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Disney Parks After Dark: After Mickey Mouse and Friends Say ‘Good Night’ at Disneyland Park

posted on January 21st, 2016 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I always wondered what happens in Mickey’s Toontown after the Disneyland park gates are closed. To find the answer, I visited several different nights with camera in hand. Although I wasn’t able to solve the mystery, I had a great time exploring Mickey’s Toontown, as shown in the first photo of Mickey’s car in the fog, to the last of Roger Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin at sunrise.


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Disney Parks After Dark: Colors Come Alive at Night During Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

posted on December 17th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Holiday nights at Disneyland park come alive with vivid colors from “Paint the Night” parade, “Disneyland Forever” fireworks, the attractions and the holiday décor. I would like to share these six images that I think represent a small portion of what you can see after the sun sets during the holidays at Disneyland park.

I decided to do something a little different with the Main Street Christmas tree. Instead of photographing the entire tree at a distance, I decided to take a close-up image of the ornaments. For this image, I set the camera with a zoom lens on a tripod and used a long exposure. I zoomed very slowly in the middle of the long exposure to get this effect.

The Astro Orbitor is difficult to pass by after dark without taking an image or two.

I usually photograph the “Partners” statue with Sleeping Beauty Castle or Main Street, U.S.A., in the background. I chose this image because I like how the lights surround Walt Disney.

Since there weren’t any boats blocking the view, you can see the vibrant colors of “it’s a small world” Holiday reflected in the water.

I enjoy photographing the “Paint the Night” parade. Although it is wonderful to watch, it can be a little difficult to photograph, but as you can see, it is well worth the effort.

I like this long exposure taken during “Disneyland Forever” fireworks because it looks like Tinker Bell left a trail of Pixie Dust in the sky.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Season of the Force Lights Up Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on November 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Last week I was able to photograph the new nighttime lighting display in Tomorrowland that takes our guests to a galaxy far, far away during Season of the Force at Disneyland park in California. After you have taken in all the new Star Wars experiences, make sure you return after dark to see – or photograph – this impressive lighting extravaganza.


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Disney Parks After Dark: The Halloween Tree at Disneyland Park

posted on October 15th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


If you are on your way to over to Haunted Mansion Holiday during Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, take a few minutes to check out the Halloween Tree in Frontierland near the Golden Horseshoe Saloon. The tree was inspired by Ray Bradbury’s novel, “The Halloween Tree.” Click here to read Erin’s post for more detail about the story of the tree and its hand-painted jack-o-lanterns.

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The best time to see the Halloween Tree is, of course, at after dark!

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Unique View of ‘Disneyland Forever’ Fireworks at Disneyland Park

posted on September 17th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


This week, I had a great opportunity to photograph the new “Disneyland Forever” fireworks from a unique location. I was looking to capture the reflection of Sleeping Beauty Castle and maybe the fireworks in the moat.

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Where’s your favorite place to watch the Disneyland Forever fireworks show?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty Castle Dazzles at Night

posted on August 20th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle, covered in diamonds commemorating the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, is spectacular during the day. And at night, it is simply dazzling. Here are a few photos of the sparkling Disneyland park icon.

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A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

A DAZZLING NIGHT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - A special medallion and diamond accents honoring the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration illuminate the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

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Disney Parks After Dark: Meet J. Thaddeus Toad at Disneyland Park

posted on July 16th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is where I learned to drive. Yes, I know you don’t really steer the car, but to a young boy, it sure seemed like I was. So the next time you are in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, take a spin through the English countryside and see if you can find your inner child at Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

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The photo above of J. Thaddeus Toad was taken sometime ago, but is still a favorite of mine.

Here’s the camera setting if you are interested:

  • I wanted to use the available lighting so I set the ISO at 5000.
  • The lens was a 16-35 mm at maximum aperture of 2.8 and a 1/30 shutter speed.
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Disney Parks After Dark: Back to Tomorrowland at Disneyland Park

posted on June 18th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Star Tours: The Adventures Continue is a guest favorite at the Disneyland Resort, and of course one of mine too. Not only do I like riding the attraction, I also think the exterior of the building is a great subject to photograph. I like the photos for their unique perspective and futuristic appeal.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Astro Orbitor Revisited at Disneyland Park

posted on April 16th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


For a photographer, Astro Orbitor is one of those Disneyland park attractions that just keeps giving. I have photographed it many times – shooting photos for use in the media and riding the attraction while photographing celebrities, which is very exciting. But honestly, the most fun is when I’m photographing it for the Disney Parks Blog.

These first two photos are from previous Disney Parks Blog posts, and show motion blur and excitement.

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The next three photos of the Astro Orbitor show the beauty of the attraction at rest, as opposed to its thrilling side.

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Disney Park After Dark: A Photo to Crow About from Disneyland Park

posted on March 19th, 2015 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Just before sunrise, I was looking for silhouettes of Sleeping Beauty Castle to photograph for a Disney Parks After Dark blog post. I was pretty happy with the photos I had taken thus far, but I was still trying to find something more interesting. Then suddenly, without being cued, a flock of noisy crows flew by on the other side of the castle. I was glad I didn’t stop shooting when they flew by, because I like how the photograph turned out – especially their silhouettes in the sky.

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