Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is breath-taking. A lot of people stop, dead in their tracks, when they first see the Castle and simply stare in awe. After composing themselves, they photograph Cinderella Castle from the front, and then race through (or around) the Castle to hit their favorite Fantasyland attractions. There is such an emphasis on experiencing attractions at a break-neck pace that few people really stop to appreciate the detail of Cinderella Castle from the backside. This is a shame as, I think, Cinderella Castle is more beautiful from the rear. There’s so much detail and richness in the layers of Cinderella Castle, from the beautiful stained-glass windows of Cinderella’s Royal Table Restaurant, to the beautiful rear turrets.
To emphasize these lower-level details, I got close to Cinderella Castle with my fisheye lens just after sunrise one morning in late December last year (I later performed distortion correcting in post processing). The park opened at 7 am that morning, and was fairly quiet and tranquil through most of the morning. Later in the day, it would become one of the busiest days of the year in the Magic Kingdom.
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