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‘Light Painting’ Once Again Takes Art into Midair Inside Magic Kingdom Park

Last month I had the pleasure of introducing our readers to two of our creative cast members, Paul Chase and Matt Stewart, and their Disney Parks version of “light painting.”

Paul, a Disney Parks Content Producer, and Matt, a Yellow Shoes Creative Group Art Director, spent an evening in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort with colored LED penlights. Just like before, Matt “drew” in midair (without a guide or template), while Paul made magic behind the camera using long camera exposures that captured every move of the penlights. There were no chances to “erase” a mistake.

In the first Disney Parks Blog post about their unique artwork, I promised a second edition of their work, and here it is.


In this edition, Paul and Matt give fairy wings to guests, create a few classic Mickey Mouse drawings, and even head to space (or at least Pizza Planet) with one of the famous aliens from “Toy Story.” And no collection of space art would be complete without the galaxy’s most famous villain, Darth Vader.

In fact, one of Lord Vader’s famous lines comes to my mind when I see their work: “Impressive. Most impressive.”

(*Note: Matt and Paul were in a very controlled environment with proper personnel on-site. If you attempt an artful creation like this, please insure proper safety measures are taken.)


  • Thank you so much for that info!! If you wanted to put a little magical birdie in Paul and Matt’s ears, we will eb there from 9/24-10/1. And will definitely make our way to Magic Kingdom whenever necessary to be a part of the magic!! 😉

  • Hello there! This is incredible and definitely soemthing we would like to experience. My 9 yr old son and I are headed to WDW on September 24th for our 7th visit in 7 years. We have never seen anything like this!! Any chance they will be making this a regular “event”? If not, are there any plans for this to happen again in the near future?

    • So glad to hear you enjoy them! Like cast members often do at Disney, Paul and Matt thought of the idea, received the proper clearances and then experimented with their creativity until the work was “show ready.” So while they won’t be making regular park appearances we might be able to persuade them to do some “special edition” light paintings. Halloween would be a fine one, I think!

  • Hello!

    What an interesting and informative post which peaked my curiosity into the history of this technique. I discovered that light painting first appeared in 1914 to track the motion of manufacturing and clerical workers, by Frank Gilbreth and his wife Lillian. As well, the first known art photograph of light painting was Man Ray with his series in 1935 called Space Writing.

    I learned something new today, thank you for prompting me to research this interesting technique!

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