Disney 100 Characters; mother, father, daughters; Donald Duck, Pluto, goofy
  • On May 16, 2024
    Katherine from TN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are celebrating our daughter's 21st birthday at Disney July 1st and we would like to have pictures made at Port Orleans Riverside. How can we find a photographer to take pictures there?

    Why hello there Katherine, it's so great to have you back here at planDisney!

    Can you believe that it's been well over a decade since the first time you came to the Panel in search of our expertise? While a lot has changed and we've certainly grown to provide more extensive research and content since the early years, we're just as happy as always to provide you with some additional insight for photography at Walt Disney World Resort Hotel locations:

    • I spoke with a Disney Resort Hotel duty manager who let me know that while he worked at Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside, it was very common for him to approach photographers and ask them to leave if they were providing what they considered to be unauthorized photo shoots on resort property.  
    • He explained that this was largely due to the fact that according to the posted Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules, one of the listed Prohibited Activities includes photography for unapproved commercial purposes; therefore while guests could take photos of each other on their own cameras, hiring a professional photographer to do so is officially not permitted at the current time and there have been instances where certain Cast Members have reported guests and their photographer to be escorted off the premises. (Some exceptions to this may include companies providing services to couples booked with Disney's Fairy Tale Weddings who provide insurance coverage and sign agreements permitting them to shoot at locations like Disney Resort Hotels within strict guidelines.)
    • Your best bet to avoid the chances of this occurring may be to spot a Disney PhotoPass photographer closer to the main lobby building to snap a shot, or even by having a friend or family member with a great camera in your party take your own photos. Another alternative that you might want to look into is booking a Capture Your Moment session within the theme parks to really make your daughter's birthday celebrations extra special - with photos that she'll be able to download and share sooner - especially if you have Memory Maker purchased!
    Policies are always subject to change without prior notice, and it might be better to head over to Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside to speak with their leadership team in person about your plans especially in the event that any of this has changed and to see what they might allow as well as to what extent at the discretion of the Cast Members and their management. In the meantime, we look forward to more of your questions again here at planDisney!

    Wishing your daughter some amazing Disney adventures in honor of turning 21 this summer!
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