Video Rewind: Disneyland Resort at Dawn

Erin Glover

by , Director, Publicity, Walt Disney Animation Studios

One of my favorite series here on the Disney Parks Blog takes readers to a very special, very rare time of day – Disneyland Resort at Dawn. In these serene, almost surreal videos, my fellow author Shannon Swanson shows the parks in a way that many people have never seen before.

See the sun rise over the Cadillac Mountain Range in this video from Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park.

According to this post, fishing is best along Big Thunder Trail in the early morning.

Shannon tells us in this post that the inspiration for this series came from walking through Mickey’s Toontown at Disneyland park early one morning. She was fascinated by all of the sounds and details she had missed during the daytime.

The very first video in this series is probably my favorite: a time lapse video of Sleeping Beauty Castle shot from 6:30 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.


  • These are great!!! Even better than postcards!

  • Absolutely beautiful! I can’t decide which is my favorite! Thank you for taking me there!

  • I really enjoyed each of these. It is my dream to wake up in the park and be able to enjoy scenes like these with my morning Starbucks (in my Disneyland You are Here mug of course)!

  • This makes me think of running the Disneyland 5K, though I never stayed in one place too long to enjoy the sunrise! Thanks for the lovely videos.

  • Thanks for reminding this Disneyland Alumni of my favorite moments from the past. Thank you, Walt!

  • I love these, Erin! The Sleeping Beauty Castle video is definitely my favorite.

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