Where to Find the Best Photo Spots at Magic Kingdom

by | Mar 29, 2024 | Magic Kingdom, WDW Blog

From channeling your inner Cast Member to reading like Belle to posing with somber haunts from Haunted Mansion, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is bursting with photo spots. We’ve rounded up our favorites here.

Magic Kingdom Park is the most magical place, home to princesses, pirates, and purple walls –– so if you’re looking to snap some photos, this is one of the best places to visit in all of Walt Disney World! With so many stellar photo spots, Magic Kingdom has even gone viral for its famed photo spots. 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’re sharing our favorite places to snap a picture, plus some tips to get a great shot.

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.

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 exactly portable. But the Roy Disney and Minnie Mouse bench can require a little searching around the square when you visit Main Street.

During most of the year, the bench is in a practically perfect location with the castle in the background. 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 Magic Kingdom photo spot can be used to take selfies, 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 it, well, Goofy; it moves around the square also. No matter which bench you find on your next visit, both offer great places for a seated snapshot!  

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

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 photo spot. Photo by Trisha Daab

If becoming a Cast Member is a wish 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. As one of the most iconic Disney World photo spots, you won’t want to skip this Magic Kingdom staple if you have yet to take a photo here.

It’s time to phone a friend for your photo at this location, though. 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. To make it easy to get a great shot, stop here when you’re visiting with a friend or two.

Hub Grass, Main Street U.S.A.

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

Or, bring your own props. This is a photo spot made for shoefies, Starbucks-drink castle pics, or chilling with a magical read. Plus, it’s a spot that makes it easy to get group pictures or selfies, all with Cinderella Castle in the background.

Cinderella Castle, Main Street U.S.A.

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

No matter how decked out the castle is –– or isn’t! –– during your visit, you absolutely have to get a Cinderella Castle photo during your visit. While there are plenty of angles you can capture the castle from, 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. It’s also a great place to enlist the help of a friend. Sometimes, you’ll also get lucky and a friendly guest will offer to be your photo Fairy Godmother! 

Cinderella Mosaics, Fantasyland

Tired of smiling? Sometimes, we just want to be wicked and glower at our stepdaughter. If that’s how you’re feeling, 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

Even better, I recommend visiting 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. 

Need more Cindy? A great place to show off your Cinderella Disneybound or snap some magical photos is Cinderella’s Wishing Well on the Tomorrowland side of the castle. Don’t forget to make a wish while you’re here! You can also see the carvings of all the furry stars of the movie at 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.

Dumbo Ride Vehicle, Fantasyland 

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

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

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

It’s not everywhere you can climb in a ride vehicle for a frame-worthy shot, and this is a great Magic Kingdom photo spot if you want to capture an iconic attraction. 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. 

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

Gaston’s Fountain, Fantasyland

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

Ready to recreate another princess movie moment? Then visit a fountain in a little town, a quiet village in Fantasyland: Gaston’s Fountain, which is located right outside of Gaston’s Tavern. Here, you can get bookish like Belle and bring a book to read. No pictures in your book? Show your disgust like Gaston.

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, too.

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. 

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

Neverland Map, Fantasyland

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

Commemorate a successful sail on Peter Pan’s Flight by snapping a photo in front of the map of Neverland. This is a meet and greet spot, so you’ll be able to get both the map and a photo with Peter Pan himself.

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

I suggest you try and visit the location when the sun isn’t shining directly on the map. Head here earlier in the day or in the early evening, when it’s still light out but there is less glare from the sun.

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. 

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. 

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. 

The Purple Wall, Tomorrowland 

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. So, of course I had to include the Purple Wall on this list!

Depending on when you’re visiting the Magic Kingdom, you may find the Purple Wall is even more magical than usual. For example, during Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration, Stitch was added, along with some lighting changes. That meant there were three different photo areas at the Purple Wall: the Galactic Purple Wall, the standard Purple Wall and Purple Wall, Stitch style. No matter what style you encounter, it’s a great selfie opportunity.

Busts in the Haunted Mansion Queue

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

Is your family more of a Halloween than Christmas kind of group? Then head to the Haunted Mansion queue, where you can get your most haunting face on. Make sure to choose “Entrance Through Cemetery” and then look to your right just after the line splits off. Here, there’s 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. 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.

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Posts by Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom

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Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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