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Disney Parks After Dark: A ‘Frozen’ Royal Reception at Disneyland Park

posted on April 17th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The “Frozen” Royal Reception cottage in Fantasyland at Disneyland park takes on a different feeling in the early morning hours before sunrise. I love the light reflecting off the wet surface that makes the cottage enchanting.

In the “Disney Parks After Dark” series, one thing that stands out in the photos from the different parks is the beautiful lighting. The photo below is a good example of how Disney uses light to enhance the park after dark.
The Frozen Royal Reception Cottage in Fantasyland at Disneyland Park


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Disney Parks After Dark: Big Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on March 20th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


This photo was taken a few months ago – in the middle of January – on a night with an almost full moon and one of the clearest night skies that I’ve seen in a long time here at Disneyland park. The moon was so bright that, instead of trying to get detail in the moon, I thought I would use a setting called the F-22 star. By setting the aperture somewhere between F-11 and F-22, any bright light source will result in a large “starburst.” I ended up using F-18 at 15 seconds with an ISO of 800. The camera was a Canon1DX with the 24-105mm lens set at 40mm and mounted on a tripod. While I was taking the photo along Big Thunder Trail, many guests stopped to comment to me about how beautiful the moon looked, take photos of the moon themselves and tell me how much they loved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Can you count the stars in this photo? I counted more than thirty, plus one light trail from an airplane in the top left corner.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks in Fantasyland From King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Park

posted on February 20th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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When I say it’s really cool to see fireworks bursting above King Arthur Carrousel in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, I’m not horsing around. Photographing the show brings to mind a few historical facts about the carrousel and why it’s so special:

  • King Arthur Carrousel was one of the original opening-day attractions at Disneyland Resort in 1955.
  • At Walt Disney’s request, all of the horses are in a galloping pose and painted white.
  • Each horse on the carrousel has a name, and Jingles is the lead horse. You may remember that Jingles was painted gold for a short time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005. It was later repainted white, except for its gold bells and trim, and dedicated to Disney Legend Julie Andrews in 2008.

Here are a few more of my favorite images from this explosive shoot.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Steam Away

posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Before the holiday season ended here at the Disneyland Resort earlier this month, I had the opportunity to photograph the Disneyland Railroad Engine No. 3 – the Fred G. Gurley – in Mickey’s Toontown Station, lit by the thousands of ‘it’s a small world” Holiday lights, all around the train. I thought the photos turned out so nice, I wanted to share them with you now. Until next season – Happy Holidays!

(Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at Disneyland Park

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


There are so many wonderful places to photograph during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorites is Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, which is commonly photographed from the front. In some of my past Disney Parks Blog posts, I have talked about walking around a subject, looking at all the sides to see whether there may be angles that are more interesting. The photo below is one example; I took it from the left side of the castle, next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

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I think what makes this photo unique is the composition you can capture from a different perspective. The settings were ISO 1600, aperture 4.0 and shutter 100, so I was able to hold the camera by hand.

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Disneyland from Walt’s View

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, I had a special opportunity to photograph Walt Disney’s apartment located above the Main Street Fire Station for the Disneyland archive. I know many guests have stood on Main Street, U.S.A., and looked up at the apartment window to see that the lamp has been left on in Walt’s memory. Today, in honor of Walt’s birthday, I’d like to share one of my favorite photos taken that day – showing the view as he would have seen it, looking out that very window.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Not-So-Hidden Mickey at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 21st, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Even when you aren’t trying to find a hidden Mickey, he seems to appear when least expected. I’ve always liked Ariel’s Grotto at Disney California Adventure park for its unique entrance, with mermaids, dolphins and King Triton greeting you as you enter. After taking this first photo and looking at the display on the back of my camera, I noticed that Mickey Mouse was looking back at me.

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That prompted me to take this second, not-so-hidden Mickey photo.

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As I have mentioned in previous posts, I like taking photos that make you smile – and this one does it for me.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Boo! Happy Halloween from Disneyland Park

posted on October 24th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Did you know that there are 300 jack-o’-lanterns decorating Main Street, U.S.A., at Disneyland park, and there are no two alike? The biggest one, of course, is the 16-foot Mickey Mouse Pumpkin at “Pumpkin Point.”

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I liked this next photo because of how the balloons are lit up; and the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin stands out so well.

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After a day of fun-filled attractions, great food and of course, that special souvenir, there is the Mickey Mouse Pumpkin giving every guest a great big wink – as if he was saying, “Thanks for coming by and Happy Halloween!”

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 27th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I’ve always been a fan of hand-colored, hand-tinted postcards, and I have collected a few in the past. So I was surprised when I first saw this photo of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park because it looked a lot to me like an old hand-colored postcard. The only thing I did differently in my normal editing process was to over-saturate the image to make it look a bit more like a hand-colored postcard. What do you think?

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

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Disney Parks After Dark: Terror Never Looked so Good at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on September 19th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Ever since I started working here at the Disneyland Resort, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has always been special for me. After all, it was the very first attraction that I photographed through construction to opening day. Oh yeah – it’s really fun to ride, too.

I took these photos of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror one moonlit night last month, and I hope you enjoy them.

Disney Parks After Dark: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park

Check back soon to see daytime photos of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park in my next “Through A Photographer’s Lens” post.

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