In this article, I will be going over how to get the perfect photo in front of Cinderellas Castle with little, to no crowds in the background.
This is actually fairly easy to obtain. The first thing you need to remember, is it’s all about dining reservations.
The two reservation options you have are: breakfast in the Beauty and the Beast Castle (click here for my breakfast review), or dinner at Cinderellas Castle (click here for my dinner review).
In the morning time at Disney world, it’s very easy to get a photo with only one to two people in it. As most of you know, on a normal day in the park this is very hard to do without having a huge crowd hovering around, trying to get the perfect photo to. If you are staying on property at Disney World, you may start booking your reservations up to 160 days in advance. This is very important, and one thing that I forgot to do on our trip last year. Luckily, I was able to grab a reservation at 8:00 a.m. 6 days before we left on our trip! All you need to do is make your breakfast reservations at The Beauty and the Beast Castle for any time before rope drop. I would advise to arrive 20 minutes before your reservation. This will give you just enough time to snap some shots before walking all the way to the back of the park for your reservation. This is also a really good way to get on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, with as low as a 5 minute wait! We went straight from breakfast to the ride and it was pure walk on magic. From there, we headed to the Under the Sea- Journey of The Little Mermaid, where it took twice as long to walk through the empty ride as it did to ride it. Two rides down, before most people are even walking through the gate!
Above, you can you the difference between before breakfast and mid-day.
The second way to do this is around the time that the fireworks are starting. The front of the castle is roped off and they do not let any one near the Castle, polity go up to a cast member and ask if they will take your photo. This will allow you to appear to have the whole place to yourself.
Then head around to the back of the Castle for your 9:00 pm dinner reservation in Cinderellas Castle. This area is also roped off for the fireworks. A cast member will let you through the ropes so that you can get checked in for dinner, but before you head into the castle, stop to take a couple photos! Chances are there will be a couple other people there taking advantage of this photo opportunity as well. I just asked a group of girls if they would like me to take their photo in exchange for them taking ours, and it worked out perfectly!
Once seated in the Castle, the fireworks start at 9:00 pm. We had just enough time to take a photo with my favorite princess, Cinderella, and sit down to order our drinks before the fireworks started. Our table was at the back of the castle next to the window, which allowed us to have our own private view of the fireworks.
These are the only ways I have found, to be able to get the best photos with the smallest crowd possible.
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