The Best Photo Spots for Disney World Pictures

The Best Photo Spots for Disney World Pictures

Sure, we’ve shared the best Disney Walls for your Instagram feed, and even more Disney Walls to help make your Instagram famous. But what about The Best Photography Spots in Walt Disney World? You know the ones. Those iconic pics of what are essentially “fake Disney landmarks” around the parks. Whether you decide to plop your family, friends, or yourself in front of one of these icons, they are beautiful all on their own. Consider this your photo bucket list to tackle on your next Disney vacation.

The Best Photography spots in Walt Disney World are no secret, but have you actually ever tried to get them all? These spots are so photogenic and perfect for newbies and experienced photographers alike! Nervous you don’t have the right equipment? Want to see what’s in our camera bag? Check out our post with the best camera supplies for traveling to get you started.

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Golden Disney Statues

You can find golden Disney Character statues across all four Disney theme parks! From Pooh and Piglet to the tiniest Tinker Bell in Magic Kingdom, there are plenty to find! Check out our Disney Statues post to see where you can find them all, and grab the best photos! 

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The Best Photography Spots in Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is filled with beautiful places to take photographs. With park icons, detailed spaces, and famous Instagram Walls, there are plenty of things to take photos of in this park. Check out our Photography Guide to Magic Kingdom Park.

Cinderella Castle | Main Street the USA

From the front, side, and back- this castle has no bad side. 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. We also love the castle from the back. Sometimes you can frame it best from the Pinocchio Village Haus upstairs balcony. Either way, this is undoubtedly one of the best photography spots in Walt Disney World, so make sure you get it from all angles. If you’re dining inside Cinderella’s Castle at Cinderella’s Royal Table, there are beautiful photo opportunities inside too. 

Tom Sawyer Island | Frontierland

Perfect in the background at sunset, the view of the mill is best seen from the walkway near the Riverboat. Be sure to catch a great photo on your way to Haunted Mansion. 

Ariel’s Castle | Fantasyland

Ariel’s Castle looks good from many angles. If you want a little photographic challenge get it with Ariel at the helm of the ship in front. From inside the queue line, you can also catch a picture of the waterfall. 

Beast’s Castle at Be Our Guest | Fantasyland

This little castle sits high above some rocks aside from the Be Our Guest entrance. For the best views bring a good zoom lens but keep in mind the illusion of this castle being in the “distance” sometimes calls for a wider frame. 

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Gaston’s Tavern and Fountain| Fantasyland

There is nothing that shouts conceit more than a personal fountain of yourself. And Gaston rarely disappoints. This classic bronzed fountain sits in front of the weathered Tavern, making for an amazing color scheme during those early evening hours. Be sure to grab a Cinnamon roll while you’re here, it’s one of the Best Snacks at Walt Disney World. 

Rapunzel’s Tower| Fantasyland

High above the rocks near Haunter Mansion sits this glorious little tower of Tangled fame. Another icon meant to be far away, this tower appears more realistic from a distance. The whole Tangled area is completely worth photographing. so take advantage of that downtime at the restrooms or phone charging stations here, and grab some gorgeous shots. 

Tangled Area | Fantasyland

The fairest restrooms in all the land, there is no bad angle in this area. It’s all beautiful. Instagram even trends with #TangledTuesday every week in honor of this beautiful area, proving this to be one of the best photography spots in Walt Disney World. Be on the lookout for Hidden Pascals in this area too. 

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The Statues on the Hub Grass | Main Street U.S.A

We cannot get enough of these little Disney statues situated near fountain areas that flank the courtyard of Cinderellas Castle. Pinocchio, Dumbo, Pluto, and more of your favorite characters offer opportunities for close-up shots with the castle or Main Street perfectly blurred in the background. Grab pics of them all. The best photography spots in Walt Disney world don’t have to be monumental, these little characters make the cutest pics. 

Storybook Circus| Fantasyland

The buildings of Storybook Circus are artfully crafted with the most beautiful color schemes. Especially when featured against a bright blue Florida sky. While these may not warrant Disney fame, they make for gorgeous photos on a nice day. 

The Purple Wall in Tomorrowland

Yes, this Instagram darling is just a purple wall, true. It is, however, also elevated to a Disney Fame that involves treats and clothes and pins…so it’s worth your notice. Nestled on the bridge behind Tomorrowland Terrace, this wall is shaded from the hot Florida sun and provides the most optimal lighting. Thus making it a pretty great place for a family photo. And while you will be battling random youths for the “best spot” on this wall, don’t worry- they probably won’t even notice you’re there.

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Entrance | Tomorrowland

The entrance to Tomorrowland has changed a few times already. The current entrance includes large silver-blue monoliths that anchor the walkway across the water between Main Street and Tomorrowland. Grab these with a purple hue in the evening lights or compliment the sky anytime during the day.

Thunder Mountain Railroad| Frontierland

Best taken from the deck of the Liberty Square Riverboat, this gorgeous, if sometimes whiplash-y, the back-breaking roller coaster is as pretty on a stormy day as a sunny day. Modeled after Monument Valley in Arizona this Disney icon looks best with lots of sunshine or sunset. 

The Best Photo Spots in Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the largest Disney park and is filled with unique wilderness spaces. From Africa to Asia to Pandora, there are plenty of things to take photos of in this park. Check out our Photography Guide to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. 

