From a glimpse into the future to delicious eats, happy haunts, and a galaxy far, far away, we’ve had a blast seeing many of you during our meet-ups this year. As quick trip down memory lane, here’s the top Instagrams from @DisneyParksBlog from each event.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (there’s a tie)
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights (video)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thanks for joining us in 2015. Remember to check back right here on the Disney Parks Blog next year for our future events. What was your favorite meet-up this year?
The sunny skies of Florida and California might not feel holiday season-ish. But with the way our experts beautify the parks, how could you not be festive?
This week in Disney Parks photos we go coast-to-coast: Erin Glover showed us some highlights through the numbers in her neck of the woods, and Jenn Fickley-Baker shared gorgeous after-dark photos from Magic Kingdom Park.
We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
When walkin’ (or rockin’) around the Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, I couldn’t help but admire all of the beautiful Christmas trees. Like some families I know, tree decorating is serious business. Our Disneyland Resort family is no exception. Our trees are, of course, themed to their location and each tree is meticulously decorated with the tiniest of thoughtful, individual details.
With our Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer in tow, we captured a few of our favorite Christmas trees spread across our three resort hotels.
Lobby and Pinocchio’s Workshop, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa
Lobby, Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel
Lobby, Adventure Tower and Goofy’s Kitchen, Disneyland Hotel
Have a Tree-ific Holiday!
To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Card designs have landed in a galaxy near you.
Which side will you choose? The light or the dark? The first card features both sides including new characters such as BB-8, Rey, Finn and Poe from the Resistance and Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and Stormtroopers from the First Order. The latter features Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers preparing to destroy the Resistance.
Both of these cards are now available in select locations at both Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort. Not going to be able to visit the Disney Parks anytime soon? The force is with you; both of these new Disney Gift Card designs are available at DisneyGiftCard.com.
The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for hundreds of designs online at DisneyGiftCard.com.
Whether you are a social media shutterbug, crafty scrapbooker or the photog of the family, no Disney vacation is complete without plenty of pictures documenting your adventures! To help make the most of your theme park snapping, we’ve asked our talented Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer to dish out his best tips for capturing magical moments at the Disneyland Resort. Consider these helpful hints next time you are making memories in the parks:
New View of Sleeping Beauty Castle
- When you’re photographing people, bring them closer to the camera. For instance, positioning them on the walkway of Sleeping Beauty Castle automatically brings them closer to you.
- Try shooting Sleeping Beauty Castle from a different angle, such as to the right or left of the forecourt walkway.
- Since Sleeping Beauty Castle is centrally located, come back at different times of the day to test different lighting conditions.
Capturing the Beauty of Cars Land
- The best place to capture the scenery of the mountain range at Radiator Springs Racers is on the pathway next to Flo’s V8 Café, heading toward the arch by Pacific Wharf.
- For a new perspective of Route 66, try shooting from the steps of the Blue Sky Cellar.
Ideal Lighting in the Parks
- Try to avoid taking photos of people when the sun is straight above you, as it casts shadows on their faces. This is a better time to take photos of the attractions and icons.
- If it is very bright outside, use the HDR setting on your phone’s camera to enhance the exposure.
Some of Paul’s Favorite Shots
- Paul’s favorite group photo location is at the steps of Paradise Park (“World of Color” viewing area) with Mickey’s Fun Wheel in the background.
- He says that Cars Land makes a great photo subject any time of the day – especially at night because of how many interesting things there are to photograph, such as the vibrant neon lights and orange glow of the mountains.
Memorable Disney Character Interactions
- Be sure to capture the interactions between a child and the Disney Character before taking the posed photo. That is where you will find the most genuine smiles and reactions.
- Get the entire family in the photo! Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers are more than happy to help take pictures so mom and dad can meet the characters too.
You can look to the Disney Parks Blog photography tag to inspire your next great shot. Our official Disneyland Resort Instagram account features fantastic photos that guests have taken all around the resort. Be sure to tag your photos with #disneyland when you share them.
What tips do you have for taking photos at Disney Parks?
Are you ready to snap up unlimited Disney PhotoPass digital downloads during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Then listen up, because Disney PhotoPass Service has introduced new Memory Maker pricing.
The price for the advance-purchase Memory Maker product (which does not include photos taken within three days of purchase) is now $149. The price for the standard Memory Maker product (which can be used immediately upon purchase) is now $169.
Remember, when you add Memory Maker to your vacation, you’ll receive unlimited digital downloads of your Walt Disney World Resort vacation memories, including:
- All your Disney PhotoPass photos, including Character Experiences and Magic Shots
- Photos from select attraction and dining locations
- Magical extras like Animated Magic Shots and videos from select attractions*
Be sure to capture your picture-perfect memories with Disney PhotoPass Service and Memory Maker during your next Walt Disney World Resort vacation!
*A MagicBand is required for certain features, including attraction videos.
We first met Princess Tiana in the 2009 release, “The Princess & The Frog”. First an ambitious and hardworking waitress who dreams of opening her own restaurant, Tiana’s dream is detoured when her kind heart leads her to help a Frog Prince (Prince Naveen) turn back into a human by kissing him – only to have her kiss turn her into a frog also. Tiana and Prince Naveen then go on a journey to find someone who can help them become human again, and along the way, she finds the strength to resist Dr. Facilier’s “deal” and also learns what’s most important in life – love.
Thanks to Kent Phillips for the images. To check out more in our series, see the list below.
Today’s morning shot was snapped at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris. The shot shows the Walt Disney Studios Store, the adjacent courtyard and the park’s Earful Tower.
Such a beautiful sunrise! For more on how Disneyland Paris is celebrating the holidays, be sure to visit Victoria Lim’s previous blog post.
Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark image was snapped at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows here at Walt Disney World Resort.
Sure looks quiet and cozy on this lovely holiday.
This week in Disney history back in 1992, we met Jasmine, the heroine of one of my favorite Disney films, “Aladdin.” This love story takes us on an adventure as independent Princess Jasmine and “street rat” Aladdin fall in love and fight to be together – despite their stop-at-nothing nemesis Jafar.
Today, you can often meet Jasmine in Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park. Be sure to check the My Disney Experience App for her latest schedule.
Thanks to Kent Phillips for the great portraits. To check out more in our series, see the list below.