Disney After Dark

by Frank November. 02, 2016 900 views

Due to all of the artificial (and many times natural) light at Disney, it makes for great shooting if you have sensitive equipment.  Here is a series I've put together of shots I've made over the years from Dusk til Dawn at Disney.  I will let the captions tell the story, and we'll start with a series at Dusk and work toward darker shots.  These shots are from both Disney World (in Florida) and Disney Land (in California).

Sunset at Walt Disney World; I shot this in March 2015 from "Top of the World Lounge" at Bay Lake Tower using the Panasonic FZ1000.

Sunset at Walt Disney World; I shot this in March 2015 from "Top of the World Lounge" at Bay Lake Tower using the Panasonic FZ1000.

Luigi's dancing cars at California Adventure; photo from March 2016 on Nikon D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Luigi's dancing cars at California Adventure; photo from March 2016 on Nikon D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

This looks like it's late at night, but it's actually around 6 or 7 PM, and those clouds are part of a serious thunderstorm that was passing over Disney World.  Shot from the balcony of Bay Lake Tower on Olympus E-M10 II with Panasonic 7-14/4 lens.  The building in the photo is Disney's Contemporary Resort, the first Disney hotel.

This looks like it's late at night, but it's actually around 6 or 7 PM, and those clouds are part of a serious thunderstorm that was passing over Disney World. Shot from the balcony of Bay Lake Tower on Olympus E-M10 II with Panasonic 7-14/4 lens. The building in the photo is Disney's Contemporary Resort, the first Disney hotel.

Dusk at California Adventure.  You can tell I'm facing West because the sun is setting over the horizon.  Shot with Nikon D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC in March 2016.

Dusk at California Adventure. You can tell I'm facing West because the sun is setting over the horizon. Shot with Nikon D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC in March 2016.

A window table at California Grill on top of Disney's Contemporary Hotel.  This window faces the West, and diners at the California Grill can watch a stunning sunset each day.  Shot on a Sony RX10 in January 2016.

A window table at California Grill on top of Disney's Contemporary Hotel. This window faces the West, and diners at the California Grill can watch a stunning sunset each day. Shot on a Sony RX10 in January 2016.

Flamingos at the Mad T Party.  This was shot on the final week of the "Mad T Party Band" at California Adventure, and the crowds were thick.  Shot in March 2016 with a D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Flamingos at the Mad T Party. This was shot on the final week of the "Mad T Party Band" at California Adventure, and the crowds were thick. Shot in March 2016 with a D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

The Magic Kingdom just after sunset.  I shot this from "Top of the World Lounge" at Bay Lake Tower.  Shot with a Panasonic FZ1000 in March 2015.

The Magic Kingdom just after sunset. I shot this from "Top of the World Lounge" at Bay Lake Tower. Shot with a Panasonic FZ1000 in March 2015.

Riding the Golden Zephyr at Disney's California Adventure.  This was a tricky shot because I was on a movingn vehicle that spins around a pole thus requires a fast shutter speed.  In the image you can see "Mickey's Fun Wheel" and on the right are the "Silly Symphony Swings" (photo to appear later), with water in the foreground.  Shot in March 2016 on a Nikon D600 with the Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC wide angle zoom.

Riding the Golden Zephyr at Disney's California Adventure. This was a tricky shot because I was on a movingn vehicle that spins around a pole thus requires a fast shutter speed. In the image you can see "Mickey's Fun Wheel" and on the right are the "Silly Symphony Swings" (photo to appear later), with water in the foreground. Shot in March 2016 on a Nikon D600 with the Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC wide angle zoom.

Stormalong Bay at Night.  The most popular pool at WDW, Stormalong Bay is shared by both the Beach Club resort and the Yacht Club resort, and has a floor covered in sand.  Shot in Sept 2012 on the original Sony RX100 pocket camera.

