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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.


  • This video is awesome!! I’ve got a few months before I return to WDW & this video made me want to
    book a flight today. Thank you.

  • Amazing! Absolutely brilliant! Next time please give us more titlt shift footage of the monorail, Contemporary and Polynesian. Great music, great use of tilt shift perspective… wow. Just magnificent. Thank you.

    Any chance Disney Parks could put this on YouTube so I can carry it around on my iPhone?

  • Amazing! I saw the tweet about this on Thursday but didn’t make the time to view it until today. Very cool way to present a video. I would love to see similar videos for the other parks. Job well done! Thanks.

  • It would be fantastic to be able to download it in HD (podcast on iTunes for example or as a H264 file).
    By the way, a really nice work with a moving touch. Can’t wait to see the same about my favorite Disney park: Epcot.

  • it looks like miniature but it still awesome

  • Great video, I have watched it several times over and shared it with family and friends. I was just there last month and wish everyday I was there still. Thank you for the treat.

    Was the tilt-shift done with DSLRs using tilt-shift lenses or through photoshop?

  • Thanks so much for the great video!!!! I celebrated my birthday in the Magic Kingdom this year, and I am coming back in a few months can’t wait to get there!!!! Happy Birthday Walt Disney World!!!!!!!

  • That’s amazing! I especially LOVE the characters at the end! very nice WDW!

  • It is “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”!!!
    That says it all. Thank you very much!

  • <3

  • That is just amazing! I’m waiting patiently for an Epcot one next…

  • Awesome video! Thanks for posting this! I’ve dabbled with tilt-shift photography on some of my own pictures and it’s nice to see tilt-shift video! I’m with the others – could you put one together for each of the other parks too?

  • I Love that Mickey waves good bye as he is walking away … GREAT VIDEO !

  • I’ve watched this so many times the last two days. I absolutely love it! Thanks for posting!

  • The vid is amazing! I too am also glad a day at Disney does not go that quickly!

  • AMAZING stuff. Thanks for making me smile!

  • Sitting here at my desk watching this makes me happy. But sad, too. I would rather be a the MK than anywhere else. I can almost smell the popcorn on Main Street now!

  • As a photo geek, would it be possible to ask the technical details… camera, lens, etc? Thanks!

  • This is so fun! More please!

  • I love it!!! It brings back so many memories. Thank you so much for making this video. I can’t wait to share it with the kids when they get home from school.

  • That was awesome!

    Only something Disney could create =]

  • exciting…i want to go to there…

  • Fantastic. REALLY made me want to be there.

  • Thomas… killer video. And congrats to the Disney team for opening the door to conversations with us Disney geeks…

  • Simply amazing!!!!!

  • Awesome!

  • Wow….as Disney would say the video was magical!!! What a great way to say Happy Birthday to our favorite place, Disney World. ºoº

  • Absolutley amazing! What a great way to look at the “smallness” of the Magic Kingdom! I watched it with my 2-year-old son and he was grinning just as big as I was. Although I have to admit I had tears in my eyes watching him… He’ll be going on his first trip to WDW the end of the month – only 26 days to go!! We can’t wait to see the look on his face when he sees everything in person! Great job once again and kudos for starting this excellent blog!

    • Thanks for this great comment, Bob. Glad to hear you’ll be celebrating with us.

  • I needed a Disney Fix! Thanks – for the ‘E’ Ticket event

  • WoW! There’s nothing like Disney magic. Thanks!

  • This was VERY cool!

  • I really loved it. It didn’t stand out as being commercial, but like the spirit of the park. It really makes you feel good watching it. Keep up the good work. Like to see more of this.

  • Awesome Vid

  • This video is AWESOME!!! I concur with Marcio, is there any place I can download this?

  • INCREDIBLE! This is one awesome blog! Great job Disney! I love how you make me feel!!!
    You guys and gals are GREAT!!!

  • Awesome! This should be at an Epcot with an exhibit on tilt shift photography! Very neat, and I learned something after researching the tilt shift on wikipedia!

  • This video is so amazing; it gives me chills and makes me smile. Now I really can’t wait to go back this Saturday!

  • I was expecting Wishes in the end of the video, but that was fantastic anyway!

    Happy Birthday to the Magic Kingdom and to WDW!

  • Great….I have seen the fake tilt-shift videos and think they are fun!!! Just this week on Tuesday I posted this fake tilt-shift photo in my Disney photostream. I hope you will take a look 🙂

    I have been getting your updates through twitter and have enjoyed them 🙂

  • We just came home from Disney World on Sept 25th and must say “we had the time of our life”(hey, isn’t that what the song says?) The trip definitely provided invaluable memories that we will cherish always. We didn’t see mickey 🙁 but, we did see many of his friends. We will be back! Your video is doesn’t do the trip justice but sure is cool!

  • That’s beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes and it REALLY makes me miss my annual pass (it only expired a couple weeks ago but already I’m hurtin’ for it!).

  • Since I’m unable to be there in person, this is the absolute next best thing! Thank you so much! It is wonderful. I hope you have lots more in store because it is a HIT. Thanks again and have a magical day.

  • Amazing! I will be sharing this with everyone I know! Hope to see more!

  • Very cool. Happy birthday MK!

  • Thats great, hope to see more like it!

  • Awesome Video!! Happy Birthday Magic Kingdom! I will see you next month:)

  • I really like that! Spectromagic was really cool.

  • wow…this made my day…i really could watch a video like this that lasted an hour or more…any plans on creating more, maybe during the holidays or at other parks? i would love to see a halloween video

  • LOVED IT! This is truly the happiest place! My family love Disney it is the best vacation out there. Made me cry!

  • makes me more excited about our upcoming trip. loved it

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