5 Festive Disney Photo Ops for Christmas at Disney World

5 Festive Disney Photo Ops for Christmas at Disney World

Disney fans love their fun photo spots. We’ve written about the Disney Instagram Walls of Walt Disney World. And even more Instagram Walls of Disney already because where to get your next Disney Photo is such a popular topic among our readers. So if you’re looking for some fun, festive Disney World Christmas Photo Ops during the holiday season at Walt Disney World, look no further! You’ll be happy to know that there is no shortage of them across all four Walt Disney World parks. From holiday photos you can get with your family, to ones that just make the best backdrop for your next Disney Instagram pic, there are plenty of spots in the parks to choose from. As such, we’ve chosen our TOP 5 Spots
for pictures at Disney during Christmastime.

Taking Christmas Pictures at Disney World Parks

Grab your camera or even just your phone, and get ready to strike a pose worthy of your next Christmas card! Or maybe just your next Instagram post. But, either way, have fun with it and be sure to smile. Here are 5 of our favorite photos spots at Walt Disney World for this holiday season! 

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Christmas Gertie at Echo Lake in Hollywood Studios

So really, this should say “anywhere at Hollywood Studios” provides excellent Disney World Christmas Photo Ops, because have you seen Hollywood Studios at Christmas? Hollywood Studios is our favorite decorated Park during the holidays with its retro look, and musical stylings to match, bringing us right back to being kids at our Grandma’s house at Christmas. Echo Lake is the main attraction here, with Gertie the dinosaur all dressed up, a huge tree in the middle, and oversized ornaments in the water. There are lots of places to get a great view all around the lake so there’s usually room for everyone who is also trying to snag their next photo. 

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Hollywood Studios Christmas Decorations 

Want a little less crowded photo spot at Hollywood Studios? Try the gas pumps near the front. Decked out in festive flair, the vintage look of the gas pumps matches perfectly with the décor. Given the wide space upfront, this is one of the more group or family-friendly Disney World Christmas Photo Ops too. 

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Toy Soldiers at Candy Cane Lane in Magic Kingdom

We feel this area is a bit overlooked because it is technically a Photopass Character meet spot. However, there are many times of the day when it’s not being used for anything and yes, you are allowed to go back there. Located on the left-hand side (when you’re facing the castle) of Magic Kingdom near the entrance, this little hidden gem has great photo ops and the lighting is usually pretty perfect as well. Here you’ll find life-sized toy soldiers, an oversized Mickey wreath, and of course, huge Candy Canes. 

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Christmas Tree on Main Street at Magic Kingdom

We can’t forget about this classic spot. Located right at the entrance of Magic Kingdom, you can’t miss it. The front of the trees usually has a really long line, either for a character meet or just for the tree itself. If you don’t need that exact perspective in your photo, you can actually go around to the other side of the tree and have your picture taken in front of the huge presents. We personally like this spot better because, well, hello no lines, and the lighting is usually a bit better there. This is the ideal spot for you to get Disney Castle Christmas Pictures. 

You can also try to get a full shot of the Christmas tree from the top of the Train Station, but the lighting can be a bit tricky at times. It’s a gorgeous view though!

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Disney Springs Chrsitmas Tree Stroll Lion King

Christmas Trees at Disney Springs

By now you probably know our love for the Christmas Tree Stroll at Disney Springs and for good reason. It’s free, doesn’t require a park ticket, and doesn’t get insanely crowded like some other spots seem to. And it’s a great place to take holiday pictures. Whether you’re looking for that perfectly decorated Christmas tree to pose with or one of the fun signs along the way, there are lots of options to choose from, giving you the opportunity for a lot of unique options.

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Mickey and Minnie in their Christmas Outfits in Animal Kingdom

Last year we posted a DIY for Minnie’s Christmas outfit and this still remains one of our favorite character meet and greets for Christmas at Walt Disney World. We do recommend a fast pass if you can snag one and if not, just get there early and you shouldn’t have to wait too long. *Keep in mind that Character meet spots can change periodically; always double-check if you’re looking for a specific character! You can find Mickey and Minnie at Adventurers Outpost in Animal Kingdom. 

Christmas Photo Ops at Walt Disney World

There you have it. Disney World Christmas Photos for you and the family! There are so many fun photo spots throughout Walt Disney World during the holidays! Whether you’re adding them to your feed, or making your annual Christmas card with the family picture, you can count on a great background. Do you have a favorite? Let us know, we’d love to check them out ourselves!

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Melanie Renee is a photographer, writer, designer and mom. Visiting Disney destinations since 2010, she is also an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. When she's not creating her next coffee recipe, or designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's seeking beautiful sunsets and planning her next trip .


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