I LOVE Disneyland, as many So Cal families do. Disneyland was where my husband and I spent every date night for the first year of marriage. We bought tickets for our honeymoon and upgraded to passes because we were too broke to always be going somewhere. We have now been married almost 7 years and I take our 4 year old daughter about twice a month on a weekday. Also, if any out of state visitors come we OF COURSE take them to Disneyland.
Now what have I learned as a photographer, mother and annual pass holder? That I am not a fan of crowds. Which is SUPER hard when I want to take my super impressive social media worthy image. So I adapted and learned a few tricks that I will now share with you.
First off I will state- THIS IS JUST FROM ENTRANCE TO END OF MAINSTREET. I will share more later.
Spot 1: The Mickey Mouse flowers. You finally make it inside the gate and wonder why no one is moving. Its because there is Mickey’s face in a flower arrangement right under the rail road. (and usually a princess or two). BEST option: wait till the afternoon to take this photo. Everyone is arriving which means not only will you be waiting, but there will be a ton of people in your background. Next best option: move to the side under one of the trees.
Spot 2: Group Tour Meet Up. Enter the park on the left and see the tiny gazebo where you book or meet up for a tour. In that little courtyard is nice shady tables and chairs as well as a fav portrait spot of mine.
Spot 3: Main Street Rail Road. Up stairs are two AH-MAZ-balls spots. The first one is to the left. The cart of luggage. Its a cute fun spot. The other is against the rails. You get a clear view of mainstreet and usually can find a worker to take a picture of the whole family. ** My daughter is a little too short to get the full effect. Sorry!
Spot 4: Downstairs of Rail Road. Theres a lattice vine on each side of the spiral staircases heading down from the train stop. It’s “Disney” without being full disney. I usually pose for Family shots here, especially when we are all dressed in Disney attire.
Spot 5: The Flower Market. On the right side of main street (facing the castle) right passed the Starbucks is a floral area thats just pretty like a picture!
Spot 6: The Street! Lastly photos of main street itself is the BEST! To get the full effect I usually go on the sidewalk and shoot towards the opposite side of the street. In the middle is very hard but if you’re going to do it, aim for the later afternoon time (best is close to a parade).
Hope you enjoyed my tips!!! Look for the next one where I share secrets to PERFECT castle portraits.