I've called guest services and asked...was told that tripods are okay. But they shouldn't be carried in such a way as to be a hazard. I have a bag for mine...so I can just sling it over my shoulder and go.
From what I understand, these monstrosities are not allowed. People bring them in, yes, but they are generally not tolerated by guests. You see a guy, probably a nerd, awkwardly setting up all sorts of equipment, just to catch a short of a duck paddling along the Rivers of America. Well sir, this same shot has been captured a billion times, no National Photo Award for you. It has a negative effect on traffic control, and causes those of us who keep a high head to trip on the legs of your aparatus.
I my self, prefer pictures that were taken by a guy with a tremor that can't keep his camera still, but has not resorted to the Tripod. For one, it shows that he has some pride. And two, it shows a unique distorted picture.
While they "could" get in the way of other guests.... I see them causing no more of a bottleneck of guest traffic in pathways than the occasionaly group of people who decide to stop their party of 5 in middle of a walkway to discuss the meaning of life rather than to "pull over" to the shoulder. Or the usual stroller "enthusiast" (I am one.... a courteous one though) who decides to stop in their tracks and to place their stroller diagonally to
minimize the walkable space to the fullest.
But I digress.... used with the appropriate courtesy...they don't harm anyones enjoyment and most users DO stake out their spot for parades and shows WELL in advance, so I think they are entitled to use them and take up an extra 5 sq feet of soo many thousand.
I keep my monopod tucked away and always use it so that I can get the shot or angle I envision while looking behind me to ensure I'm not killing anyone's view.
I boils down to common courtesy....which sadly isn't COMMON any more along with common sense.
My 2 cents.
There is absolutely no problem bringing a tripod into the park. I do this *all the time*. I have it attached to my camera and carry in the open (not in a bag) when I walk in.
But I do observe what I call "tripod etiquette":
I try to make sure that the tripod doesn't get in the way of others. I need the tripod for pyro shots, and I get to my spots early. I usually find areas where I can sneak a leg over a barrier to lessen the imact to others. (It is not unusual for me to setup on a spot for the fireworks by 6 p.m., earlier for Fantasmic)
I also don't take camera/tripod onto rides. For one, I don't want the camera damaged! My tripod is also too big to fit in a lot of the "goodie bags" under the seats.
I have set up in the street to get perspective shots of the Castle down Main Street, but I do this about 1/2 hour after announced closing so that there is much less of a crowd. For crowd areas, I find an area by a tree so that I don't take up any more space than I have to.
Oh - and you don't have to spread the legs of your tripod 100% of the way! You allowed to cheat it a bit!
And I usually bring along a family member or a friend. It really helps to have someone watch your back, to help keep folks from tripping, and bathroom breaks. It's also nice to have someone along because, well, it's Disneyland fer cryin out loud!
Folks who don't think of others are the ones that you usually have to deal with. There are plenty of others (like me) who you've probably have never seen, just because we mind our manners. (I mean, do you remember - the guests who mind their manners or the ones who whine?) If you just make sure to share the space around you, then you'll be fine.
A signature line this small can't open it's own jumpgate.
Oh - and you don't have to spread the legs of your tripod 100% of the way!
Yeah, we saw a guy during our T-Day trip learn that the hard way.
He had his tri-pod set up near the Hub in anticipation of the fireworks show (I guess).
As we were walking towards the Hub behind another family, I had noticed that one of their kids (about 5 or so) was walking without really paying much attention to where he was going, except to keep an eye on his parents. He bumped into a few other folks that were walking near him, and he caused a few others to alter their course to avoid running into him.
As he approached the Hub area, the little boy was doing his usual thing and then tripped over one of the tri-pod legs.
Down he went, and down went the tri-pod with the fancy camera attached to it. I saw plastic pieces scatter in a few different directions. The little boy got up as his parents went towards him. He was fine.
The photographer didn't fare the accident as well. He was ticked off to say the least. He asked the lady (mother) if the kid was hers, and she responded yes. Before he could say anything else, the mother grabbed the arm of the little guy and the group of them walked away.
As we walked past the guy with the broken camera, he was cussing up a storm. I don't know if he tried to follow the family or not, since we went another direction at that point, but he sure was hot.
Who would be at fault?
A. The photographer with the legs of his tri-pod clearly extended into a walkway.
B. The (about) five year old for being a five year old.
C. The parents for not holding on to their son while walking through the area?
I've used a tripod and a monopod several times now, and no one has ever said boo to me. Gone through security every time, and they've said zilch. Nada. Zippo. So, I'm pretty sure it's fine as long as it is small and portable.
But generally it's been for night shots only. For my fireworks shots awhile back, I got there early and staked out a spot where NO ONE was behind me, and no one was walking in front who might be likely to trip. It took some doing, but I finally found a spot. Any photgrapher who would stick said tripod in the middle of a crowded area and walk AWAY from the tripod and expensive camera is ASKING to have his camera smashed to bits. I literally had my hand on the camera just about the entire time.
We might be nearing a time when tripods become more obsolete with SEVERAL digital cameras taking incredible night shots without them. Fugi finepix and the Canon D30 are two that I remember reading about in this forum. I've only used the tripod for shots where I am after a specific effect, i.e. leaving the lens open for 5 or more seconds at a time, and generally that has bee after most of the guests have left the park.
Any photgrapher who would stick said tripod in the middle of a crowded area and walk AWAY from the tripod and expensive camera is ASKING to have his camera smashed to bits. I literally had my hand on the camera just about the entire time.
This is absolutely true! I don't think it is possible not to get bumped. I was at the park last summer taking shots with my Nikon D70 and I was up near a planter by the castle and generally the area was filled in with people waiting for Believe! However, any time that someone tried to walk through the area, they inevitably bumped me or the tripod thinking that there was some space available. If I hadn't been holding on to it, I would have something more like a D7000 pieces.
One thing about digital cameras too is that you can change the ISO to capture light better. It would be like using 800 or 1600 speed film vs. the typical 200 or 400 commonly found. You can hand hold night pictures on ISO 800 at 1/60 of a second and get some great stuff. 1600 depending on the subject matter can get a bit grainy.
I seen tripods set up eveyday for Fantasmic!, parades, and the fireworks while I was woking. I have no problem with it as long as it's not in the way of othe guests, such as being in the back ow of the sitting area.