Waiting for Disney attractions can be tough. It’s a small world, but sometimes there’s a long line. In this case, the amount of people waiting wasn’t large, but the walk-through definitely trailed on. As our littlest led the way to this attraction, she trailed her hand along the side, occasionally gazing down at others loading and unloading.
We often forget about these moments at Disney Parks because it’s not the actual attraction. I love these shots, though, as they help complete my story of our vacation. So much time is spent waiting in line, that it seems a shame to not include part of it.
With It’s A Small World, the railing was plain silver and not very identifiable. I chose to include part of the attraction itself as to not be confused with another ride. This was not the only one I took while waiting in line, but it is my favorite and the one I chose to keep. Don’t go for perfection with one shot. Take a few along the way and if you don’t like them, that’s okay! There are tons of attractions where you can keep trying!
The Mad Tea Party-so much fun as a kid, and yet, I don’t think I could go on it more than once as an adult. While waiting in line, I took advantage of having a clear view. I slowed down my shutter speed to 1/50 (if you have a point and shoot or phone, you can get the same blurred-teacup looked as the sun goes down and there’s less light available-just make sure to hold your camera VERY still or the whole image will be blurred). You could also do this if you choose to not ride, but you want to capture friends/family who are.
Next in line. We got lucky here that we were right up next to the entrance, but really, there are places throughout the line that are similar. Most kids can’t wait for their turn. The music, the spinning, everything. For this one, I bumped up my shutter speed because I knew the two girls were moving and I wanted them to be in focus. Neither girl needed to know that I was taking their picture and by including the teacups and lanterns in the shot, it sets the whole setting.
Reaching the minimum height for an attraction is definitely a milestone worth capturing! You can see the seriousness in his face as he made sure he had actually reached 44 inches for Expedition Everest.
Splash Mountain was a favorite of these two. Months before their first trip, they watched the videos on YouTube, the Disney Planning video, and even memorized the songs from the WDW Parks CD. This was our last day and their 5th time riding Splash Mountain. I wanted to capture that last minute slight apprehension as we waited next in line. I made sure to capture part of their faces while not looking at me, their grandpa’s reassuring hand on the shoulder, and of course the gates that were the only thing separating them from the ride itself.
The next time you’re at a Disney park, don’t forget to capture the moments waiting for the ride and feel free to email us some of your favorite shots! We just might feature them here!!