|Can you spot Lisa in this picture?|
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
10. Temple of Heaven
This recreation of the famous Chinese Temple is astounding to see. Such colors and design are magnificent.
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.