Sleeping Beauty Castle Starry Night Photo

Sleeping Beauty Castle night photo


When the night sky falls on Disneyland, the park really shines. It is often said that nighttime was Walt Disney’s favorite time to be in Disneyland, and although I don’t know whether this is actually true, I can completely see why. There is truly magic in the air when most other guests have left the park. Disneyland has a serene feeling and it’s almost as if your senses are heightened when no other guests are around: you can hear the ambient background music better, you notice the texture of the handrails, pavement, and other surfaces more, and every little detail seems more clear. My last hour in Disneyland is always my favorite hour of the day.

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Disneyland Spring Hub Night Photo

Disneyland Hub at Night

With its lush trees, brick paths, and gorgeous flowers, Disneyland’s hub is pretty much always a nice place to be. This is especially true at night, when the lights in the trees around the hub flicker, and Sleeping Beauty Castle is bathed in a vibrant lights. It’s doubly true at nighttime in the spring, when the trees are in bloom and the flowers are even more fragrant than normal!

Technical details: single exposure; handheld Nikon D7000 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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Pinocchio at Night – Disneyland Photo

Pinocchio - Disneyland Hub

I love these little statues in the hub. Heck, on “One More Disney Day” alone, I took over 100 shots of these statues! (Oddly, I didn’t take a single one of the Goofy statue on that particular day.) Given that I took so many on that one single day, I’m almost surprised that I took any photos of them for the rest of the trip. I just couldn’t resist this one of Pinocchio, though. I used manual focus and Live View here because this area was so dark that auto-focus wouldn’t work. I’m pretty pleased with the results, as I nailed the focus on Pinnochio’s face at a really shallow depth of field.

Technical details: single exposure; tripod-mounted Nikon D7000 and Sigma 30mm f/1.4 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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Welcome to Disneyland Photo

Welcome to Disneyland Photo

Not a soul is in Disneyland’s hub on an early morning in March. With its Tabebuia trees and their beautiful pink blossoms, along with clay-red bricks, meticulously-wrought park benches, hanging flower planters, and Partners surrounded by a bed of vibrant flowers, nothing is quite as beautiful and distinctly “Disney” setting than Disneyland’s hub in the spring. Over the course of this trip, I think I spent more time in the hub than I did on any single attraction. It was so stunning that I actually wish I had spent more time there.

Technical details: single exposure; handheld Nikon D7000 and Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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Sleeping Beauty Castle – “One More Disney Day” Dusk Photo

Sleeping Beauty Castle at Dusk on One More Disney Day

When the sun set on “One More Disney Day” at Disneyland, the park came alive. This is when the bulk of crowds appeared, so I thought it was appropriate to show this hustle and bustle as people raced past Sleeping Beauty Castle. Oddly enough, I did manage to capture a version of this photo without any people in it (I think a group stopped traffic to take a photo right behind me), but I think the blurred streaks of guests add a bit to this shot, and are a more accurate representation of how things were in Disneyland at that moment in time.

Technical details: single exposure; handheld Nikon D7000 and Sigma 8-16mm Lens. See our Disney Photography Guide for more photography equipment recommendations.

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