Did you know that Walt Disney World offers professional photos? I’m not talking about Photopass either. I mean a family portrait session with professional photographers who will take a series of high-quality photos for you in one of the many beautiful Walt Disney World locations – including a Magic Kingdom photo shoot!
Disney does not allow professional photo sessions within their parks unless it is with one of their photographers – or subcontracted photographers.’
What are Disney”portrait sessions”?
A family portrait session is a scheduled photo shoot with a professional photographer; they are an outside contractor, not a Disney Cast Member. By having a professional photographer, you can make requests for poses or angles or anything you want. The photographer will also have a host of suggestions based on their years of experience.
Their official website is Disneyfineartphotography.com
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What packages are available and the cost
There are 3 photo package options available
Magic Kingdom photo session 1700$
Just like it sounds, this is the only package that allows guests to have professional photos taken at the Magic Kingdom. You will be granted permission to visit various locations and it takes about 1 hour, starting at 7:30 am only. This is well before the park opens and you need a valid park ticket. On the plus side, you will have some incredible photos of your family, alone, walking down Main Street and in front of the castle. The price includes edits and enhancements, CD and copyright release.
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Enhanced photo session 400$
We did the Enhanced Photo session for our honeymoon photos. This allows guests and photographers to access any other park or resort. They run for 1 hour and also include edits and enhancements, CD and copyright release. Valid park tickets are also required for your family.
When booking at a resort, try to couple it with dining reservations. We had a great time dressing up for Ohana breakfast, then meeting our photographer downstairs for our session. It was a great start to our Resort Hopping day off.
Mini photo session 191,70$
This session is a short 20 minutes long, and guests only have access to 5 resorts (Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Disney’s Art of Animation, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort). They will not provide a CD, just a flash drive, and thus they are a lower resolution. This is good for 8×10 prints.
This isn’t terrific for big groups, as they take longer to assemble and perfect. But, it is the ideal time frame for little ones, as they tend to lose their focus fairly quickly.
Picking the best photo session for your family
The best way to pick a photo session for your family is to schedule something for the resort you are staying at, at the park you are visiting that day (bring a change of clothes) or already there (for character meal).
What to wear and bring
There aren’t many rules about what you can and can not wear during these family portrait sessions. The only rules is; no bridal attire. These can be engagement or honeymoon photos but not wedding photos themselves. If this is your desire, there is a Disney Wedding photoshoot available at Disneyweddings.com
Be sure to bring a change of clothes if your family is dressing up for the photo shoot. Leave your photo shoot attire in a park locker while touring.
Depending on the age of the children, be sure to keep kids entertained between takes. Have a toy, a tablet, a book, anything that will keep them calm and not running around (potentially getting dirty).
We were fortunate enough to have gotten a last minute reservation for Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort Enhanced Portrait package back in 2010. We booked a Land and Sea Disney vacation and decided that a photo shoot was something we wanted to commemorate the occasion.
As I mentioned, we booked Ohana breakfast before the photos. Since we were staying at Disney’s Caribbean resort, we took a taxi in order to get there in time. It was too early in the morning for the buses.
The outfits were chosen a few nights before. We did Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and were just SOAKED. We didn’t realize it would be that bad. We went to the shops and bought ourselves a whole new outfit each and decided to pick “nice” Disney outfits that would double as our Photoshoot clothes. I honestly have no idea what we had planned on wearing but I think this turned out amazing in the end. And yes, he is wearing a Disney themed Hawaiin shirt.
Keep in mind, these were taken in July 2010. Pinterest launched in March 2010. I didn’t even know Pinterest existed, let alone how to use it, until after 2013… but I’m happy with them.
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