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

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

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.


  • Wow – that is too cool!. I love the look/style.

  • Very cool video! I’m familiar with “tilt shifted” photos but I’ve never seen them animated like this.

    The music was great too, what’s the title of the song used in the video?

    • Thanks. It’s Good Morning, Cleveland! – licensed by Extreme Music.

  • Glad disney time doesn’t go that fast in real life!!!


  • I had to stop the video halfway through and post… this is one of the coolest, most impressive videos – ever! Excellent job! Please keep more videos like these coming! Now… back to the video…

  • This photography is beautiful. Was the video shot by someone at Disney or an outside artist?

    • Our team at Disney Parks shot this.

  • That is absolutely AMAZING! Looks just like a miniature model.

  • Doesn’t that song sound a lot like Matchbox Twenty’s “How Far We’ve Come”?

  • Great Job! Now we need a day at each of the other three parks! 🙂

  • Wonderful video 🙂 More please!

  • That was so pretty! I’ve seen pictures like that, but never a video! Really impressive, I think we’d all like to see more video from inside the parks like this!

  • Excellent quality! I have done one tilt-shift picture of the monorail coming out of the contemporary

  • That is an awesome film and if you cant get to the park at least you get to see and feel it. Thanks.

  • Simply Refreshing! Well done!

  • I’ve seen tilt shift with pictures for sometime. This the first video I’ve seen. Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love it! Thank you for bringing me a little piece of the Magic when I can’t be there!

  • Love it…totally made my morning.

  • Wishes????

  • Great video I am off to the parks in 2 weeks and this was a great teaser is there somewhere to find out more about this type of photography?

  • Wow! Phenomenal work! Extremely impressive! I’d love to see one of these done for each of the parks.

  • Irene, I’m going to be there in 2 weeks too! I’ll get there on the 15th, so excited! This video only gets me more excited to go. Great job, Disney! You make everyday magical!

  • Plz… how can I download this video?

  • As usual, can hardly wait to get home from the office (and it’s very responsible firewall filters) to view this new Wonder of the World… tick tock tick tock.

  • I love it! Ok, what what gift shop is this model available in?

  • Wow! What a great surprise after waking up. 🙂 That was an amazing video!

  • oh yeah, and what a great birthday present for the Magic Kingdom. Happy Birthday!

  • Thanks, Thomas, for this great post. We at photosfromtheparks had posted some very simple tilt-shift photos some time ago on our site but these take the cake. Can the Disney Parks team tell us a little bit about the lenses used for these great shots?

  • Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! Thanks for sharing this – my two year old was in awe and it will help us with our countdown to the next trip!!

  • This made my day! Happy birthday to the Magic Kingdom!

  • Very nicely done.

  • Love it!!!!

  • Man, that was cool.

    Happy Birthday MK!!! (will we be seeing any celebration in the parks for aforementioned birthday?)

  • That is extremely cool. Well done! I echo the sentiments that I’d love to see these for the other parks, and even more from the Magic Kingdom. This would also make a cool extra for the park DVDs at some point…

    Heck, I’d like to see a “making of” feature to show how you do this… Very neat. Thanks!

    Progress City, USA

    • Thanks, Michael. Great suggestion.

  • WOW! That was really cool. Thanks brought a big smile to my face.

  • Very,very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  • Makes me want to jump on a plane and head to WDW…right now. Watching this “almost” made me think of the old Gumby show. 🙂 Way cool.

    Sparks, Nevada

  • Brought a tear to the eye. Very cool video. Happy Birthday WDW!

  • Tom, thanks for sharing the magic! This is wonderful way to see the park.

  • Wonderful video as Jiminy Cricket says “What you can’t do these days!!!”

  • Brilliant!

  • Love it!! I’m headed to Disney in 51 days (but who’s counting)!!! This would be a great addition to the Trip Planning DVD. Thanks for making today a Magical Day!

  • Just wonderful. It made my eyes wet and got me goosebumps. How can I share it?

    • Sure…the embed code is below “Disney Parks” on the player.

  • This is Great!!!! I hope you all do videos like this of the other 3 parks, maybe even Typhoon and Blizzard. Oh and maybe Downtown Disney. This is really a unique look at the park.

  • Very cool effect. Can we expect to see something for the other three parks, too?

  • Wow, that just put the BIGGEST smile on my face … and I don’t even have speakers here at work. Will have to listen to the music when I get home. Awesome video! I’m at 29 days and counting and this just made me even more anxious!

  • I love this! This is amazing! I am a castmember, and I am so lucky to be apart of something this magically. I love stop motion animation, and this is probably the best I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing.

    I have one question, how often was a picture taken? It looks like it was every 2 or 3 seconds.

    Thanks again.

    • Thanks, Adam. It’s one shot per second.

  • Very cool! Still don’t understand how it works but I like it.

  • This video is awesome. I can’t stop smiling. Only 2 months, 3days till I’m at the World. Hope to see more videos of the other parks.

  • Awesome! I love it. Happy Anniversary, Disney World! I hope I can get down to see Mickey again someday soon.

  • awesome video! thanks so much for the one day look at the magic kingdom…

  • Very cool!

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