The Mad Tea Party is probably the attraction I have photographed the most at Disneyland park. But I’m almost always sitting in a pastel teacup, photographing guests as it spins around. When I photograph attractions, I try to show excitement, motion or action, so this time it was nice to concentrate on other things like composition and color. I really liked the way the gold light shimmers across the brick wall, leading your eyes to the attraction.
Did you know that the Mad Tea Party has been in Disneyland park since opening day – July 17, 1955 – and that, although known by other names, the attraction can be found in every Disney park around the world. Can you name each one and the park where it can be found?
This week’s Disney Parks After Dark photo was shot at one of my favorite resorts on Walt Disney World Resort property – Disney’s BoardWalk Resort.
One of the things I like most about this resort is the shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation opportunities that are available – especially after the sun goes down.
This week, some of the most compelling images we shared on the Disney Parks Blog came from the May 2 dedication of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Tom Staggs joined Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on stage for the dedication. The attraction will officially open to guests on May 28.
This week we also shared several behind-the-scenes photos and videos from within the attraction. Be sure to check out the gallery above for a full look.
See the posts below for more about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:
If you liked Paul’s “Big Moon” over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Disneyland Resort, then chances are you’ll enjoy tonight’s new “Disney Parks After Dark” image. It’s a beautiful look at a mysterious big sky over the entrance to one of my favorite attractions at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The image is another example of how we use light to enhance the park after the sun sets.
See more of our “Disney Parks After Dark” series in the posts below:
The “Frozen” Royal Reception cottage in Fantasyland at Disneyland park takes on a different feeling in the early morning hours before sunrise. I love the light reflecting off the wet surface that makes the cottage enchanting.
In the “Disney Parks After Dark” series, one thing that stands out in the photos from the different parks is the beautiful lighting. The photo below is a good example of how Disney uses light to enhance the park after dark.
See more of Disneyland park in out “Disney Parks After Dark” series:
Is watching the sunset from a Disney Resort a must-do for you when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? I have to say that we have some amazing skies here in Florida – and pink clouds are always my favorite. Check them out in this view from the pier at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
This week’s “After Dark” image was shot by Disney Photographer Kent Phillips in the Morocco pavilion at Epcot. I just love the gold colors of the buildings against the dark blue sky. What do you think? Is this one of your favorite pavilions to visit at night?
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has definitely not been one of the sights we’ve featured in this series before. Our water parks close before sundown, which is what makes this photograph so intriguing to me. It’s of Miss Tilly, the shipwrecked boat that serves as the icon at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Doesn’t it look amazing as the sunsets?
This photo was taken a few months ago – in the middle of January – on a night with an almost full moon and one of the clearest night skies that I’ve seen in a long time here at Disneyland park. The moon was so bright that, instead of trying to get detail in the moon, I thought I would use a setting called the F-22 star. By setting the aperture somewhere between F-11 and F-22, any bright light source will result in a large “starburst.” I ended up using F-18 at 15 seconds with an ISO of 800. The camera was a Canon1DX with the 24-105mm lens set at 40mm and mounted on a tripod. While I was taking the photo along Big Thunder Trail, many guests stopped to comment to me about how beautiful the moon looked, take photos of the moon themselves and tell me how much they loved Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Can you count the stars in this photo? I counted more than thirty, plus one light trail from an airplane in the top left corner.
This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image was shot at Magic Kingdom Park during the nightly performance of “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks. Is this your favorite place to view the fireworks or do you have another go-to spot?
Is this your favorite nighttime spectacular? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.