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Tips from a Disneyland Resort Photographer

posted on December 21st, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Whether you are a social media shutterbug, crafty scrapbooker or the photog of the family, no Disney vacation is complete without plenty of pictures documenting your adventures! To help make the most of your theme park snapping, we’ve asked our talented Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to dish out his best tips for capturing magical moments at the Disneyland Resort. Consider these helpful hints next time you are making memories in the parks:

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New View of Sleeping Beauty Castle

  • When you’re photographing people, bring them closer to the camera. For instance, positioning them on the walkway of Sleeping Beauty Castle automatically brings them closer to you.
  • Try shooting Sleeping Beauty Castle from a different angle, such as to the right or left of the forecourt walkway.
  • Since Sleeping Beauty Castle is centrally located, come back at different times of the day to test different lighting conditions.

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Capturing the Beauty of Cars Land

  • The best place to capture the scenery of the mountain range at Radiator Springs Racers is on the pathway next to Flo’s V8 Café, heading toward the arch by Pacific Wharf.
  • For a new perspective of Route 66, try shooting from the steps of the Blue Sky Cellar.

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Ideal Lighting in the Parks

  • Try to avoid taking photos of people when the sun is straight above you, as it casts shadows on their faces. This is a better time to take photos of the attractions and icons.
  • If it is very bright outside, use the HDR setting on your phone’s camera to enhance the exposure.

Mickey’s Fun Wheel in Disney California Adventure. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney)

Some of Paul’s Favorite Shots

  • Paul’s favorite group photo location is at the steps of Paradise Park (“World of Color” viewing area) with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background.
  • He says that Cars Land makes a great photo subject any time of the day – especially at night because of how many interesting things there are to photograph, such as the vibrant neon lights and orange glow of the mountains.

Memorable Disney Character Interactions

  • Be sure to capture the interactions between a child and the Disney Character before taking the posed photo. That is where you will find the most genuine smiles and reactions.
  • Get the entire family in the photo! Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers are more than happy to help take pictures so mom and dad can meet the characters too.

You can look to the Disney Parks Blog photography tag to inspire your next great shot. Our official Disneyland Resort Instagram account features fantastic photos that guests have taken all around the resort. Be sure to tag your photos with #disneyland when you share them.

Happy snapping!

What tips do you have for taking photos at Disney Parks?

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Six Reasons to Celebrate in 2016 at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


The new year is almost here, and we’re already looking forward to all 2016 is bringing to the Disneyland Resort! Here is our top six:

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1. Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration Continues Through September 5, 2016
That means even more time to enjoy all the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration has to offer, including “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate!” as well as special food and merchandise.
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2. Season of the Force in Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park
Travel to a galaxy far, far away with special new Star Wars experiences!

3. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure Park
To help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs, Luigi and his cousins will demonstrate the dances of their Italian hometown with Cars Land guests when the all-new Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters opens early next year.

4. New “Frozen”-Inspired Stage Musical Coming to Disney California Adventure Park
The story of “Frozen” will come to spectacular life in an all-new theatrical production in summer 2016 at the Hyperion Theater.

5. Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure Park
Beginning next year, guests at Disney California Adventure park will undertake a whole new Soarin’ journey when Soarin’ Around the World opens in Grizzly Peak Airfield.

6. New Dining Experiences at River Belle Terrace and Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Disneyland park
Beginning in February, exciting changes are coming to these Disneyland park favorites.
What are you looking forward to the most in 2016 at the Disneyland Resort?

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Plan Your Disney California Adventure Park Holiday Visit

posted on December 16th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last week, we showed you a handy guide to visiting Disneyland park during the holidays with the help of our Pinterest board, and today we’re back with The Perfect Holiday Itinerary for Ultimate Disney California Adventure park!

What is on your Disney California Adventure park holiday itinerary?

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By the Numbers: Holidays at Disneyland Park

posted on December 15th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’ve walked down Main Street, U.S.A., the past few weeks, you can’t miss it … the holidays have come to Disneyland park! From garlands to lights to Christmas trees, there is a lot to see throughout the park. But exactly how much festivity is there? We’ve put some numbers on it!

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13 – Gingerbread zombies in the ballroom scene at Haunted Mansion Holiday

“A Christmas Fantasy” Parade at Disneyland Park

100 – Performers in “A Christmas Fantasy” parade

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6,000 – Decorative lights on the Main Street Christmas tree

'it's a small world' Holiday at Disneyland Resort
300,000 – Miniature LED lights sparkling within the trees, hedges and topiaries outside “it’s a small world” Holiday

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Disney Parks Blog Readers Join Special Celebration of ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Last night, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers gathered at the Hyperion Theater at Disney California Adventure park to celebrate “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular”. The evening began with a private performance of the show, followed by a panel discussion with performers and those who work behind the scenes.

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Fans were excited to celebrate the show and its cast!

