Getting great photos is easy at Disneyland.
Here are a few tips and tricks.
A lot of the crowds, (and traffic) always gather in front of the Sleeping Beauty castle. The best photographic angles are on both sides of the castle. You'll be able to get some of the moat and draw bridge in your photo as well.
Behind the castle is a beautiful statue of Princess Aurora and Prince Philip. It's a great spot for a selfie.
On the outside of the Alice in Wonderland attraction, look up, you'll find the Cheshire Cat.
In Fantasyland, you will find the White Rabbit's house at the exit of the Mad Hatter Teacup ride. This is actually where the attraction operator sits.
Also, one of the original ticket booths is the Storybook lighthouse. It's to the right of the attraction. And don't forget to get a photo with the whale to the left of the attraction. Make sure his eyes are open when you snap the photo!
Don't forget the Fantasyland side of Sleeping Beauty Castle. If you stand with your back to the King Arthur Carousel, you can get a cute photo directly in front of the castle.
In Tomorrowland on your way to Autopia, you can get a great photo of the Matterhorn just across the lagoon.
As you exit Fantasyland and enter Tomorrowland, you can get a selfie in front of the Matterhorn.
On Main Street you can get a photo next to the Main Street Cinema sign. I suggest taking your photos of Main Street windows after dark. It reduces glare and reflection of crowds.
As you can see, some photos are better taken after dark. The character statues at the hub are by far more detailed after dark.
As you circle the exterior of Space Mountain, there's a great photo op, after dark when the attraction is lit up for a more colorful photo.
The Sleeping Beauty castle also takes beautiful photos at dusk and after dark - be sure to get your photo while standing off to the side.
Another tip: Check Main Street and New Orleans doors and arch ways for great photos spots.
Flower Cart on Main Street
It’s A Small World colorful, pattern wall
Inside the Candy Palace - near the candy displays
Tomorrowland Launch Bay galaxy wall
Minnie's polka dot wall in ToonTown
Anywhere near Mickey's house in ToonTown - side angles are best
At DCA, you can get a great photo in the entrance to the animation studio against the Once Upon A Time wall.
There are amazing murals on and around Ariel's Undersea Adventure.
Pixar Pier, on your way into the Incredi-coaster, you can get a great photo to the side of the arch or stand directly under it then aim your camera towards the painted interior.
Carsland has several beautiful spots near the Ornament Valley sign. Simply angle your camera to the side and the desert background makes amazing photo backdrops - day or night.
A special birthday surprise from inside Disneyland park the original “partners” statue has been fully “restored” to its original color and fresh look. The beloved Partners statue, created by famed Disney sculptor Blaine Gibson, features Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse. Over time, the bronze had oxidized, and because of the applied patina, acrylic polymer and wax, it required a more intensive process than just a simple cleaning or polishing. Over four days, an artisan utilized a process using crushed walnut shells to gently strip the figure down to the bare bronze. After cleaning, various chemicals were applied and heated with a blowtorch to create a reaction and fuse with the bronze. The figure was coated in a polymer to protect the patina, then coated with a very thin layer of wax. What a great way to celebrate Mickey’s 92nd birthday!
Welcome back to Buena Vista Street! First look at the newly refurbished “Storytellers statue” at Disney’s California Adventure!
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Beginning November 19, 2020, there will be even more distinctively Disney dining and shopping to enjoy at the Disneyland Resort, when the Downtown Disney District extends to Buena Vista Street.
Recently, the Downtown Disney District expanded to introduce the Disneyland Resort Backlot Premiere Shop at Stage 17. This store is currently showcasing an array of seasonal merchandise.
With Buena Vista Street soon opening select shopping and dining experiences, guests can find even more places to enjoy a memorable meal or a fun shopping excursion during their visit.
Only the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street will be accessible from the Downtown Disney District at this time, as Disney California Adventure park is currently closed.
Beginning Nov. 19, 2020, there will be a $10 fee per car for parking at the Downtown Disney District in the Simba Lot. The number of guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote physical distancing. The mobile wait list system may be used when Buena Vista Street and/or its queue are at capacity, similar to the process at some retail locations in the Downtown Disney District. Disney California Adventure Park is currently closed.
IAAPA Expo, Josh D’Amaro, the current chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products gave updates and a sneak peek about the upcoming Avengers Campus. D’Amaro described Avengers Campus as a “major project” which is coming to Disneyland Resort in California as well as Disneyland Paris. D’Amaro said that “construction continues” on Avengers Campus and explained that the new land “will invite guests to team up with the Avengers and their allies in a fully immersive land when it opens to the public.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".