Does anyone else look back at their family photos and realize most of them were taken at Disney? As you snap photos from one park to the next, you’ll want to be sure to have your camera ready for Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This may be Disney World’s smallest park, but it packs in excellent photo opportunities not to be missed. From the classics to the Instagrammable #disneywalls, get ready to smile big at these top 15 photo spots at Hollywood Studios.
15 – Chinese Theater
Let’s start the list off with a classic! The former home of the Great Movie Ride and the future home of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the Chinese Theater is a Hollywood Studios icon that sits majestically in the center of the park in Echo Lake. The Chinese Theater replicates the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California and has been a focal point for Hollywood Studios since the park opened in 1989. Since then, there were 14 years where it sat in the shadow of the large, blue Sorcerer’s Hat. Once the hat was removed in 2015, the Chinese Theater took center stage again. It is now very visible and used as a background to Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectaculars. Smile because you’re in “Hollywood”!
14 – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
You can’t miss The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as it towers above the park. You could also listen out for the screams down Sunset Blvd as guests shoot up and down their elevator! There are a few great photo ops here including at the standby line sign with the full tower in view. The lobby area where guests enter different rooms is also a great place to take a photo. Lastly, and probably the best photo here is the actual ride photo where you’ll likely be caught in mid-scream. A “chilling” good place for a photo.
13 – Pixar Ball (#pixarball)
When Toy Story Land opened, we weren’t too sure how the theme of “shrinking down to a toy” in Andy’s backyard would work. As always, Disney didn’t disappoint! There are quite a few fun photo spots in Toy Story Land, but we start off with the huge yellow, blue and red star Pixar Ball. This massive ball is planted between the entrance of Toy Story Mania and Woody’s Lunch Box. You can’t miss it, so be sure to snap a photo here for Instagram with #pixarball.
12 – Checkerboard Wall (#checkerboardwall)
In case you haven’t heard – Disney Walls (#disneywalls) are ALL over Instagram. Disney is putting featured walls up around every corner with a new one joining the fun what seems like every other day! The first of our “walls” for a fun photo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in Toy Story Land. Here you’ll find the Checkerboard Wall which is hitting Instagram as #checkerboardwall. Just head to the exit queue of Toy Story Mania, and you’ll spot the black and red squared wall. This is an especially great wall when sporting the classic black with red bow Minnie ears or black and red Mickey hat as it matches perfectly! Don’t forget to post on Instagram with #checkerboardwall.
11 – Buzz Lightyear Selfie
“To infinity and beyond!” Who doesn’t love the brave and fearless Buzz Lightyear! So, let’s continue in Toy Story Land where you’ll find the extremely large Buzz Lightyear in front of the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction. Since he’s so tall, it’s not the perfect selfie, but if you angle it just right, you’ll snap a good one. If you’re not a selfie fan, have someone take a picture of the family in front of Buzz to remember your Toy Story Land experience by.
10 – Mickey & Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
Time to walk the red carpet! Join the Disney stars – Mickey and Minnie, as they are presented in their finest on Mickey & Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams off Commissary Lane. As you strut the red carpet, you’ll first come to the glamourous Minnie Mouse as she’s dressed in her finest pink gown for a night in Hollywood. Rose gold Minnie ears are perfect for this photo! As you continue down the red carpet, you’ll come to the Disney star – Mickey Mouse. Mickey is dressed in our personal favorite outfit as Sorcerer Mickey. These are two stunning photos that are worth the wait.
9 – Sci-Fi Dining Selfie
Just across the way from Mickey & Minnie is the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. Put this restaurant on your must-do list as it’s a fun one for all ages. Themed after a 50’s drive-in movie theater with sci-fi clips playing on the big screen, you’ll want to have your camera ready to capture the atmosphere. While sitting in your car with your loved one, this is a sweet spot with dimmed lighting to snuggle up and snap a photo.
8 – Toy Story Block Wall (#toystorylandblockwall)
You guessed it, we are back in Toy Story Land for another one of the #disneywalls! Oddly enough, you’ll want to head to the restroom in Toy Story Land for this photo. Between the men and women’s restrooms, you’ll spot the Instagrammable #toystorylandblockwall. The bright solid colors of the Block Wall (including red, green, blue, yellow, and orange) make the photographed person pop with color all around them. Only Disney would build a wall near the bathroom a memorable one!
