Disney Tips

Four Tips to Take the Best Character Photos

When you visit a Disney Park, character photos are a must! Why not make the most of this unforgettable experience? Follow these tips to have the best character photos!

Creative Poses

There’s more to life than just a simple smiling pose. Get creative when you’re posing with characters! The best part is, the character will likely go along with it which will make for some pretty great shots.

Feeling stumped? Look to the character for some direction. They usually have a few tricks up their sleeve!

Get Interactive

Talk with the characters. Especially face characters, who love to answer questions and have conversations with you! For me, meeting Tiana is always a must because we are both from Louisiana. She and Naveen will go all out discussing Mardi Gras, beignets, and all things New Orleans!

I can’t help but appreciate the extra research that goes into being a face character and anticipating any and all questions from guests.

Autograph Something

I’m talking something other than a classic autograph book. Whether it’s a custom autograph book, some shoes, or a backpack, bring something to make your experience unique! I’ve had friends who brought shirts and even animation books for the characters to sign.


You’ll be surprised to see what characters will have to say about what you bring with you to them! They get very excited when they see something special or exciting to autograph.

Memory Maker

Don’t let quality of your photos be an issue! Get the perfect shot every time with Memory Maker. Disney’s Photopass photographers are great about capturing your entire character experience from the walk up to the walk away.

Enjoy all of your photos all in one place for one price! If you’re an Annual Passholder, this program comes free! If not, learn more about why you should make the investment here.

Pro Tip: Keep your eyes peeled for unique characters!

While most characters are listed for each park on the My Disney Experience app, Disney is known for having a few surprise visitors come out to play! While you can’t always plan for this, be sure to stop if you can because you may not see these characters again for awhile! On our last family trip, my husband spotted Max and it made his whole day!

Character photos can be some of your most memorable experiences on your Disney vacation. If you follow these tips, you’re sure to get the best picture every time!

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  • Haha! This is so cool. Love the poofy dress!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yeah it’s pretty cool!

  • Yulissa

    The first time I went to Disney I didn’t do any character. Can you believe that?! This second time we went to all we could visit. My daughter loved Mickey and I Cinderella with my Cindy bag! 💕

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! Sometimes when I go I don’t stop to see the characters, but when i do I tend to have such a great time!

  • So fun! I have some cute character photos from my trip to Disney in April!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe! Those are gonna be cherished forever!

  • These are so cute! I love Disney!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you! I love Disney too! 🙂

  • All of your photos are so cute! Character photos are such a fun part of visiting Disney, no matter your age!

    xoxo A

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Agreed! They love to interact with kids of all ages!

  • Ash

    Love these tips! Getting interactive is key!

    Ash // http://www.theashtreejournal.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      yes girl! it really is!

  • This is such a cute post!!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you, you’re so sweet!

  • Your character photos are the cutest! Marie was my favorite character in Epcot! All the Disney Characters have the cutest gestures.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Me too! She’s been my fave since childhood! so cute!

  • Love all your tips. We just took a trip to Disney and meeting the characters are always fun. I love your ideas of not just standing for a photo but doing fun stuff to make it memorable. Also, you are correct – the characters are always chatty and so friendly!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I found that the candid shots make the best photos!

  • Aw I love all of your photos with the characters! These are all great tips, I’ll definitely put these to use the next time I’m in Disney 🙂
    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Oh good! Glad to hear it!

  • Oh my gosh, how fun! Max from the Goofy Movie – how cool.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Yes! It was such a treat for my husband!

  • What fun ideas! I love pictures with characters!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Me too! They are so fun!

  • You have so many cute character photos and I adore the photo of Cinderella looking at your ring. Thanks for the best advice on making my character photos turn out fantastic in the future <3

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      That was one of my favorites as well!

  • such cute character photos! i remember doing this as a kid!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Ah, the memories!

  • These are such cute pictures… we have been to disney world for our anniversary in 2015 but couldn’t meet all the characters 🙂

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe fun! What a great anniversary idea!

  • All such great ideas! We did a lot of these with my little brother when he was younger and we went to Disney every summer for his birthday.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe I bet y’all had a great time!

  • These are phenomenal ideas and such cute photos! I’m definitely going to use your tips for when I go later this summer!


    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe yay! Say hi to Mickey for me!

  • This takes me back to when I was there when I was little!! Loved getting all the signatures. Funny how important that was to me at that age xx

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      I totally feel you! #priorities As an adult, I like interacting with the characters now, its great to see how much knowledge they have about who they are portraying!

  • These are such cute photos! I’m definitely going to use your tips next time I’m at Disney

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Awe yay! Happy to hear it!

  • Ahh these are all excellent tips and awesome photos!!

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Thank you! Disney characters have been a favorite of mine since childhood!

  • I brought a pie pan for Snow White to sign! I’m going to bring it back for Tiana to sign too! I have it in my kitchen as decoration.

    • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

      Oh my gosh! I may have to steal this idea, so cool!