Disney Parks in Motion: Part 1

What you are about to see is not a slight of hand or trick. It is a blend of film and photography known as a cinemagraph. You might consider it the grown up version of the animated GIF, with a certain level of…

What you are about to see is not a slight of hand or trick. It is a blend of film and photography known as a cinemagraph. You might consider it the grown up version of the animated GIF, with a certain level of sophistication to its smooth animation in place of the usual stutter or jitter.

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Cascading Firewall Falls by Michaela Hansen
Cars Land cinemagraph by Tours Departing Daily

Enchanted Tiki Torches by Matthew Hansen
Enchanted Tiki Room cinemagraph by Tours Departing Daily

The first time we saw a cinemagraph we were mesmerized. And the second time. And the third… We knew we had to try it and that Disneyland presented a uniquely special setting for doing so. It’s one step closer to what we always strive to achieve with our pictures — the feeling of being there. Nearly two years later, here we are.

Like the title indicates, this is part 1. That means there will be much more to come (some of which has already been photographed and filmed all over Disneyland and DCA). The only limit to creating these dreamlike scenes is imagination. Two years will leave you with quite a backlog of ideas.

We call it imagination constipation and it’s time to get it out.

We hope these mini “motion” pictures instill in you the same feeling they do in us but we’d like to hear from you. Have you ever seen a cinemagraph before? What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments below!

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About Matthew Hansen

Matt is a photographer and graphic designer based in San Diego. When he’s not working, he's charting his next adventure over coffee or craft beer.
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