Happy Tuesday! Today I’m sharing a super magical post on where to take photos at the Happiest Place on Earth – Disneyland! Some of you who know me and follow me on Instagram know my love of Disney is real. I’m there all the time – too much maybe? (nah). So I love when my two passions in life can come together – Disneyland and Photography. Because of that I thought it was time I shared the best spots to take photos in Disneyland for your engagement. I’ll be sharing my favorites from California Adventure + Cars Land at a later date, so today is just Disneyland.
Thanks so much to my friend Annie and her dude Jon for volunteering to help out with photos, and wake up at the crack of dawn to be at gate opening. You guys have such great chemistry together and I couldn’t have asked for a better couple to shoot around the parks. Your joy together radiates Disney magic (I’m so lame but seriously I love you guys already).
AND – my special surprise today to share along with this post is that I will be offering my mini sessions in Disneyland, for the month of August only! If you are interested in what that includes and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out THIS FORM here.
Now…on to the best spots in Disneyland.
1. Main Street
This spot is a given, among a few other iconic spots in the parks to make it on the list. Main Street just has that colorful vibe that is so charming to walk through. I love the pastel-painted shop fronts, porches and striped overhangs – it’s the perfect spot to start your session! My main tip here is start early on Main Street. As the crowds begin spilling into the parks, some of the walkways become impossible to stand still on (as people busily walk by and bump into you). We arrived at opening so this wasn’t the case but I can imagine it would be any later than 11am.
2. The Castle (duh)
Another iconic space. Looks like we had the whole place to ourselves, right?! I think Disneyland lends itself to lots of movement in photos to create that special moment in time so I love how these two are hanging onto each other, strolling down the castle walkway. I suggest taking these early in the morning or right at golden hour to get the best light! The harsh afternoon sun provides no shade and makes it harder to get soft lighting on faces.
3. King Arthur’s Carousel
The super fun and colorful carousel ride is the best. It’s a good excuse to go on a ride during your session, and I love the movement (again) which makes for some good laughter! Also, check out Annie’s tightrope walker tattoo. AMAZING!
4. Vine Wall
Not as “Disney” as my previous spots, but I love choosing out of the box backdrops from Disneyland. It gives you a good variety of being non-cheesy while still being fun and whimsical. You can find the vine wall on the right hand side walking towards It’s a Small World, just past the Matterhorn.
6. Small World Walls + Backdrops
It’s a Small World is so playful and fun with its Mary Blair flare that I could practically spend a whole session in this part of the park. You have the gold topped fence backdrop, ride backdrop (above) and the famous blue small world wall….so much to work with! So much cute!
7. Star Wars Galaxy Wall
This is a relatively new wall that can be found at Star Wars Launch Bay as you exit (or walk backwards up the exit ramp). It’s a good dark color to mix up your photos but still have that whimsical vibe to it – which I love!
8. New Orleans Square
First of all, I have to reiterate how important the morning is. New Orleans Square was EMPTY. You see any people in this photo? Amazing. It’s a gorgeous spot in the park (that is shaded, hallelujah) and with the wafts of beignets & gumbo – there is really nothing better.
9. Mint Julep Bar
Another off-the-grid choice is the mint julep wall. Found at the mint julep bar (where you can get those delicious Mickey shaped beignets) this wall is so iconically Disney. Not many wall murals on my go-to spot so I love the diversity this provides for my sessions!
10. Tom Sawyer Island
The newly opened Tom Sawyer Island is so great for a rustic vibe. Completely different from the brightly colored buildings + cheery music, this part of the park is quiet and serene. We could be at Pioneertown, Ca for all you know! 😉
BONUS: (New) Thunder Mountain Wall
This has to be my new favorite wall in all of Disneyland. Disney recently re-opened the back walkway where Thunder Mountain is (and where the new entrance to Star Wars Land will be, hey-ooo!) and this wall has so much texture! Not only was it gorgeous to photograph, the light it reflected off of it and blew me away. I mean…it looks like the Grand Canyon!
BONUS: Toon Town Blue Doors
Can’t leave you without one more bonus spot – Toon Town! This whimsical little land has SO many photo spots but my favorite is this giant blue door.
And there it is, my Top 10 Disneyland Engagement Photo Spots! Hope you enjoyed this post on where to take your engagement photos in the parks – let me know if I didn’t include your favorite in the comments below!
And one more time, my special surprise today to spread some magic will be offering my mini sessions in Disneyland for the month of August only! If you are interested in what that includes and would like to sign up, you can do so by filling out THIS FORM here.