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9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love

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After we booked our Walt Disney World trip, I told my husband the only thing I wanted for the holidays were amazing Disney World photos I could hang up in our house for years.
This post about Disney World photos was written by Disney travel expert Marcie Cheung and contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, I may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog.

While I’m a huge fan of Disney’s PhotoPass services (we loved using them at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, earlier this year, and we always get the pass at Disneyland), I knew I wanted something more customized. I want to look for the best Disney World photoshoot spots to make it more memorable.

After scrolling through my Instagram feed, I saw gorgeous photos of families having fun at Walt Disney World.

They all had one thing in common: they were taken by a professional photographer.

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Why We Hired a Disney World Photographer

You want to capture your moment when you’re traveling, and my husband knows I’m a big believer in getting good family vacation photos.

I’m known for making photo books after most of our trips, posting pictures on my social media, and, of course, including them in my blog posts.

But I don’t want to spend our entire trip trying to get that perfect shot. It’s not fair to the rest of my family who want to actually enjoy our vacation!

Like in Walt Disney World Resort and other locations of the Walt Disney Company, I know there are Disney PhotoPass photographers set up around the Parks, which is such a huge help!

But you have to wait in line for them, and you’ll probably get lots of strangers in the backgrounds of your photos. There might be a chance you won’t make it in time to take photos during regular park hours.

When you hire a photographer, you get a personalized photo session in the most picturesque areas (instead of just the PhotoPass spots). It’s like a big-moment photo experience for your family.

You don’t have to wait in line, you won’t get random people in your shot, and you won’t have to edit the photo later.

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I also like our family to look semi-coordinated in our family pictures. Doing a photo shoot allows us to just wear our “photo clothes” during the shoot, and then we can wear our comfortable clothes/shoes for the rest of our trip.

While I LOVE the concept of the Disney PhotoPass system, where all members of your party can get in a group photo, I’m often wearing a backpack, pushing a stroller, or wearing a windbreaker that clashes with my clothes.

Taking an hour out of our vacation to take good-quality Disney World photos makes me happy! I like looking back on them and remembering how much fun we had instead of how tired I look.

While I’d like to think that I’ll remember how amazing our Disney World trip was, truthfully, I have “Mom Brain” pretty bad, and it might feel like a complete blur in a year or two.

These Disney World photos help me remember that magical feeling!

And while we took photos to remember our kids at this adorable stage, I think a professional photo shoot is one of the best things to do at Walt Disney World with teens.

I mean, they will have tons of amazing photos for social media!

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love

1. Holding Balloons on Main Street

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love: Main Street at Walt Disney World is a great place to take Disney World photos with balloons at Magic Kingdom for a family photo shoot.Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography #seesdayphoto #wdw #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld
Don’t let go of the balloons on Main Street! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

Did you know that you can take Walt Disney World photos holding those giant balloon bouquets you see on Main Street?

Cast members still need to hold onto them, but they will let kids and adults join the fun!

We’ve seen parents lay on the ground and shoot photos up at their kids with all the balloons behind them.

Or, you can ask if the cast member will hold the balloons down behind you for an extra colorful backdrop.

I absolutely love this cast member’s expression as he watches my son pose for the photo!

2. Just the Parents at Cinderella’s Castle

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Don’t forget a few photos without kids! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

It’s so easy to focus just on getting photos of the kids while doing a Disney World photo shoot, which is why our photographer suggested my husband and I get a few shots on our own.

I’m so happy we did this!

Photos like this are a good reminder that Disney World vacations are for the parents, too!

Plus, I wanted to show off my new Disney dress right before this trip!

3. High-Fiving Mickey Mouse

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love: Anyone can high five Mickey Mouse while wearing a black shirt and a Mickey glove, especially outside Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom for a Disney World photo shoot. #wdw #magickingdom #disneyphoto #wdwphotoshoot #disneyphotographer
We love using props in Disney photo shoots! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

This photo is all about the power of illusion! It was really one of our photographers wearing a black shirt and a Mickey glove!

When she brought it out, I thought she was just trying to distract my toddler (who was not feeling this photo shoot at first.)

But I geeked out as soon as I realized it was a Disney photo prop!

Isn’t that such a smart idea? I mean, you just wouldn’t get this shot in a normal Mickey Mouse meet and greet!

4. Dumbo the Flying Elephant

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Look at Dumbo fly so high! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

Dumbo the Flying Elephant at Walt Disney World is unique because there are two separate spindles.

While the rides are the same, the backgrounds are not.

Our photographer got us into the line for the spindle that features Cinderella’s Castle in the background.

While we were waiting, our kids marveled at seeing Dumbo fly through the air. It’s one of their favorite rides, and they just couldn’t wait to get on it!

