Magic Kingdom Photo Spots: How to Find the Best Photo Ops at Disney World

by | Mar 10, 2022 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

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From channeling your inner Cast Member, to reading like Belle, to posing with somber haunts from Haunted Mansion, Magic Kingdom is bursting with photo spots. We’ve searched our photos for our favorite Magic Kingdom photo spots; scroll on to see them all!

Magic Kingdom—the most magical place of princesses, pirates, and purple walls. Whether your photo game is a camera bag of equipment, a selfie stick, an entourage, or the very basic pop socket with a backpack as a tripod (speaking from personal experience), we’ve got all the tips on 13 magical photo spots at Magic kingdom

13 of the Best Magic Kingdom Photo Spots 

Get your caffeine fix before passing through the gates because our Magic Kingdom photo spots start right at the top of Main Street. 

1. A Legendary Bench, Main Street, U.S.A.

Most photo spots at Walt Disney World are pretty static. The castle is always in the same place, and fountains aren’t really so portable. But the Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse bench can require a little searching around the square on Main Street.

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with the Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse statues on Main Street, U.S.A.

The Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse bench with Cinderella Castle majestically in the background is a photo must. Photo by Trisha Daab

During most of the year, the bench is in a practically perfect location with the castle in the background. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the bench with Roy Disney & Minnie Mouse

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But during the holidays, this is where the giant park Christmas tree is. This spot is also sometimes used for character photos and seasonal or special event photos. 

Can’t find it? Wander around the square or ask a Cast Member. This shot is possible for a selfie, but it’s much better to have a friend or make a new one to take your photo to get the full effect

There’s also a Goofy bench that is as unpredictable as, well, Goofy; it moves around the square also.  

2. Casting Agency Door, Main Street, U.S.A. 

If becoming a Cast Member is a wish that your heart is making, don’t rush down Main Street. 

Hang a left near the Disney Clothiers shop to practice your two-finger point at the Casting Agency door photo spot. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Casting Agency door on Main Street

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It’s time to phone a friend. You’ll need Mrs. Incredible-length arms to get the full Casting Agency door in selfie mode. There’s not really anywhere nearby to rest a camera. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses in front of the Magic Kingdom Casting Agency door

The Magic Kingdom Casting Agency door on Main Street is a favorite nighttime photo spot. Photo by Trisha Daab

How cool would it be if there were sometimes shadows behind the door? Maybe Mickey or a silhouette that looked like Walt. 


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3. Hub Grass, Main Street USA 

Naps, watching the fireworks, scarfing down a hot dog and cheese fries … The Hub grass is truly a multi-purpose spot. With its excellent views of the castle, you’ll often find Disney PhotoPass photographers hanging around inside—and some even have props! 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Hub area grassy photo spot

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Or bring your own props. This is a photo spot made for shoefies, Starbucks-drink castle pics, or chilling with a magical read. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses on the grassy area photo spot

Taking a book break on the Hub grass at Magic Kingdom. Photo Courtesy of Trisha Daab

4. Jaq and Gus Fab 50 Statue, Cinderella Castle

If Disney sold replicas of the Fab 50 Golden Statues, how many would be in your possession right now? 

It’s those beautiful EARidescent platforms, the amazing details, and the looks of pure joy on the characters’ faces that make me want to climb over the barriers and hug Dumbo. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with Jaq and Gus statues

Celebrate with a selfie at the Jaq and Gus Fab 50th Statue in Magic Kingdom. Photo by Trisha Daab

That’s probably why Disney has most of the statues behind barriers, or CMs would spend all day cleaning fingerprints off of them! 

And that’s why the Jaq and Gus Fab 50 Statue is one of my favorites. 

You can get pretty close to it and even incorporate 50th anniversary props. Well that, and there are few things cuter than a mouse in a shirt. 

Jaq and Gus from Cinderella post with a popcorn bucket with a Magic Kingdom 50th anniversary medallion in the background

A 50th anniversary popcorn bucket finds its way into Jaq and Gus’s Fab 50 statue. Photo by Trisha Daab

This Disney Fab 50 statue is fairly well hidden on the Tomorrowland side of the castle inside one of the castle towers. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Jaq and Gus statues

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This is a good spot to hit during the day as it’s often closed off during nighttime shows and can be tricky to get all the amazing details in the dark. 

