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Use different SD cards in your camera for each day at the parks. This way if you do lose your camera, you only lose one day's photos, not your entire vacation. - Emily Lang

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This is a big one for the shutterbugs: leave the pile of lenses at home! Those pounds of lenses really add up. I took a photo kit that I would normally take when on vacation -- a five-lens kit with a flash -- and found it to be too much by the end of the day, and most of it went unused. For the second day I only brought two lenses with me. I used the extra space in my normal camera bag for snacks, rain jacket, socks. The exception is Animal Kingdom: if you want pictures of the animals, go ahead and take a telephoto. - John-Erik

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I have another idea for taking pictures in Epcot's World Showcase. One year I decided I would get a picture of my kids in front of a water fountain or water feature of some kind in each country. They were good sports about it. At first they stood very nicely next to each other smiling, but by the end they were not so much standing in front of the fountain or next to each other. However, it is very fun to look back and see the progression of the day. - Michelle C

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All the way in the back of Morocco (in Epcot) across from the restaurant is an area where characters sometimes appear (especially during rain)... but late at night it's empty back there and there is a great backdrop for taking photos. There is a carpet and a wall painted to look like the city where Aladdin and Jasmine live. We spent a good 20 minutes back there with our Princess Jasmine fresh out of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique before anyone else came in and got some great shots! - Cathy

Categories: Photography, Epcot, Photography, EPCOT
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Take that photo whilst you can! A favourite view, or detail can literally disappear, overnight, hidden behind walls and tarps. If you see a beautiful landscape across a lagoon, or wonderful theming in the parks, do not take it for granted that it will be the same when you visit again in a day or so. I could not believe how quickly cast members work overnight to erect construction walls, especially when crowd levels subside. - Berni from the UK

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I love this site and finally have a tip! My camera case has a loop so you can wear it on your belt, but that is not always feasible -- you don't always have a belt or want to wear one. So, I took a climbing carabiner, one of those u-shape clips, and hooked my case with it on my belt loop on the side. That way there is no digging in backpacks or worrying about missing "that perfect moment." It is secure for wild rides -- you just move it from the side. - Rachel Finch

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We took a family trip to Walt Disney World in August. We were celebrating our 2-year-old son's adoption and my 9-year-old niece's first trip. My mom came too for extra fun with her grandkids. When we got home I wanted to frame a picture of the three of them together to give to her as a birthday gift, but I realized we didn't have any! Three hundred pictures and I missed that combination entirely. We had whole group, just the kids, my husband and son and me, but I realized I should have taken a few minutes to think this through ahead of time. From now on I'll have a list of must-take pics to refer to from time to time. - Lisa Sorenson

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If you'll be combining pictures from your trip from multiple cameras, it can save a lot of time and frustration to synchronize the camera time/date before you begin touring. Our most recent trip we discovered when we got home that my camera and my mom's camera were between 30 minutes to an hour off, which meant the pictures weren't in order and different events were commingled (my computer automatically sorts and groups photos chronologically). It can be fixed by editing the timestamp on the pictures during the editing process, but a simple synchronization before heading out for touring would save this time-consuming step. - Jennifer Atwater

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I take PLENTY of pictures when we visit Disney.On our last trip.I had my camera case strap across my chest for most of the trip. I put pins to trade on it instead of wearing a lanyard. It was so much easier and I got a lot of compliments. - Missy F.

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If you bring a laptop like I do to do your photos, bring blank CDs and postage pre-paid CD envelopes. Mail them home daily as a back-up. - Craig Chambers

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You may want to learn about the night settings on your camera before you get to the parade. I figured mine out a little too late and missed some great shots. Also, it is darker in the parks at night than we ever expected. We found glow sticks helped us keep track of each other. - Denise

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After dinner at Chef Mickey's, my son accidentally deleted all the photos off my memory card that I had taken in the parks the previous three days and our photos from our just completed character dinner (about 400 images). After a few tears and moments of panic, I called my brother who is an amateur photo buff. He advised me there are programs to retrieve the deleted photos, BUT you must NOT take any more photos on that memory card! We purchased a new memory card that night and took the old memory card to a camera store and for about $42 dollars all my photos were retrieved and put on a disk. It was so tempting to run back into Chef Mickey's and snap more pictures of the kids with the characters, but thank goodness I didn't! - Vicky

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During our most recent trip to Disney we brought a little backpack for our camera and video camera. We weren't sure if it would rain and we didn't know what to do if we got stuck in the rain. We decided to put our cameras and batteries in a zipper top bag. Sure enough, two days after we arrived, we got hit hard with a thunderstorm and were forced to wait for a bus back to our resort in the rain. Needless to say if it wasn't for the zipper top bag our cameras would've been ruined. - Brandon

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If you have a digital camera, take advantage of uploading your photos at one of the Photo Centers for downloading when you get home. It frees up your memory stick for more pictures and you will not have to worry about losing them if you lose your memory stick or the camera (as we did on our most recent Disney trip... with all the special one-of-a-kind photos and videos). - Linda Harrop

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Most of the Disney balloons have a Mickey weight on them. When it was time to leave the balloon couldn't go with us so I quickly took the Mickey plastic weight off of the bottom and added it to my camera strap as a souvenir. Imagine my delight when I realized not only did I have a constant reminder of a a wonderful trip, I no longer had to search for my little camera! The Mickey is distinctive enough for me to always spot -- unlike the camera strap -- and easy to grasp. The camera has made two more trips back to Disney with us and people always comment on the Mickey. It would work on anything that has a narrow strap. - Sherry Huff

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