This photo comes with a bit of baggage for me. I won't go into details here, but I did vent about it on my Twitter account (@21royalstreet). Long story short, a Disneyland Security Cast Member asked me to "close up" my camera and leave because of "Disney policy since 9/11" that prohibits "professional cameras" being used to photograph "buildings on property." I argued my case with him for a bit and then finally left when I felt my blood starting to get too hot.
I guess what I want most right now from Disneyland Security is some consistency. The Main Entrance Plaza security checkpoints are a joke and the white-hat security guards are wildly inconsistent with how they handle photographers and photography equipment. Is it too hard to have a clear policy that everybody in the department is trained on and knows?
Anyway, about the shot. I've been wanting to shoot the outside of the Disneyland Hotel's Fantasy Tower at night for a while now because they light it up in this really fantastic blue light and it just looks so darn cool. They also have the restored fountains in front of the tower fully working now, and it all comes together in a very nice way. The remodel overall is a great tribute to the mid-century modern aesthetic that dominated early Disneyland. It's a great update for the hotel, that had been looking pretty rough around the edges for a while.