5. 50th Anniversary Cinderella Castle Photo, Main Street USA

Now that you’re in the 50th anniversary spirit, grab your backpack tripod and turn your attention to capturing that perfect castle photo

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Cinderella Castle Walkway

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I prefer the Tomorrowland side walkway for daytime castle pics.  

Flying solo? Rest your phone on one of the stone structures on the walkway leading up to the castle.

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses in front of Cinderella's castle

The 50th castle pic, achieved with the handy-dandy timer and the stone structure on the walkway. Photo by Trisha Daab

Sometimes you get lucky and a friendly guest offers to be your photo Fairy Godmother! 

6. Cinderella Mosaics, Fantasyland

Tired of smiling? Sometimes we just want to be wicked and glower at our stepdaughter. 

Then it’s time to head up the walkway and through the castle to the mosaics that tell the story of Cinderella. 

This is a great space to encounter another Fairy Godmother who won’t mind taking your photo because selfies in this space are tricky

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Cinderella mosaic

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Even better is to visit with a group of friends and strike your princess poses in front of the mosaics. Grab a few shoe-loving friends and recreate the “trying on the glass slipper” scene. Or bring out your parchment for a Lady Tremaine moment pic. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses in front of the wicked stepmother mural at Disney's magic Kingdom

Lady Tremaine looks wonderfully wicked in the Cinderella mosaics at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Trisha Daab

 

 

Need more Cindy? Show off your Cinderella Disneybound while making a wish at Cinderella’s Wishing Well on the Tomorrowland side of the castle

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Cinderella Wishing Well

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Make sure to see the carvings of all the furry stars of the movie in the base of the fountain. 

Prefer Cinderella’s gown made by her animal friends? Head to the PhotoPass area in Castle Couture for a photo with the dress for Cinderelly. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with Cinderella's dress at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Find Cinderella’s pink dress at Castle Couture at Magic Kingdom. Photo by Trisha Daab

7. Dumbo Ride Vehicle, Fantasyland 

Every Disney fan family has those photos from the park we proudly display—the “before we’ve been in a park all day and everyone is smiling” castle shot, the soaking wet “post-Splash Mountain” pic, the “long day in a park at the end of the night when someone is crying” train station moment. 

For our big blended family, it’s the time we crammed the family onto the ride vehicle statue from Dumbo the Flying Elephant

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with her family at the Dumbo ride statue photo spot

Yep, that’s nine people all crammed together on the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride vehicle. Photo by Trisha Daab

This little elephant is holding nine people and still smiling. 

It’s not everywhere you can climb in a ride vehicle for a frameworthy shot. 

So after you get off the Dumbo ride, don’t run toward the exit; head toward the Dumbo ride statue between the two ride areas under the circus tent. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Dumbo ride statue

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Even though elephants only need about 2-3 hours of sleep, it’s still best to visit this photo spot during the daytime

8. Gaston’s Fountain, Fantasyland

Ready to recreate another princess movie moment? Then visit a fountain in a little town, a quiet village in Fantasyland. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Gaston fountain in Fantasyland

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Get bookish like Belle and have a book to read. No pictures in your book? Show your disgust like Gaston. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses in front of the Gaston statue in Fantasyland, reading a book like Gaston

Looking for a book with pictures like Gaston at Magic Kingdom. Photo Courtesy of Trisha Daab

Definitely make sure to visit this spot during the day. This area is pretty dark at night. 

You’ll definitely need the help of a talking candelabra, one of Maurice’s inventions, or a PhotoPass photographer to capture this shot. 

9. Beauty and the Beast Mosaic, Fantasyland

Belle found something there that wasn’t there before and so can you! 

Waltz your way toward the exit of the Be Our Guest Restaurant for a picture as old as time. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with the Beauty and the Beast mosaic at Be Our Guest

Getting a photo as old as time at the Belle and Beast mosaic at Be Our Guest. Photo by Trisha Daab

Capturing this photo is the perfect excuse to enjoy some Grey Stuff (it’s delicious!) and then get your photo after a meal that is never second. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Beauty and the Beast mosaic

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Can’t get a Be Our Guest reservation? Ask one of the CMs near the entrance if you can just pop in for a photo with the mosaic. 

