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Disney Parks After Dark: Big Moon Over Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disneyland Park

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


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.

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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.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Seeing ‘Wishes’ At Magic Kingdom Park

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


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?

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Is this your favorite nighttime spectacular? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks at Hong Kong Disneyland

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


This week’s “After Dark” photo was snapped at Hong Kong Disneyland of the lovely “Disney in the Stars” Fireworks, a show that lights up the night with Disney songs and color.

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Which nighttime spectacular is your favorite to view at a Disney Park? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

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1964 Photos: Walt Disney and the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland Park

posted on March 5th, 2014 by George Savvas, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort


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This year marks the 50th anniversary of a previously undiscovered region at Disneyland park (now navigable on the Jungle Cruise) known as the African Veldt.

So intrigued by this discovery, Walt Disney himself decided to pay a visit to the region to checkout the wildlife.

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Among the things Walt saw that day was a lion pride “protecting a sleeping zebra.” Now, putting your hands near a hungry lion is no laughing matter…

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Or is it?

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Disney Parks After Dark: The Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park

posted on February 27th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, we’ve featured the Partners Statue on the blog, but tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo is one of my favorites – it’s spectacular. Walt Disney World Resort Photographer and blog author Kent Phillips snapped the image at just the right moment after the sunset at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Cast Members Submit Photos of Their ‘Happy Place’ at Disneyland Resort

posted on February 21st, 2014 by Kevin Rafferty, Jr., Communications Specialist, Disneyland Resort


A few months ago, I shared with you original artwork by our cast members that was featured in the Disneyland Resort Line, our publication for cast. This time, the Disneyland Resort Line asked cast members to send in a photograph of their ‘happy place’ — an image telling the story about their favorite spot at the Disneyland Resort. Nearly 50 photos were received and eight were selected for a resort wide cast vote to determine which photo would be featured as the cover of the Disneyland Resort Line.

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The results are in! Cast member Andy Neitzert’s striking photo of his 4-year-old daughter, Lilly Belle, in Frontierland (yes, she’s named for the Disneyland Railroad train car Lilly Belle, which Walt Disney named after his wife) is the cover of the current issue. When asked about the image, Andy said, “Originally, my ‘happy place’ described a location that made me happy every time I was there. For many years, Disneyland itself was one enormous happy place for me. On Jan. 15, 2010, that all changed. My daughter Lilly was born and she changed everything. Lilly Belle is now my happy place.” See the below collage of the other featured entries!

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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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Click here to read more.

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