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Disney World is full of little details and fun places to take some great pictures of your family. It seems that everywhere you turn, another photo op is screaming for you to stop and snap a few pictures. I have put together lists of my favorite places for photos in Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios. And this is my list of favorite places for photos outside of the parks. This list is not exhaustive, however, because there are countless places for wonderful photos at the resorts, water parks, and other places around Disney World. However, this list should give you a head start on finding places outside of the parks to take fun photos. (Updated August 28, 2019.)
Disney Springs has a ton of photo opportunities for you to enjoy. As you walk through the shops and restaurants, you will spot these peeking out at you from every direction.
Mr. Potato Head and Buzz Lightyear
At the entrance to Once Upon a Toy, you will see a statue of Mr. Potato Head on one side and Buzz Lightyear on the other. These are so much fun, especially when you mimic the poses of the characters.
Lego Sea Serpent
Popping up out of the water across the walkway from the Lego Store is a friendly looking sea serpent made out of Legos. This is a classic icon of Disney Springs and is a popular place for pictures. In this same area, you will find several other large Lego creations that also make great backgrounds for your family photos.
In the area between Once Upon a Toy and Earl of Sandwich, you will see a giant tinker toy sculpture. I don’t know why, but I love this thing! It is a very unique place to take some pictures of your kids.
Donald and Daisy Duck
Just inside the entrance to the pin trading store in Disney Springs, there is a funny little statue of Donald and Daisy Duck. When my son was little, he loved this statue. It makes for cute pictures of little ones.
World of Disney
The World of Disney is the world’s largest Disney store. It is a must-do when visiting Disney Springs. You will find some fun characters above each of the entrances to the store.
Each of the 25+ Disney resorts has a different theme. In keeping with the theme, you will find many spots that are great for photos. These lovely spots include over-the-top characters, beautiful fountains and gardens, fun pool features, amazing lights, and whimsical statues, among other things.
Port Orleans Riverside Waterwheel
One of the signature features of Port Orleans Riverside is the waterwheel on the side of the food court. It is beautiful! I love that you don’t necessarily think of Disney World when you see it in pictures. It is a fantastic place to take family photos.
At many of the resorts, you will see wonderful gardens. Many of these include fountains in the center. If you are looking for a place with natural beauty that is more sophisticated for your photos, this is a great option.
Port Orleans French Quarter Alligators
Throughout the common areas at Port Orleans French Quarter, you will see a series of silly alligators on two feet. They are all part of a Cajun jazz band. These are a lot of fun for kids to take pictures with.
Surfing Goofy at Pop Century
One of my favorite pictures from all of our Disney trips is of my son with the Surfing Goofy statue at Pop Century. When we stayed here, we passed it every day on our way to the bus stop. My son insisted of stopping every time we passed. He loved it.
Pop Culture Toys at Pop Century
Throughout Pop Century, you will see larger-than-life replicas of popular toys from past decades. These make for some fun photos, especially if you played with those particular toys while growing up.
Cowboy Boots at All-Star Music
At All-Star Music Resort, each building is themed around a different style of music. In front of one of the Country Music buildings, there is a three-story tall pair of cowboy boots. These boots are so large that most kids will be shorter than the soles on them! Talk about your fun photos!
Polynesian Tiki Gods
Inside and out of the Boutiki gift shop at the Polynesian Resort, you will see several wooden tiki gods. Not only do these tikis help convey the theme of the resort, they also are great spots for some unique photos.
There are many other locations to find places for photos outside of the parks. These can be found at the water parks, Winter Summerland, Fantasia Gardens, the monorail, boats, buses, and other places.
Winter Summerland is one huge photo op! Every single hole has fun sculptures and silly details for you to capture with your camera. A few of my favorites are the snow castle and sand castle, Santa’s sleigh, and the sand and snow sculptures of Mickey and friends.
There are several places to capture beautiful pictures with the monorail in them. At Epcot, you can get these pictures inside the park. But, you can also photograph the monorail from outside of the Magic Kingdom, at the resorts on the monorail loop, and at the Ticket and Transportation Center.
At a few of the resorts, you can catch a boat to Disney Springs. There are also boats that travel between the Magic Kingdom and some of the resorts. These boats make for beautiful backdrops to your family pictures.
There are so many places around Disney World to get some wonderful photos of your family. Many people look for fun and beautiful photo spots inside of the parks, but we sometimes forget about all of the great places outside of the parks. I hope this list of places for photos outside of the parks helps you to remember to grab some pictures and memories while spending time at Disney Springs, the resorts, and other places around Disney World. To help you explore Disney World beyond the parks, see our list of things to do outside the parks. Happy travels!
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