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Disney Parks After Dark: Taking a Spin at Disneyland Park

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

After the sun sets at Disneyland park, a whole new experience begins for guests to enjoy, with great opportunities for those of us who love photography.

Disney Parks After Dark: Taking a Spin at Disneyland Park

I chose this photo for my first “Disney Parks After Dark” post because it reminds me of a series I did here on the Disney Parks Blog called “Things That Spin in the Night” but with a twist. The lines aren’t as well-defined as most of the photos in that series from last year – here the colors blend into each other, almost becoming a river of color.

One of the greatest things about digital cameras is how easily you can experiment. Turn off the flash, bump up the ISO and steady the camera on something solid. Just remember to hold on to the camera. Shoot away, you may be surprised at what you can do.

“By the way, I have a few more helpful hints. One side will make you grow taller … and the other side will make you grow shorter …” – Caterpillar

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8 Comments 1 Reply


Mariann on July 26th, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I so want this for my computer wallpaper!


Joseph on July 26th, 2012 at 8:48 pm probably have one of the best jobs in the world!!!!Theres some great advice for those learning about their camera. I can not wait til Oct to get to Disneyworld and take more photos!!


Danielle on July 27th, 2012 at 9:09 am

What an awesome work assignment you have been given. If only I were so lucky! This is a gorgeous shot of the tea cups. My husband loves taking night time shots of the World Showcase at EPCOT as the park empties out after Illuminations. Something tells me we will see a photo of the new Dumbo in SBL. All those new lights and water make for stunning night shots!


Daniel on July 27th, 2012 at 11:48 am

I love taking photos like this when I visit the parks at night. I also took one inside a teacup of my friend, so the cup and he are clear while the background and lamps are streaked.


Allie on July 27th, 2012 at 4:26 pm

What an amazing picture! The colors are so beautiful. :)

This series always makes me think of the Kingdom Keepers series, by Ridley Pearson! “Disney After Dark” is even the subtitle of the first book!


Eric from MA on July 27th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

One of the advantages of DIsneyland over the east coast: Open air teacups, on summer nights. :)


Jessica on July 29th, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Care to share your camera settings for this shot? :)


Paul Hiffmeyer on July 30th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Jessica – Here are the settings I used for this image: the ISO is 200, and I set the aperture to 5.6 and used a 2 second shutter speed.


Robert on August 22nd, 2012 at 6:15 pm

@Paul Hiffmeyer – Hi Paul. Just out of curiousity, is there anyway to contact you off the Blog? I just went to Disneyland last Sunday and got my own verison of the above picture that I would love to share with you or even the Blog. Thank you for your time. A disney fan and fellow photographer. :D