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Disney Parks After Dark: Surprises in the Night Sky at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park

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


I guess it’s not a big surprise that my favorite place after dark would be Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the moment when the neon signs on Route 66 turn on, you’re going to want to. It’s very cool.
The Moon Over Luigi's Casa Della Tires in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

The neon signs also make for some very interesting photos, and who knows – you may even see a full moon in one of the tires on the roof of Luigi’s Casa Della Tires.
Fireworks Over Flo's V8 Café in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

While you’re checking out the neon signs – or photographing them – if you time it right, you might see a little bit of the fireworks at Disneyland park behind the Flo’s V8 Café sign.

Check back for more photos from Cars Land in my next “Disney Parks After Dark” post.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Taking a Spin at Disneyland Park

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


After the sun sets at Disneyland park, a whole new experience begins for guests to enjoy, with great opportunities for those of us who love photography.

Disney Parks After Dark: Taking a Spin at Disneyland Park

I chose this photo for my first “Disney Parks After Dark” post because it reminds me of a series I did here on the Disney Parks Blog called “Things That Spin in the Night” but with a twist. The lines aren’t as well-defined as most of the photos in that series from last year – here the colors blend into each other, almost becoming a river of color.

One of the greatest things about digital cameras is how easily you can experiment. Turn off the flash, bump up the ISO and steady the camera on something solid. Just remember to hold on to the camera. Shoot away, you may be surprised at what you can do.

“By the way, I have a few more helpful hints. One side will make you grow taller … and the other side will make you grow shorter …” – Caterpillar

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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on July 3rd, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Where at the Disneyland Resort Can You Find This Shadow?

Walking around the Disneyland Resort at night can offer some interesting shadows to photograph. With that in mind, it’s time once again for “Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…” This time, you have to be very specific: who or what is casting this shadow, and exactly where was this photo taken?

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New Photos: Cars Land in Disney California Adventure Park, Day and Night

posted on May 31st, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Usually only the birds get this great view of Cars Land, but recently, I had a chance to get above it all in Radiator Springs.

The result is these photos taken just a few hours apart.
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Whether in all its daytime glory, or glowing against the backdrop of a twilight sky, Cars Land is definitely ready for its close-up!

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet and #JustGotHappier.

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Cruising at Night with Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 25th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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As night fell in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, I followed Mater and Lightning McQueen back to the center of town to check out the neon lighting up Route 66.
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Before we wrapped up our little road trip, you know we had to get a shot over at Flo’s V8 Café. I really like the way the neon over at Flo’s reflects off McQueen’s hood.

What a great time I had spending the day with these two. Don’t forget, beginning June 15, you can meet Lightning and Mater over at the Cozy Cone Motel in Cars Land.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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More of Lightning McQueen and Mater In Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 24th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


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Continuing my Cars Land road trip with Lightning and Mater, I caught up with them over by Radiator Springs Racers. This stretch of road has one of the best views of Ornament Valley – and it’s a great place to set a spell and watch some racing.

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Then I caught up with Mater outside Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree where I think he had hoped to find a hidden Mickey, but apparently he never saw one. Oh well. Keep looking, Mater.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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Lightning McQueen and Mater Come Home to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park

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


If you were photographing two of the most famous residents of Radiator Springs, what location in Cars Land would you choose? What if you didn’t have to choose only one?

For the next few days, I’ll be sharing new photos of Lightning McQueen and Mater inside Cars Land – assuming I can keep up on foot.

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These two seemed to know their way around, so I followed them right to the center of it all, on Route 66. This sure looks familiar, doesn’t it?

Remember, you’ll be able to meet them in person at the Cozy Cone Motel beginning June 15. Until then, check back here for more photos of these two pals inside Cars Land.

Keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog and follow @Disneyland on Twitter for the latest on the expansion of Disney California Adventure park. While you’re on Twitter, join in the conversation by using the hashtags #CarsLand, #BuenaVistaStreet, #MadTParty and #JustGotHappier.

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More of Cars Land at Night Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on May 21st, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


As construction wraps up in Cars Land, parts of the land gradually become “ready for their close-up.” And that’s when we can get to work on taking photos of what this amazing place will actually look like when it welcomes its first Disney California Adventure park guests on June 15.

Last month, I was able to share some of the first photos of Cars Land as it will be seen once the sun goes down, and today I’m pleased to be able to share a few more to help tell the whole story out in Radiator Springs.

So, cue the “Sh-Boom” song and let’s have a look!
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Flo’s V8 Cafe is simply irresistible. And Ramone’s House of Body Art adds even more color to every shot. You won’t believe your eyes (or your lens!).
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As pleased as I am with how these shots turned out, I have to tell you, nothing compares with actually standing on Route 66 surrounded by this beautiful neon with that incredible mountain range in the distance. And one piece of advice: Bring your camera!

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Cars Land at Night Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 27th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


When night falls in Cars Land, all I can say is “get your camera ready!” For years, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering all the different photographs to be had at the Disneyland Resort once the sun goes down, so having the opportunity to explore all the new photo possibilities in Cars Land at night has been a real treat.

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When you enter Cars Land at night, you’re going to want to walk down Route 66 and take in the spectacular lights and neon signs of Radiator Springs.

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This photo was taken just outside Radiator Springs Racers. You can really see the shape of the front of a car come into view in the rockwork with the way it is lit at night (the grill to the left, hood ornament on top, and even a wheel well on the right). Be on the look out for more surprises in the rockwork, some things are easy to find and some are a little harder.

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This photo is one of my favorites so far. The cars are close and you have great view of the mountain range. It was taken just after sunset and I used a slow shutter speed to show motion.

Check back soon as I will be sharing more photos from inside Cars Land. I’m thinking of sharing some pictures highlighting some of the amazing (and fun) detail you’ll see throughout Radiator Springs.

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First Look: Cars Land Through a Photographer’s Lens at Disney California Adventure Park

posted on April 24th, 2012 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Behind the construction walls of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, a photographer’s dream is waiting to be discovered. From the awe-inspiring rockwork to the whimsical traces of all the residents of Radiator Springs, there is so much to see (and shoot), that I thought it was time to share some of my favorite photos from this one-of-a-kind place.

Ornament Valley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

When I saw the clouds this day, I knew I had to shoot Ornament Valley. Shooting this location is like being transported to another place.

Willy’s Butte in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

You can already imagine cars zooming by Willy’s Butte!

Cactus in the Valley of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

The plant life in Cars Land is really amazing. It seems like there are as many photos to take as there are cactus in the valley.

Entrance to Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Here is a slightly different angle on the entrance to Radiator Springs Racers that Kathy Mangum shared yesterday. This arch really invites you in to this incredible attraction, not to mention photo location.

Statue of Stanley in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure Park, By Paul Hiffmeyer

Before we leave Cars Land, it seems only fitting to show the statue of Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs. This location is surely going to be a popular one when Cars Land welcomes guests this summer.

I’ll be sharing more unique photos from “the cutest little town in Carburetor County,” so check back soon!

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