Guest Writer Wednesday
Christmas Pictures at the Disneyland Resort
By: Matthew Bassett
Christmas is approaching fast and families are starting to think about
their yearly Christmas cards. Like many Disney obsessed families, we
spend a vast amount of time at the parks every year. When thinking about
those pictures you want to include in your Christmas card we ALWAYS
want to include pictures from the parks.
The biggest question for us
becomes where in the resort do we find the best Christmas themed family
pictures. Here are some traditional suggestions:
1) Take a
picture by the Christmas tree on Main Street. The tree is so tall that
you will either have a distorted view of the tree with the family in
front or you will only see the six feet of tree so you can see the
family. An alternative idea is to take the family on top of the Main
Street railroad platform and take a picture overlooking the tree from
across Main Street. Another alternative would be to take a picture at
the DCA tree as it isn’t nearly as crowded as it’s Disneyland
2) Take a family picture by the castle. The castle
has been dressed up with snow for the last few years. The trick to get
the best family shot is to avoid standing in front of the castle. Move
to one of the sides and get a picture avoiding your favorite people who you will never see again.
3) We love to get pictures with the characters. During the holiday season you can usually catch the characters in their Christmas best. Some of the best suggestions are to find Santa Goofy in the Big Thunder Ranch are or the Winnie the Pooh
characters in Critter Country. We have also found luck in finding other
characters in the Big Thunder Ranch area over the last few years. The
shortest lines are typically those in Big Thunder Ranch and Toontown. If
your really have to get a picture in another location you might want to
talk with a Disney photographer to get some tips to save you some time.
4) We have to take a family picture with Santa. Santa can be found in the Big Thunder Ranch but the lines are usually
really long unless you line up before he officially starts to greet
guests. I recommend going to DCA and visiting with Santa at the Elias
and Company store. In the past, DCA’s Santa was dressed out in his
surfer best but with the relaunch of the park he has changed his attire
for his traditional best! The best part is that the lines is about 10
times shorter than Disneyland.
What do you do if you want to get a “non-traditional” picture? Here are a few suggestions.
Head to Bug’s Land in DCA and take a picture next to the gigantic
ornaments. Stack one of the kids on Dad’s shoulders to get the scale of
the ornaments as you’ve been shrunk down to the size of an ant. I have a
great family picture of my one year old son on my shoulders that I
2) Some of our favorite Christmas pictures were
the silliest pictures we took. Head into one of the shops and try on the
different hats. Get one of the Cast Members to take a picture of the
family. Make sure you all try on the best Christmas ears or the
stocking hats. Have fun! This picture doesn’t require you purchase the
hats as long as you put them back when you're done.
3) Head to the hotels and Downtown Disney! All three Disney hotels and Downtown Disney get decked out in Christmas gear. You can get some time away from the crowds and explore the rest of the resort. Find a Christmas tree or some other decorations to take your family picture with.
Take the family to It’s a Small World at night. Bring a tripod and take
pictures with all of the lights. This is one of the best places to take
pictures at night in the park. The tripod will help reduce the fuzzy
pictures. You can also utilize lenses that use image stabilizer
5) Don’t forget to take a picture in front of your
favorite attraction. Some of the attractions, like Splash Mountain, will
get some Christmas theming that will add to your family picture.
Regardless, taking a picture with the family in front of your favorite
attraction will be a great story to share with your friends and family.