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posted on July 9th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Mickey Balloon by Sleeping Beauty Castle

Very early in the morning, a couple of days before Disneyland’s 51st anniversary, Cast Members welcomed home the “Happiest Balloon on Earth.” The balloon was inflated in front of “it’s a small world” and I was on a lift in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle with a 300mm lens so that I could compress the distance between the two to get this one of a kind photo.

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Krista on July 9th, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Such a great photo! Thanks for sharing!


Steve on July 9th, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Look at him sneaking around the park.


Friend on July 9th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Hey, that´s a nice pic……


Leanne on July 9th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

If it’s 51 years. Then y does the balloon say 50?


Jeremy from CA on July 9th, 2010 at 5:30 pm



Virgilio from CA on July 9th, 2010 at 5:38 pm



Tiffany on July 9th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

is this here now?


Laura on July 9th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

A one of a kind shot for sure!


Teryl from OR on July 9th, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Is it just me….or is the balloon a year behind? Great photo though!


Apryl on July 9th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Great photo!

If it was “days before the 51st anniversary” that means it was still in the 50th year, so I don’t see any discrepancy with the 50 on his hat.


Allison on July 9th, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hey this is pretty cool i love it!!!


Jennifer on July 9th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

This photo just makes me smile! Thanks so much for a great shot! We were there for the 50th year so it brought back such great memories.


Alan from PA on July 9th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Well now that the 51st year is here, the balloon may be shipped to my house so i may fly it monthly. Thank you Mickey Mouse.
You are my favorite.


Jessica from FL on July 9th, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Nice picture.


Fred from CA on July 9th, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Very cool picture, I loved how Sleeping Beauty Castle was decorated during the 50th anniversary.


Andrew on July 9th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Paul is the master!!!


Mary from KY on July 9th, 2010 at 11:51 pm

What a fantastic photo! Love it! My first trip to Disneyland was during the 50th anniversary celebration, and everything was so beautiful with the golden accents!


Jill from NY on July 10th, 2010 at 7:06 am

What is 51 years old? I thought Disneyland was 55? I’m confused.


Hope from AL on July 10th, 2010 at 7:46 am

What a fantastic photo! Paul, how truly lucky you are to be able to witness the things you do. Thanks for sharing with us.


John from GA on July 10th, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Looks like the old Ear-force One balloon WDW had back in the 80’s


Tara from Herts on July 12th, 2010 at 11:07 am

I LOVE this photo!!


Robert from TX on July 13th, 2010 at 11:54 am

Great photo!


Nita from CA on July 15th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Reminds me of a “Where’s Waldo” photo, except Mickey isn’t hiding quite as well as Waldo usually does. It takes an expert photographer like Paul to know how to bring out the magic in these kind of pictures. Kudos!