Updated August 4, 2017
Disneyland provides us with so many amazing opportunities for photography.
Today, I’m sharing many locations – beyond the castle – for you to document your visit to the happiest place on earth.
Let’s get started!
First, a map. Check out these locations and then the descriptions that coordinate with the numbers, below:
1. Flower Mickey – Right as you enter the park, he welcomes you.
2. Main Street – I like to have a child stand in the middle of Main with all the busyness of Disneyland behind her.
3. Tomorrowland entrance.
4. The Matterhorn – One of the few Disney icons you can see from outside of the park.
5. The King Arthur Carrousel.
6. The Tea Cup – I like to capture as much Fantasyland architecture as I can in my photos, hence, the Mad Hatter store behind. I would also like to live here.
7. The Actual Tea Cups – They’re just so lovely. Don’t zoom in too close. Include the lanterns.
8. Dumbo – A rite of passage for so many children.
9. Iconic Dark Rides in Fantasyland – The Pinocchio building is so charming, it’s almost painful. I love it so.
10. The White Rabbit’s House – Another ridiculously charming feature of Fantasyland. I’m a big fan of ‘ridiculous’ and ‘charming’.
11. The whale, Monstro, from The Storybook Land Canal Boats attraction.
12. it’s a small world
(Sorry that you’ll be singing that song in your head all day today.)
13. Walt Disney and Mickey – Where it all started.
14. The Adventureland Entrance – This is often people’s first “land” to explore.
15. Jungle Cruise – An old school ride that is so very much Disney.
16. Stand to the left of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad for this shot.
17. The Mark Twain Riverboat – So beautifully set on the Rivers of America. I encourage you to actually board this boat during your visit. You can capture some lovely images from the top deck.
Want to go one step further? Ask if you can pilot the boat. More on that and other quirky things here.
18. The Haunted Mansion – Spooky never looked so pretty. Stand near the entrance or to the far right of this attraction for your photo.
19. Any of the 4 Disneyland Railroad Train Stations – I prefer this main entrance station or the one in New Orleans Square.
20. From Above the Train Station with Main Street behind you – We took this photo at Disney World, actually. But, you can do a similar version at Disneyland.
For Extra Bonus Points
Character interactions – Take them unposed and capture the magic.
Or posed. Look at these happy kids.
One of my all time favorites – When my Jack met Jack.
Meltdowns – I’m a big fan of photographing the tantrums. Not when a child (or adult) is really suffering. But, sometimes a pout like this deserves to be cemented in time.
Disneyland is hard work. If everyone in your party doesn’t cry at some point before your trip is over, you’re doing it wrong.
Snap photos of the small details. You’ll want to remember the little things later on.
(Like how she INSISTED on wearing heels to Disneyland for 10 hours. Because they’re cute. And, because I suggested she wear something more reasonable. And, because she lives to defy me. Her feet literally bled before she conceded and changed into the TOMS I had stashed in my park bag.)
Classic Mickey hats.
And, finally, don’t miss capturing the end of your day – Be it a parent carrying a sleeping child or little ones bundled up in their stroller.
Have some other ideas? Let us know about them!