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Disney World Photographer – Tips + Location Ideas

by | Engagement, Theme Parks

The Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks are some of the top locations in the world for photoshoots. Almost everyone is familiar with the iconic Cinderella’s castle at the end of Main Street USA.

No matter if you’re a local or tourist (vacation recommendations here!), we’d love to explore the Walt Disney World Resort with you for some truly amazing photos.

Whether your interest is in engagement photos, portrait sessions, or just to have fun, we’d love to help.
Disney World Photography – What Should You Know?

magic kingdom photography inside the park

There is nothing more exciting than a portrait session at Walt Disney World.

While there is so much to enjoy here, a lot of visitors want to capture some of their moments. Magic Kingdom Park is the most popular backdrop in the parks for many engagements, weddings, and family photoshoots.

Having the Cinderella Castle as a backdrop along Main Street USA is a wonderful way to create family portraits and capture your moment like none other.

You can roam around the theme park while getting your picture taken at the hottest spots outside the parks too.

Parades can also be a great way to capture some candid shots as your eyes get filled with excitement to see your favorite characters.

Whether you are looking for a professional vacation family shoot or a fine art session to photograph fairy tale engagements and weddings, we can help.

Magic Kingdom

Disney at Dawn

There is nothing more iconic than a photography session inside the Magic Kingdom Park. Perhaps you envision all of your guests in front of the Cinderella castle? Main Street USA can get crowded, making it difficult to get that perfect shot. Fear not, we’ll guide you along the way.

Perhaps Magic Kingdom isn’t your thing? Many of our clients have opted for a session at other Disney Parks and hotels, including Hollywood Studios, EPCOT, and Animal Kingdom.

Hollywood Studios

With the most recent additions of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a great place for any Jedi or child-at-heart to have their picture taken.

Upon entering the park, you won’t miss the bright marquee for Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction, Minnie & Mickey’s Runaway Railway at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.

Hang a right on Sunset Boulevard and you’ll encounter some older park favorites, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror, great for family photos.

EPCOT

An acronym for the Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, EPCOT boasts the World Showcase, with wonderful attractions and settings for countries around the world.

The World Showcase boasts 11 countries! Chose your favorite for once-in-a-lifetime portrait sessions for you and your guests.

Of course, we cannot forget the park’s most iconic ride, Spaceship Earth.

Animal Kingdom

The land of Pandora inside Animal Kingdom has to be one of the most unique locations within the Disney Parks.

Providing the illusion of floating mountains in the distance, the area is completely immersive, providing a ton of prime shooting locations for family photos.

Disney Portrait Sessions

Mickey Ring

No matter the occasion, whether an engagement, proposal or just one of the few times the whole family will be together inside of Disney World, we can help put together a portrait session, just for you.

We provide a fun, personalized photo session at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Boardwalk, and other Disney Resort hotels around Orlando to capture you among some of the best backdrops ever.

We take the time with every client to discuss what you would like to capture at and target specific locations.

We customize each family or engagement photoshoot to suit individual needs while employing our personal style and creativity to give you photos you will cherish a lifetime.

Engagement Photography at Disney World

To avoid any confusion, we are not an official Disney photographer, employed by the Walt Disney Company.

If you’re looking for a session in front of the Cinderella castle, one of the inside services might be best. The Disney Photo Pass and memory maker package, where an employee to capture engagement photos at a handful of pre-determined locations in the park. Purchased separately, the Capture Your Moment package can also be a fit if you want to propose in a unique location. Disney Photopass employees however are typically not professional photographers but do use great cameras.

Wanderlust Portraits is happy to accommodate engagement sessions outside of the constraints mentioned above.

Afterward, each portrait session is professionally touched up and/or edited for that perfect photo finish.

Capture Your Proposal!

Kissing Couple

Capturing marriage proposals, guests or no guests, is a beautiful moment. Popping the question is an occasion one would not want to miss capturing, no wedding attire is required!

An experienced Orlando photographer is can capture your moment beautifully. Getting the help of a professional to plan a surprise proposal session can be key.

We’ll help you in any way we can including:

  • Picking the perfect location for your session
  • Secretly leading your future spouse to the intended location
  • Being a photo-ninja, discretely being at the ready nearby

Having a plan beforehand is a thoughtful touch that any bride-to-be would appreciate. See the latest park updates over at the Disney Tourist Blog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Difference Between the Disney Photopass Photographers, Capture Your Moment, and Disney Fine Art Photography?

The Disney Photopass has employees stationed throughout to take your photos. Photopass employees are commonly college students with no prior photography experience. The images received will not be professionally edited and each photo will be taken only once, all at predefined locations. [1]

Capture Your Moment has each session priced at $79 per 20-minute block for a customized version of the Disney photopass service. This is ideal if you just want a few shots with Disney characters or something up close at the Cinderella castle. One last note about Capture Your Moment is in addition to the initial fee, there is also a charge per photograph you wish to keep.

Fine Art is more on the caliber of the service we offer. All photos are professionally edited, after being captured 20-30 times, providing you with only the very best. [2]

Each of these offerings is subject to maximum party size, require digital downloads for photo sessions at an extra cost, and does not permit guest-supplied props.

Q: Can We Shoot Outside Park Hours to Avoid Crowds or Weather?

Any photo session is limited to regular park hours and rules of normal park operations. With that said, the best time is around rope drop opening for popular locations.

Be flexible while on vacation to avoid inclement weather, especially in the rainy, summer months. No-shows are the worst, so please communicate on your special day.

General tips for pictures when dealing with crowds can be found here.

Q: What Additional Costs Are There Aside from the Session Price?

There will never be an additional cost, ever. We include copyright-release images, that you own 100%.

You’re free to do what you please with your professionally edited photos, and will never have to ask us for permission.

Q: Does Wanderlust Portraits Provide Anniversary Photo Shoots?

Yes! We provide our photography services for just about any occasion or amount of guests, but especially anniversary photo shoots.

Q: Does Wanderlust Portraits Provide Photography in Other Theme Parks?

Yes! We travel to Disney Springs and resorts, as well as provide Universal Studios photography services.

Q: Do We Need to Make Advance Disney Park Reservations?

Ever since Walt Disney World reopened after the COVID-19 pandemic, they introduced a theme park reservation system that requires all guests to make a reservation for whichever park they wish to visit.

A complete post explaining those details and tips on making them can be found here.

Wanderlust Portraits is an Independent Photographer

We are not employees or affiliated with the Walt Disney World Company or Mickey Mouse.

REFERENCES

  1. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/photopass/
  2. http://disneyfineartphotography.com/portraits/enhanced-mini-portraits.php
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