Disney via Instagram

I am still suffering from vacation hangover and a little bit of post-awesomeness depression from our Disney adventures.   It truly was a nice vacation in the Happiest Place on Earth.    Rather than share cheesy shots of my family in the standard Disney poses, I’d like to show you my lens via Instagram.

The Tea Cups, or the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, at night were beautiful.


Space Mountain, a classic.


The Orbiters are a silly ride but the design is dazzling.


I was in love with the Mickey wheel at California Adventure.   I took countless photos of it but this sunset is my favorite.


Mickey shaped food always tastes better.   The churro is BY FAR my favorite, though.


Malificent the Dragon from the show “Fantasmic,” an outdoor display on the water by Tom Sawyer’s Island.


We stayed at the Grand Californian.   I loved the lobby.   It was huge and dramatic with all kinds of architectural details.


Mickey ‘soft’ pretzels.   This actually looked better than it tasted.   Hard as a rock.


Goofy’s Symphony on the water at California Adventure.   I didn’t realize what a goofy Goofy fan I am.  He is adorable.


From inside the bottle house, one of the spots they mousetrap you through while waiting in line for the Radiator Springs Racers.


To Infinity and Beyond …


Oh, Buzz.   You handsome devil, you.

Until my next visit …


Disney’s World of Color

After spending a week at Disneyland and California Adventure, one of my favorite memories is the World of Color show.    There are so many fun things in both parks, but this was pretty spectacular.   And, for my family, it was a nice end to a great day.    We had dinner in Carthay Circle, which was fantastic, and walked for a bit before the show started.   Then, we enjoyed a reserved viewing area that came with our dinner package.   I was truly impressed with the magic of Disney, the lights, the music and how they managed to figure out that they could project images on the spraying fountains.    If you like the water fountains at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, you will enjoy the World of Color.

World of Color

rainbow beams

pirate lady and the tramp dumbo dory buzz bambi ariel


yellow and blue woc1 red rainbow skittles


All of these photos were taken with a Nikon CoolPix AW100 and captured as stills from the HD video.   I’m still pretty impressed with myself for getting it all to work out right for the photos and, when photographing a nighttime show, I found this to be an easier way to get to enjoy the event with my family rather than fiddling with a bigger DSLR to get the longer exposure shots.    And, I haven’t had the best luck with long exposure shots so this was much less frustrating for me.    Let me know what you think of the results.   And, if you have any tips on night shots or fireworks-type shows, please comment with your suggestions.   Thanks.

My full video from the show is almost thirty minutes and can be found HERE on my Youtube page.