This past week, I visited Disneyland, the “Happiest Place on Earth”. It’s a pretty magical park. With a high berm encircling the park, you’re whisked away to a whole new world, despite being smack bang in the middle of Anaheim, just south of LA. It’s a photographer’s dream. Everything is meticulously detailed and themed, right down to the trash cans in the different ‘lands’ around the park. And when the sun starts to set, and the lights come on across the park, it becomes and entirely new experience.
Disneyland typically closes earlier during the winter time, and the weather is hit and miss – even for LA. But this is a great time of year to visit. The elaborate Christmas decorations are up, the coffee and hot chocolate are nice and toasty, the sun sets early, and the crowds don’t typically hang around as late, so it is easier to get those photos that you would probably have trouble with otherwise. Have you ever seen Main St. empty? How about a shot of Cinderella’s castle without somebody walking in front of your long exposure? It’s not guaranteed, but your chances are better. It doesn’t hurt to drag your heels either, when the park starts to close. The rides may start to shut down, but with Main St open for another hour to try and cash up on all the souvenirs, now is your time to go shooting!