10. Neverland Map, Fantasyland

Commemorate a successful sail on Peter Pan’s Flight with a photo in front of the map of Neverland. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with Peter Pan at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Find the Neverland map with your favorite Lost Boy at Magic Kingdom. Photo courtesy of Trisha Daab

Prefer a pic without Peter? Check the app to see when he is not there. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location Neverland

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Try and visit the location when the sun isn’t shining directly on the map. Try earlier in the day or in the early evening when it’s still light out but there is less glare from the sun.

11. Tangled Restrooms, Fantasyland

With all that posing, you probably need a bio break. Time for the most magical bathrooms in all the land, the Tangled restrooms. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses at the Tangled-themed bathrooms in Fantasyland

The Tangled restrooms are the perfect spot for a Rapunzel Bound. Photo by Trisha Daab

The posters for the performances at the Snuggly Duckling are a must-see, and pointing out Pascals can be a great way to pass the time while your phone is recharging. 

Yep, it’s also a recharging area. Really, they are the most magical restrooms. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Tangled restrooms in Fantasyland

Screenshot: Disney

My attempts at selfies in this area have all failed, so plan your pics when you have more than a frying pan to help you. 

12. An Upgraded Purple Wall, Tomorrowland 

How do you make the most famous wall at Walt Disney World even more magical? 

Add a Fab 50 statue of Stitch of course. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with a Stitch statue holding a 50th annwwwwwwwwwwwwwwiversary medallion in his mouth

Make sure to visit the Purple Wall for a photo with the Stitch Fab 50 statue. Photo by Trisha Daab

The wall is really quite a different photo spot at night. 

I kind of prefer the way it glows red and deeper purpl,e and you can see Stitch’s not so cute and fluffy shadow. There’s also a lot less people posing their way to their Insta-worthy shot at night. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the purple wall in Tomorrowland

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We’ve got an entire post on the Purple Wall and all the other walls of Disney photo spots, including maps of how to find them. 

With the addition of Stitch, there are now three different photo areas at the Purple Wall: the Galactic Purple Wall, the standard Purple Wall and Purple Wall, Stitch style

13. Busts in the Haunted Mansion Queue

Is your family more of a Halloween than Christmas kinda family? Then head to the Haunted Mansion queue and get your best haunting face on. 

Make sure to choose “Entrance Through Cemetery” and then look to your right just after the line splits off. 

Map of the Magic Kingdom showing the location of the Haunted Mansion

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There is a whole family of photo-worthy busts. 

Will you pose with Cousin Maude and her high Victorian collar? Or little Wellington with his bowtie and twin, Forsythia? Maybe a monocle is more your style so Uncle Jacob is your jam. 

WDW Magazine contributor Trisha Daab poses with her family at the Haunted Mansion busts photo spot

Smiling is not allowed in the photo with the busts in the Haunted Mansion queue. Photo by Trisha Daab

These haunts aren’t looking too happy but are the perfect place for a family photo– And that’s what makes it one of my favorites on the list. 

Anyone can do a family portrait on the porch or in front of the fireplace. But doing a family photo crammed onto a flying elephant or posing with the busts in front of a Haunted Mansion? That’s Disney magic. 

Magic Kingdom Photo Spots: More Than Just a Purple Wall

Taking all of these photos is going to take a lot of battery power, so use this pro tip. Grab a park map, pull up this blog, and circle all the photos spots on your map.

Map of the Magic Kingdom

Photo by Trisha Daab

Now you not only can devote all your battery to pics and the My Disney Experience app, you have a fun souvenir of your day clicking through the kingdom.

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Written by Trisha Daab

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Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food, characters, and stories you will find at Walt Disney World. She also writes the “With Kids” and "Character Magic" columns for WDW Magazine, though she enjoys Disney almost as much without kids. Almost! Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
Trisha Daab

Written by Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food, characters, and stories you will find at Walt Disney World. She also writes the “With Kids” and "Character Magic" columns for WDW Magazine, though she enjoys Disney almost as much without kids. Almost! Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom