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:
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.
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.
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!
Fans were excited to celebrate the show and its cast!
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”.
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.
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.
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!
What is on your Disneyland park holiday itinerary?
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 …
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.
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.