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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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Disney Parks After Dark: Fire Trucks and Tow Trucks in Cars Land

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


When Red the fire truck isn’t busy watering the flowers at Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, as seen in the photo below …

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… you can find him meeting guests at various locations throughout Cars Land. He’s easy to find – just listen for his ringing bells and blaring sirens. I was fortunate to catch up with Red at the Cozy Cone Motel one evening and he was happy to pose for photos.

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Later that same evening Mater stopped by to say hello, too. It’s always fun photographing Mater.

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Mystery of the Chandelier Clock at Disneyland Park

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


Have you ever walked through Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park and looked up to see the stunning chandelier clock? If not, you are missing a real treat. Installed in 1996, the chandelier clock has never actually worked. Despite the theories and rumors, the numerous times that have been set on the clock have had no significance. Over the years, I have photographed the clock many times during the day. This time, I wanted to see how the clock would photograph at night. I think the beauty of the clock is more evident at night than during the day.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Reflections of Cars Land in the Rain

posted on December 18th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


It doesn’t snow here in Anaheim, Calif., but we do get the occasional rain storm during the holidays. I wanted to share some colorful reflection photos taken in Cars Land during a recent downpour at Disney California Adventure park. As you can see below, Cars Land in the rain provides abundant photo opportunities.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Things That Spin in the Night at Disneyland Resort … Revisited

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


Back in 2011, I started a Disney Parks Blog series called “Things That Spin In the Night.” It featured motion-blurred images of attractions at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. I thought it would be fun to revisit that series today.

The photos from “Things That Spin In the Night” included after-dark images of Astro Orbitor, Mad T Party, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Silly Symphony Swings, and the Golden Zephyr. I realized that there was a particular photo of the Golden Zephyr that I didn’t take the first time around. The first time, I focused more on getting three attractions in one photo. This time, I focused on getting the name of the attraction in the photo. As you can see, the Golden Zephyr sign in the front of the attraction is quite attractive, especially at night when it has a blue glow.

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Click on the links below to see more of the “Things That Spin in the Night” series:

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Happy Halloween from Disneyland Park

posted on October 31st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Happy Halloween! If you didn’t get a chance to visit Frontierland and enjoy the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, check out the amazing pumpkin carvers and see their fantastic creations in the slideshow below (these are some of my favorites). Which pumpkin is your favorite?

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Trip Back In Time at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on October 16th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Climb aboard one of the two Red Car Trolleys near the main entrance of Disney California Adventure park to enjoy a leisurely ride that takes you as far as the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Red Car Trolley also stops at Carthay Circle and on Hollywood Boulevard near the Disney Animation building.

The Red Car Trolley is powered by electricity and is based on the Pacific Electric Red Cars, which transported passengers around Los Angeles in the first part of the 20th century. While you are inside, take time to admire the retro-styled advertisements depicting Buena Vista Street merchandise and food locations.

Does anyone know what the numbers “717” on the front of the trolley pictured below honor?

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Disney Parks After Dark: Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland Park

posted on September 18th, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


I was inside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park to document the attraction just before it reopened this year for Haunted Mansion Holiday, and I wanted to share my three favorite photos now that Halloween Time has begun at the Disneyland Resort.

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Next time you ride Haunted Mansion Holiday, keep your eyes peeled for one of my favorite details: a little monkey bride. Here’s a little hint on where to look … it’s near a big pumpkin.

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In the great ballroom stands the 14th Haunted Mansion Holiday gingerbread house. I thought you would enjoy seeing it up close.

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Just before you enter the graveyard scene, you will see the back of Pumpkin Mountain with giant snowflakes falling.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Howdy from Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


For this “Disney Parks After Dark,” I wanted to find a place in the Disneyland Resort where I could take a series of photos while staying in the same place over a short period of time. My goal was to make each photo look different without adding additional lighting. The first photo is a typical example of what I would normally take of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. It was taken at 9:18 p.m.

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The second photo was taken at 9:22 p.m., but under the bright red glow from the finale of “Fantasmic!” on the nearby Rivers of America.

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The last photo was taken at 9:32 p.m., during the “Magical” fireworks spectacular. For these three photos, I made minor adjustments in the camera to vary the blur of the trains. For this last photo, I moved the tripod a bit to the left to get more of the fireworks in the shot.

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