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.
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.
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.
There’s nothing unusual about getting some rain this time of year at Walt Disney World Resort. But the double-rainbow that appeared after a recent storm at Magic Kingdom Park was anything but ordinary. Cast member Brian Hicks captured a series of beautiful shots and we wanted to share them with Disney Parks Blog readers.
By far my favorite photo we shared this week on the Disney Parks Blog was of the new baby gorilla that was just born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The yet-to-be-named male gorilla is the fourth to be born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in the park’s history. Too cute!
This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot by photographer Tom Bricker in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.
I love the interesting angle he took on this shot, which shows the intricately sculpted detail of the Fantasyland wall, plus the light and color of the carousel and Cinderella Castle in the background. Such a pretty sight!
We’re doing something a bit different for this week’s post to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. You might have noticed the rotating banners we have at the top of the page this weekend, many of which are unique angles on the exterior of the classic attraction. I loved these photos so much, I wanted to show them to you (to borrow a phrase) as they appeared in their original, uncropped state …
I love this imposing view of the entrance, with the mansion looming behind, framed perfectly between the iron gates.
Continuing through the gates, we get this ominous view of the mansion, with the pet cemetery to our left and the ghost-horse driven hearse on our right.
Drawing closer, we can see the gorgeous iron of the mansion’s wrap-around porches (a must for any southern estate, you know).
One of my favorite areas of the Haunted Mansion is the pet cemetery guests wander past on their way through the queue. I particularly love Rosie, who – sadly – “bought the farm.”
I hope you have enjoyed our celebration of 45 years of grim, grinning ghosts at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland park. What are your favorite memories of this iconic Disney Parks attraction? Tell us in the comments!
There are always new ways to showcase your #DisneySide at our parks – and guests showing their love for Disney Parks is exactly what inspired some of my favorite photos on the Disney Parks Blog this week.
Some of the best were the shots in Tom Smith’s Animal Planet post.
As he shared in the original post, a national search is under way for the cutest video that shows a pet celebrating it’s Disney Side (more details here). In addition, Animal Planet’s “America’s Cutest” TV show will also produce a special Disney Side edition for a Howl-O-Ween Pet-acular that’s set to air later this year. Seriously how cute is that bulldog?
Guests over at the Disneyland Resort are already having fun showing their Disney Side in the ol’ west, thanks to “Legends of Frontierland: Gold Rush!” in Frontierland at Disneyland park through September 1.
Be sure to check out these photos of guests enjoying the experience. Will you test it out next time you’re at the park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!
Here’s one place we haven’t stopped yet on our tour through the parks after dark – it’s the France Pavilion at Epcot.
Doesn’t this shot of the pavilion’s lush garden look so serene?
This week, one of my favorite photos we shared on the Disney Parks Blog was this shot of Maleficent, who is planned to appear at this year’s Villains Unleashed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check out Shawn Slater’s original post for details on the fiendish fun!
And speaking of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we also shared a photo look inside Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Oaken’s Frozen Funland, which are part of the fun of the Frozen Summer celebration.
In my opinion, tonight’s “After Dark” image is one of the best we’ve ever shared. It’s a snap of Tom Sawyer Island right at sunset. It’s so calm and serene that it just makes me want to visit again very soon.
This week marked some significant milestones here at the Disneyland Resort. On Thursday, July 17, we celebrated the resort’s 59th birthday. Check out video of the celebration here.
As part of the festivities, we also announced the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, coming spring 2015 to mark 60 years at the Happiest Place on Earth. We also asked fans to share their favorite Disneyland Resort memories for a chance to win a trip to the kick-off of the celebration next year! Find out how to enter here.
Also on July 17, Splash Mountain at Disneyland park marked 25 years of splashdowns. Paul Hiffmeyer commemorated the anniversary with a lovely view of the attraction after dark. And Valarie shared a fun video of the attraction’s opening day here.