7 – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
We had you snap photos earlier at Tower of Terror, but it’s neighbor – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is another hot spot for great photos. Check out the upside-down car on the track above as you enter the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster area. Or how about a family photo in front of the massive red guitar that can’t be missed. And then, of course, the best for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the ride photo. Disney brilliantly takes the photo the second guests are being shot out from 0 to 60 mph in their stretch limo! So basically, this photo almost always ends up with mortified looking faces for a hilariously fun and unforgettable photo.
6 – Muppet Door (#muppetdoor)
Let’s give the Muppets some love! The Muppets may be considered a “classic,” but they too are cool enough to have #disneywall! Instagram is showing their Muppet love with a big blue door that isn’t as popular but is still worth a mention for great photos. Hashtag this one #muppetdoor. Take your cues from Animal and go a little wild with these ones!
5 – Star Wars Selfies
Where do we start with this one? There are several excellent places to take an “out of this world” Star Wars photo! First, head to Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction in the Echo Lake portion of the park. Here you’ll find a massive AT-AT that is great to have in a family photo. Our kids favorite spot in this area is on the opposite side of the path from Star Tours, and that’s the Speeder Bike they can sit on. You’ll then want to head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay in Animation Courtyard where there are several Star Wars props you can pose with. Our favorite photo here, however, is taking a selfie with the sweet Chewbacca. Just image how many Star Wars photos we’ll be able to add to this list once the new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, opens in late 2019!
4 – Andy’s Wall (#andyswall)
You are in his backyard after all! While exploring Toy Story Land, don’t forget to take a photo next to some of Andy’s childhood artwork including this signature – the same one he writes on the bottom of his toys’ feet. Pass the Block Wall and restrooms mentioned above to find Andy’s Wall located in the very back of Toy Story Land. Go ahead and imagine being Andy’s toy as you snap this amusing #disneywalls photo. Be sure to tag it with #andyswall to show Instagram you were there.
3 – Incredibles Walls (#incredibleswall & #jackjackwall)
The Incredibles have made their way to Hollywood Studios, and we are loving every moment of it! Take part in the “Incredible Celebration” located on Pixar Avenue by snapping two exciting #disneywalls photos. The first is the most obvious of #disneywalls in this area with its bright colors known as the Incredible Celebration Wall. Tag this one on Instagram as #incredibleswall as you pose in front of the bright pink burst and/or red Incredible Celebration logo. Secondly, you can’t pass up a chance to take a photo in front of the Jack Jack Wall! It looks like Jack Jack was using his superhero powers and busted right through a brick wall and left the damage behind. Go ahead and grab a Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums while you’re at it for this Instagrammable #jackjackwall.
Editor’s Note: The Incredible Celebration is a limited-time event that will run through September 30, 2019.
2 – Popsicle Wall (#popsiclewall)
Our personal favorite wall in all the #disneywalls in Toy Story Land is the Popsicle Wall. Something about the wooden popsicle sticks floods back childhood memories. You’ll always feel like a kid at Disney, but this wall pretty well sums up the youth in the south – particularly during the hot months. The easiest way to find this wall is as you exit Toy Story Mania, although you can go in the exit queue to find it as well. It’s right next to the Checkerboard Wall mentioned above. The purple, yellow, green, and red stained popsicle sticks are lined up next to each other as a perfect backdrop – just waiting for you to take a photo. Go ahead and let that inner child out!
1 – Galaxy’s Edge Wall (#galaxysedgewall)
There is no secret here. We are ridiculously excited about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening. As we highly anticipate this new land at Hollywood Studios, we can’t help but get excited just from the blocked off entrance into this future land. Hitting Instagram as #galaxysedgewall – you’ll literally be standing at the “edge” of this new land at this wall. You can’t miss it as you head down Grand Avenue and dead-end right into the wall. The wall features a sketch of what we might be seeing once it is removed for the new land’s opening in late 2019!
There you have our top 15 photo picks at Hollywood Studios! We hope you’re ready to smile!
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