It is no secret Walt Disney had a love affair with trains, which is why there are four, meticulously restored, antique steam-powered trains encircling the Magic Kingdom park at Walt Disney World. Well, actually, only two trains are typically on the track at one time, but there are four trains total: #1 – Walter E. Disney; #2 – Lilly Belle; #3 – Roger E. Broggie; #4 – Roy O. Disney.
We went to the Magic Kingdom this day specifically to photograph the trains. Of course, we first had to take a ride to get into the spirit of things! 🙂
Although there are three stops on the circuit (Main Street, U.S.A., Frontierland and Mickey’s Toontown Fair), Toontown is the only stop where you can easily get to a site in front of the train when it is at the station (the pathway between Toontown and Tomorrowland is an excellent shooting spot and is usually void of crowds!) Another plus? If necessary, the ‘tender’ is topped off with water at the Toontown station which makes for maximum steam production upon leaving. (Note: Some conductors are more accommodating than others with the amount of steam produced when they see photogs out on the route).
A train arrives at the station approximately every 5-8 minutes and we spent about an hour trying out different shooting angles, compositions and techniques.
I was so hoping to get a decent panning shot and, phew, I did! 🙂