Announcing Photo Magic 2013 at Walt Disney World

By Adam Hansen on March 7th, 2013   |    Posted in:  News   |    57 Comments


We are very excited to announce a big event we have been working on for later this year. We have hinted about it on Facebook and Twitter, but today can officially announce that Photo Magic 2013 at Walt Disney World will be taking place from Sunday October 20th to Thursday October 24th.

What is Photo Magic?

It is a week long event where the Disney photography community can get together and photograph the parks, hang out and participate in some great events. Thank to Big Red Shorts for sponsoring Photo Magic 2013 and coming up with some very exciting events that we think everybody will enjoy.

Our goal is to make sure you can enjoy your time at the parks while still being able to participate in whichever events you want. We will be scheduling things for throughout the day which should give people the flexibility to go off on their own when they want and meet back up with us at a later time. While you are free to attend every event we schedule, we don’t want anybody to think it is required.

Photo Magic is for all Disney photography fans, it does not matter if you use a DSLR or Point and Shoot camera, everybody is welcome!

How much does it cost?

There will not be any cost to attend Photo Magic 2013 besides having a ticket to enter the parks. We may announce some events that will require a ticket to be purchased (tours, group meals, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, etc), but the general events are all completely free!

What is the list of events?

The final list of events is still being finalized and we are working to setup some exciting stuff with the help of Disney. For that reason, we are waiting to announce the list until we can confirm everything first. Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog though as we will be announcing the lineup shortly.

The final night is looking to be very exciting with a very fun event planned to end the week.

If you have any ideas, we are still finalizing things and would love to hear them! Let us know in the comments below.

Will there be group rates and discounts?

Yes! Our sponsor Big Red Shorts is working with Disney right now on securing group rates and discounts for attendees. That information will be released shortly and you will then be able to book directly with Big Red Shorts to receive the discounts for Photo Magic 2013.

How do I sign up?

In the coming weeks we will be launching a site for Photo Magic that will allow you to view the full list of events, signup for special events and much more. You don’t need to purchase anything in order to join us for the general events, just show up! We would love to find out who is planning on joining us though, so leave a comment below if you are.

We want to hear from you!

Do you plan on joining us at Photo Magic 2013 at Walt Disney World? We are also thinking of scheduling a day of events on Saturday October 19th for folks who will be there over the weekend. One idea we have thrown around was a group tour of one of the parks, is that something you would be interested in?

Let us know in the comments!

We still have more to announce (the actual event list, discounts), but we wanted to get the dates announce immediately so people could start making plans. We are very excited to announce the full lineup of Photo Magic 2013 in the coming weeks and think you will really enjoy what we have planned. It is looking to be a great week of photography and we hope you can join us!


  1. Angela   |   Mar 7, 2013

    So excited for this. Already have the time off work.

  2. Criswell3000   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Sounds awesome!

  3. Angie   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Just had to switch our April trip to October. I will be there that week. Very excited!!!

  4. Alan Rappa   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Well, you know I’m in :) Can’t wait

  5. Katie Marino   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Wouldn’t miss it!

  6. Bryan Pugh   |   Mar 7, 2013

    This may just be the thing to finally draw me out to WDW! Making plans…hope to make it!

  7. Gary   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Of course the conference I will be in Orlando for starts on October 25. Might have to take a few non-education days off and extend the start of the trip. Do you think photography workshops could be counted as CME? :) Hope I can join you all!

    • Bryan Pugh   |   Mar 7, 2013

      Is this a nursing CME conference? I’m a paramedic, this could be a way to make the trip more tax friendly. :)

      • Katie Marino   |   Mar 7, 2013

        The American Academy of Pediatrics Conference starts in Orlando the 26th. But I’m skipping- Disney>>>CME. :)

        • Gary   |   Mar 7, 2013

          That’s the conference I’ll be at Katie :) I am still waiting to hear what the special “theme park experience” is going to be. The wife thinks Harry Potter. I am hoping for EPCOT ;) My luck it will be Sea World.