Stormalong Bay at Night. The most popular pool at WDW, Stormalong Bay is shared by both the Beach Club resort and the Yacht Club resort, and has a floor covered in sand. Shot in Sept 2012 on the original Sony RX100 pocket camera.

Spinning tea cups.  Taken in April 2014 with a D600 and 16mm/4.

Spinning tea cups. Taken in April 2014 with a D600 and 16mm/4.

Flo's V8 Cafe in the Cars Land section of California Adventure.  Taken in April 2016 with a D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Flo's V8 Cafe in the Cars Land section of California Adventure. Taken in April 2016 with a D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Queue at Winnie the Pooh.  Taken April 2013 on Nikon D5300 and Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC lens.

Queue at Winnie the Pooh. Taken April 2013 on Nikon D5300 and Tamron 17-50/2.8 VC lens.

Performer on the Boardwalk. Shot Sept 2013 on D600 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens.

Performer on the Boardwalk. Shot Sept 2013 on D600 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens.

Main Street Station decked out for Christmas.  Taken November 2014 with D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Main Street Station decked out for Christmas. Taken November 2014 with D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

The Epcot fireworks show "Illuminations" behind the Boardwalk.  Photo taken September 2013 on D600 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens.

The Epcot fireworks show "Illuminations" behind the Boardwalk. Photo taken September 2013 on D600 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC lens.

Liberty Square Riverboat and landing.  Shot April 2013 on Nikon D5300.

Liberty Square Riverboat and landing. Shot April 2013 on Nikon D5300.

This waterfall in Epcot runs backwards (the water goes up).  Shot on New Year's Day 2012 with a Panasonic GF-3.

This waterfall in Epcot runs backwards (the water goes up). Shot on New Year's Day 2012 with a Panasonic GF-3.

The Electric Water Parade on Bay Lake.  In the foreground is the Bay Lake Tower pool.  Photo taken New Year's Eve 2013 with D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

The Electric Water Parade on Bay Lake. In the foreground is the Bay Lake Tower pool. Photo taken New Year's Eve 2013 with D600 and Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Moonlight over Bay Lake.  At left is Bay Lake Tower, part of the Disney Vacation Club.  The small light in the distance is the Orlando Eye, a 600 foot ferris wheel.  Shot on a Sony RX10 in January 2016.

Moonlight over Bay Lake. At left is Bay Lake Tower, part of the Disney Vacation Club. The small light in the distance is the Orlando Eye, a 600 foot ferris wheel. Shot on a Sony RX10 in January 2016.

A crowded Main Street during Halloween season.  Shot in September 2013 with D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

A crowded Main Street during Halloween season. Shot in September 2013 with D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Not much going on at the Villas of the Grand Floridian pool.  Shot April 2014 with a D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Not much going on at the Villas of the Grand Floridian pool. Shot April 2014 with a D600 & Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

Silly Symphony Swings at California Adventure Park.  Shot in April 2016 on D600 & Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC.

Silly Symphony Swings at California Adventure Park. Shot in April 2016 on D600 & Tamron 15-30/2.8 VC.

The renovated Oasis Pool at the Polynesian.  Shot in March 2018 on a Nikon D750 and Tamron 24-70/28 VC.

The renovated Oasis Pool at the Polynesian. Shot in March 2018 on a Nikon D750 and Tamron 24-70/28 VC.

On a stroll from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian, with the Contemporary in the background.  Shot

On a stroll from the Grand Floridian to the Polynesian, with the Contemporary in the background. Shot

The Mad T Party Band at Disney's California Adventure.  Shot in July 2012 on a Panasonic G3 with kit lens.  Timing is everything.

The Mad T Party Band at Disney's California Adventure. Shot in July 2012 on a Panasonic G3 with kit lens. Timing is everything.

The wedding chapel at the Grand Floridian.  Shot February 2018 on a Nikon D750 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

The wedding chapel at the Grand Floridian. Shot February 2018 on a Nikon D750 with Tamron 24-70/2.8 VC.

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