More People Photography with Disney Cast Members

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about taking candid photos of my family at Walt Disney World. There is another group of people I enjoy photographing.  They are the wonderful Disney Cast Members. As guests, we encounter Cast Members everywhere from the Orlando Airport to the Disney Cruise Line. Being on stage, they are more than happy to be in a photo or help in taking one.

For instance, a Cast Member greeting guests outside Walt Disney Presents in Disney’s Hollywood Studios noticed me as I was taking photos of the attraction’s marquee. He said my photo needed a proper presentation.

Presenting Walt Disney Presents
Cast Member presenting Walt Disney Presents in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Thursday, February 7, 2018 at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 180, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Traveling around Epcot’s World Showcase, I came upon a trio of international Cast Members showing their pride and talking with guests in front of the Germany pavilion. They were very happy to pose for me with their props.

Germany Cast Members
International Cast Members celebrating their country at the Germany pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 250, EV 0, 38mm Focal Length, Fill Flash.

On a day at sea sailing on the Disney Dream, my family enjoyed the famous Palo Brunch. My tea-loving daughter was thrilled when asking for some tea, our Cast Member brought out a whole service. After she selected the tea she wanted, he prepared it for her.

Palo Brunch Tea Service
Cast Member presenting the Tea Service to a guest during the Palo Brunch on the Disney Dream somewhere in the Caribbean Sea. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/25s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

While attending a breakfast buffet in the Crystal Palace at the Magic Kingdom, the Cast Member serving us spent some time with the baby boy in our party while his mom went to get food.

Crystal Palace Cast Member
A Cast Member entertaining a baby boy during a Crystal Palace Breakfast Buffet in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 38mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

While Disney Resorts and Cruise Ships are amazing on their own, it is the Cast Members who add the real magic. Do not forget them when photographing your Disney trips.

Did you know you can turn the tables and create a Magical Moment for your favorite cast member on Twitter? Simply send a tweet to @WDWToday or @DisneylandToday with the hashtag #castcompliment. Make sure to include the Cast Member’s first name, location and what the cast member did and they’ll make sure your cast member gets some special recognition for making your day Magical!

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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