Rainy Day Disney Activities – When You’re Not at Disney

Chris W. (NDD #300) (73 Posts)

Since going to Walt Disney World and Disneyland at a young age, Chris has always enjoyed Disney music, TV shows, movies, and trips to Walt Disney World. But his appreciation of the overall Disney experience has greatly increased over the last few years. While waiting for the next chance to work on his Disney photography skills, Chris passes the time listening to Park/Resort audio, WDW podcasts, and checking out the work of other Disney photographers. To Chris, there are no bad Disney trip photographs or photographers.

Non-Disney pursuits include spending time with his wife and children, watching and listening to baseball broadcasts, and cheering for the Chicago Cubs and LSU. Chris is a third generation professional engineer in Louisiana, working mainly on asbestos, lead, mold and demolition projects. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChrisWhitePE and you can check out his Flickr photo stream: chris_white2323.


 

Besides a Disney trip, there’s nothing like a long anticipated beach getaway. Unfortunately, just like Disney trips, the weather doesn’t cooperate with your beach plans. In our case, a tropical storm decided to show up. Thankfully, we were a long way from the actual storm, but for those of you who’ve been through significant weather events, you know your area can still be affected by storms far away from you.

Not to worry – there are plenty of things you can do in the rain at Disney, or in our case, Disney related things while being rained out at the beach. I’ve seen a ton of neat miniature photo ideas lately, and I’ve wanted to try one.

In this case, I decided to use some Monsters, Inc. props from a set we bought during a rainy day trip to one of the Disney Outlet stores. While I’m on the subject, it’s been a long time since we’ve been to an off-Disney property Disney store. Since it was raining, I think everyone in the county decided to shop at the same place at the same time. The Disney store could’ve used FastPass+ and mobile payment – it was that busy.

Anyway, I staged Boo and Mike with Boo’s door open, and decided to add an unexpected guest. First, I shot Boo and Mike. Leaving everything else in place, I took a picture of our 5 year old looking through the door. All that was left was to open the images in Photoshop, remove everything but the part of our daughter’s face in the door from one image, and move it over to the photo of Boo and Mike.

Here’s what I needed:

  1. camera, tripod, remote
  2. props – Boo and Mike courtesy of rainy day Disney Outlet store visit
  3. cooperative 5 year old
  4. Photoshop and time – no problem thanks to the tropical storm

This is my first try at anything like this. Upon inspection, you’ll see a few things I need to work on.

First, I could’ve used a more interesting background, but I’m lazy, and I also thought it was interesting to use the actual original photo background, since the miniature scene is composed against a real world indoor background. Second, when you look at both door knobs, one is in focus while the other is blurred. That, and a few other things give away my efforts at putting the two images together. And I know there’s no door station/red light around Boo’s door, but hey, not bad.

We got a 2319!

What are your Disney rainy day activities? Share them with us!