My Favorite PhotoPass Spots in Walt Disney World
I’ve taken too many pictures at Disney…said no one ever!
A major part of the Memory Maker program is PhotoPass locations throughout the parks. Thanks to the help of Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers, everyone can be in the photo! (And a few photos may come with some extra magic!)
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite PhotoPass spots in each park that you’ll definitely want to check out next time you visit.
Did you really goto Magic Kingdom if you didn’t get a pic with the castle? This may seem like Disney 101, but I’m tempting you to take it a step further. The great thing about Cinderella’s Castle is that it’s beautiful from all angles! PhotoPass photographers do a great job of stationing themselves not only up and down Main Street USA, but also in other great locations along the sides of the castle.Since Memory Maker includes unlimited photos, don’t be scared to check out every one!
You’ll also want to grab at least one nighttime castle photo! If you want less people in the background of your shot, try to wait until the park is pretty much closed. And be sure to grab as many shots as possible to make sure you end up with the one that’s perfect!
This one is a crowd favorite that was introduced in early 2017. Bring your favorite Tangled scene to life with this one magical photo spot! Right as the sun begins to set, guests line up by the Tangled restrooms patiently waiting their turn to hold that beautiful lantern that just gleams and glows in the night sky.
PhotoPass photographers allow you to take a few shots once it’s your turn. You’ll take an some shots individually, both looking at the lantern and looking at the camera. If you’re with a friend of significant other, you can hold the lantern with them as well! After trying this photo spot for the first time last year it quickly became a favorite of mine. You can find out even more about this PhotoPass spot in this post!
If you haven’t heard, Epcot is basically festival central these days and I’m loving it! There’s Food & Wine for fall, Flower & Garden for spring, and two new festivals: Festival of the Arts, and Festival of the Holidays. With these festivals comes unique foods, interactive experiences, and of course photo opportunities!
Flower and Garden Festival is when the beautiful Disney themed topiaries come out to play. Food and Wine Festival is where you’ll find fall feels. The Christmas decorations at Festival of the Holidays are something you’ll want to take a picture of! And recently Disney has added Festival of the Arts complete with your chance to be a part of major works of art. Basically you don’t want to miss out when you go!
Epcot includes 11 countries in its World Showcase and all are picturesque in their own right. Since there are so many countries, you won’t always find a PhotoPass photographer in each one, but I have found that most of the time you can find one around the France pavilion! My favorite spot in the World Showcase to grab some pictures would have to be the fountain in France. It’s absolutely gorgeous and there are some pretty spectacular views in the background.
Another fun place to get a great Eiffel Tower PhotoPass shot is on the bridge between France and the United Kingdom, near the International Gateway. As you venture around the World Showcase, keep an eye out in each country! A PhotoPass photographer just might be waiting for you.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Great Movie Ride
Alas, the Great Movie Ride (like many other Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions) officially closed its doors to the public last year to make way for a new Mickey and Minnie themed attraction, but there’s currently a pretty fun PhotoPass spot that exists for the time being! Honestly I don’t remember if the photo spot existed before the closure, but I will definitely say that getting photos with minimal extra people in the background is a possibility here.
The PhotoPass photographers are taking the shots using a fisheye lense, which makes for some interesting angles! Some will let you know before you take your photos, and some won’t — so I’m letting you know ahead of time so you’re aware. I’ve always thought the Great Movie Ride‘s building was such a perfect Hollywood icon, so I’m glad there’s a way to still use it even though the ride is shut down!
Tower of Terror
This has got to be one of the most fun PhotoPass shots to get creative with in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Every loves (or loves to hate) the Tower of Terror, so what better way to get everyone involved than with a photo spot like this? Every time I visit and I have a chance to take a picture here, I make a point to. I just love the expressions of everyone in the picture and seeing how everyone likes to act “scared”! Sometimes I’ll faint in my husband’s arms, other times we may act like we’re screaming…it’s just a shot that will make you smile when you look back on it later in life.
Sunset Boulevard, where Tower of Terror is located, has a few other photo spots including one outside of Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster (Pro Tip: take the pic before the ride…your hair will thank me later.) and some up and down the street with suitcases and other fun props!
Pandora Moss Wall
This PhotoPass spot is right up there pretty high on the basic scale along with the Purple Wall in Tomorrowland, but hear me out! Pandora is basically a dream when it comes to photo locations. The colors are stunning and the views you see are just breathtaking! I’ve seen some magic shots that are just gorgeous. The area is so pretty, even it’s moss walls near the giftshop are photo-worthy.
After tons of Disney Instagrammers posed in front of this famous wall, Disney took notice and stationed a PhotoPass photographer there! I like the Moss Wall shot because it’s a much less crowded area than the main walkways of Pandora. You can take a deep breath, grab yourself a Nightblossom, and get a cute family shot without the hustle and bustle of those trying to make their Fastpass+ reservation before the grace period ends!
Expedition Everest Views
Y’all. Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight? Expedition Everest is one of my favorite views (and favorite attractions) in Animal Kingdom so I’m glad that you can get gorgeous shots like this at a PhotoPass spot! Depending on the line behind you, PhotoPass photographers are usually willing to take a few more photos for you in a particular location. This was one of those photos!
I thought the mountainous view would make for a pretty cool shot and I have to say I was pretty impressed when I saw what the photographer came up with! Loving this mountain view as much as me? You’re in luck! You can grab Expedition Everest shots at a few other places as you get closer to the attraction. Remember — unlimited shots! So treat yo self.
Disney does it again with this fun photo opportunities! Whether it’s fairy wings on your back, a Disney friend making an appearance, or something else magical, you’ll love seeing what pinch of pixie dust was added to your photo. Most PhotoPass photographers will automatically add in a Magic Shot, usually asking you to act surprised or pose a certain way, but if it wasn’t mentioned in your photo session don’t be afraid to ask about it! I’ve had some pretty memorable Magic Shots that I’m so glad I got to go home with.
This list doesn’t even scratch the surface of PhotoPass opportunities there are throughout the parks at Walt Disney World, but I would definitely say that these are some of my favorites that are available right now! Disney’s Memory Maker is one of the best programs that guests can take advantage of when vacationing in the Most Magical Place on Earth, so make sure you read all about the program before you hit the parks.