Will disneyland let me have a XA35?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Lil Chillbil, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    I recently bought a canon XA35 for my personal use filming little computer modding videos and the occasional family event, and we are going to take a road trip to the sappiest place on earth pretty soon and I was wondering if anyone has had any problems with Disneyland and prosumer equiptment?
  2. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Why would they care?? Now if you are doing "work" with it, they might make you get PRESS credentials, but just because it's "THAT" camera, I'd say no
  3. DemonMF777 macrumors member


    Feb 27, 2014
    S. Florida
    I have brought a much bigger Prosumer type camera into Epcot at WDW once w/ no issues. I used a similar camera to yours in Las Vegas & ran into a couple people giving me grief, but as soon as I took off the top handle part nobody cared. So I'd say w/o the top handle nobody will even notice that camera... and I'm assuming you won't have your family mic'd up or be using a shotgun!
  4. dorsal macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2002
    Take off the top handle, and people will probably think you are using an old VHS cam. :)
  5. sevoneone macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2010
    Pretty much this. Big handle and XLR inputs stand out. Take that off and no one would give you a second look. Plus Disney pretty much doesn't care unless you try to mass produce and profit off of what you shoot. Plenty of local photographers down here that have annual passes to shoot clients' family portraits and engagement photos inside the park. Most of the park employees will actually go out of their way to help you with simple requests to make a shot too, like having one of the big balloon vendors on Main Street USA walk behind, or borrowing the balloons for a shot. As long as you're not doing or asking for anything totally disruptive, no one should give you any trouble.
  6. Lil Chillbil thread starter macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012
    I'm just gonna build it down, no rode mic, no handle, no monitoring audio and i'm gonna wear a tourist looking shirt with palm trees on it.
  7. tshort macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2007
    No tourist at Disney wears a shirt with palm trees... you'll stand out like a sore thumb. You gotta wear something Disney, that you'll blend right in.
  8. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008
    why would you wear a tourist looking shirt? no one is going to care what you're using especially a canon XA35 which looks like a run of the mill video cam. you're not walking around with a film crew, there's nothing to worry about.
  9. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    I'd be curious to know why you are concerned. Have you had a bad experience? Are you there to obtain stock footage? Is this a family event? Do you dress differently while shooting video as a pro?

    Do tell...
  10. MagnusVonMagnum, Dec 17, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2016

    MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2007
    I took camera bags and tripods into Disney World back in the 1990s. They didn't care. The cart guy selling stuff even moved the cart for me so I could get a good shot of the castle fireworks. I think my castle fireworks photos looks better than anything I ever saw on a postcard there. I used a Canon Rebel S with 100 speed film at the time with 10-20 second exposures metered on the castle itself (fireworks take care of themselves). I've got about 50 from one trip of the castle fireworks alone and another during the 25th Anniversary castle fireworks (plus loads of night shots from the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center). People might have looked at me funny with the big tripod but so what as I got awesome night photos of the entire place. (two examples below)

  11. orbitalpunk macrumors 6502


    Aug 14, 2006
    I've been taking cameras and tripods into Disneyland for the last 11 years.

    The first rule by them is it all needs to fit in a standard back pack. Don't come in with some huge rectangle shaped videography made back pack. Break down your camera will help a lot. Do those two things and you'll be just fine. Since a standard back pack don't have foam inserters, I just wrap my camera in a towel.
  12. Larry-K macrumors 68000

    Jun 28, 2011
    I used to bring in a view camera and a tripod with a bag full of film holders, and they took it in stride.

    I just made sure I was always courteous and considerate when I used it.

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