Why I’m Not Taking My DSLR on My Next Disney Vacation


About a year and half ago, I took the leap and purchased a DSLR camera. It was a smart purchase, both my wife and I love taking pictures, and I love using them to preserve our memories. We were so excited about taking it on the Disney trip we had scheduled later in the year, so much so that we purchased an additional lens, a Black Rapid strap, and a great camera bag to bring along. With all that, we recently made the decision to NOT take our DSLR camera with us on our August Disney trip. Here are some of the reasons why.

  • Half of our trip is a cruise. We aren't interested in purchasing waterproofing products for the DSLR, and we don't want to chance it getting wet while we are aboard. I would be devastated if something happened to the camera while we were aboard.
  • It's big and cumbersome. Even though the Black Rapid strap is the best, and the camera bag we purchased is great, it's still a lot to wear and carry around during an entire trip either on the boat or in the parks. Many times during our last trip, I left the camera in the hotel safe because I didn't feel like carrying it around with me.
  • Last trip, we didn't use it a whole lot. In fact, we used our iPhones a lot more to capture memories while we were enjoying the parks. Taking out our phone seemed easier to capture a quick memory than grabbing the camera, removing the lens cap, focusing the camera, etc.
  • I haven't learned all I can do with my DSLR yet. You know how it goes, we are always going to learn more about how to use it but it never seems to happen. That's totally on me, but it is a real and true reason as to why we are leaving the DSLR behind this time around.
I feel good about the decision to leave our camera behind. I can't say I'll never take it with me again, because chances are I will, but for now this seems like the right thing to do. I think that figuring out how you plan to capture the memories of your trip is a really personal decision that relies on how you function and what you are going to be doing.
How do you decide what tools you are going to use to “capture magic” on your Disney vacation?