Family with Mickey and Minnie
  • On Oct 13, 2022
    Lisa from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What private Photographer services are offered at Disneyland?

    Hiya Lisa! We're so happy you stopped by planDisney with your question. It looks like you are planning a Thanksgiving trip to the Happiest Place on Earth. I don't know about you, but I happen to be thankful for all the magic that can be found at the Disneyland Resort! 

    I love to hear that you are thinking ahead about ways to capture those moments. A trip to the Disneyland Resort can be filled with so many memories and being able to take those home can be just as magical as the trip itself. While private photography sessions are not currently being offered, you are more than welcome to independently hire a professional photographer to snap some photos of you and your family in the parks. I'm sure a quick internet search for "Disneyland Photographer" would pull up several options for you to choose from. If you decide to go this route, there are a few rules and regulations to keep in mind. Your photographer would need a theme park ticket, and while you are free to have photos taken for personal use, they can not be used for commercial purposes. There are also some restrictions on equipment that can be brought into the parks. One of my best tips for getting a great shot of Sleeping Beauty Castle is to head to the path just to the right by Snow White's Grotto. This area is less trafficked and has stunning views of the castle! We always capture a great family photo here, especially at sunset! 

    Another option is to utilize the Disney PhotoPass photographers sprinkled throughout the parks! You can find their locations directly in the Disneyland Mobile App if you tap the pinpoint button on the bottom navigation bar and choose "Disney PhotoPass" from the dropdown menu on the map. These are professional photographers who are well-versed in capturing some very important moments and memories! They know how to get just the right angle, and if you ask for Magic Shot, you might find some extra pixie dust when you go to check your photos later. While these are not private sessions, in my experience, the photographers are happy to snap a few photos and generally will be as accommodating as possible. Of course, this is at the discretion of the Cast Member and there can sometimes be a bit of a wait for more popular locations. The best part is that if you have added Genie+ to your ticket, you will have unlimited access and free downloads of your entire PhotoPass gallery for the day! 

    Another newly added benefit to Genie+ is a special collection of Disney PhotoPass Lenses! Admittedly, I slept on these on my last visit and didn't discover them until our last day. Let me tell you, they are SO MUCH FUN and bring lots of extra magic to those memories! You can find them right in your app by navigating to the three-bar menu in the bottom right-hand corner and tapping on "Disney PhotoPass Lenses". You can even flip through the options ahead of time, but you'll need Genie+ to access them once you're in the parks. You'll find yourself with Minnie sitting on your shoulder, perhaps some Elsa-inspired frozen powers, maybe some Mickey Mouse sunnies, and even special holiday versions!

    Lisa, I hope this was helpful in your planning! I know you are in for some magical memory-making ahead! If you have any questions, you know where to find us here at planDisney!

    Say Cheese!

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Meet the Panelist: Tara, Pennsylvania

Hello from Philly! Disney Parks have been my heart and soul since my 3-year old feet first hit Main Street, U.S.A. Nothing compares to the burst of pure joy, nostalgia and magic that I feel EVERY time I enter the gates! I love planning Disney vacations and have been known to convert a non-believer or two in one magical afternoon. Whether it's park days with friends, multi-generational trips, toddling around with kids or flying solo, I'm ready to help you personalize the magic at the Happiest Place On Earth! Learn More About Tara

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