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A Model Day at Disney Parks – Exclusive Tilt-Shift Video Featuring Magic Kingdom

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

In celebration of the Magic Kingdom’s birthday today we have something special for you. We’re giving new meaning to “it’s a small world” on the Disney Parks Blog.

“A Day at the Magic Kingdom Park” is a never-before-seen look at the park in miniature scale. The video is created from a series of photos snapped inside the Magic Kingdom Park. And the trick is tilt-shift photography.

It’s a sunrise-to-sunset story told without words. But the message is clear — celebrate.

Our celebration begins at the Magic Kingdom front gates and the Seven Seas Lagoon. The character train welcome and “Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It!” are also featured.

Also, we captured some amazing images of our attractions and the “SpectroMagic” parade on one of the days it was running on Main Street, U.S.A.


Update: We’ve recently launched a tilt-shift video of Epcot. Watch it here.


  • Simply Amazing!fantastic video.
    Thank you so much! from Japan.

  • That looked amazing! Any others?

    Just curious, how long did it all take to do? Was it done in one day by a team or over the period of days?

  • This video was great. I visited WDW for the first time this past summer and this brought me back to then. I’ve been really stressed from school recently, but this just made me feel so much better. I loved it, and the music really did something for me. Is there a way I can get the music from this?

    Also, it would be really cool if you did this for the other parks, especially Animal Kingdom and EPCOT.

  • How about one for Disney Cruise ships? The different ports, Castaway Cay, sail away party, people leaving the ship, etc.


  • AWESOME!!!


  • Just incredible. Thank you so much *happy tears*

  • Oh my gosh!! I just watched the video and it brought back all the memories of our one and only trip to Disney World. It was just the coolest thing to watch and I agree with everyone else…can you make more for the other parks? Especially Disneyland?? Thank you for making me smile and for making the day just that much brighter!!

  • OMG! This is amazing It looks like a Cartoon. Could these be sold? I will buy the video!!!!

  • WONDERFUL! Please continue to do these with the other parks. It was so fun!

  • Simply Amazing! Simply Disney.

  • I was there on Oct 1st! The park closed at 7pm and we attended the Halloween Party that night which is probably why the video did not include fireworks and Spectro Magic parade was from another night.What a great video!!! Makes me a bit teary…..

  • This is absolutely AWESOME and brought back many memories!!! Thank you so much! It definitely put a smile on my face. I’ll have to watch it often between now and my next trip which isn’t until October 2010…can’t wait!!

  • Awesome Job. Love the ending

  • The video brings back so many wonderful memories. Can’t wait for our family trip in December to experience everything in real time.

  • That was spectacular!!! We’ll be there in 9 days 🙂

  • David,

    Fantastic! I especially loved the “SpectroMagic” part. I always enjoy seeing a fresh creative idea from the Disney photography dept. I can’t wait to see what you and your team do next.

  • I love this! Thanks for the zipidee do da day! Please create videos for the other 3 parks – you could definitely sell this as a DVD or download – I would buy it. I felt like I was in the park for a moment.

  • And by the way…..makes me wish the webcams were back again!

  • That was absolutely awesome!!! Makes me want to go back, but then I want to retire and work at Magic Kingdom! I’d love to see the same kind of video of what happens at night!

  • So Magical! Great Job on the Video. My 17 yr old and 7 yr old absolutly loved this! (As did I!). We will be there on the 26th of this month to celebrate our 7 yo son’s 8th birthday and his first visit to the Magical World of Disney. We took our 17 yr old on HER 8th birthday for her first visit so it’s become somewhat of a tradition for us. We can hardly sleep from the anticipation and excitment of our upcoming Disney Trip!!!

  • fantastic video. I can’t wait to go back to the World. I was wondering how many pictures were used in the video? The music was a nice touch.

    • Thanks for the kind words. More than 2,200 images were used in the video.

  • Amazing! Hopefully there are more coming for the other parks as well… I’d particularly like to see one of EPCOT.

  • Fun video & a great way to put some Disney spirit in my day!

  • That video is fantastic. It really brings the magic to life without having to say anything…makes me want to go back even more!!

  • T-riffic! Technically awe-inspiring, artistically amazing and truly entertaining! You made my day:)

  • David,

    This is awesome! Typical cutting edge work from one of the best photographers that I know. Great job here. Thoroughly enjoying. I agree with one fan comment…..Where are the fireworks? That would have been the icing on the cake! But this is just a wonderful effort and well worth the work involved. Fantastic!!! I didn’t see a photo credit on this piece, but found out from Gene that it came from your creative mind. I was not surprised. Bob D.

  • Absolutely, positively made my day! I felt like I was right there in the land of magic! Thank you so much!

  • VERY impressive; thanks so much for sharing this! Hope to see the other 3 parks sometime too!

  • Truly amazing ~ you picked perfect times & places to film ~ awesome!!! Thanks so much!

  • This is an awesome video. My family loved it. Are there any other videos like this one available?

    • Glad to hear. This is our first tilt-shift video at Disney Parks.

  • great video! was there only two weeks ago can’t wait to go back!

  • I am so blown away by this video!! As part of the Disney Store family ( I am an ASM ready to Celebrate my 15th yr in our store!)and it is people like yourselves that keep the Magic happening for all of us by sharing your talents and love of all things Disney !! I will be watching this daily and dreaming of my next trip and letting it remind me why we do what we do for our Guests everyday:)

  • Fascinating, almost as good as being there, nah but it was great.

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