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The panel discussion included Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony, creative executive with Walt Disney Imagineering, who oversaw the creation of the show; David Carriero, stage manager; and performers Jim Gruessing (Genie), Billy Kametz (Aladdin) and Cassie Murphy (Jasmine). The panel shared personal memories from their roles in the show and expressed gratitude to the show’s loyal fans.

Don’t miss your chance to see “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” now through January 10, 2016, at Disney California Adventure park. And stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for updates and information on the all-new theatrical production coming to the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen”.

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Disneyland Diamond Days Winner of Cinderella Crystal Slipper Honored at Disneyland Park

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Earlier this week, we awarded the first Disney icon prize from the Disneyland Diamond Days sweepstakes to Eric Freeman from Glendora, Calif. Eric won the beautiful diamond and topaz-adorned, “Cinderella”-inspired crystal slipper that was revealed when Disneyland Diamond Days began in May. He and his family also enjoyed a three day, two night Disneyland Resort vacation package. Take a look at the special ceremony held in his honor in the video below!

The next Disney icon – the bejeweled crown inspired by the Disney film, “Sleeping Beauty” – will be awarded soon. Don’t miss out on your chance to win an exclusive Disney icon, theme park experiences and even diamonds! For details, Official Rules and to learn more about Disneyland Diamond Days, visit Disneyland.com/DiamondDays.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., Mexico and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are age of majority as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends 6:59 AM PT on 2/5/16. Each weekly drawing starts Friday at 7:00AM PT and ends at 6:59 AM PT the following Friday. Each eligible weekly entry automatically entered into final drawing but not into any daily drawings. Limit one (1) entry per person per day, regardless of method of entry. Disney Memories, 500 S. Buena Vista Street, Burbank, CA 91521, U.S.A.

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Disney Parks Blog Time Capsule: December 2014

posted on December 11th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


One year ago this month, we were … of course … celebrating the holiday season at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts! We also explored our history as we marked momentous milestones. Take a look back at some of the stories we shared with you in December 2014.

Today in Disney History: Walt Disney Was Born in 1901
In honor of Walt Disney’s birthday, Jennifer shared this look back at the official announcement of Walt Disney World Resort.

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Building the Dream: The Making of Disneyland Park – Main Street Station
Part of his “Building the Dream” series, commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, George showed us these images from the construction of the Main Street Station at Disneyland park.

Watch Holiday Services Install & Unveil The Magic Kingdom Park Christmas Tree
Jennifer showed us this amazing video, in which the Holiday Services department installs the massive Magic Kingdom Park Christmas tree overnight.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Disney Carolers
Nate shared this fun image of Disney Afternoon characters celebrating the holidays way back in 1990.

Kermit Gets into the Holiday Spirit at Disneyland Park
Even the Muppets were getting into the holiday spirit! Check out this video of Kermit the Frog at Disneyland park.

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Christmas Trees at the Resorts of Walt Disney World
Thomas commemorated Christmas day with this beautiful look at the Christmas trees of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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Plan Your Disneyland Park Holiday Visit

posted on December 10th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


If you’re visiting Disneyland park during Holidays at the Disneyland Resort, you may be wondering how best to plan your day. We’re here to help! Click below to visit us on Pinterest, where we have posted The Ultimate Disneyland Park Holiday Itinerary!

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What is on your Disneyland park holiday itinerary?

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Discover Holidays at the Disneyland Resort with Santa Claus

posted on December 9th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


Recently I had the chance to sit down with the big man in red himself, Santa Claus. We chatted about all there is to see and do during the holidays during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration. He also gave me a little hint about my position on the naughty and nice list …

What is your favorite part of Holidays at the Disneyland Resort?

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Celebrate ‘Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular’ at the Disney Parks Blog ‘Aladdin’ Meet-Up at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 4th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Editorial Content Director, Disneyland Resort


UPDATE: This event has reached capacity and confirmation emails are being sent. Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for future opportunities!

Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” will soon make its final curtain call as we prepare for an all-new theatrical production at the Hyperion Theater, which will immerse guests in the world of Disney’s award-winning blockbuster, “Frozen.” Today, I’m excited to share a surprise holiday gift for Disney Parks Blog readers … we’re inviting you to join a farewell celebration of the long-running Disney California Adventure park show on Thursday, Dec. 10!

If you can’t make it to this special event, don’t worry – you can catch Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine in “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” several times daily through January 10, 2016.

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The Disney Parks Blog “Aladdin” Meet-Up will begin with a private performance of “Disney’s Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular” followed by a panel discussion with show performers and others who have brought the show to life over the years.

Space for the event is very limited, and you must sign up here. Please remember the following:

  • All participants who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests of the participants may be younger than 18.
  • Limit one guest per registrant.
  • Event confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
  • Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person plus one guest.
  • Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
  • Disney California Adventure park admission will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m. for the event, but participants will be responsible for any parking fees.

I will give an update at the top of this post when capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

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