The Christmas Tree – Main Street
Disneyland’s Christmas Tree is always a beautiful sight to behold. The tree is so large you can’t possibly get the family and the whole tree in the shot – but just having the greenery, lights, and decorations of the tree, makes a beautiful backdrop.
If you have the opportunity to have a Photopass photographer take your pic, we highly recommend it! They will be able to expertly adjust for the lighting of the tree at night to make sure you get a not-so-blurry photo!
The Mickey Mouse Floral Portrait – Disneyland main entrance
People come from around the world to get their picture taken at this spot just through the front gates – and it’s certainly a spot you don’t want to miss during the holidays.
Poinsettias surround the Mickey Mouse, and the train station is decorated beautifully above – it makes a gorgeous background — even if you can’t always get Mickey in the shot!
Santa in Critter Country
Head to Critter Country for photo and heart-to-heart with Santa.
Anywhere you can find a character!
You can always check the schedule to find when and where character appearances are going to take place, or you can just go looking for them — commonly on Main Street. The characters are decked out in their holiday best. One of my most favorite Christmas/Disneyland pictures of all time came to be just by bumping into Mickey as we arrived at the park one morning.
Main Street during the evening
Talk about a gorgeous shot! If you happen to find yourself in the park on a rainy day, take advantage of the water on the ground — it provides a beautiful reflection of all the lights! (Talk about a silver lining!)
The Partners Statue – the hub on Main Street
This is a classic must for Disneyland photographs. It’s extra magical during the holidays because the planter is filled with bright red poinsettias and the snow and lights on Sleeping Beauty Castle glisten in the background.
New Orleans Square Fountain
The Tarzan Treehouse Rope Bridge
This is definitely a fun idea for a picture. You could get some very cute action shots or a lovely little posed picture. Again, not festive, but still a great place for a unique photo.
Sleeping Beauty Winter Castle – day or night
Though beautiful during the day, the castle sparkles at night. As the sun goes down, the merriment of Disneyland magic raises. During the holiday season, Sleeping Beauty Castle is enchanted with glistening “icicles” of light and a layer of twinkling “snow.” Capturing the beauty of the lights is a bit difficult at night, but the end result is worth the effort if you can make it happen! If you have the right equipment and know-how to get a night-shot of people in front of a castle lit up with icicle lights, then you have yourself one phenomenal photograph!
If you want to get a shot during the day, getting one without one hundred other people in the way can be tough. If you want a bit more privacy, head over to the east side of the castle to Snow White’s Grotto where you can get a unique vantage point that’s just as pretty.
“it’s a small world” holiday
At night or during the day, this attraction makes a beautiful backdrop for photos. Think outside the box, too, and try taking a photo inside the boat!
What about you? Are there any other special spots you enjoy taking a family photo?