And, speaking of animals you've never seen before, it's worth taking your time and even stopping for breath in the Oasis, not long after you enter Animal Kingdom. All too often, all of us are dashing past to get to Expedition Everest or Kilimanjaro Safaris and we miss this area in the rush. It's a great shame if you do, as if you linger a while you'll find a lot of different animals right under your nose, which make for some great photos. Be warned that you might have to be patient, as some of these critters are pretty difficult to find and have a habit of hiding away from the camera lens. For me though, that only makes the moment sweeter when finally I get a good shot of them!
In the Magic Kingdom, it seems almost everything is well photographed, but even here, it's easy to find more unusual items to snap. Just stroll along Main Street and look up -- the windows have some superb in jokes on them. Turn down the alleyway halfway down on your right hand side and you'll find some buildings that I'll bet you've seen very few photos of.
Another great place to head to find unusual photo opportunities is Tom Sawyer's Island. The first time we visited it, I had great fun, snapping things I'd never seen before. It also gives you a new perspective of the rest of the park around you, as you can get some good views of both Frontierland and Liberty Square from there.
The hunt for unusual photos isn't just confined to the Disney parks, though. Visit any of the resorts on Disney property and you'll find they have one thing in common - they're all beautifully themed. There's nothing better than taking a break from the parks to head over to one of the resorts. You can explore their lobbies, the swimming pool areas, and the beautifully landscaped grounds. On my most recent visit, I finally made it over to Fort Wilderness during daylight hours, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover it had a beautiful white beach and lovely Spanish moss draped over the trees. Then there was Wilderness Lodge. Having been to the main building and the main swimming pool plenty of times, this time we headed for the Disney Vacation Club Villas and saw their quiet pool and the seating areas in the Villas building. As that shows, even after numerous visits to the Walt Disney World resort, if you've been to every resort, there are still new areas that you can find to enjoy and photograph.
It's also worth photographing some of the signs you come across, particularly if you're a scrapbooker like me. There's nothing better than having a photo of a resort or attraction sign and then doing a page on that subject. It certainly gives you an excellent starting point and saves you having to buy expensive embellishments.
Don't forget some of the basics as well. One vacation, we returned home to tell people about the amazing food we had experienced during our stay on Disney property, and people just looked at us blankly. It was much easier next time to show them photographs of the dishes, rather than trying to describe them – and trust me, we had people salivating at some of those photos! Ever since then, we always photograph the food, as it helps us to remember just how it was.
Equally, photograph your room as a reminder of a great stay. It's always best to do this when you first get there, before you unpack and make a mess – and don't forget to take photos of the view, particularly if you're overlooking something impressive, like the resort swimming pool, one of the lakes on property, or even the Magic Kingdom, if you're lucky enough to stay in one of the monorail resorts.
There are photo opportunities literally everywhere you go on Disney property, so the next time you're there, keep that camera out and shoot away, looking for the unusual views. I'll bet you can find plenty if you set your mind to it.
Looking up inside the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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