Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is about being in The Right Place at the Right Time.
Before my last trip to Disneyland, I was looking at pictures on Flickr and saw some pictures of Mickey Mouse along with other characters and the Disneyland Band in front of the castle. In all the times I’ve been to Disneyland, I’ve never seen this happen. I had also never seen the morning show with the band featuring Alice & Mad Hatter.
Since these were things I had never experienced and really wanted to photograph, I made it the main focus on my picture taking agenda. The first thing I did that morning was go to City Hall and ask what time those shows happen. They told me that those are considered “Magic Moments” and aren’t listed on the schedule of events. They did tell me that the Morning Show happens at either 9:00 am or 10:00 am and the Castle Show happens at 11:00 am. I knew then where I had to be and what time I had to be there.
By knowing what I wanted to photograph, where and when they were going to happen, it was just a matter of being in the Right Place at the Right Time.
I made sure to be out in front of the Mickey Floral a few minutes before 10:00 and was able to be in just the right spot to take these pictures.
After this show, I went to take my pictures of the Partners Statue (Making Pictures instead of Taking Pictures post) which put me right near the entrance of the Castle for that show. I noticed Cast Members blocking people from going through the castle, so I knew it was about time to grab my spot. A bunch of people beat me to the spot that I really wanted, but as you know, I’m always shooting from my knees so I was able to crawl between some of them and be in the prime location. This gave me the ability to capture these pictures.
Later that evening, I planned to photograph the fireworks from in front of the castle, so I went there 2 hours before the show was scheduled to begin and saw Cast Members standing around getting ready to rope it off for the show. I asked them where the rope was going to be and located myself dead center to the castle, in front of the rope. It ends up being right on top of the 40th Anniversary Time Capsule plaque.
I had to take a test shot before the show begins.
Here’s the obligatory fireworks shot.
And, the obligatory after show photo.
So the next time you go to Disneyland, know what you want to photograph and make sure you are in the right place at the right time to capture the magic.
© Michael Greening 2010