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Creativity Never Sleeps at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on July 28th, 2011 by Kent Phillips, Photographer, Walt Disney World

If you are fortunate enough to work as a photographer at Walt Disney World Resort (totally awesome), but find yourself spending way too much time working at your desk lately (not nearly so awesome), what do you do when you inevitably go stir crazy and need to get out of the office to stretch your legs? Obviously you grab a disco ball, throw the department’s fog machine in the back of a van and head to Magic Kingdom Park at 4 o’clock in the morning. It’s a no-brainer.

Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park

Finding myself somewhat desk-bound recently, I took advantage of having the coolest job in the world and made myself at home in the planter around the Partners statue in the middle of the night. After locating the camera position I wanted, I hung the disco ball from a light stand behind Mickey, hid a light right behind Mickey’s head and aimed it at the ball, then wafted some wispy fog through the beams of light bouncing off of it. A tilt-shift lens let me play with the focus so Mickey’s eyes would stay sharp but the rest of him would go soft.

With the amazing access I enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort because of my job, it’s worth losing a few hours of sleep every now and then to indulge a creative whim, make a fun picture and remember just how lucky I am.

Fog. Disco Ball. Mickey Mouse. It’s a no-brainer.

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Tara on July 31st, 2011 at 10:32 pm

This is exactly what makes Disney so special to all of us. Keep up the good work and never let the creativty die.


Nancy on July 31st, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Ohhhhhh this picture is so awesome. It just highlights the look on Mickeys face! What a fantastic way to spend an early morning!


Skip from FL on July 31st, 2011 at 11:19 pm

#27 – Irene

I’m guessing one of the time frames you’re referring to is when the high frequency rides finish up after closing as mentioned above in #8. Not another guest in sight up and down Main Street. For Epcot that would be Soarin’, which would put you at the bus stop at 1:30 in the morning.


Mitchell from IL on July 31st, 2011 at 11:27 pm

What a great photo. That one should definately be turned into a postcard!


Dorothea on July 31st, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Pure genius! And I agree, you have the best job at the happiest place on earth! What more could you ask for!?


Scott from MA on August 2nd, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I have no words to describe just how awesome it is that you can just go do that on a whim. That’s incredible and you are very lucky!


Karina on August 2nd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This is absolutely breathtaking! Incredible idea! You are so talented! Simply Magical!!!


robert on August 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Wow thats a nice shot!


Laurie on August 5th, 2011 at 8:48 am

I foresee this picture making it’s way onto posters, tshirts, all kinds of Disney merchandise!
Great job!!!


Jonathan on August 12th, 2011 at 7:20 am

Great job on that picture! :)