Walt Disney World has no shortage of amazing photo spots awaiting your next selfie, Instagram post or family photo. Perfectly themed parks, resorts and beautifully painted walls offer amazing backgrounds that you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re heading to Walt Disney World and are planning to get some pics to grace your social media feed or your mantle at home, know that you can probably find them around every corner. Some corners, however, offer better photo ops than others. Here’s our list of the top 5 best photo spots at Walt Disney World.
Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom
There’s no denying the power of a photo in front of Cinderella’s Castle. While you can have your picture taken at this location, courtesy of a Disney photographer with the Memory Maker package, you can also just head straight up Main Street U.S.A, find a good place in the street and strike a pose. Tip: For a less crowded and more interesting angle, head to the hub grass in front of the castle and have your picture taken from there.
Harambe Market at Animal Kingdom
You may think the best place to snap a photo in Animal Kingdom would be in front of the Tree of Life. While you’re not wrong, you’ll get better lighting and a truly adventurous backdrop in the Harambe Market. For a better photo on your own or with a small group, try the “Fichwa” Wall just outside the market entrance. Here you’ll find a folk art Mickey Mouse painted on the wall just waiting to be included in your next photo. Tip: You can also take advantage of the marketplace props, doorways, motorbike and the “You Are Most Beautiful” wall hidden in the back corner of the outdoor eating area.
Spaceship Earth at Epcot
The iconic Spaceship Earth at the entrance of Epcot Future World is the ideal backdrop for any photo. An excellent photo spot by day or night, we recommend grabbing a photo right near the fountain in front of the futuristic ball to prevent crowd-filled pictures. Tip: You can also try snapping this fun shot with a wide-angle lens or off-center to catch the monorail as it passes.
The Pixar Ball at Hollywood Studios
Newly added to Toy Story Land, the Pixar Ball is quickly becoming the place to be for a cute family photo. While you could also pose for a pic near the Chinese Theater or Gertie the dinosaur at Echo Lake, the Pixar Ball is only available in Hollywood Studios and California Adventure’s Pixar Pier, making it an extra-special photo op you can’t get elsewhere. Tip: Visit Toy Story Land first thing when Hollywood Studios opens. Vacationers line up for a photo here, so be sure to get there early!
The Floating Mountains in Pandora at Animal Kingdom
Even if you were never a fan of the movie Avatar, there’s no denying that Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora, has quickly become a favorite spot for many Walt Disney World visitors. Stunning waterfalls, vibrant foliage and the famous floating mountains all make for a picture-perfect photo. If you’re going to travel 4.4 light-years to get to this extraordinary place, you’re going to want photo proof, right?
Walt Disney World has hundreds of amazing photo opportunities across the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. Be sure to get familiar with your photo spots ahead of time and plan outfits accordingly. And take a look at the best Disney Instagram Walls to get even more places to take photos. That way you’ll be photo-ready no matter where your camera takes you.
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.