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7 Photo Opportunities in the Magic Kingdom That Aren’t Cinderella’s Castle

Hello MouseTeens! In this, my first post, I’d love to share some of my favorite photo spots in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom that aren’t your typical “pose in front of the castle” photos.

Of course I love Cinderella’s castle and take pictures of and with it every time I find myself in Disney World, but there are also so many other perfect places to take pictures throughout the rest of the park.

Pictures are a great (and free!) way to preserve and document your memories at the Disney Parks; when you look back at your pictures, you’ll be transported back into the moment they were taken, which I personally feel is one of the most magical feelings.

Whenever I’m in any of the Disney parks I have my camera in tow, ready to take pictures of anything and everything. Whether you’re taking pictures of yourself, others, or of scenery and details, Walt Disney World is one of the best places to test out your creativity through photography!

 

#1 Prince Eric’s Castle and “Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid” Area

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The Little Mermaid is my all-time favorite Disney princess film, so naturally when I heard that they would be adding an area for the movie with the New Fantasyland expansion that opened back in 2012, I was full of excitement.

Now this area has become one of my favorite photo spots in the park to photograph, as there are new details to discover with each visit.

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There are frequently Photopass Photographers hanging out in front of Eric’s castle who would happily capture a few pictures of you; and who knows, sometimes when you view your Photopass pictures later, the one and only Horatio Ignatius Crustaceous Sebastian has joined you!

 

#2 Balloons on Main Street

When walking down Main Street U.S.A. I can never resist taking pictures of one of the classic icons of the Disney Parks—Mickey Mouse-shaped balloons! The vibrant colors of the balloons mixed with the Florida sunshine never fail to make a perfect photo.

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Sometimes if you ask the Cast Member selling them, he or she will allow you to take a picture holding the balloons, which always results in a great photo op and memory!

 

#3 Dapper Dans

The Dapper Dans are one of my favorite things that can be found in the Magic Kingdom! Sporting bright and colorful outfits and an impeccable four-part harmony, this barbershop quartet is not to be missed when visiting the parks.

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They are a really fun group to take pictures of while you watch; if you are able to catch them at the end of their performance, you can ask them to take a photo with you, which is such a unique experience!

 

#4 Tangled Themed Restrooms

Only Disney could create a restroom area that is the perfect photo opportunity. This area has beautiful paintings on the bathroom’s exterior featuring purple swirls and golden suns from the movie Tangled.

As if straight out of the movie, pennants, lanterns, and hanging baskets of flowers are hung all around the area creating the perfect scenery for photos.

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If you want some really fun photos from this area, try taking a picture next to one of the “Wanted” posters while imitating the face(s) on it (my personal favorite to imitate is the Ulf poster).

 

#5 Disney Park Snacks

This one isn’t a specific location, but pictures of or with your favorite treats from the Magic Kingdom are a definite must. Whether it’s your pre-parade popcorn or Dole Whip float from Adventureland, Disney snacks are too photogenic not to photograph.

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Be sure to snap some pictures of yourself holding your Mickey ice cream bar before it melts and/or is eaten!

 

#6 Gaston and LeFou Fountain

This fountain located in front of Gaston’s Tavern is a fun photo op for all the Beauty and the Beast fans out there.

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I especially love the colors of this fountain when it is lit up in the evening. For added fun, purchase LeFou’s brew from Gaston’s Tavern in the souvenir stein or goblet and pose with your beverage beside this lovely tribute to Gaston, from none other than the great Gaston himself.

 

#7 The Haunted Mansion Queue

This interactive queue is filled with eerie objects perfect to photograph while you wait to tour this haunted estate. Try taking pictures with the Dread Family Busts or the organ found in the queue to make the wait a little more enjoyable.

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There are plenty of photo options throughout the queue, and be sure to take some of the architecture of the mansion and the stretching room as well. Happy Haunting!

 

There you have seven of my favorite places to take fun photos on your visit to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The Disney Parks are so full of beauty and hidden details that you’ll be sure to find something new and noteworthy to photograph wherever you wind up in the park!

Have a Magical Day!

Hannah Anderson

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Hannah is 19 and currently attending Eastern University in Pennsylvania. In addition to all things Disney, she loves art, animals, photography, and reading. You can find her on Instagram @hannaha_07 or on Twitter @hannaha__07.
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