Disney World is a perfect destination for a family vacation. What’s the best way to document the occasion? Well, family photos, of course. Snapping pics anywhere in the parks just won’t do. Want the perfect family photo? Here’s a roundup of the best backdrops in Disney World for your group pictures.
Best Places in Disney World for a Family Photo
I first visited Disney World when I was in 6th grade. I won’t give my age, but let’s just say it was a LONG time ago. It’s a shame that I can’t find any photos from that visit. I returned with my family in February of 2018. I had some ideas of where to grab a family photo, but I wish I was armed with this list from our wonderful Traveling Mom team. On your next visit to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” these are the must-take locations for a Disney family photo.
No trip to Disney is complete without a family photo in front of Cinderella’s castle. It’s likely the first on the Disney family photo list for most visitors. There are a number of vantage points around the castle for excellent family pics. You’ll often see the Disney professional photographers posted on Main Street USA. This spot can be super crowded, so consider getting closer to the castle and capturing different angles like this:
Instagram walls are a recent trend in all the parks. They make for fun backdrops that add a bit of pop to your Disney family photos. You can find the “purple wall” in Magic Kingdom’s Town Square, which is just after the tunnels beyond the turnstiles.
Be Our Guest Restaurant
Another unique spot for a family pic is outside the entrance to the Be Our Guest restaurant with the Beast Castle in the background.
Spaceship Earth Geosphere
At Epcot, the quintessential Disney family photo is in front of the Spaceship Earth Geosphere. It’s the park’s centerpiece for sure. Did you know the structure is 18 stories tall? I always like to find fun facts about Disney World icons. This is another spot where you will typically see the Disney pros taking family pics.
Almost directly across from the Gateway is Japan Pavilion and its famous Red Arch. It’s another great backdrop for a Disney family photo. This angle includes the World Showcase lagoon and even a peek of the Spaceship Earth sphere.
Keep an eye out for other spots that create a frame around your family like this one in the France Pavilion. TravelingMom Jennifer Kaufman also has great ideas on where to capture family photos outside the parks.
Pink and Purple Instagram Wall
This wall is at the exit of Spaceship Earth. It’s a super cute and colorful backdrop.
Tree of Life
The Tree of Life on Discovery Island is the center piece of the park. It’s definitely the perfect place to capture your visit to this park. The front of the tree can be super crowded. Consider snapping a pic behind the tree. Here is an example of a shot from this vantage point. We even have ideas for fun Disney family shirts like these.
Pandora – The World of Avatar
Pandora provides many great backdrops for family photos at Disney World. It’s one of our favorite spots in the park.
Another favorite spot is on the bridge between Discovery Island and Asia with Mount Everest in the background.
Just past the entrance of Hollywood Studios, you’ll find Hollywood Boulevard. It’s a cool spot for family photos with the replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in the background.
Toy Story Land
The newest addition to the park, Toy Story Land provided multiple areas for terrific family photos. The land is so colorful and bright and a few characters, like Buzz Lightyear and Woody are larger than life. Ask a few of Andy’s Army Men to join your family and friends.
Character Meet and Greets
Each park has plenty of options for your family to meet up with famous Disney Characters from character dining to pop-up spots around each park. Here are a few more tips:
- Where to Find Disney Characters at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Ultimate Character Guide for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney Memory Maker
You might want to consider a Disney Memory Maker package if you don’t feel like handing your camera to strangers to snap your pics. This is where the Disney pros take your pictures throughout the park. Some rides take your pictures as well.
Wherever you take your family photos at Disney World, you are sure to capture special memories. Do you have a favorite spot? Let us know in a comment.