Ahhh…Magic Kingdom. My favorite place in the world. All magic, pixie dust, flying elephants, and castles! If you’re going to Disney, you HAVE to get your picture in front of the castle…it’s a tradition! And there’s no shortage of photographers lined up on Mainstreet USA waiting to take that iconic shot with Cinderella Castle in the background, but you know what else is in the background? People! Thousands and thousands of people swarming around like little ants in your picture. The horror! Just kidding. But it does kind of put a damper on an otherwise fairytale-like photo.
What’s a princess to do? Don’t drop your tiara…here are 10 alternative spots to take a picture with Cinderella Castle in the background besides Mainstreet USA. Don’t get me wring, stop and take that classic photo in front of the partner’s statue, but trust me, a picture at one of these other locations will be the one you frame.
1.In the hub, to the side. This works either to the right of the castle, or to the left. Most people want their picture of the castle from straight on, but take just a few steps to either side and the crowds decrease dramatically. Bonus: you can get a gorgeous planter in the frame as well.
Now, moving clockwise around the castle, we’ve got:
2.In front of the Crystal Palace. There used to be a little alcove in front of the restaurant which was the perfect photo spot but it seems to have disappeared in the recent hub expansion. No worries though, push a couple of strollers out of the way (this seems to be unofficial stroller parking for Crystal Palace), grab a spot on the rail, and snap away.
3.The bridge to Liberty Square. A classic spot. Go down close to Sleepy Hollow refreshments and snap away. Since this is a pretty major walkway, it’s always easy to find someone willing to take a family photo.
4.Pathway Behind the Castle. Take a left at Sleepy Hollow refreshments and you’ll find a walkway with several alcoves with benches just begging for you to stop for a photo. This is probably my favorite spot for a castle photo in the Magic Kingdom!
Continuing clockwise around the castle, the next spot is…
5.Behind the Castle. This could probably work on either the right or left side but the evil stepsisters from Cinderella are often holding court on the right side, so I suggest the left. Your photographer will have to get some distance to get a good perspective but this is a fun one.
6.Cinderella’s Wishing Well. On down the path you’ll find a little alcove with Cinderella’s Wishing Well. It’s hard to get the wising well AND the castle in the pic (you’ll only get a little sliver of the castle) but if you stand in the corner against the railing, you can get a good shot of the castle.
7.Bridge to Tomorrowland. This is another epic spot. Full castle+moat-crowds=perfection.
8.The Hub Gardens. I don’t know what this little area is called but it’s the little grassy spot with the fountain in front of the seating are with all of the little yellow umbrellas. You still end up with some crowds in the background but they’re farther away so they don’t feel so obtrusive. You could also probably get some pretty cool pics sitting in the grass of this area (a popular Dapper Day spot which explains the 60s dress).
Those are all of my favorite spots right around the castle but I’ve got two bonus spots for you for a very unconventional castle shot.
9.Tomorrowland People Mover. You’ve got to e quick to catch this one but it’s super fun. To be in the picture, you’ll need to sit riding backwards with your photographer across from you. The spot comes towards the end of the ride (once you’ve been through Space Mountain).
10.Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse. This spot is so much fun! From the very top of the treehouse, you’ll pass a spot (I believe across from one of the bedrooms) where you can see the castle in the distance through the leaves and branches.
And there you have it…those are my favorite spots for castle gazing in the Magic Kingdom. What about you? Do you have a favorite spot or special tradition for taking your photo at Disney? Come on over to Facebook and tell me about it!