Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Sunrise

By Cory Disbrow on May 27th, 2014   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    3 Comments

This past Friday, I was lucky enough to attend the 24 hour day that took place at the Magic Kingdom. Very similar to last year, I woke up very, very early and headed over to the park. Myself and a few photographer friends were at the entrance to the park no later than 5:15am when the park opened at 6. Since the Frozen meet and greet in Fantasyland is so popular, Disney now ushers guests down Main Street via a long rope to avoid people running and causing injury. But, while the masses were heading to Fantasyland, my group of photo taking friends all headed to the landmark of Disney photography, the Liberty Square bridge. This is one of the shots I was able to capture from that bridge.

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Sunrise

Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Sunrise

Seeing that view of the Magic Kingdom makes it all worth getting up for. The reflections were super smooth, and the light was just divine. I’ve shot this angle many times, but the two times I have shot it at sunrise has been by long and far my favorite. There is just something about the morning light that is more peaceful and calm that sets it apart from pretty much any other time of the day. It was a lot of fun being here, as I counted 9 tripods at this spot while I was shooting this image. 9 tripods at the Magic Kingdom at 6:08am, pretty cool. I did do a [-2, 0, +2] bracket of this shot just to make sure I got the entire dynamic range I was looking for. I probably could have made it work with just one exposure, but having the extra files to be able to fine tune it was the right choice. The amazing thing is that I barely did anything in post to this image. Just a tiny bit of color adjustment and my typical Lightroom workflow of shadows, blacks, and sharpening. I suppose that when the light is this good and you get it right in the camera, it all just sort of works out.

This image was taken with the Sony a7 along with the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, both of which you can find at our Amazon link. Thanks for reading!


  1. Jeffrey Holmes   |   May 27, 2014

    Awesome shot Corey. It is definitely one of the defining spots if you are a Disney photographer. Have not made a 24 hour event yet myself but plan to be there for one or more next year.

  2. Jason   |   May 27, 2014

    One of the most beautiful shots I’ve seen related to Disney. Great capture!

  3. JaneAnn   |   May 30, 2014

    B E A U T I F U L! Thank You for Sharing!



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