The best Instagram hot spots at Walt Disney World
By Helen Wright
Walt Disney World is where the magic happens. And by magic, I mean Instagram magic… Yep, while you’re wandering around enjoying your day at the happiest place on earth there is a full time Instagram underworld hiding in plain sight. These ‘attractions’ may not be listed on the guide map but you will find a myriad of Instagram hot spots at Walt Disney World just waiting for your smartphone snap. The #KodakMoment has been replaced by #GramGoals and these Disney destinations are the hottest spots for a cool pic.
HOW TO FIND INSTAGRAM HOT SPOTS AT WALT DISNEY WORLD
Unless your Instagoals are stronger than your holiday goals, this may be a phenomenon reserved for those truly dedicated to the ‘Gram. If you think the painting and decorating is purely DIY at Disney, think again. #WallsofWaltDisneyWorld is a ‘thing’ with numerous accounts, influencers and hashtags devoted to getting snap happy with the coveted colouramas. Ranging from the ‘purple wall’ to the ‘toothpaste wall’ to the ‘blueberry wall…(we had no idea either!), these Instagram backdrops are just waiting for you to pop up and pose. For our list of the best and most famous Instagram Disney Walls, click here.
Above, @Ameliabakz poses like a pro on the Bubblegum Wall.
The Castle Shot
We've been travelling since January and have almost gone all the way around the world. Me and @thesimonhenry have had the most incredible, perfect and exciting time and seen so many places that have wow'd and inspired us. Tonight it's date night at one kingdom we haven't yet visited but is magical in a different way. What a beautiful evening @waltdisneyworld – you were the first faraway land I ever saw (at age 8), the first place I experienced that wasn't my home in England and a place that inspired me to travel and see the world. This view will always be a very special to me. Happy Sunday to all our travel-loving friends around the 🌎! 🌴💕🇺🇸 #pstravels #magickingdom @helenwrites #datenight
When it comes to money shots, you’ve paid a lot of dollars for this one so make it count. Cinderella Castle is THE view you’ve been waiting for. Tourists have been posing for this picture perfect shot since 1971 and unless you are one of the first mouseketeers in, you may have to jostle for position with your fellow Magic Kingdom explorers to get it. But, there are a few other spots to capture the castle in all its glory. You can get a great angle of the turrets with far fewer tourists in shot from the bridge en route to Liberty Square. From this secret Instagram hot spots at Walt Disney World, you can snap the castle and the surrounding forest and lakes without the crowds. The other ideal vista of Cinderalla’s digs is actually from one of the rides. The Tomorrowland Transit Authority (TTA) PeopleMover, before you reach Space Mountain is a gentle train ride suitable for all ages. Have your camera ready as right at the beginning of the ride as you turn the corner you can get this vantage view of the castle.
Above, @didneybidness knows the TTA secret.
The Epcot Ball
This super snapshot is another firm favourite of the Instagram hot spots at Walt Disney World. Did you know the official name of the ‘Epcot golf ball’ is the Spaceship Earth Geosphere (us neither). The best thing about the famous globe is that it can be captured from almost any angle and is much easier to get a good shot for your grid than Cinderella Castle is. The 55-metre-high structure is so beautifully lit at night that the best pictures are often taken after dark. Plus, it’s right behind here you’ll find the cult Instagram location – the purple wall.
The Harambe Market Bike (Animal Kingdom)
Going to my happy place today! Even though I am not visiting the Harambe Market today, I’ll be exploring the sights of the magical kingdom 😉, oh and attempting to get a ton of photos of course, and maybe a new magic band too! I may be by myself today but I don’t mind it, I’ll get to wander around just taking photos and enjoying the day! Who else will be there today?
This one is a lesser-known Instagram favourite, this time to be found at Animal Kingdom. Before you reach the entrance to the Wildlife Express Train, you’ll pass the Harambe Market, which incidentally is a great place to refuel with some African street food snacks too. But before you do, get your pose on with the retro orange bike. This vintage lovely, complete with rainbow spokes, makes for a cute and alternative way to display your Disney day.
Tangled Bathroom (Magic Kingdom)
We’re not sure if this became an Instagram hot spot organically or due to a secret mission by Disney (because the restrooms were rumoured to cost $8 million) but either way we’re on board. By the way, ‘restrooms’ are what the American’s call public toilets but they aren’t usually as pretty as these animated lovelies. From horseshoe signs to rainbow brickwork, medieval bunting and swirly murals, you’ll definitely want to have a tinkle here. There are lots of cute props from the film that you may recognise, but the backdrop that has started popping up on Instagram grids everywhere is Repunzel’s hand-painted gold and purple artwork. The lovely latrines can be found at Liberty Square, near to the Haunted Mansion. Above, @Disneyby_b is perfectly framed by the Tangled mural.
You’ve packed your bags, bought your tickets and travelled 4,000 miles on a plane, so if you’re not going to get involved in the Mickey and Minnie ear madness, I mean, what’s the point? At the park, official Walt Disney World ears cost from $19 – $25 but there is a whole other movement of custom-made, designer Mickey ears going on around the web that we can’t even fathom. As well as being a Disney fan right of passage, the ears make A+ props to use at all the Instagram hot spots of Walt Disney World and make your pals at home jealous. Plus, from #squadgoals to castle photo frames, it goes without saying they are an Instagram dream. Above, @SamBondPhotography provides this adorable shot.
This is the easiest Instagram cliché to shoot, mainly because you don’t have to be in it! Unless you have enough dollar to buy the whole bunch – at $12 a balloon that would be a lot. Just sneak up behind one of the sellers and get your shot against the (hopefully) blue sky.
Thank you for the header image: Inside The Magic