• On Aug 10, 2020
    Jonna from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello, I'm recently engaged and my photographer is meeting us at Disney Springs to take some engagement pictures. We really want to visit resorts too but do we need to be guest at the resort? I'm also open to resort suggestions for pictures!

    Hi, Jonna!  Thanks for bringing your question to planDisney!

    First of all, congratulations on your engagement!  I'm so excited to hEAR that you are planning to have your engagement pictures taken at Walt Disney World Resort!  No matter what backdrop you choose for your photos, they are sure to be magical.

    Under normal circumstances, you do not need to be a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel Guest to visit the resorts.  However, to protect the health and safety of Guests and Cast Members, some rules have been adjusted during the phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort.  Currently, resort hotel access is restricted to Guests staying at that particular resort hotel and Guests with confirmed dining reservations at that resort hotel.  I see that your listed arrival date is in the spring, so this policy could possibly change by then.  I recommend keeping an eye on this Walt Disney World Resort Hotels "Know Before You Go" page for all of the latest information.

    In case day Guests are once again allowed to visit resort hotels next spring, I'm happy to share with you some of my favorite places to capture your memories with a photoshoot.  You can get some really fun and unique pictures while strolling along the boardwalk at Disney's BoardWalk Inn.  If you're hoping to capture a laid-back island vibe, I would recommend Disney's Polynesian Village Resort or Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort.  For a quaint Southern setting, Disney's Port Orleans Resort - Riverside is lovely.  Bonus tip: Check to see if the horse-drawn carriage rides are being offered during your visit.  Finally, with its Victorian elegance and stunning views of Cinderella Castle, when it comes to a romantic backdrop for engagement photos, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort is practically perfect in every way.

    If you have any additional questions as you plan your visit, don't hesitate to ask.  Wishing you many yEARs of happily ever after!

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