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Creativity Never Sleeps at Magic Kingdom Park

Kent Phillips

by , Photographer, Yellow Shoes Creative Group

If you are fortunate enough to work as a photographer at Walt Disney World Resort (totally awesome), but find yourself spending way too much time working at your desk lately (not nearly so awesome), what do you do when you inevitably go stir crazy and need to get out of the office to stretch your legs? Obviously you grab a disco ball, throw the department’s fog machine in the back of a van and head to Magic Kingdom Park at 4 o’clock in the morning. It’s a no-brainer.

Partners Statue at Magic Kingdom Park

Finding myself somewhat desk-bound recently, I took advantage of having the coolest job in the world and made myself at home in the planter around the Partners statue in the middle of the night. After locating the camera position I wanted, I hung the disco ball from a light stand behind Mickey, hid a light right behind Mickey’s head and aimed it at the ball, then wafted some wispy fog through the beams of light bouncing off of it. A tilt-shift lens let me play with the focus so Mickey’s eyes would stay sharp but the rest of him would go soft.

With the amazing access I enjoy at Walt Disney World Resort because of my job, it’s worth losing a few hours of sleep every now and then to indulge a creative whim, make a fun picture and remember just how lucky I am.

Fog. Disco Ball. Mickey Mouse. It’s a no-brainer.


  • Great job on that picture! 🙂

  • I foresee this picture making it’s way onto posters, tshirts, all kinds of Disney merchandise!
    Great job!!!

  • Wow thats a nice shot!

  • This is absolutely breathtaking! Incredible idea! You are so talented! Simply Magical!!!

  • I have no words to describe just how awesome it is that you can just go do that on a whim. That’s incredible and you are very lucky!

  • Pure genius! And I agree, you have the best job at the happiest place on earth! What more could you ask for!?

  • What a great photo. That one should definately be turned into a postcard!

  • #27 – Irene

    I’m guessing one of the time frames you’re referring to is when the high frequency rides finish up after closing as mentioned above in #8. Not another guest in sight up and down Main Street. For Epcot that would be Soarin’, which would put you at the bus stop at 1:30 in the morning.

  • Ohhhhhh this picture is so awesome. It just highlights the look on Mickeys face! What a fantastic way to spend an early morning!

  • This is exactly what makes Disney so special to all of us. Keep up the good work and never let the creativty die.

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