Spaceship Earth at Epcot

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on March 28th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


After the sun sets at Disney California Adventure park, the night is filled with “World of Color” – the spectacular show of light, fire, color and water … lots of water. I have photographed “World of Color” numerous times and always enjoy it as much as the first time. I selected this first photo because of the reflection of Mickey’s Fun Wheel; I thought it was a little different than most of the other photos I’ve taken of the show.
Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park
I chose the two photos below because I love abstract photography, and I feel they fit into the category pretty well.

Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park Disney Parks After Dark: ‘World of Color’ at Disney California Adventure Park

If you have not seen “World of Color,” you really should. If you haven’t photographed it, do so and let your imagination run wild. You may be surprised at the results.

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: A Case of the Mondays at Disneyland Park

posted on March 11th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Through a Photographer's Lens: Haunted Mansion in Disneyland Park

Who hasn’t felt like this on a Monday morning? Raise your hand. I really like to look for the humor in photos I take, and this shot of a grotesque outside the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park just made me laugh.

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A Photo From Behind the Wall of Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

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


Just the other day, I had a great opportunity to go behind the walls and take a few photos of the new Fantasy Faire, opening March 12 at Disneyland park. Below is a little peek of what I saw, from the inside looking out.
Tangled Tower from Inside the New Fantasy Faire at Disneyland Park

And by the way, while I was at Fantasy Faire, I met up with a few friends, Cinderella and Rapunzel, and had the chance to take a few photos of them as well. Erin will be sharing those here on the Disney Parks Blog, so be sure to check back tomorrow.


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Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

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


I remember visiting Disneyland park a few days after Mickey’s Toontown opened back in January 1993. Walking through the gates for the first time and seeing all the bright colors, wonderful shapes and never-ending subject matter, I thought to myself, “What a photographer’s paradise.” I never imagined that one day I would be a Disneyland Resort cast member, let alone a staff photographer. Twenty years later, Mickey’s Toontown still holds that magic for me. Here are a few photos that I hope capture the magic of Mickey’s Toontown after dark for you as they do for me.

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

Disney Parks After Dark: Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland Park

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Through a Photographer’s Lens: Hunting for Hearts at the Disneyland Resort

posted on February 11th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Valentine’s Day is almost here, which got me wondering how many photos of hearts from around the Disneyland Resort I could find in our photo archive. Well, it turns out I found a lot and in this post I’d like to share a few with you. You can find lots of hearts throughout Mickey’s Toontown – do you know where else you can find hearts at the Disneyland Resort?

Hearts at Mickey's Toontown at the Disneyland Resort Hearts at Mickey's Toontown at the Disneyland Resort

Check the Disney Parks Blog Facebook page later today for more of the hearts that I found at the Disneyland Resort and keep an eye out here on the Disney Parks Blog for more hidden treasures in this new series, “Through a Photographer’s Lens.” Some of images I’ve taken during my 11 years here at the Disneyland Resort – and some of those I will take in the future – may not have a specific Disney focus, but they are still unmistakably from Disneyland. They can be anything from architectural details to animal life, and I’m looking forward to showing them to you in this monthly series.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Night Into Day at Disneyland Resort

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


The photos below might look like they were taken during the day, but both were actually taken after dark. I took them with a very long exposure to soak in the surrounding light, giving the impression that it is daytime. Nothing special was done in post-production other than some simple adjustments.

The settings on the camera for the first photo were set to 400 ISO, aperture: 7.1 and a 20-second exposure. It was taken at Disney California Adventure park on the waterfall side of Grizzly Peak, opposite “a bug’s land.” The photo was taken at 7:14 p.m. in January 2011; sunset that day was at 5 p.m. Take a close look at the sky – it may be a bit hard to see, but it is filled with stars.

“Disney

The following photo was taken about a month later around 5:30 a.m., an hour before sunrise. Like the photo above, I used a tripod and a remote release cable, with a 125 ISO, aperture: 5.6 and a 30-second exposure.

“Disney


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Rainy Day Reflections at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on January 8th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Sometimes I just can’t help myself during, or right after, it rains. I’ve got to grab a camera, throw on a jacket and grab a few photos of the reflections made in the rain puddles. Here are some photos I took a few weeks ago during the holiday season at Disney California Adventure park that I thought would be fun to share with you.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 20th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


During the Holidays at Disneyland Resort, there are so many beautiful decorations to see and photograph, but I seem to spend a little more time at “it’s a small world“ Holiday. Below are a few photos I would like to share with you. For this first one, I exposed for the lights, turning the guests that were taking photos or just enjoying the view into silhouettes.

‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Resort

For the next photo, I used a 25-second exposure so that the boats would blur and not be noticeable in the foreground.

‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Resort

The final photo was taken just as the fog was rolling in one early morning. What I like about this photo is that the fog separates the topiaries from the background so they stand out instead of blending into the lights.

‘it’s a small world’ Holiday at Disneyland Resort

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‘The Happiest Balloon on Earth’ Flies for Record-Breaking Crowd at Leon International Balloon Festival

posted on November 23rd, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


‘The Happiest Balloon on Earth’ Flies for Record-Breaking Crowd at Leon International Balloon Festival

Hola from León, Mexico, and the 11th annual León International Balloon Festival! The four-day event, from November 16-19, was filled with great music, lots of fantastic food, Mickey Mouse, my favorite balloon – “The Happiest Balloon on Earth” – and around two hundred other hot air balloons. Our friend Mickey Mouse was there on opening day to help kick off this wonderful event, which broke previous attendance records with 350,000 spectators – and that’s not counting the tens of thousands that watched from outside the Festival grounds over the four days. Personally, I think the record-breaking crowd had something to do with a Mouse and “The Happiest Balloon on Earth.”

I didn’t think just a few photos could do justice for “The Happiest Balloon on Earth,” so here’s a slideshow with my favorites. I thought it only fitting to start with Mickey Mouse taking a tethered ride in the balloon.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on November 15th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


In one of my previous “Disney Parks After Dark” posts, I promised to share photos from my favorite place at the Disneyland Resort after dark, Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. This one requires little backstory on Radiator Springs: Stanley, the town’s founder, sold radiator caps in Ornament Valley along Route 66. After he discovered an oasis of water (later named Stanley’s Oasis) the little town of Radiator Springs sprung up around that spring in the middle of the desert. A statue of Stanley was built outside the town courthouse in his honor.
“Statue

He’s donning a Santa suit now during the holidays, but at night, Stanley’s statue always takes on a special glow from the neon along Route 66.
“Stanley's

By taking a long exposure, the water around Stanley’s Oasis reflects the light off of the surrounding rocks, and the water flowing from the radiator cap on the Original Radiator Spring becomes more noticeable. The starbursts from the lights on the water tower bring a unique drama to the scene.

What are your favorite Cars Land spots after dark?



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