We've all seen awesome ride photos -- and we've all had some taken of ourselves that we'd rather forget. Fortunately, memorable, purchase-worthy ride photos aren’t too difficult to create -- they just require some planning and patience. Here are 5 ways to get the best ride photos at Walt Disney World.
1. Plan your perfect picture.
Planning can start long before you step onto the Magical Express bus to be whisked to the World. You can even bring props. Some memorable ride photos have featured a group partaking in a leisurely breakfast while zipping down Splash Mountain, a secret marriage proposal on Tower of Terror (guests held up signs reading “Will you marry me?”), and a lightsaber fight on Space Mountain. You could even bring a blanket and pose as if you’re sleeping on the ride, or bring a board game onboard (just make sure the pieces are glued down!).
2. Figure out where to sit.
Different rides have different seating configurations, so on some rides you’ll be able to get your whole group together but on others you’ll be split up or you’ll have strangers in your photos. Here are the seating arrangements for the attractions that have cameras.
- Space Mountain: Each ride vehicle holds six people, but they’re divided into two groups so only three people will be shown in each picture.
- Splash Mountain: Eight people are shown in each vehicle.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train: Each car on the five-car train holds four people. About three cars of people will be shown in the photos.
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin: The ride vehicle holds two people and both will be shown in the photo.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith: Each limo has 24 seats, but the limos are divided into six sections, each with four seats. The photo will show four people.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: The ride elevator shows about 22 people and all of them will be shown.
- Test Track: Each car holds six people and all will be visible.
- Expedition Everest: The train holds 34 people, but it’s divided into six sections. Five of those hold six people and the back car holds four. In the front five sections, six people will be in the photo; in the back car with the engine, four people will be pictured.
- Dinosaur: The ride vehicle holds 12 people, and all will be shown.
Make sure you’re in the right seats if you want to be in the same picture with your group. Cast members can usually help you accomplish this if you let them know.