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5. Iconic Disney World Ride Photos

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love:One of the most popular ride for kids at Walt Disney World is Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Magic Kingdom and it's one of the best Disney World photos spots. #disneyworld #dumbo #dumbotheflyingelephant #waltdisneyworld #magickingdom
Dumbo is such an iconic ride at Walt Disney World! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

At Disneyland, there’s a designated photo spot for people to take pictures of people riding Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

At Walt Disney World, the best place to take photos of families riding Dumbo is to ALSO ride Dumbo!

Using a well-tested method, our photographer team lined it up to get shots of our whole family riding this classic Disney ride.

6. Dumbo Photo Op Spot

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love: Next to Dumbo the Flying Elephant is a special Walt Disney World photo spot. It's a perfect Disney World photo spot for kids and families! #dumbo #magickingdom #wdw #waltdisneyworld
I love this special Dumbo photo spot! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

Just outside the ride, there’s a stationary Dumbo set up specifically for people to take photos inside.

We used this to take photos of our kids separately, together, and even some shots with Grandma, who was along on our Walt Disney World vacation!

While we sat inside, families could easily take photos in front of it, too.

7. Tasty Photo Props

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love: Props are always a good idea for a Walt Disney World Photo Shoot, especially when they are Mickey treats! #mickey #disneytreats #waltdisneyworld #disneyworld #magickingdom
These Mickey treats are the ultimate photo prop! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

Our kids LOVE all the yummy Disney treats, and we knew we needed to incorporate it into our photo shoot somehow.

So, we used it as bribery to keep our kids focused on taking our Disney World photos.

We let them peruse the gift shop and pick out the Mickey treat that caught their eye. It was no surprise that our oldest picked a colorful rainbow Rice Krispies Treat and our toddler picked the M&Ms version.

8. Close-Ups of Kids

9 Dreamy Disney World Photo Shoot Spots Every Kid Will Love: Mickey bars and Disney treats make the best Disney World photo props for Disney photo shoots at Magic Kingdom, especially for taking photos of toddlers at Walt Disney World! #disneyworld #waltdisneyworld #disneysmmc #mickeybar #disneytreats
Nothing comes between a toddler and his Mickey treat! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

This photo caught my eye immediately when I scrolled through the Disney pictures from this Walt Disney World photoshoot.

I love how focused our toddler is eating his Mickey treat, and the bright colours of the M&Ms make the whole photo look cheerful!

When I think about our Disney vacations, the food plays such a big role in our family!

9. Embroidered Mickey Ears

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You can never have too many photos in front of the Magic Kingdom Castle! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

So, I actually have a funny story about why our toddler isn’t in this shot.

After seeing so many kids walking around in customized Mickey Mouse ears, I got a little obsessed and was determined to make some for both my boys to wear in this photo shoot.

We picked them up just a couple of hours before our Disney World photo session, and I carefully packed them away to keep them nice.

Well, our toddler wasn’t as obsessed with the Mickey ears as I was, and he refused to wear them.

So, my husband thought it would be funny if HE wore them instead. Our toddler wasn’t amused, and there was a tiny scuffle which resulted in the embroidered Mickey ears being knocked into the water outside Cinderella’s Castle!

We bought a custom Mickey ears hat only to have it knocked into the water near Cinderella's Castle just a few hours later! #MickeyEars #MagicKingdom
Our photographer snapped a photo right after the hat sank to the water’s bottom! Photo credit: Sees the Day Photography

Thankfully, we still had our receipt, and the cast members at The Chapeau were kind enough to replace his Mickey ears free of charge.

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Should You Still Get the Memory Maker?

If you’re wondering if you need the Disney Memory Maker if you are hiring a photographer, the answer is up to you and your preferences.

We did, and I’m glad about it.

No matter where you do your Walt Disney World photo shoot, you probably aren’t getting any photos with characters, which is a huge part of a Disney World trip.

So, if you want photos with Disney characters, you either need to take them yourself or get the Memory Maker.

Our kids are 2 and 5 years old, and it took us a while to get their autograph books and pens ready for meet-and-greets. And then we still had to get our cameras or phones out.

By then, we had missed some of their initial reactions to meeting the characters, which are always the best shots!

With the Memory Maker, I still needed to download and edit the PhotoPass photos in Lightroom. But we got quite a few shots of character meet-and-greets that were extra adorable.

And if your kids are doing the Jedi Academy at Hollywood Studios, you’ll definitely want to get those photos!

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10 Top Tips for Your Disney World Photo Shoot


I’m a very thematic person, so when I realized my favorite Disney World photos took place in Fantasyland, I decided our clothes should include those bright pastel colors.

I also saw some photos of little boys wearing cute suspenders and bow ties, which sealed the deal!

But, if you are at Animal Kingdom, it might be fun to wear animal print or safari hats!

And if you are taking photos around your hotel, the possibilities are endless!


In the photography world, it’s usually best to shoot first thing in the morning or right before sunset.

If you have an Early Magic Hour or can get into the Parks early (and your photographer is willing to meet that early), that is a nice option.

