No matter how many times I visit Disneyland, I can’t help but take tons and tons of pictures. There are just so many beautiful buildings, flowers, mountains, and waterfronts to capture! But Disneyland is a busy place, and it can be quite the challenge to capture its beauty without your fellow visitors blocking a perfect shot. But over the years, I’ve developed a few techniques to snap some great photos, minus the crowds.

Tip #1 – Start early.

If capturing great photos is a priority during your trip, get into the park as early as you can. Crowds only grow as the day goes on, so an early start is your best bet to photographing a land before the masses roll in.

Tip #2 – Take advantage of waiting in line.

You’d be surprised how many queues have stunning scenery. And since you’re stuck standing in one spot anyway, it’s the perfect opportunity to snap some photos! Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, and Radiator Springs Racers are three of my favorite queues for scenic snapshots.

Tip #3 – Search for tracks.

Tracks are a no-brainer for people-free photos, since guests can’t get to them! Look for attractions with outdoor, winding tracks, and snap the scenery around them. Radiator Springs Racers, Heimlich’s Chew Chew Train, and California Screamin’ are perfect examples of tracks surrounded by stunning scenery.

Tip #4 – Go to the water’s edge.

Disneyland and California Adventure both have plenty of waterfronts, which are perfect for photos without crowds standing in your way.

Tip #5 – Aim just above the “people line”.

Sometimes, there’s just no angle you can find without people walking by. When that’s the case, all hope is not lost! Simply aim your camera just above the “people line”, so that the bottom of your photo starts where the top of their heads end. You’ll still get a beautiful picture…you just won’t see the ground.

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