EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Jul 6, 2009
    Gay from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Hi Erin!I'm afirst timer at WDW. As a scrapbooker, I'm obsessed at taking pics ;) I have a pocket digital and a digitalSLR. Should i bring both or just the pocket cam? I luv rides esp d water ones.Will it be cumbersome to lug the SLR around esp on rides?

    Ah, welcome to the world of obsessive Disney photographers.

    I am sitting in my room at the Beach Club resort right now. I just arrived here from New York and brought with me my Canon Digital SLR, an Olympus stylus waterproof pocket camera, a Flip HD video camera, and my camera and video equipped iPhone. If there's a memorable moment happening during my vacation, I'm going to capture it.

    While use all of my cameras during a trip to WDW, I don't always have them all with me at once. For example, if we're heading to the pool, I'll just bring the waterproof camera. Or if we're going out to a signature restaurant, i might just take a pocket camera because i don't want to carrying something too bulky to ruin the look of my outfit. (Seriously, I am crazy.)

    I will confess that when we're in the theme parks for the day, I do always bring the SRL. I find that that's when I really want the quality photo that I just can't get from a point-and-shoot. I find that refresh rate for pocket cameras is just too slow for all the great expressions my kids make when they see the characters. I really wouldn't worry too much about the SLR on water rides. There are only two rides in the parks where you get appreciably wet: Kali River Rapids in the Animal Kingdom and Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom. For those rides, I just wrap my camera in a few layers of plastic bags and put it my backpack. i have never had a mishap this way.

    You will find the right mix of camera equipment for your needs after a bit of trial and error, but I would at least try to bring all your gear to WDW so that you have the ability to try out each option.

    Good luck and have a great trip to WDW.
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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