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One-Stop Searching: Garth Vaughan

posted on August 7th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Rush Hour
Continuing our features on Disney Parks Blog photographers, this week we look back on the work of Garth Vaughan. Garth has given us unique and memorable images from Walt Disney World – you can find links to his blog posts below.

Garth catches both guests and cast members in quiet, special moments.

Disney Time is Family Time – A father and sons embrace in this Father’s Day post.

Walt Disney Photography: “Details – Part 3″ – Garth was witness to this moment between Miriam and a butterfly.

QI at Epcot – QI from Beijing, China, is captured in a spontaneous moment.

Walt Disney World Photography: Cinderella – Every frame is good when Cinderella is your subject.

Garth has an eye for the time of day and the effect is has on a view of the parks.

Wonderful and Scary – Approaching the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard can be spooky, exciting and thrilling.

Rush Hour – Even rush hour contains magic as you get close to the Magic Kingdom.

Magical Hour – Magic hour brings an added layer of magic to an already magical experience.

Magic Hour – A quiet moment before the start of a 5K race at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Garth shows us his unique point of view on everyday sights in the parks and beyond.

Light on Your Feet – Theses images of the Beauty And The Beast stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios demonstrate the show’s fluid nature.

Adventure on the High Seas – The legendary Flying Dutchman at conflict with the Wonder? Not really. Just a well-placed relic from the movie staged at Castaway Cay.

Sometimes it is the Details – A stunning perspective on Cinderella’s statue in Fantasyland.

Landscape Within the Landscape – Looking closely at plants at the International Flower & Garden Festival, new landscapes come into view with dynamic horizons.

Perspective – A different point of view on the Eiffel Tower at the France Pavilion at Epcot.

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One-Stop Searching: Paul Hiffmeyer

posted on August 1st, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Mickey Balloon by Sleeping Beauty Castle

Last week, we featured the photography of Gene Duncan. Now, we’re turning our attention to the West coast and Disneyland photographer Paul Hiffmeyer. Paul has provided some of the most magical, inspiring images on Disney Parks Blog. Here’s a look back at some of them.

Paul has a unique point of view, and his photographs help us see the world through his eyes.

Happy 4th of July – This photo was taken from the aft of the Sailing Ship Columbia. The wind was blowing just enough to make the “stars and stripes” look like a sail.

A Rhino Just Smiled at Me – Paul catches a special moment between guests and a rhino during a parade.

An Eye for Flowers – Is it a giant, or is Monstro just looking at the flowers?

Donald Being Donald – Poor Donald is always getting left out. This image might show us how this makes him feel.

Balloon with a View – A unique perspective seen through a Mickey Mouse balloon.

Paul captures moments and sights at the Parks that others might miss.

Ducks Around the Disneyland Resort – Ducks at the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Lagoon are surrounded by rainbows of color in the water.

The Monkey God – Paul discovers “Bob” the Monkey God at the Jungle Cruise.

Springtime in Tomorrowland – The Astro Orbitor at Disneyland park is the perfect complement to a Flowering Pear tree on a foggy California morning.

Snowy Egret: A Fleeting Moment – Paul captures an egret in front of the reflection of the bridge in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

All Aboard for Disneyland Photos – On a cold morning, the Disneyland Steam Train seems to glide on a steam cloud.

Paul often has the advantage of being in places Guests don’t usually have access to, and the images he brings from those places capture the imagination.

Full Circle – Paul shows us a view of the Partners statue that few get to see.

The Fleet at Rest – The submarines of Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage are captured right after sunrise, in the morning light.

A Grand Balloon – The 100-foot-tall tall Mickey Mouse “Happiest Balloon on Earth” makes a special appearance about 2,000 ft in the Grand Canyon.

A Foggy Morning on the Rivers of America – This photo of the Sailing Ship Columbia was taken around 6 a.m., in the light from a video shoot near the Mark Twain.

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One-Stop Searching: Gene Duncan

posted on July 24th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Post Card from Paradise

With Aulani Resort and Spa in KoOlina, Hawaii, beginning to take shape, I’m reminded of a serene image Gene Duncan shared with us on Disney Parks Blog in his post “Postcard from Paradise.” Gene has a way of transporting us to a different place through his photography. Here is a look back at some of his blog posts.

Nature as seen through Gene’s lens.

The Sanctuary and The Sanctuary, Part II – The stunning beauty of the spectacular butterfly garden at the Fort Wilderness Campground Outpost.

Jewels Beneath Our Feet – This series revealed some often overlooked Florida plants and wildlife.

For Butterfly Lovers – A look at Fawn’s Butterfly House at Pixie Hollow during the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Comfort Zones – A Great Egret rests on one leg and a child leads his father on a curiosity-driven quest — each in their “comfort zone.”

A Mother’s Love Witnessed at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – A tender moment between mother and baby backstage at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Gene takes us back in time through Disney history.

Yankee Legends – Gene shared the view from his front-row seat at the filming of a television commercial inside the Yankees dressing room with George Steinbrenner and Billy Martin.

The ‘Sunnyside’ of Sleepy Hollow – The real-life cottage that inspired the Magic Kingdom park snack-time favorite.

Let Freedom Ring on Independence Day – A history lesson on the Liberty Bell replica that anchors Liberty Square.

Mickey’s 60th Birthday Celebration – 1988 – In 1988, we Mickey’s 60th birthday with a hot air balloon that made appearances and flights throughout the country, including Niagara Falls.

Gene has captured some of the best-loved characters and performers at Disney Parks.

In Perfect Harmony: The Dapper Dans – Gene showed us the tradition and superb four-part harmony of The Dapper Dans.

The ‘Characters’ of Main Street, U.S.A. – This was the first in a series showcasing the funny and eccentric Main Street U.S.A. Actors.

