The Seven Hardest Attractions to Photograph

Photography anywhere can sometimes be a challenge. But if you are photographing Walt Disney World – more specifically, the attractions – you’re up for quite an adventure. Here are the seven hardest attractions to photograph (in no particular order):

  • The Haunted Mansion: You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? It is said by some top notch photographers that scenes in the Mansion can be some of the most difficult things to photograph in the parks. It’s so dark in there, you’re lucky if you can see what you’re doing, let alone capture an actual shot!
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Another dark ride, Pirates is much brighter than Haunted but is still a challenge. It’s not impossible, though! I have seen some very excellent shots that were taken on this ride.
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh: Pooh, is obviously another dark ride – but that’s not the biggest thing making it a challenge. The jerkiness of the ‘honey pots’ you ride in add to the problem. Half of it is bouncing in the Tigger portion, and the rest of it is full of jerky turns and sudden stops.
  • Spaceship Earth: Like many, I’ve seen some good photos taken on Spaceship Earth – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. It’s extremely dark in there, so you had better have your camera set and ready to go when you board.
  • Space Mountain: You’re thinking that this is a joke, because no one even attempts this, right? Wrong – there are many great photos of the lit tunnels, and more. All of which are extremely hard to get to due the sudden change in light, and the jerkiness of the rockets.
  • DINOSAUR!: This might be the most challenging yet! It’s darkness is equal to most other dark rides, but the fact that your vehicle moves dramatically to simulate surrounding effects makes it incredibly jerky.
  • Tower of Terror: This is just a cheap one to add quickly. I have never ridden this ride before, but I know a lot is in the dark, so I’m sure it’s a challenge.

Have one to add or take off my list? Please comment – I’d love to hear your photography struggles too!

Photo by Joe Penniston