Halloween at the Walt Disney World Resort

Partners in the Morning Fog

posted on November 18th, 2010 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Back in January I posted “one of my favorite photos,” which was taken high above the Partners statue. Well, today I’m posting my very favorite photo of this tribute to our founder.

This photo was originally in color, but the second I saw this scene that foggy morning, I knew that it would end up in black and white.

Partners in the Morning Fog, Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney

Just a bit of trivia: this photo was taken with my first digital SLR camera.

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37 Comments

1

Rob from WA on November 18th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

What a great photo! Looks like it was taken in the 50′s. I love how they’re silhouetted against the fog.

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Travis from NH on November 18th, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Nice picture! Was this taken on Tuesday morning with the extremely dense fog? I couldn’t even see the Matterhorn from Harbor Blvd – it was really crazy (and cool). Can’t wait to see more pictures :)

-Travis

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Sara on November 18th, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Beautiful feel to this picture. It really grabs Walt’s vision for the future, as he points out into the unknown holding Mickey;’s hand. There is so much both their body postures express.

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Ehren on November 18th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Wow, That is great!

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Richard from FL on November 18th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Amazing photo that truly captures the spirit of Disneyland being a “park.” Even in the dense fog, Walt and Mickey still do a great job welcoming visitors.

Ricky B
Inside the Magic

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Karen from WI on November 18th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

What an incredible picture! Brought tears to my eyes.

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Helena on November 18th, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Ok, now I know this is going to sound crazy – but this looks real. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful photo!

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Hayden on November 18th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

What a fantastic photo. There definitely is a magic to it. It truly looks like a photo of Walt and Mickey gazing at their park, way back in ’55. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!

Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!

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Michael on November 18th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Now that is a Fantastic Shot…

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Jessica from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Love it! That is my most favorite spot in the park. My now hubby proposed there 4 years ago this December!

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Melinda on November 18th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Nice photo!

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Vincent on November 18th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

HAHA Ricky Brigante from the Inside the Magic Podcast saw this too!! Thats cool. I do kinda wonder what the Color photo looked like too….

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Brandy from KS on November 18th, 2010 at 2:56 pm

This is a great photo..If you look at it from far away it looks like two buddies walking along..you really don’t recognize the statue until its bigger…love it.

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Kathy from AZ on November 18th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I would love to get a poster size of this picture! Let me know if or when you might be selling posters. It’s GREAT! :)

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Michelle from UT on November 18th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

It really is a beautiful shot!

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Laurie from CO on November 18th, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I’ll second the comment by Helena; it looks like they are actually standing there. It is an awesome photo – thank you for sharing!

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Michelle on November 18th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

What a fabulous shot!

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Joshua on November 18th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

What an amazing photo. The silhouette is perfect and the effect of the lighting makes the photo look vintage in a way. I wish I had access to the park this early in the morning to take shots like this.

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Michele on November 18th, 2010 at 3:39 pm

What a wonderful photo! It captures all the tenderness, innocence, and awe Walt worked so diligently to preserve with his vision of Disneyland. It put a lump in my throat and brought tears to my eyes.

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Rhonda on November 18th, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Very Nice, it is a great shot in B&W.

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Mindy from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Paul, every time I see your pictures I am in awe. I am a ameture photographer and you have my dream job, not only photographing BUT at Disneyland!!! I hope some day to do something as great, if not I will carry your tripod around any day!!

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Fred from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Fantastic photo!

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Michael from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

How better to celebrate the anniversary of the Partner’s statue being unveiled at Disneyland in 1993. Spectacular photo!

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Nita from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 6:29 pm

You’ve captured a tender moment between Walt and Mickey in a beautifully touching way. Thanks to you, I now have a new favorite photo of Walt, the greatest pioneer! Any chance of turning it into a poster?

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barbara on November 18th, 2010 at 7:43 pm

this picture is one of the most beautiful pictures i have seen, thank you sooooo very much for sharing it.

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matt from AL on November 18th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

great shot!

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Erin from RI on November 18th, 2010 at 8:43 pm

I expect to see Mary Poppins drop in any moment! It is a shot straight out of the movies.

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Elora from CA on November 18th, 2010 at 11:07 pm

This is such a beautiful photo!

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Derek on November 18th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Did you know Walt Disney was showing Mickey his next dream project on the coast in Newport Beach?

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mike on November 19th, 2010 at 8:01 am

Paul,

What a powerful image! It would be the perfect compliment to the iconic photo of
Walt walking under the castle into Fantasy Land. Please do whatever you can to get it made into a poster.

Mike in Arizona

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Krista on November 19th, 2010 at 11:44 am

Beautiful photo!

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Nick on November 19th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

What a beautiful shot. I’d love that framed.

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Robert from MB on November 19th, 2010 at 7:14 pm

Amazing photo. Happy Birthday, Mickey!

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Gloria from CA on November 20th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

I remember when Mickey turned 50, oh so many years ago! I went out and bought a 14k gold Mickey charm that I still treasure. What a beautiful image! I love this part of the park.

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Andrew on November 22nd, 2010 at 11:35 am

Would make a great poster. Hint, hint.

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Robert from TX on November 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Great photo!

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Stephanie from AZ on November 30th, 2010 at 10:08 am

You said this was taken with your first DSLR, what camera do you use to shoot with now? Great picture!

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