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Trip Traditions: 9 Photos We Take Every Disney World Vacation

Before we moved to the Orlando area, we were fortunate to visit Disney World at least once a year, even twice a year, in some cases. In taking so many trips, we found ourselves doing things every trip, and so were born our Disney World traditions. Whether it was certain snacksmust-do activities, annual souvenirs, etc., it wasn’t a Disney trip without these traditions.

One of our trip traditions is taking specific photos of the kids (and sometimes Mom and Dad) at certain spots in the park. There are more fantastic picture spots at Disney World than you can count, yet we found ourselves wanting to visit the same photo spot year after year so that we could capture our kids growing up at Disney! Soon I had many places that were absolutely necessary to visit for our traditional pictures. I love looking at these same spots over the years. Here are our top nine photo spots that have become part of our trip traditions!


9 – Room # Plaque, Resort Hotel

So I can’t be the only person who takes a picture of their resort room the second they get there. Right? Well, I hope not. But as far as I know, I may be the only one who takes a picture of their room number. Here’s why you should do it too. Disney does a fantastic job of theming every inch of their resorts, and that includes the room number placard! So, years later, I know what resort I stayed in, but I also have a quick visual reminder of the room we were in as well! Can you guess what Disney Resort this is?

Resort Room

8 – Mosaic Tile Fountain, Morocco Pavilion, Epcot

Visiting the country pavilions in World Showcase is one of our favorite things to do. Nestled way back in the Morocco Pavilion in Epcot is a beautiful tiled fountain that makes you forget that you are at a theme park. We loved coming back to this place because it was not your typical Disney photo spot. Some of my favorite group pictures have been in front of this fountain.

Mosaic Fountain

7 – World Showcase Bridge with France in the Background, Epcot

The bridge overlooking the France Pavilion is one of the more popular photo spots, and you’ll regularly see Disney PhotoPass photographers snapping shots here. You’ll get the Eifel Tower in the distance with this lovely picture. We dream of going to Paris someday, so for now, this will need to do.


6 – Canadian Totem Birds, Canada Pavilion, Epcot

Our kids, especially when they were younger, absolutely loved the chance to stick their head into the Canadian Totem Birds in the Canada Pavilion in Epcot. It’s so fun to see their little faces sticking out of the birds’ beaks!

Tip: An adult will likely need to help boost up the younger kids for the higher positions.

Canada Totem

5 – Inside Bruce the Shark, The Seas with Nemo & Friends, Epcot

Say it with me. “Kids are friends, not food!” While visiting Nemo and Friends, don’t miss your chance to stuff your kids into a shark’s mouth! The “fun” of hearing your kids argue while they jostle and shove to get their spot is priceless! To be fair, Bruce’s mouth is more like a slide, so an adult will need to help younger children stay put! Also, the room is quite dark, so have your flash ready!

Kids are Friends Not Food-Bruce

4 – English Phone Booth, United Kingdom Pavilion, Epcot

We absolutely love England (the real one), and so we always take time to stuff our kids into an English telephone booth while visiting the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot. For fun, ask strangers to join you. How many people can you stuff into a phone booth?

3 – American Stocks, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

Looking to teach your children a lesson on punishment used in Colonial America? Look no further than the stocks in Liberty Square in Magic Kingdom. Just don’t leave your kids there for too long.

Tip: Dad might need to give the younger kids a boost.

Stocks at Magic Kingdom

2 – Horses on Cinderella’s Carrousel, Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Royal Carrousel was a family favorite from our very first trip. It was a perfect place to snap a picture of the kids on their horse. “Look, Mom! No hands!” I have some terrific photos of the kids on their carousel horses.Goodbye Mickey and Minnie-2

1 – A Special Goodbye to Mickey and Minnie

Meeting characters is usually at the top of a family’s to-do list when they visit Disney World. For our family, we always made sure we visited Mickey and Minnie for a family photo. Confession. We have used these pictures for Christmas cards because it’s totally normal, right? After a few trips, Chad had a great idea to make visiting Mickey and Minnie the very last thing we did on the final night of our visit. This way, our family could say goodbye, and it helped end the vacation on a happy note. This tradition would work, of course, with any character you choose, but we loved saying goodbye to the big cheese himself!

Tip: Mickey and Minnie can be found separately in many locations, but finding them together has become increasingly difficult. Currently, there is only one location where you can see them together: the Adventurers Outpost in Animal Kingdom. Check the My Disney Experience app for current greeting locations.

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Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for DisneyLists.com. As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning, and more, for trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up-to-date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages DisneyLists.com's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers' feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents DisneyLists.com at Disney media events. While attending these events, she gets an insider's view of all the new things that have come to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line and passes this information and tips to our followers.
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