Dealing With the Crowds

If you have ever visited the Walt Disney World Resort during the week of Christmas and the New Year, you know what extreme theme park crowds feel like. But, sometimes, that is the only time to go for some, or it is the only time to see certain things, like the Christmas parade during the daytime. While it might seem like a wash to take photos while dealing with said crowds, it is most definitely possible, and I experienced it first hand while touring through Animal Kingdom this weekend. I’d like to share a few tips to not get too stressed in today’s post.

Think Small

In many cases during these busy times, forgetting the wide angle lens can be a good idea. Obviously, there are still some great shots you can get incorporating crowds, but in my experience, most wide shots during super busy times end up in my archives.

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Every photo in this article is shot with a 28mm lens, but with a lens like that, you have the ability to get up close to your subjects. Shooting with a small prime lens and just your camera is also a nice way to deal with the crowds, since you would not have to deal with people constantly bumping into your bag. There are lots and lots of details in the parks, and busy times are a great time to capture them.

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Look up!

When at Disney, there are things all around you. Up, down, left, right, everywhere. Sad thing about when it’s busy is that many of the things that are down, left, and right are obstructed by hundreds and thousands of people. But, looking up will yield you some success, because all of those people sharing the park with you in most cases cannot block that view. Take these great holiday decorations for example. They are probably close to 8 feet above the ground, and make for a pretty cool shot. I was surrounded by people when taking it, but you wouldn’t be able to know!

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Find the Photo Spot

There are many creative ways to get around shooting when crowded, but at the same time, many of the postcard type shots at WDW are ones that crowds cannot get in the way of, like Cinderella Castle with the moat leading up to it, or the monorail running past the Imagination pavilion. The Tree of Life is no different. Walk all the way up to the railing and take your shot! It might not be the most original, but you can still get something you can take home with you and share with friends and family.

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Hopefully this information helps the next time you take a trip to the parks and are anticipating the 90 minute waits for E-Tickets but still want to get a few photos in.

For those curious, everything taken in the post was with the Sony a7 and the Sony FE 28mm f/2, both of which are available at Amazon. Thanks for reading!

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