The Fichwa Wall at Harambe Market | Africa

Just outside the Harambe Market entrance, you’ll find a folk art Mickey Mouse painted on the wall just waiting to be included in your next photo. There are also marketplace props, doorways, a motorbike, and the You Are Most Beautiful wall hidden in the back corner of the outdoor eating area. You can also just snap a picture with the Wanjohi Refreshment cart, which brings out that lovely red color in Mickey’s shorts.

The Floating Mountains | Pandora

Even if you were never a fan of the movie Avatar, there’s no denying that Animal Kingdom’s newest land, Pandora, World of Avatar has quickly become a favorite spot for many Walt Disney World visitors. Stunning waterfalls, vibrant plant life, and the famous floating mountains all make for a picture-perfect photo. Day and Night. 

The Tree of Life | The Oasis

This grand tree rises to greet you as you enter Animal Kingdom. As an official photo pass location, you can easily ask the photographer to snap a pic with your own camera, or set up the photo yourself. If you want close-ups of the animals that crawl the Tree, head towards the path behind the tree for the best close-up opportunities.

Expedition Everest | Asia

From across the lagoon in Asia, Expedition Everest rises out of Asia like a true mountain in the distance. Up close you get the thrill of seeing ( and hearing) the riders on the coaster. 

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The Best Photo Spots in Epcot

EPCOT Park offers unique spaces, in four different neighborhoods featuring a variety of themes. With Spaceship Earth and several Instagram Walls, there are plenty of things to take photos of in this park. Check out our Photography Guide to EPCOT Park. 

Spaceship Earth | FutureWorld

The iconic Spaceship Earth at the entrance of Epcot Future World is the ideal backdrop for any photo. Excellent during the day or night. You can frame it with palm trees from most sides or center it as you enter the park. Really, this favorite has no best angle- they’re all good. We love it with the evening lighting. 

Journey into Imagination Building | FutureWorld

With or without the monorail, the Journey into Imagination Building combines bright colors and glass pyramids. Perfect for reflecting all sorts of Florida weather.  If you’re grabbing this picture in the springtime you can frame it in the flower and garden spaces that are usually part of this picture if you step back a bit. 

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The World Showcase

Really, every country in the World Showcase is really beautiful, so at one point we’ll probably feature them all. But, for right now, we’re sharing favorite spots across the World Showcase, which you should definitely add to your photography bucket list. 


Featuring the Aztec pyramid we like this view best in the spring, with flowers on the trees. 

Victoria Gardens | Canada

A true homage to the real Victoria Gardens in Canada combines a variety of colors, plants, and a small folly in the landscape! We love this view. It can be taken from the bridge to Le Cellier or from the midway in Canada.


Longing for that photo in front of the Eiffel Tower, but haven’t made your way to Paris yet? The France Pavilion has you covered. Beautiful any time of year, this setting is stunning and it should be at the top of your Walt Disney World photo bucket list. 

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The Best Photo Spots at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is Disney’s classic Hollywood park. filled with vintage things everywhere there are fun spaces and unique scenes. From Tower of Terror rising in the distance to Gertie the Dinosaur in Echo Lake, here is everything you can find in this park. Check out our Photography Guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Gertie the Dinosaur | Echo Lake

We love Gertie the Dinosaur any time of year. But she’s so cute during the holidays! A brighter green in the summers she turns seafoam green against winter skies, A true Hollywood Studios superstar. 

The Pixar Ball | Toy Story Land

Newly added to Toy Story Land, 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. 

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Tower of Terror | Sunset Boulevard

If anything defines the Hollywood Studios skyline it’s The Hollywood Tower Hotel aka Tower of Terror. Another icon you can really get from any angle, we like this one best in the evenings. 

Slinky Dog Dash| Toy Story Land

Being the cutest roller coaster ever, Slinky dog dash is best when it’s headed straight for you, or passing you in front of Jesse and Rex. You’ll need a couple tries to get him where you want him, but it’s worth it. 

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Jessie and Rex | Toy Story Land

We love love love Jesse and Rex! Another Disney display that looks good against bright or cloudy skies, this area gets lit by Christmas lights in the evenings. Be sure to capture a daytime and evening pic if you get a chance. 

The Boardwalk| Epcot International Gateway

Ahhhh, nothing says vacation like lounging around on the Boardwalks of Atlantic City in the early 20th century. Even with the Swan and Dolphin Hotels in the background lots of interesting pictures await here. You can wait for the Friendship Ferry to float by if you want a little more depth to the picture. 

The Polynesian Village Resort 

Anywhere at Disney’s Polynesian Resort is beautiful, but we love taking photos from the beaches there. With views of both Cinderella Castle and The Grand Floridian, you can’t go wrong. 

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Yacht and Beach Club Resort 

Another favorite photo spot in the Boardwalk area, the Yacht and Beach Club Resort is picturesque and will feel like you’ve been transported to a lovely seaside town. With beaches, pretty pastels, and an incredible waterfront, the possibilities are endless in this area.

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All the Best Pictures to Take at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World has hundreds of amazing photo locations across the parks, resorts, and Disney Springs. Be sure to get familiar with your camera equipment ( even if it’s just your phone) and the best photo spots ahead of time. Looking for a fun way to edit your photos so they’re perfectly Instagram-ready? Check out our Photography Presets in the shop.  If you’re grabbing pics of yourself too, be sure to style your Disney outfits to match or contrast the colors in the pics you’re taking. That way you’ll be photo-ready no matter where your camera takes you.

Need a list of where to get the pictures when you're at Walt Disney World? Here are the park icons and best photo backdrops in all four Disney Parks. #disneyphotography #disneypictures #disneytips #polkadotpixies

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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.

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