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The easiest way to remember any vacation is by taking a lot of photos, and this is especially true of a Walt Disney World vacation! During your vacation, you’ll experience so many fun moments on attractions, eating new foods, and exploring the different lands of each theme park, so you’ll definitely want to capture as many of these memories as possible.

Here are just a few tips to make sure you get the best photos on your vacation to share with family and friends back home, and for years to come. And don’t worry about taking too many pictures, because there’s no such thing when you’re at the Most Magical Place on Earth!


Seek Out The Disney Walls

This is one of the easiest ways to ensure a great vacation photo! All around Walt Disney World are the famous “Instagram Walls of Disney.” These areas feature cool murals, color schemes, or designs, created to make your pictures really pop! My personal favorite is The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom.

Disneybounding as Minnie at The Purple Wall - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

Disneybounding as Minnie at The Purple Wall

Using the hashtag for these walls when posting on Instagram may also attract some new Disney friends to your account. For that reason, try to make your pictures in from of these “icons” unique. Strike a silly pose, feature your favorite park snack, or show off a souvenir!

Lauren’s Disneybound of Minnie at The Purple Wall - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

Lauren’s Disneybound of Minnie at The Purple Wall

Look for Interesting Architectural Details

When the Imagineers designed the Disney Parks, they packed them full of beautiful details, just waiting to be noticed. Take advantage of any structure, wall, or decorative feature that you find interesting. It can add a twist to the “traditional” Walt Disney World park photos. For example, I love the archways behind Cinderella Castle! Not only do they act as a passageway into Fantasyland, but they also mimic the look of the castle enough that I can take a really unique photo with a recognizable icon.

Fantasyland - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

My favorite arches in Fantasyland

Use The Park As Your Backdrop

As I said in the last tip, the Imagineers designed the Disney Parks to be looked at and admired by all who walked through them. So use the setting of each park as its own unique backdrop! The landscaping in each land of the parks is designed to match that land’s theme, so you could end up with hundreds of unique shots by the time you head home! The gardens of the World Showcase at Epcot, the exotic plants of Pandora in Animal Kingdom, and the floral arrangements in the Magic Kingdom all make great “natural” backdrops!

Harambe Market (Africa) in Disney’s Animal Kingdom - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

On the bridge to Harambe Market (Africa) in Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Try Something New

This one is a fun challenge because it forces you to think outside the box a little bit. Everyone has that family picture in front of Cinderella Castle, so try to make your vacation photos unique by adding your own twist. Instead of taking a picture in front of the castle, take one from the side or back of it. Make the stonework on the sides the backdrop of your photo instead of the turrets and stained glass.

 Lauren on The Mad Tea Party - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

Lauren on The Mad Tea Party

Another fun thing to try is candid photos of your travel buddies on an attraction. This one can be pretty tricky, so make sure to hold onto that phone or camera! On our October trip, I practiced this by taking some candid shots of Lauren as she spun our teacup on The Mad Tea Party, and I just love how they came out!

Kira is the center of attention in this Castle pic! - Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World

Kira is the center of attention in this Castle pic!

Experiment With Settings

This last tip requires a bit of patience, but can result in some amazing photos! If you’ve never played around with the camera settings on your phone or the settings on your camera, now is the time. Try taking the same photo of your travel buddies, structures, landscaping, etc. using different lighting effects and filters. You may see things like the Tree of Life in a new way!

Photo Series of The Girls at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort (Portrait Mode)


Tips for Taking the Best Photos at Walt Disney World (Infographic)