  8. Ben   |   Mar 7, 2013

    I will be there for SURE. Gonna request off the first chance I can (6 months out).

    I’d love to see a themed walkaround day, like “primes only” or “distorted Disney.”

  9. Tonya Holcomb   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Thank you for the heads up on the dates! I would love to see us have access to Behind the Scenes tours, even if it is an additional cost. Or, the ultimate for me would be access to photograph in small groups Cinderella’s Suite.

  10. Brian Eichelberger   |   Mar 7, 2013

    I will be there!! Already have my reservations and have been discussing with my fellow travel planners who are looking to attend as well!

  11. Michael   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Being local, of course I’ll be there (on most of the days, not all, work gets in the way)!

  12. Brett Kiger   |   Mar 7, 2013

    I’m in! And, that logo is awesome.

  13. Joanie Eddis-Koch   |   Mar 7, 2013

    Oooh! So tempted! We will be there starting Oct 24th so I may come earlier!

  14. Franklin K   |   Mar 8, 2013

    I’ve been lurking on here for a couple years. You guys have great topics. We just happen to be at WDW that same week for our honeymoon. I hope to meet you guys!

  15. Tom Bricker   |   Mar 8, 2013

    Hope to be able to make it. Sounds like it’ll be awesome!

    A variant of that logo should be the blog’s new logo. It’s awesome.

  16. Crystal & Bryan   |   Mar 8, 2013

    Well I guess if everyone ELSE is going then we too can take our 2nd trip to WDW this year :)

  17. Joanie Eddis-Koch   |   Mar 9, 2013

    I thought of something to add in the planning department. If possible, it’s better to schedule “Meal get togethers” at lunch time so we can be outside during the sunset and blue hours that traditionally happen during the dinner hours.

    • Crystal & Bryan   |   Mar 11, 2013

      We’re definitely keeping our meal plans wide open. We missed cool stuff at the 2010 meet because we wer locked into ADRs.

    • Alan Rappa   |   Mar 12, 2013

      Great idea! I can’t imagine a gathering of photographers would argue with that :)

      • Jeff Hamm   |   Mar 20, 2013

        There are a couple of nice dinners that we want to do, but I’m planning those for probably early dinners. Of course I’ll be planning a Kona breakfast one morning. Let me know who else is coming. LoL.

  18. Stephenie Pashkowsky   |   Mar 11, 2013

    My boyfriend and I will definitely be going! So Excited!

  19. Joanie Eddis-Koch   |   Mar 12, 2013

    I have succumbed to temptation and I have booked my flights and hotel. Flying in on Sunday the 20th and staying at POP unless Big Red Shorts tempts me again with a more magical stay!

    So there is at least one confirmed, tripod toting, low light lovin, DSLR dragging, Disney “Snap-parazzi” that’s gonna make it to this adventure!

    : )))

    • Alan Rappa   |   Mar 15, 2013

      Joanie – shoot me an email at when you have a moment. We haven’t unveiled the rates yet, but I’ll give you a heads up just to compare. Thanks

  20. Keith LeLievre   |   Mar 12, 2013

    I hope to be able to go. It’s right after our Annual pass expires, and I don’t know that I’d be able to swing it after a 2 week trip this May, including the Cruise. We’ll see!

  21. Roger Tiller   |   Mar 13, 2013

    I already have a trip booked for October 23-27 so I’m hoping to join in for at least one day.

  22. Natasha   |   Mar 15, 2013

    I would love to come!!! Sounds like its going to be a great time!!!

  23. Tonya Holcomb   |   Mar 17, 2013

    I discussed it with my husband & I will be able to attend. In order to focus on shooting, I am coming alone. Since I have two young toddlers, it is my husband’s gift to me. Since I will not be in the room much, I am thinking about staying at a value resort, such as Art of Animation. Any suggestions?

