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10 Best Epcot Photo Spots

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Can you spot Lisa in this picture?
Whether you’re a professional photographer with serious gear or just an average Joe with a cell phone camera, there’s one common factor to getting fantastic Disney vacation pictures:

Location.

Many times, simply choosing the right spot can make your photo a success. With that in mind, here are my 10 best Epcot photo spots:

1. Main Entrance and Spaceship Earth

This is the classic EPCOT postcard picture. From just inside the main entrance, in front of the garden and Leave a Legacy sculptures. There’s often a line of people getting pictures taken here, with Disney PhotoPass photographers on hand to take one for you. They’ll have you stand in front of, sit on, or stand on the ledge of the garden.

Want to change it up? or just not wait in line? Move a bit to one side or another and get low instead of opting for the classic straight on look. By doing this, I could get closer to my kids and make them larger in the frame, while still getting the entire sphere behind them.

 2. Fountain of Nations and Spaceship Earth

 

The Fountain is often overlooked as an “attraction”, but it gets its due as a photo backdrop. This picture was taken by a PhotoPass photographer, which is why we are further from the fountain than I would have liked. From here, you get the “other side” of Spaceship Earth, which looks a lot like the front.

For more fountain, simply move closer to it. But as you see in this picture, whoever is taking it is so far away that Lisa and I are very tiny. We should have moved forward from the railing so we could be seen better.

3. Finding Nemo garden

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Located outside the Seas with Nemo and Friends by the stroller parking you can find Nemo, Marlin, Dory and other characters from the film hanging out in the garden.
I love this spot because I love the movie. The colorful characters combined with the textured rock ledge and greenery makes for a great background.

 

 

4. Reverse Waterfall 

The Imagination pavilion has so many memories for me, but even without them this spot is still a terrific picture spot. The “reverse”, “backwards”, “up” waterfall with the pyramid, a monorail cruising by… very picturesque.
Oh, and I suppose you could put some of your family in the shot too!

 

5. Rose Garden Path

 

This is the path that winds past the Imagination pavilion and over to World Showcase. What I love about this path, besides how quiet it is compared to the main pathway between Future World and World Showcase, is the combined view you can get when you look back at Future World. Position yourself and time your picture right to get flowers in bloom, some of the water features, part of Spaceship Earth, (or in this case, Journey into Imagination!) and the monorail as it passes by! I obviously didn’t get the monorail in this picture.

6. Victoria Gardens, Canada 

The Canada Pavilion boasts an incredible garden with a long winding pathway, which then leads you over a rope bridge nestled between rock cliffs to a waterfall. It’s one great photo opportunity after another.


I used to force Lisa to pose for me in this garden every trip, but now Bella has taken over that duty.


The stairway leading up from the waterfall provides some great angles for photos of your family. You can stop in a couple of places on the way up, or just take the picture from the top!

7. Bridge between UK/France

You’ll occasionally find a Photopass Photographer here, but not always. This is one of my favorite spots. Get nice and close to your subject, leaving only the France pavilion in the background with the iconic Eiffel Tower rising over and people might be convinced you actually went to France!
Wait! You mean that’s not the River Seine?!

 

 

8. Torii Gate, Japan 

One great trick photographers use for their pictures is to find natural “frames” for their subjects. You might put your photo in a frame, but sometimes the photo itself frames your subject. Some examples are using doorways or windows. In the Japan pavilion, standing tall in the World Showcase Lagoon is the Torii Gate.  A great frame for either your family, Spaceship Earth, or in my case, a little bonsai tree.

 

9. Fountain in Italy

This is my vote for most romantic picture. This fountain is located in the front of the Italy pavilion, near the bridge and gondolas that turn the shores of World Showcase Lagoon into Venice canals.

I have several pictures of Lisa and I having a romantic moment here, but I won’t torture you with those. The fountain alone is beautiful, especially if you get there around twilight, with the sun setting and the fountain lit up.
Or you can go for a look like I did here, with just the top of the fountain, Lisa, and Spaceship Earth over her shoulder. (Of course, you’ll have to substitute someone else in Lisa’s place!)

10. Temple of Heaven

This recreation of the famous Chinese Temple is astounding to see. Such colors and design are magnificent.
Most people will walk straight at it as they enter the China pavilion, like moths drawn to a flame…
For an alternate view, try walking to the left by the restaurants, you’ll find some openings overlooking the pond that provide for a great foreground.

Honorable Mention: 

I can’t let a post about EPCOT photos go by without a reference to this classic EPCOT photo opportunity. It differs from every other shot in our 10 Best list because it’s not about the scenery. This one is all about the people you capture and what you capture them doing.

The location is Club Cool in Future World, and some of you may know where I’m going with this, while others may not. If you don’t, I won’t spoil it except to say that if you do it right, the photo should look something like this one that I took of my mother-in-law. (This is actually a freeze frame from the video I took!)

 

Alright, so there you have it, My 10 Best EPCOT picture spots. Did I miss yours? Well, this is just MY list, so let me know what’s on yours by leaving a comment below.

10 Epcot Photo spots to help you capture the perfect family photo.

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Beth Green

Wednesday 19th of March 2014

I always take photos in those same spots- except Italy! I've never seen that fountain... must change that next trip!!

Lynn

Sunday 16th of March 2014

I love the Italy picture!!! Thanks for sharing all your tips

baseballmickey

Sunday 16th of March 2014

Thanks!! And thanks for taking the time to comment!

Frontierland Station

Friday 14th of March 2014

I love taking pictures with Nemo & friends! It's such a great photo op!

baseballmickey

Sunday 16th of March 2014

Thanks! It was a tough choice between the entrance to the attraction or the actual characters, but in the end I went with the characters because we ALWAYS have to get a picture there.

Amy Zellers

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

OMG- you just made me laugh out loud with that last photo! Our family loves the Nemo attraction for our annual photo :) Thanks for sharing your top ten!

baseballmickey

Sunday 16th of March 2014

That is a great spot! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Lorelei Ketcherside

Tuesday 11th of March 2014

I'm taking a Disney first timer next trip. I'm pretty certain Club Cool is in her future. ;)

baseballmickey

Sunday 16th of March 2014

nice!!

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