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Full Moon at Magic Kingdom

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Experiences

A Full Moon Behind Cindereall Castle, By David Roark

On the heels of his amazing Aulani moon shot, Disney photographer David Roark has captured more stunning images of the moon – this time over Cinderella Castle. Nice, huh? He snapped both images earlier today with a super-telephoto lens primarily used for sports photography.

A Full Moon Behind Cindereall Castle, By David Roark

I just met with David to learn more about how he captured today’s moon images.

“Once I plotted out where the moon would set I needed to find an elevated spot that had a clear view of the Castle. There wasn’t one! A call to the Disney Arborists to arrange their bucket truck (used to trim trees) solved the problem. We set the truck at 6 a.m. and waited until the moon hit the horizon at 7:15 a.m. Cold weather in Florida usually means extremely clear skies. This shot would have been really hard to pull off in the summer months because of cloud cover.

We’re always on the lookout for unique ‘once-in-a-lifetime’-style pictures. Kent Phillips’ Space Shuttle lift-off behind the castle, or my Disney Wonder cruise ship with Space Shuttle lift-off are good examples.”

These are certainly some of my favorite Disney Parks images of the year. What do you think?


  • Breathtaking! I love this shot of the castle.

  • This picture is breathtaking! Another magnificent picture of Cinderella’s Castle in her “Natural Beauty”

  • the moon looked amazing from my spot but looks even better from yours!!! where can i/we see MORE (ie: ALL) of his disney related photos?!?!?!? i’m in LLOOVVEE with them!!

  • I love seeing the WDW photgraphers’ work. Keep the unique pictures coming!!

  • BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The lights are still on which just adds to the magic that makes Disney so wonderful. Thanks for the beautiful shot since out in Chicago it snowed.

  • Simply breathtaking, as were your photos of the Shuttle lift-off behind the castle! Please, please, please, keep them coming!

  • Absolutely love this photo. OMG is right!


  • Too bad he wasn’t set up for shots of the lunar eclipse this morning! Those would be too cool!

  • Fantastic shot! We were blessed to be able to see the lunar eclipse from our back yard.

  • OMG these are beautiful…I would definitely purchase these in larger framed images

  • Is there any chance I can buy a print?

  • Ohhhhh. So pretty. God painted the perfect picture for David to take. Looks like a great wedding spot.

  • How Awesome!

  • These shots would be good for 2012’s calendar or sell buy itself….very beautiful. I would buy one…

  • @Pam – right-click on the picture to save it or set it as your background.

  • WOW. just stopped me in my tracks. what an amazing shot

  • this is just beautiful! I’d love to have it as my desktop wallpaper. is there any way to get it?

  • WOW, Glad you all got that one. We didn’t get to see it in the Midwest.

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