many areas not usually visited by our guests, usually with camera in-hand, and it seems like a good time to share some never-before-seen photos on the Disney Parks Blog.

For the first photo, I wanted to share one that I’ve thought about for a long time, but only recently shot; a long lens photo of a Disneyland Steam Train on a cold morning where the train seems to glide on a steam cloud. Last month on an especially cold morning I set out with my camera and a 28-300 mm lens in hand to capture the No. 3 Engine, Fred Gurley, as it made its way through Frontierland.
Disneyland Steam Train

I’ll be sharing more of my work here on the Disney Parks Blog from time to time and I hope you enjoy it.


  • Nice shot! From one photographer to another! :)

  • Very Nice Work Paul! (great name) Walt would be proud!
    Where do we find more of your work?


  • OUTSTANDING photo! You must post something weekly!

  • What a spectacular image! I, too, would like this as a desktop, to go along with the Main Street window of Roger Broggie. Jealous you have made us!

  • I love this picture!!! I am an annual passholder and would also pay for a photo tour of Disneyland or a book of your pictures! good work!

  • Wow, does that bring back some GREAT memories!

  • I love this picture! I took some of the other commenters’ advice and made it my desktop background. I am a Disney girl at heart. Even though we are 600 miles away, we visit ever 6-8 weeks or so. Like #34 Merleta, I too get “homesick”. I also love all of the comments. Makes me feel good to know there are others out there that really “get” the Disney magic!
    Thanks for the pic and keep ’em coming!

  • Stunning. I would love to have the opportunity to do what you do for Disney! It would most definitely be a dream come true :)
    your photography is fantastic

  • Beautiful! Only thing wrong with it, is there aren’t MORE pictures!

  • What a fantastic photo! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  • I would LOVE to be able to tour some of those locations on a photog tour…… HINT HINT

  • You have my dream job!!!!!! Wonderful photo!

  • Wow, what a shot. I agree needs a wallpaper and a way to get a professional quality print from Disney Gallery….

  • Before moving from California to Colorado I visited Disneyland at least once a month. This picture makes me “homesick”. I need to make a trip very soon.

  • what an awesome way to make a living!!

  • I would LOVE a beautiful, large, hard bound PICTURE BOOK of these kinds of pictures. This picture is gorgeous, and a whole book of them would be amazing. I’m SURE they would sell like hotcakes!

  • This is such a wonderful picture. I’ve been going to Disneyland at least once a year for 30 years and riding this train is always one of my faves! I love this!

  • Great photo!
    Keep up the great work! :)

  • What a great job you have. You should start a workshop program for photographers to attend, after regular park hours, where they could get photos of the park without all of the people in the way. I would pay for that.

  • Mary from Santa Barbara, CA
    I have been going to Disneyland since I was 4yrs old…I have raised my sons to love Disney and the Disneyland Resort…I am a former cast member of Disney. Seeing the pictures at the park I wish I could be there everyday…its so magical, in the short time you visit at Disney all the problems from home or work is gone and you live this fantasy intill you have to go home to reality…Please share more of these moments and pictures from Disney.

  • Beautiful

  • Wow truly fantastic.

    What lens were you using? I think a photo tour would be absolutely outstanding!

  • Being a Disney fan since I can remember, we now come to Disneyland as an escape from the real world. Even though we may come to the resort sometimes 3 or 4 times a month, not much to some, we enjoy all things at the park. When we see photos like this, we wish somehow we could be behind camara.

  • Thank you!!!! Your photo brings back wonderful memories. I was a visitor when the park opened in 1955. It truly was magical.

  • Mr. Disney would LOVE that photo. great job!

  • *jealous*

  • *sigh* fantastic!

  • This photo is awesome! We spent a few days in Disneyland during Christmas and one of the best scenes we viewed was the early morning train rides… Thanks for sharing this with us!
    David & Jeanne from Wittmann, Arizona

  • what a great shot and from a perspective we would not normally see… thank you. makes an excellent wallpaper!!

  • An absolutelyu beautiful shot, Paul. The colours on the leaves either side of the train add wonderfully the picture. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  • Oh my gosh!! I so need to be there

  • Like some of the other out-of-the-ordinary-spots tours at Disneyland, I’ll bet a photo tour would be very popular. Even if we couldn’t stand on the tracks to get a shot like this, bet there are a lot of other places we could go.

    This is gorgeous.

  • What a beautiful shot! How do I get it for my son???

  • I am currently a photography student, this is awesome! I love disney and the parks. It would be awesome to have a behind the scenes photography tour! Jealous of your job!

  • Love it absolutely beautiful!

  • Great photo! I too would love this on my desktop wallpaper!

  • This begs for a desktop wallpaper-sized release!

  • Fantastic photo of this wonderful vintage train. The train is always the first attraction we take our grandson on when we visit Disneyland. I can’t wait to see what photo you’ll be posting next!

  • I LOVE this! This picture says “Disney” in my heart! I’m jealous you were able to take this photo…I have photography envy! 😛

  • That is gorgeous! I want to paint that.

  • Nice. Look forward to seeing more.

  • That is an awesome shot! More Disneyland Railroad locomotive pictures please!

  • Love this photo, I showed it to my train/disney addicted son (he is Autistic) and he nearly cried. Great shot!!!!!!

  • I love how the steam up top seems to separate the trees. A lower angle would be amazing too!

  • Where’s the rest of the photos?

    I need more! 😀

  • The photo is trully a work of Art!

  • Great photo! what portion of the track is this? Looks like it’s near the Rivers of America?

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