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Getting in the Photo at Disneyland Resort

posted on May 23rd, 2011 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Was this a “duckspiracy?” I think so…

Was this duck waddling into my photo a coincidence, or a distant relative of our very own Donald Duck trying to upstage Mickey Mouse?

Was This a ‘Duckspiracy?’

Your thoughts?

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Kristine from CA on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

LOL! Great photo!!


Jessica on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:04 pm

Hahaha, mid-stride and looking right at the camera. You couldn’t ask for a better photo (≧∇≦)


Fred from CA on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Awesome photo!


Chris on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:51 pm

The park DOES belong to them. At least they walk around like it does.


Jason on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Probably wondering where his/her statue is at! :D


Shirley from CA on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

I wonder what ride in Fantasyland will ducky go on first? Maybe he will take a picture with Donald, then go on the rides. LOL!


Mittie Mae from OK on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:05 pm



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Dwayne on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Love the Ducks at Disneyland California


Kathie from CA on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:17 pm

There is much debate on Facebook whether this photo is real. Lots of claims that it is photoshopped. Could you explain how you shot this picture so that you have the TrainStation appearing so large and what the Blue Building we are seeing in the background is?

I think this is an awesome picture and wonderful composition.


Robert on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:23 pm

The Disneyland ducks are very cool characters. They always seem oblivious to people, and just like to enjoy the beautiful waterways. Great picture!


Linda on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:24 pm

LOL! Love it!! : )


Kristin on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

This is an excellent picture. He is center frame, looking at the camera and I’m betting he’s smiling. If you could have gotten him, or her, to hold a sign saying “It’s a small world after all” it would have been perfect.


Scott on May 23rd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Great photo! What is the big blue thing in the distance behind the train station?


Paul Hiffmeyer on May 23rd, 2011 at 7:27 pm


I used a 70-200 2.8 lens on a camera with a smaller sensor, which makes the lens almost a 300mm, so things are compressed in the photo. The building behind the Train Station is the Anaheim Convention Center.


Jen on May 23rd, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Terrific photo, Paul!

I was just at Disneyland on Friday and saw some adorable baby ducks swimming around Storybook Land. They must be the happiest ducklings on Earth!

What a wonderful job you have, photographing Disneyland, it would be so much fun to spend a day in your shoes!


Donna from CA on May 23rd, 2011 at 8:44 pm

She’s adorable! And, look at her pose! Being a Disney duck she must be used to having her picture taken. My family loves taking relaxing breaks to watch the ducks, either in the mote or on the Rivers of America. They are part of the Disneyland magic :-)


Scott on May 23rd, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Wow! I’m amazed that the convention center is that visible! Thanks for the notes on the lens — I love experimenting with my camera, and I’ll have to try a longer lens!


Kim on May 23rd, 2011 at 9:31 pm

that lens makes it all look so close


Thomas on May 23rd, 2011 at 11:06 pm

This is definitely a takeover !
Donald wants there to be a Donald+Walt statue ! ^^


Joshua on May 23rd, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Makes you wonder what the ducks thinking.


Trisha from CA on May 24th, 2011 at 4:00 am

What a great shot with great timing! What camera do you generally use?


Christiaan from Netherlands on May 24th, 2011 at 4:14 am

it all started with and Duck?


Devin from FL on May 24th, 2011 at 7:42 am


I’ve only been to Disneyland once and didn’t even notice that you could see the convention center behind the train station! I’m guessing that was because I was too busy taking in on the detail around the park to notice anything from the “outside world” encroaching on it. Being that a HUGE open plaza and then DCA is right across from the Train Station, that is quite an impressive effect that lense gave on the picture. Being a WDW Annual Passholder, it’s also something we never get in our pictures. Save for a few angels from within EPCOT, you never have to worry about something non-Disney appearing in any of your scenery pictures that you’re capturing.

Anyway. Thanks for the awesome picture!


Rob from NY on May 24th, 2011 at 8:24 am

Awesome picture, Maybe just maybe that DUCK knew what he was doing!


Debora on May 24th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Just coincidence


Margo on May 24th, 2011 at 9:52 am

Paul, love your picture!! I remember when I use to come to the park with my family when I was very young, I always told them when I die I want to come back as a Disney duck. They get to have the run of the whole park day or night how cool is that.


Carolyn from IL on May 24th, 2011 at 10:37 am

The duck looks like its watching you and posing just for the shot. One webbed paw stepping out just for the picture.


Lisa on May 24th, 2011 at 10:52 am

What an awesome picture! I love the duck who was ‘strolling by’.
Thanks for answering Scott’s question. The train station appears to be right behind the statue, not a block away.
Love the colors you captured! I’m going to try it too. I wonder if the duck will stop by again…and all the people will stay out of my way ;)


Grant on May 24th, 2011 at 10:57 am

Just made this picture my desktop background :)


Jeffrey on May 24th, 2011 at 11:11 am

Luckiest Duck in the World!!!!


Krista on May 24th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I absolutely love this photo! So cute! :)


Gregory on May 24th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

How does one get a birds-eye photo of the line of people waiting for the Star Tours “early departure” on Friday?


Naomi from CA on May 26th, 2011 at 4:30 am

Ahh, the perfect shot for a perfect pose! :)