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7 Lesser-Known Disney Photos Every Guest Should Take

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Great photos are one of the best souvenirs that you can take from your Walt Disney World vacation. It doesn’t cost a thing to keep your camera on hand and capture your memories in vivid, colorful shots. You can share your pics on social media, hang them in themed frames around your home, or keep them as a magical background on your desktop or smartphone.

It’s easy to find the obvious pictures at Walt Disney World. There is no shortage of smiling shots of families gathered in front of the icons or hugging classic characters. If you want to capture something a little different, try looking for these photo opportunities instead.

On Tom Sawyer Island

Tom Sawyer Island

Image: Rain0975, Flickr (license)

Tom Sawyer Island doesn’t feature any major rides or attractions, and it takes a short raft ride to get to it, so many visitors skip over this part of Magic Kingdom. If you do take the time to head over, however, you’ll find a delightful destination that’s ripe for photos of everyone in the family.

  • Pose in front of Harper’s Mill for a family photo that’s wonderfully rustic.
  • Take your sweetheart over for a smooch beside the Tom & Becky graffiti on the painted fence.
  • Get a pic of the kids on the rope bridge. Shoot head-on at their eye-level for a fun shot walking down the bridge, or pose them mid-way for a photo with Big Thunder Mountain in the background.

In Gaston’s Tavern

Gaston's Chair

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Gaston’s Tavern at Magic Kingdom Park is a wonderfully themed dining location. Though it’s small with few tables, this is a great place to grab the icy LeFou’s Brew and get a few good pictures. The replica of Gaston’s chair from the animated classic is not to be missed. Make sure you head in to appreciate the scenery.

  • Take a dramatic swig from your souvenir mug in the rustic surroundings.
  • Recline in Gaston’s iconic chair and show off your muscles.
  • Pose outside in front of the fountain of Gaston and LeFou.

In the Tree of Life Garden

Tree of Life

Image: Matthew Juzenas, Flickr (license)

The Tree of Life Garden was closed for several years for refurbishments, but reopened in 2016 so guests can once again get great views of the detailed sculptures that form Animal Kingdom’s centerpiece tree. Most visitors get their Tree of Life photo from the street with the tree far in the background. Heading in for a closer shot will give you a more distinctive picture that’s truly something different.

  • Give your favorite giant carving a hug.
  • Pose carefully in front of a distant carving so you’re petting the animals or offering a silly smooch.
  • Take a photo of your kids marveling at the animals, as they point or gaze in awe.
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