Mariachi Music at Epcot – Mariachi Cobre performs on the Epcot promenade in front of the Mexico Pavilion.

Gene also has a knack for capturing the magical moments experienced by our park guests.

Big Adventure on Main Street, USA – A young man carefully and slowly journeys down Main Street U.S.A.

Walt Disney World Photography: The Love of a Granddaughter – A young girls shares an intimate moment with her grandfather inside the Morocco courtyard at Epcot.

‘In Character’ From Argentina – These young ladies on holiday from Buenos Aires were captured during a joyous day in the Magic Kingdom.

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One-Stop Searching: Disney Pins

posted on July 11th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

First Disney Parks Blog Pins

Since their debut ten years ago, Disney pins have become the must-have souvenir at Disney Parks. And with the Dateline: Disneyland 1955 – Pin-vited Press Event coming up on July 17 and the 10th Annual Disney Pin Celebration August 27-29 at Epcot, it’s the perfect time to take a look at our past Disney pins and pin trading posts!

Disney pins celebrate special occasions and events.

A Disney Pin Salute … Looking Back at Memorial Day – Take a look back at some of the ways Disney pins have commemorated Memorial Day.

Star Wars Weekends 2010 Pins – These special, limited-edition pins were created for Star Wars Weekends 2010.

Captain EO Pin Coming – We are very excited about Captain EO’s return to the Disney Parks, so what better way to celebrate than with a new pin?

First Disney Parks Blog Pins – This rare pin, created to celebrate the Disney Parks Blog, is not available for sale, but some lucky readers have already gotten their hands on a few!

Disney pins are the product of many uniquely creative minds.

‘I’m Just Making This Up…’ – Julie Young, long-time product developer for pins with Disney Theme Park Merchandise, explained how she turns a rough pencil sketch and an idea into the next highly-desired Disney pin.

Dateline: Disney Ambassador Collection – Quinn Shurian and Danielle DuBois, the 2009/2010 Disneyland Resort Ambassador Team, introduced us to the “Disney Ambassador Collection,” which featured two pins inspired by their Disney experiences.

The Mechanical Kingdom – This pin set featured a first: Steampunk Disney Characters!

There are many opportunities to trade with other Disney pin collectors – both inside and outside the parks.

D-PINZ Reporting to You Live… – Dateline: Disneyland 1955 – Pin-vited Press Event is coming to Disneyland later this week! Take a look at the exclusive pins that will be available at this event.

A Beautiful Place to Trade – Disney Pin Celebration 2010 – Disney Pin Celebration 2010 is just around the corner! See what we’ve got in store for this year.

A Closer Look at Trade City, USA – Even more details about Disney Pin Celebration 2010 coming to Epcot in August.

Pin Trading Outside the Parks – Did you know that you don’t actually have to go into the parks to trade Disney pins?

The magic of Disney pins is more than what they commemorate. Sometimes a Disney pin is special for unexpected reasons.

The Hidden Secrets of Hidden Mickey Pins – Discover the history of hidden Mickey pins.

Oops! Finding Rare Error Pins – Arguably among the most sought-after Disney pins, “error” pins are truly one-of-a-kind.

Best of 2009 – Disney Pins Edition – What makes a pin the “best” of the year? Find out what some of the favorites of 2009 were among Disney cast members.

What Is the Most Popular Disney Pin? – Learn what makes a Disney pin popular.

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One-Stop Searching: Disney Weddings

posted on June 27th, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Private Fireworks

With the sun shining and days growing longer, summertime has traditionally been considered “wedding season.” Are you planning a Disney wedding? Or are you looking for ideas to make your special day a dream come true? Below are links to our past Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings posts – read on to find out how we make magic happen for our brides and grooms!

Everyone’s favorite part of a wedding is the cake!

Wedding Trends: Untraditional Cake Toppers – We help couples express what makes them unique, and one way to do this is by choosing a creative cake topper.

Disney Weddings Groom’s Cakes – Groom’s cakes are becoming a popular way to incorporate the groom into what is, so often, a bride-focused event. Check out some of the most interesting groom’s cakes we’ve seen.

Amazing Cakes Offered at Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings – Disney-themed wedding cakes can come in a variety of styles, from classic to whimsical, and they taste as good as they look!

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings creates one-of-a-kind experiences.

Mad Hatter Tea Party – Couples can choose from a host of bright and cheerful colors to create memorable events, incorporating some colorful Alice in Wonderland inspiration into their receptions, rehearsal dinners and even bridal showers.

Arrgh, Matey! Have a Pirate-Themed Wedding No One Will Forget! – This unique pirate-themed wedding reception included Pirate Mickey, buried treasure, skulls and crossbones!

Add Sparkle to Your Wedding! – Take your wedding experience straight into the stratosphere with your own private fireworks display!

Parasailing Wedding – Jenna & Robert were married onboard the Disney Cruise Line on July 19, 2008. The ceremony was on Castaway Cay, and after the ceremony they went parasailing … in their wedding attire!!

Cinderella’s Coach for Disney Weddings – Fit for a princess, Cinderella’s Coach delivers the bride to her wedding in style.

The star of the show is the bride. Here’s a look at bridal fashion.

Princess Tiana Gown Now Available For Brides – Kirstie Kelly, couture designer for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings bridal gowns, tells us about the long-awaited Princess Tiana gown.

Disney Weddings In NYC: Bridal Market Trends – Check out our interview with Carley Roney, editor in chief of

Want to know more about Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings? Here’s where you can find more information.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons on Facebook – Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings joined Facebook in March to bring you the latest in wedding trends, reviews, and the latest happenings and updates from the team.

Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Book Available – This book by David Tutera, with style tips by Kirstie Kelly, outlines some of the great options that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has to offer.

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