Tips for Better On Ride PhotoPass Photos and Videos

Let's face it, there's nothing worse than getting off your favorite ride and finding out that the picture they took came out awful. Maybe your eyes are closed, maybe you can't see someone in your party, but for whatever reason, it's not a picture you want to keep as a memory.  I have scoured the internet and studied ride photos and found that there are a few tips, that will help ensure that you have an on ride photo that you want to keep forever.  While I can't help you keep your eyes open, these are a few things I've noticed that may help.

Ride photos are included with your Memory Maker purchase at Disney World, PhotoPass+ One Day at Disneyland, and Annual Passes that include PhotoPass at both parks.

Disney World

Frozen Ever After

Frozen Ever After Ride Photo Op

  • The best spot to be seated for a great photo on this ride is the front
  • Be careful about raising your arms, so you don't block those behind you
  • It's a great closer up photos, but we are hoping they will improve the view of the boat. We would love to be able to see the whole front of the boat, so it's instantly noticeable that it is different from Splash.
  • Maybe let the babies sit this one out 😉

Mine Train

 

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  • This ride has two photos, one from the side and one from the front. It also has a ride video.
  • If possible, try to keep your group on the same mine cart (four people per cart).
  • If you put your hands up, you will block people behind you :(.
  • Put children or shorter riders in the front of the mine cart, if possible.

 

Tower of Terror

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  • Smaller people need to sit up front, otherwise, they are lost in the photo.
  • Watch your hands. If the person in front of you puts their hands up, you won't be seen in the shot.
  • Best seats: anything in the front row, or the back row right in the middle.
  • This ride has a photo and a video.

Ride Video:

 

Space Mountain

  • The picture is taken from the side.
  • You ride single file, so make sure you are in an order you are happy with.
  • Smaller kids should sit in the front, otherwise they may be blocked in the shot.
  • Keep your head up!  Otherwise, you risk a shot of the back of your head.

Splash Mountain

  • 2 person seats in the log
  • The second row of people is at the most risk to get lost. Keep small children out of this row.
  • Watch the hands! One person with hands up in front of you can block your face entirely.
  • Keep your head up!  Otherwise, you risk a shot of the back of your head.

Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin

  • Play the game! If you aren't playing, you'll look bored in the photo.
  • This is usually a pretty close up shot, so plan accordingly.
  • Sit in your separate seats. If you scrunch together, you may block each other.

Rock n Roller Coaster

  • Front riders take center stage in the photo.
  • The person sitting in the back row on the left side is the one that faces the possibility of being blocked.  Keep small children out of this seat.

Expedition Everest

  • This is more of a distance shot.
  • Again, the person in the back row on the left may be blocked.  Keep small children out of this seat.
  • Ladies: this shot will show your legs if you are in the front row. Short shorts or skirts may “disappear” under the lap bar. Plan accordingly.

Dinosaur

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  • This is a reaction shot.  It's captured as you are reacting to something on the ride.
  • You'll be reacting to something on your right hand side, and that's the side they take the picture from.
  • If you are sitting on the end on the right hand side, you maybe be cut off or less visible.
  • Best seats: any row, all the way to the left.

Test Track

  • Keep small kids in the front row. If they are in the back, they tend to not be visible.
  • The front row all the way to the left also tends to be a problem for children.  Keep them out of this seat to make sure you can see them in the photo.

Disneyland

Space Mountain

  • Double person ride vehicle.
  • Photo is taken head on.
  • Smaller people in front ensure they'll be seen.

Splash Mountain

  • Single rider logs
  • Five/Six to a log
  • Smaller person in front
  • Keep your head up!

Tower of Terror

  • Smaller people need to sit up front, otherwise, they are lost in the photo.
  • Watch your hands. If the person in front of you puts their hands up, you won't be seen in the shot.
  • Best seats: anything in the front row, or the back row right in the middle (possibly the best seat)

California Screamin'

  • Double rider vehicle, four people to a shot.
  • Sitting in the back on the right hand side may result in a blocked view of person. Keep smaller children from this seat.

Radiator Springs Racers

  • The challenge here is the windshield.  Children should sit in the backseat of the car to be totally visible in the photo.
  • Watch the hands!  Again, hands can easily block the person behind you. Pay attention to the hands around you.

If you have a preference on where you want to site, kindly ask a Cast Member what they can do. Be respectful and if they can accommodate you, they will. If for some reason, they can't put you where you want to be, be respectful and follow directions. You can always ride the ride again! 🙂

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