New Fantasyland: Dumbo in Storybook Circus with Fireworks!

By Adam Hansen on May 7th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    6 Comments

We will be bringing you lots of photos from the New Fantasyland as more things open up. Expect updates soon from Cory on Storybook Circus and all the great photo opportunities that can be had there. Now that Cory is living in Orlando, we will be able to give you photo updates on the progress of the rest of the New Fantasyland along with photos when it finally opens! Today though, I wanted to show a few examples of the new Dumbo location at night and of course adding fireworks to any photos is a definite way to make them better!

Dumbo in Storybook Circus as part of the New Fantasyland

This is the new Dumbo located in Storybook Circus as part of the New Fantasyland. Right now only one of the spinners is opened, but when completed they will have two Dumbo spinners next to each other, which should make for some great photo opportunities.

Fireworks over Dumbo in Storybook Circus New FantasylandThe above shots involved a lot of luck and guessing because I had no idea where to setup and if we would even be able to see the fireworks over the ride. I ended up setting my tripod up in the entrance queue (after receiving permission from the cast members working) and used my Sigma 10-20mm lens so that I could capture as much of the ride as possible. I was shooting alongside Alan Rappaport and neither of us really new what to expect when the show started. I had tried long exposures of the ride like you see on this photo, very quick shots so that the Dumbo vehicles would stand out and also some shots when the ride had stopped. I really liked the way this one turned out due to the long exposure, even though it does not look like Dumbo but instead some new crazy intense ride in the New Fantasyland!

Wishes over Dumbo in Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom

A cool thing is that the colors change as the ride is going, so the long exposures can capture some great colors and patterns. Check out this photo for an example of that, it looks like a tie-dye Dumbo!

Another thing to try is to use the flash on your camera to freeze dumbo during a long exposure. I just used the flash on my Nikon D90 for this effect, so you don’t need to purchase an external flash for it to work. This way you get the effect of the long exposure but also a clearer view of Dumbo itself.

Those are just a few examples of the new Dumbo spinner at night, we will be posting much more soon!


These photos were taken using the Nikon D90 along with the Sigma 10-20mm f/4 – 5.6 lens. I had to setup inside the entrance queue with my tripod in order to capture these photos, so be sure to as a cast members permission first.

If you have any photos you have taken of the new Dumbo in Storybook Circus, share them by posting them on our Disney Photography Blog Forum. We would love to see them!


  1. Chris   |   May 7, 2012

    Love the “Tie-Dye Dumbo” shot, that is very cool and you would never even know it was Dumbo. I also never would have thought you could see the fireworks from back here, what a great idea!

    By the way, very glad I found this blog the other day Facebook. I have spent way to much time already today going through the archives lol

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 8, 2012

      Thanks, we are glad you found it also. Be sure to contact us if you have any specific questions that we can help you with. Also, be sure to check out the forums if you need any help.

  2. Katie Marino   |   May 8, 2012

    These photos are awesome, Adam. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Joe   |   May 8, 2012

    Great Photos. The colors really pop. I really like the one with the flash. I would have never thought to do that during a long exposure. Is that a rear sync flash setting?

    One more question: Why do you strip off the EXIF data from your shots?

    • Adam Hansen   |   May 8, 2012

      I don’t want to share my secret settings :) Seriously though, I didn’t realize the data got stripped. It may have been when I saved these in Photoshop using the Save for Web settings. I’ll make it a point to start listing the exif data for shots like these.

      Regarding the photo where I used the flash. That was me not knowing much about flash and just testing things out. I was shooting in bulb mode and was trying different settings with my pop-up flash on the D90. I probably took about two dozen shots, not expecting anything, but had a few keepers. I have not done much with flash before but plan on getting into it more now.

      Sorry, I don’t have the exact settings right now for that shot.

  4. Shawn   |   May 13, 2012

    I am so glad I came across the blog. These pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing.



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