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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Disney Fireworks Around the World

posted on January 4th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we shared some amazing shots of New Years Eve celebrations at Disney Parks around the world. We didn’t want you to miss any of them, so be sure to check out the amazing shots below.

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Did you ring in the New Year at a Disney park? Tell us about it in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: ‘it’s a small world’ at Hong Kong Disneyland

posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” photo comes to us from a quiet Hong Kong Disneyland, and shows the park’s “it’s a small world” attraction at night.

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Did you know that in addition to dolls that represent international countries, the attraction also features 38 Disney character figures, including Marie (“Aristocats”), Pinocchio (“Pinocchio”), Abu, Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie (“Aladdin”), and many others?

Thanks to photographer Tom Bricker for the great image.

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My Parting Shot At Disney Parks

posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


As I draw toward the end of a truly amazing career with The Walt Disney Company which has spanned nearly 40 years, it becomes obvious to me that I have been truly blessed by the many friends I have made along the way, both in front of, and behind the camera. Having been long surrounded and supported by dedicated and talented team members and partners, I take away a lifetime of fond memories that will surely never fade.

It seems like yesterday when I took my first non-newspaper job – an experiment that I expected might last six months or so. Now, having lived “the dream,” I thank my friends and family for a lifetime of happiness and adventure.

I have truly enjoyed my occasional participation in the Disney Parks Blog, and have been amazed at the incredible growth and success it has enjoyed since its inception.

Photography will always be in my blood, and I am carefully exploring future projects. I will still be reachable via Facebook, and hope to create a blog of my own in the near future. In the meantime, I offer one of my favorite portraits as a parting shot. Disney’s Animal Kingdom superstar Gino, the magnificent silverback gorilla, pondering his world. Thanks Gino, and thanks to you, Mickey.

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Year in Review: Disneyland Resort Through the Lens

posted on December 31st, 2013 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


So many of the stories we tell here on the Disney Parks Blog rely on the amazing images shared by our photographers. I rely so much on Disneyland Chief Photographer Paul Hiffmeyer, myself – in fact, you often see his photos and you probably don’t even know it, since his work is often uncredited. But he often shares his favorite shots with us himself as a Disney Parks Blog author. Here are some of my favorite Paul photos from 2013.
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Disneyland from Walt’s View – To mark Walt Disney’s birthday on December 5, Paul shared a special view of Main Street, U.S.A., from inside Walt’s apartment at Disneyland park.
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Through a Photographer’s Lens: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure Park – One of my favorites of the year, the colors in the shot of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure park make it look like a vintage postcard.
Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run at Disney California Adventure Park

Through a Photographer’s Lens: Waterfalls of Disneyland Resort – Paul works his photographer’s magic in this photo to make the water rushing over Frog Jump Falls at Grizzly River Run look like cotton.

Rainy Day Reflections at Disney California Adventure Park – You may not know this (or perhaps you do, if you read the Disney Parks Blog a lot) but Paul has a fascination with reflections. Windows, puddles – if an unexpected view is bouncing back, he’s going to shoot it.
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Disney Parks After Dark: Dumbo the Flying Elephant … Topiary, That is … at Disneyland Park – Dumbo the Flying Elephant, a Dumbo-shaped topiary and colorful fireworks combine to create this whimsical view of Fantasyland at Disneyland park.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Holiday Celebrations Abound at Disney Parks

posted on December 28th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Today in our weekly photo recap, we’re taking a look at how guests celebrated the season at Disney Parks around the world and even at sea aboard Disney Cruise Line.

Check out the gallery below for some amazing images of our parks.

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Are you spending the holiday week at a Disney park or resort? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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Disney Parks After Dark: All Is Calm & Bright at Tokyo Disneyland

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Disney Parks After Dark” image comes to us from Tokyo Disneyland. This serene shot, taken by Photographer Tom Bricker, shows a peaceful Cinderella Castle after all the holiday guests have gone home for the night.

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Which international attraction would you like to see featured here? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: Sneak Peeks at New Dining Treats

posted on December 21st, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week on the Disney Parks Blog, we shared a several dining updates that are here for the season – or will be coming soon – to Disney theme parks.

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Special holiday menus have arrived at the Disneyland Resort, with delicious new options at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Catal and Uva Bar and Café, including a N’Awlins Masquerade bash at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen. For more details, check out Pam Brandon’s original blog post.

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Looking ahead to Disney Parks dining in 2014, Pam also gave us the first look at the new dishes, including rice-stuffed grape leaves and mussels tagine, that will be served at Spice Road Table, which will open its doors in the Morocco Pavilion at Epcot in 2014.

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Shawn Slater shared the exciting news that two Disney Junior stars, Doc McStuffins and Sofia The First, will soon join the cast of Disney Junior Play n’ Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Check out his full blog post for more details.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle at Disneyland Park

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Paul Hiffmeyer, Chief Photographer for Public Relations, Disneyland Resort


There are so many wonderful places to photograph during the Holidays at the Disneyland Resort. One of my favorites is Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle, which is commonly photographed from the front. In some of my past Disney Parks Blog posts, I have talked about walking around a subject, looking at all the sides to see whether there may be angles that are more interesting. The photo below is one example; I took it from the left side of the castle, next to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

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I think what makes this photo unique is the composition you can capture from a different perspective. The settings were ISO 1600, aperture 4.0 and shutter 100, so I was able to hold the camera by hand.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Bridge to Beast’s Castle in New Fantasyland

posted on December 12th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Sure, we’ve featured Beast’s Castle before in our Disney Parks After Dark series but this week’s photo is a favorite. It’s an amazing shot of the bridge to the castle as the sun sets on New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park.

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Do you have a favorite Disney Parks attraction or location to visit when the sun sets? Let us know and we may feature it here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Walt, Mickey & Plenty of ‘Wishes’ At Magic Kingdom Park

posted on December 5th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Throughout the day, we’ve celebrated Walt’s birthday on the Disney Parks Blog with special images and stories. Tonight, we’re wrapping things up with a beautiful “Disney Parks After Dark” look at the Partners Statue during fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.

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