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December 15, 2017

Walt Disney World Resort Christmas Trees

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

There is so much going on during the Holiday Season at Walt Disney World. Each park is decorated for the season and special events, shows and entertainment abound. It can get a bit crazy trying to take it all in. I often suggest to friends who seem a bit overwhelemed by it all, to get out of the parks and visit the resorts. They, too, are decorated and offer a relaxing way to enjoy the holiday ambiance in a quieter setting.

For instance, take a trip on the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon and stop at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. The lobby has one of the biggest Christmas trees on property. Often there is a band or piano player sharing favorite holiday tunes. The wonderful smell you will encounter is from the oversized gingerbread house.

Christmas tree inside the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas tree inside the lobby of Disney's Grand Floridian Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Resuming your monorail trip, you stay on past the Magic Kingdom and get off at Disney's Contemporary Resort. Here you will find many beautiful decorations around the concourse. Outside is were you will find the futurist, nearly perfect and extremely large Christmas tree. The ornaments are about a foot in diameter to give you an idea of the scale. Notice how I slowed down the shutter speed for this capture to build up the color of the sky and lights on the tree.

Christmas tree outside Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Christmas tree outside Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/25s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

If you are staying or visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, the Christmas tree in the lobby is another beautiful and large one with unique ornaments themed to the resort. Like at the Grand Floridian and Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort, Disney PhotoPass Photographers are usually stationed nearby and can create individual and family holiday portraits. I slowed my shutter way down for this photo and got lucky when the photographer's flash went off during the exposure.

Photopass photographer photographing guests in front of the Christmas tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Photopass photographer photographing guests with the Christmas tree at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/2s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV -0.6, 16mm Focal Length.

If the parks get real busy or you are in need of a break, take a monorail, boat or bus to a Walt Disney World resort hotel and enjoy the spirit of the season in a more relaxing setting.

July 18, 2014

Family Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

On all my trips to Walt Disney World, my family is with me. They put up with my constant clicking of my camera shutters, are very patient when I bring the tripod to the parks and very supportive of the results. Below are a few photos I took of the family on our latest trip back in May.

Family photography at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Family photography at Walt Disney World (see text below).

We brought along my Sister-In-Law who had a great time. In the upper left, she is with my eldest daughter with Donald Duck at his Safari Breakfast in Disney's Animal Kingdom's Tusker House restaurant. The upper right has the family group on the staircase to Boma restaurant in Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. Botton right has my youngest daughter's hair blowing in the wind provided by the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride in the Magic Kingdom. The bottom left has my wife with her sister in front of Cinderella Castle at one of the Nikon Picture Spots (yes, looks like all the Picture Spots have been updated with the new sponsor).

The family loves these photo opportunities and Walt Disney World is as photogenic with people as it is without. Hope these will give you a few ideas on photographing your family when visiting Walt Disney World in the future.

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