We chose golden hour (at 4 p.m. in December) because we love the way the light looks in our photos.

Plus, it meant we didn’t have to wake up extra early to get ready to take photos!


My secret to traveling with kids is packing cubes! We use these ones, and they make life so much easier!

But it’s also my secret for doing photos with little boys (and a husband) who tend to spill food on themselves throughout the day.

I pack all our photo clothes into a packing cube (folding them the KonMari way) to keep them nice and clean.

And I always include extra pants for my kids!


If you want to include a ride photo (like Dumbo the Flying Elephant or the Prince Charming Regal Carousel), make sure to get FastPasses during your photo shoot.

With Disney crowds, it’s the only way to ensure you’ll be able to get on the ride during your photo shoot.

For instance, Dumbo the Flying Elephant had an 80-minute wait time during our photo shoot. I’m so glad our photographers encouraged us to grab FastPasses ahead of time!


I’m just as obsessed with the custom Cricut Disney World matching shirts as you are!

But, while they are fun to wear in the Parks, they are really difficult to read in photos.

So, you have a group of people all wearing shirts with writing that you can’t quite make out.

Instead, try to find solid colors or subtle prints.


Props are always a fun idea! And at Walt Disney World, there are so many to choose from!

My favorites include brightly colored Disney treats (or those Mickey ice cream bars), balloons, Minnie Ears, those original Mickey hats, Disney character plushies, oversized Mickey gloves, and the list goes on and on!


My best advice is to relax and not always look at the camera! Some of the best shots are candid, so try to be in the moment!

And if you just can’t help yourself, fake it til you make it!

My boys will giggle at any mention of “tooting,” “stinky socks,” or “P-O-O-P!” So, sometimes I will sprinkle those words into whatever we are doing and it’s a sure-fire way to get them to crack up and relax!


Don’t have every shot be of the whole family.

Get some of just the kids, some of just the adults, some with Mom and one kid and Dad with another, etc. And get photos of kids individually.

Recently, a mom told me she and her husband always get a photo with each of their kids individually so they can look back and feel special.

I love this idea, and I’m going to start doing that!


If your kids refuse to smile or really don’t want to pose for photos, have them face away from the camera.

By having their backs to the photographer, they will appear serene in the photos!

Hey, it’s all about the illusion, right?


Doing Disney World photos with a professional photographer is a great way to announce a pregnancy, do a maternity photo shoot, celebrate a birthday, get your Christmas card photo, or simply capture life with little ones.

For us, this was a great way to commemorate our first trip to Walt Disney World!

Sees the Day Photography

I discovered Sees the Day Photography through one of the Disney vacation planning groups I’m in on Facebook.

I’ve been obsessed with their adorable Disney World photos for months and love following them on Instagram!

They met us at the Walt Disney World Railroad, and we were chatting within minutes! They put our whole family at ease and gave us many pointers along the way to make the most of our Disney World photo shoot.

And because their business is focused on Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, they expertly navigated us to the best Magic Kingdom photo spots!

If you’d like to book a Disney World photography session with them, visit Sees the Day Photography online.

Want more Disneyland tips for your next family vacation? Check out How to Visit Walt Disney World While Pregnant, How to Maximize the Disney Aulani PhotoPass Service, Disneyland with Toddlers: Tips + Itinerary, and 17 Things to Know Before Your First Trip to Disneyland!

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Friday 15th of November 2019

The photos are magical! I would love to get photos like this on our upcoming WDW vacation! I was wondering how long was your photo session to get all of these shots?


Friday 22nd of November 2019

Thanks so much! We booked a one hour photo shoot, but I know we went over time a bit. We ended up chatting a lot with the photographers in between set ups. I just booked Sees the Day Photography again for our upcoming trip in February and I booked a 90 minute session. If you're doing photos with little kids, you might opt for 90 minutes in case they are cranky at first. Have fun!


Saturday 5th of October 2019

Hey... your photographs are beyond beautiful. I want to celebrate my son 's first birthday at the magic kingdom. Can you please suggest the photographer 's details so that i can book in advance. Thanks a lot


Monday 7th of October 2019

Yep! It's See's the Day Photography: https://www.seesdayphoto.com/

Amanda Patsey

Wednesday 9th of January 2019

Marcie these photos are all amazing. I would have never thought to hire a photographer in WDW. WONDERFUL idea!!


Thursday 10th of January 2019

I got the idea from another blogger and I was obsessed with Sees the Day Photography from that moment on!

Arielle Joy

Tuesday 8th of January 2019

I don't have kids but these photos are so cute and it looks like you all had a great time!


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Thanks! Our kids are growing up so quickly so we're trying to take time to take photos along their journey!


Monday 7th of January 2019

This is amazing that you can take a photographer along on this magical trip with you! I love these pics!


Tuesday 8th of January 2019

Yes! We loved finding a local photographer to meet us at the park!

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