    • Adam   |   Mar 19, 2013

      We will have discounted rooms at one of the All-Star Resorts for people attending Photo Magic. Full details will be released soon.

  24. Mearn   |   Mar 19, 2013

    I can’t guarantee I’ll make it to every event, but I’ll definitely be around at some point.

  25. John Mark Thrasher   |   Apr 5, 2013

    Will Tom Bricker be attending/speaking?

    • Adam   |   Apr 18, 2013

      Not sure we have enough in the budget to cover his appearance fee. :)

      He mentioned above in the comments that he was not sure but hoped to make it.

  26. Caleb   |   Apr 15, 2013

    I’ll be down there for the College Program so I’ll have to make sure that I ask off but I plan on being there one way or another! Will one of the special events involve a special studio photography session with the Mater topiary or perhaps iPadtography lessons?

    • Adam   |   Apr 18, 2013

      We have put in a request with Disney to keep the Mater topiary on display until October, hopefully they come through for us!

  27. Dan Kaye   |   Apr 18, 2013

    Should be able to attend :)

  28. Lauren   |   Apr 18, 2013

    I had no idea there was such a group! Just last night at MK my hubby told me I really need photography friends!! (When I talk about ISO or F stops he says I’m speaking “German”) I’ll have to take a few days off work to meet everyone.

    • Adam   |   Apr 18, 2013

      Great! We have some really fun things planned that you will enjoy.

  29. Daniel   |   Apr 18, 2013

    I am eagerly awaiting details and special rates! I am definitely interested as flights from Boston are quite cheap!

    • Adam   |   Apr 18, 2013

      We will have more details next week, we are working on the schedule right now.

      Glad to hear about flights from Boston, I’ll be flying from there also but haven’t even checked prices yet! Guess I need to get on that soon. :)

      • Daniel   |   Apr 18, 2013

        We have to meet up man, I know of very few people who are fans of WDW in the Boston area… Let alone photographers.

        I saw a decent flight (normal times, one stop unfortunately) for $213.

      • Dan   |   May 15, 2013

        Any details on the group discount?

        • Adam   |   May 15, 2013

          We were not able to get a group rate, but Big Red Shorts is offering some incentives to Photo Magic attendees. Contact alan(at)

  30. wendy   |   Apr 18, 2013

    When can we sign up?

    • Adam Hansen   |   Apr 21, 2013

      More details coming later this week!

  31. Tom Mullaney   |   Apr 21, 2013

    I’ve mentioned it on twitter but making it official here — I’m going! Flight is booked and I expect to make my hotel reservation shortly. I’ll even be buying a few new accessories for the trip (would love advice on how many stops I should get in ND for fireworks shots). I’m traveling without the family on this trip, so I will be open to lots of meet-ups with everyone.

    • Adam Hansen   |   Apr 21, 2013

      Awesome. There will be plenty of meetups scheduled during the week. Where are you planning on staying?

      • Tom Mullaney   |   Apr 21, 2013

        Probably one of the All Stars. Is there one that is better / more convenient than the others?

  32. Larry White   |   Apr 22, 2013

    Am I invited? ;-)

    • Katie Marino   |   Apr 22, 2013

      Look out, world. Now it’s a party ;)

  33. Tonya Holcomb   |   Apr 23, 2013

    I have my room & flight booked! Looking forward to more details this week! Only problem is I have not told my 4 yo that I am going to WDW without her! With my connections at AAA, I tried to arrange a quick tour of Cinderella Castle Suite just to photograph it but it is still a no! I guess you have to be a celebrity to photograph Cinderella Castle Suite!

  34. Stuart Rosenthal   |   May 14, 2013

    How did I not hear about this until now? I’ll definitely be there!

  35. Steve Parker   |   May 21, 2013

    I look forward to hearing more about photo magic 2013. I plan on attending everything I can!

  36. keri   |   Jun 6, 2013

    Yes, I am IN!!!!

  37. Deb Silhan   |   Jun 16, 2013

    Sounds great! I hope I can make it!



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