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Disney Parks After Dark: Fireworks in Fantasyland From King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland Park

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


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When I say it’s really cool to see fireworks bursting above King Arthur Carrousel in Fantasyland at Disneyland park, I’m not horsing around. Photographing the show brings to mind a few historical facts about the carrousel and why it’s so special:

  • King Arthur Carrousel was one of the original opening-day attractions at Disneyland Resort in 1955.
  • At Walt Disney’s request, all of the horses are in a galloping pose and painted white.
  • Each horse on the carrousel has a name, and Jingles is the lead horse. You may remember that Jingles was painted gold for a short time in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Disneyland Resort in 2005. It was later repainted white, except for its gold bells and trim, and dedicated to Disney Legend Julie Andrews in 2008.

Here are a few more of my favorite images from this explosive shoot.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

posted on February 13th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo was snapped by Disney photographer Matt Stroshane at the Cozy Cone Motel (well, actually the “Cars” wing of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort).

Have you had a chance to see this resort lit up at night yet? The Cozy Cone, as well as the nearby Radiator Springs-inspired areas look like they’re right out of the film!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Dumbo Flies at Dusk at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 6th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re taking a nighttime look at one of the brightest attractions in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom ParkDumbo the Flying Elephant.

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This image, shot by Tom Bricker, shows the attraction, its queue and courtyard, just after dusk.

Which is your favorite attraction to experience at night? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: On The Construction Site

posted on February 1st, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog we shared several images of attractions that are underway at Disney theme parks at Magic Kingdom Park and at Shanghai Disney Resort.

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First up, we shared a new look inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, with a batch of new images that showcase just how detailed the attraction will be when it opens this year. Click through to the original story to learn just how the interior of the Mine was carved by hand.

Tom Smith also shared some new photos from Shanghai Disney Resort, which just celebrated the topping out of the resort’s first hotel and the start of construction of a “mountain” in the resort’s park.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Celebrate the Magic’ at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 30th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “After Dark” image was snapped at Magic Kingdom Park during the evening “Celebrate the Magic” castle projection show. If you haven’t seen this spectacular nighttime entertainment offering, Cinderella Castle serves as a canvas of Disney storytelling, with favorite characters and scenes from Disney films projected onto it. In this shot, Ursula from “The Little Mermaid” appears wrapped about the castle’s turrets.

Is this one of your favorite nighttime sights at Magic Kingdom Park?

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A Unique Point of View: Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park

posted on January 29th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Today marks 55 years since the release of the Disney animated classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” The timeless tale of Princess Aurora has been immortalized here at Disneyland park in the form of the park’s icon, Sleeping Beauty Castle. Designed by Disney Legend Herb Ryman, it was inspired by a number of medieval European castles – most notably, Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria.

Sleeping Beauty Castle made its first appearance five years before the animated feature itself premiered to the public – as part of the opening titles for the “Disneyland” television series in 1954. The castle was intended to be the central icon of Walt Disney’s new, ground-breaking theme park enterprise, and set the standard for the tradition of castle icons seen in Disney Parks around the world today.

Today, in honor of the 55th anniversary of “Sleeping Beauty,” I’d like to share some unique perspectives on Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park, provided by Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Steam Trains at Disneyland Park, Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 25th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared some impressive shots of trains that regularly delight guests at both Disneyland park and Magic Kingdom Park.

Disney Parks Blog author and photographer Paul Hiffmeyer shared his final holiday-inspired shots of Disneyland Railroad Engine No. 3 in this week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” series.

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At Magic Kingdom Park, Russ Stacey took a ride on the Walt Disney World Railroad‘s The Magic Behind Our Steam Trains Tour. Check out his original post for his review of the tour.

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Are our steam trains a must-see for you when visiting? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Holidays at the Disneyland Resort Steam Away

posted on January 23rd, 2014 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


Before the holiday season ended here at the Disneyland Resort earlier this month, I had the opportunity to photograph the Disneyland Railroad Engine No. 3 – the Fred G. Gurley – in Mickey’s Toontown Station, lit by the thousands of ‘it’s a small world” Holiday lights, all around the train. I thought the photos turned out so nice, I wanted to share them with you now. Until next season – Happy Holidays!

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Disney Parks After Dark: Disneyland Park – Paris From The Sky

posted on January 16th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photo comes to us from Disneyland Park Paris, where the evening spectacular, “Disney Dreams!” lights up the night.

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Which Disney Parks castle do you think lights up best at night? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: A Fun Night at Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on January 9th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was snapped in New Fantasyland, just outside Gaston’s Tavern at the local fountain, which was, of course, donated to the town by Gaston himself.

Is this one of your favorite parts of Magic Kingdom Park to visit at night?

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