Announcing a December WDW Photography Meetup
Cory and I are very excited to announce that we have put together our first meetup for Disney Photography Blog. This December we will be at Walt Disney World from the 5th – 9th and hope many of you will be able to join us. What started as a idea between some of us on flickr has quickly grown and we now want to invite any readers of the site to join us.
Different photographers from flickr and contributors here at Disney Photography Blog have decided to get together to spend a week photographing, visiting the resorts, learning from each other and having fun. What better time to visit than Christmas time when the weather is good, crowds are low and there are many new photo opportunities thanks to the great decorations around the resort.
Who Can Join Us?
The answer is simple, anybody who wants too! There is nothing to register for, no camera or knowledge requirements – you just have to be ready to enjoy yourself and to learn from each other. Whether you use a point and shoot or a professional dslr, everybody is welcome. Many of us have planned to stay at the POP Century (requesting 70′s section if you are interested) though others are staying at other resorts too. Some of us are traveling solo while others have family coming along. Our hope is to get as many people together throughout the week as we can.
Any Special Events?
Not this time, at least nothing we are scheduling ourselves. We will be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party on Thursday December 9th – though you would be required to purchase a ticket to this event yourself. We have a preliminary schedule put together for the week (below) that you are welcome to join us on at any time. If you are only available for one night that is fine or if you want to spend the week with us you can (though you may decide to go on your own after a few days of hanging around us :)
You are welcome to join us for more than this but we have decided to put aside certain times each day for possible group meetups:
Sunday December 5th – Hollywood Studios
We will be at Hollywood Studios from 7pm – 11pm for The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and to do night photography around the park (plus a ride or two on the Tower of Terror). *This is an Extra Magic Hours night so it would be limited to guests staying on property.
Monday December 6th – Epcot
We are currently planning a group lunch at Via Napoli for that afternoon (limited seating remains so contact us if you want to join us for lunch). We will then be waiting in the standby line for the 5pm Candlelight Processional – if you want to join us for that be prepared to start waiting at 4pm. Ed Asner will be the guest narrator that night.
For those that do not wish to attend the Candlelight Processional, we will be gathering as a group after (around 6pm) to photograph around World Showcase. We will be shooting Illuminations that night (starting at 9:30pm) which will include the great Peace on Earth tag at the end of the normal show. After Illuminations we will spend time shooting World Showcase until security asks us to take our tripods and get out!
Tuesday December 7th – Animal Kingdom
We will be starting with an early breakfast at Boma (7:30am) – again seating is limited so contact us right away if you want to reserve a seat. If the response is there we can book a second reservation. After breakfast we can spend some time visiting the Animal Kingdom Lodge and photographing their Christmas decorations. We will then be taking a bus over to Animal Kingdom to spend the day in the park.
Wednesday December 8th – Hollywood Studios
We will be arriving at the Studios that morning (gotta get a Toy Story FP) and spending the morning and early afternoon photographing the park. Plan is to have lunch at a quick service as a group. Planning on catching some of the Citizens of Hollywood shows throughout the day and of course a ride on the Tower of Terror. Thinking of taking this time to visit the Epcot area resorts to view their Christmas decorations also.
Thursday December 9th – Epcot “Prime Day” / Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Thursday looks like it will be a very fun and interesting day. We will be spending the day at Epcot and are encouraging all dslr users to use just one prime lens during this day. It can be very interesting and fun to stick to just a prime lens for a length of time and you will find yourself seeing shots very different. If you do not have a prime lens or a dslr then don’t worry you will not be excluded – just a suggestion we are passing on to those that do.
That night we will be attending Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. This is a hard ticket event and I would encourage you to purchase a ticket ahead of time if you think you will be going. The event goes until midnight so we are planning on being at the Magic Kingdom until 1am to get some shots of Main Street after the crowds leave.
We hope you can join us at one point during the week (or the entire week!). It should be a lot of fun and a great learning experience.
Let us know in the comments if you think you will be there. I will be setting up a page soon to allow people to “sign up” for certain days so we know how many to expect. Also be sure to let us know about Via Napoli and Boma if you want to join us – those seats will not last long.
If you can’t join us then I hope you have at least enjoyed the early Christmas photos today! Oh, and don’t worry as I am sure we will be planning another meetup for the spring/summer 2011 – this time with enough advance notice to put some special things together hopefully!