Stairway to (Disney Nerd) Heaven

The Court of Angels in Disneyland's New Orleans Square is such a beautiful and lavish place. The fact that it's secluded away in the corner away from most guests makes it a pretty quiet place to be. I had several people come through the archway looking to see what I was doing and then they realized "oh, he's only taking pictures of a staircase, it's not a ride...". Oh people, not everything worth enjoying at Disneyland is an attraction! Sometimes you have to marvel at the ornate detail and thought that goes into buildings and areas even if there is no obvious reason for it. I titled this shot like I did because this stairway leads to the second story of New Orleans Square, while I have not had the privilege to go up there myself (sure hope I get to someday!), it is home to the famous but still private Club 33 and the Disney Dream Suite (yes I know this is not the traditional entrance to either of those). Both of which I would love to experience at least once in my life but for now I'm still stuck on the ground looking up.


As for the shot, this is a 3 shot HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, CS5, and some Nik software.


Please don't hesitate to tell me what you think, comments and constructive criticism are welcome and appreciated! :)

  • Michael Greening 3y

    A classic shot done perfectly!
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  • MSummersPhotography 3y

    Beautiful lighting and a nice composition! Nice work!

    The only thing I would have done differently would be to not cut the bottom of the stair and the bottom of the flower pot off. It would have been nice to let those two completely touch the ground.
  • Allen Castillo 3y

  • Life-Is-An-Art (Mark) 3y

    The angle and the lighting is captured so perfectly! Beautiful image of this grand place!
  • Hamilton Pytluk 3y

    Amazing shot! I can't wait to visit DL and tackle this area.
  • Steve 3y

    Wonderful shot of this area.
  • Doug 3y

    Like a postcard! Beautiful light levels and color layers.
  • Gary Burke 3y

    Wow! How beautiful!
  • Dan Huntley 3y

    Just lovely!
  • Mark Walter 3y

    Like it much detail to take in!
  • Brendan Meier 3y

    One area that never gets old! Nicely done!

    Not sure what type of sky there was that night, but it would be gorgeous if you could pull some deep blues out up there and maybe a little bit of lighting on the rooftop.
  • Brett Kiger 3y

    Awesome!!! I really need to get back here when it's not a gift shop...
  • Jeff Hamm 3y

    I've yet to make it to DLR, but I have a feeling that this will be one of my favorite spots! Beautiful capture!
  • Harvey M Jelks 3y

    Wonderful photo
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Taken on February 19, 2012
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