Photographing Walt Disney World Restaurants

How I approach photographing a Walt Disney World restaurant is to get a good exterior photo to set the scene and one of the delicious entrees.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant Entrance
Yak & Yeti Restaurant entrance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 20mm (30mm DX) Focal Length.

The Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom always seems a bit mysterious so I didn’t open up the shadows just beyond the open entrance doors.

Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Chicken Tikka Masala at the Yak & Yeti Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 12mm Focal Length.

Even though I sat near the slotted windows with some sunlight, I still needed to open up the lens wide to get a good exposure.  At f/2.8, I focused on the main dish of the meal and let the foreground go a bit soft.

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano Ad
Ad on a brick building wall for Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/13, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 42mm Focal Length.

Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano is a fun California take on the classic Italian restaurant.

Spaghetti and Meatballs at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano
Spaghetti and Meatballs entree at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/13s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, 28mm Focal Length.

I highly recommend the Spaghetti and Meatballs entrée at Mama’s. Again, in the low light, I opened up the lens as wide as it could go. In this case, I used a full-frame camera which handled the high ISO image very well.

Restaurant Marrakesh Restaurant Entrance Sign
Restaurant Marrakesh Restaurant entrance sign in the Morocco pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 40mm Focal Length.

I know many people tend to overlook Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase as a place to dine. I am here to tell you it is excellent and a menu suited for anyone’s taste.

Marrakesh Chicken Kebabs at Restaurant Marrakesh
Marrakesh Chicken Kebabs served at Restaurant Marrakesh in the Morocco pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

These Marrakesh Chicken Kebabs along with the couscous was succulent and delicious. Give it a try.

Columbia Harbour House Sign
Columbia Harbour House in Liberty Square at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 18mm Focal Length.

I do not forget the counter service restaurants. I have been traveling to Walt Disney World since the early 1980’s. Over the last 10 years, the quality and variety of meals at all of these types of eateries has improved immensely. The Columbia Harbour House in the Liberty Square of the Magic Kingdom is one of my favorites for its entrees of chicken and seafoods.

Smoked Salmon at Columbia Harbour House
Smoked Salmon entrée at Columbia Harbour House in the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

While the plates are paper and utilities plastic, the food is top quality.

I am sure you have noticed I did not share any interior photos in this post. These are tougher to get a Walt Disney World as most restaurants are very busy and guests tend to dress in themepark casual. Hey, I understand, as I do, too! However, such a combination tends to not be very photogenic.

There are ways to do so and I will share them in a future post after I return from Walt Disney World next week.

What is a favorite Walt Disney World restaurant of yours?

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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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