We LOOVVEEE ride photos! I mean, what better opportunity to capture our Epicness?! (I just decided that’s a word…) We love them so much that we decided to put a Ride Photo Wall of Fame page on our website. You can find that here! We want to find the best of the best Disney ride photos and gather them all in once place! Feel free to submit your own!
So, you might be thinking, ‘How can I make an epic ride photo?’ I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that there are three ‘levels’ of Ride Photo Mastery. Make sure you master the first level before attempting the next two levels. After all, creating the perfect ride photo is an art that cannot be rushed.
*LEVEL ONE- This is the most basic level of ride photo awesomeness. These ride photos include fun reactions being caught on camera, cute kids, and amazing facial expressions. If you’re a ride photo newbie, the first thing you can do to start yourself down the path to ride photo greatness is playing around with fun facial expressions. You can’t go wrong! Do you have a fun facial expression in mind? Good- now just intensify that by 10x and you’ve got yourself the perfect ride photo!
*LEVEL TWO- This level is for those who have mastered the ride photo facial expression. You are ready to take the awesomeness up a notch. This is there arm gestures and props come into play! (Just make sure to keep it appropriate!) Even simple props can add a lot to a ride photo. Bonus points for roping in other people on the ride to participate! Once you can handle arm gestures and props, make sure to add in that perfect facial expression! Don’t be fooled. Perfecting level two takes practice, and often-times requires plenty of forethought and planning. Don’t give up!
*LEVEL THREE- Ah, yes. The Ride Photo pinnacle of perfection. Do you have what it takes to create a TRULY EPIC ride photo? Level three ride photos have one thing in common- they all have something unique about them (yes, I just said the thing they have in common is their uniqueness…..) They are usually hard to recreate and have some raw talent behind them. And truly EPIC ride photos have a story behind them. I’ve picked a few Level Three Masters that we can all learn from.
**VIKKI TUPAY — Knitting on all WDW rides**
So this lady here is in a mission to KNIT on every ride at Disney World. Seriously. And that’s why she’s awesome! Here’s her story:
“I’ve been knitting in the parks for years. I’ll bring knitting on the Peoplemover or just sit on Main Street, but because of all the challenges I thought it would be fun to try my own challenge. So I challenged myself to knit on all rides and shows in Disney. At this point I’ve got most forms of transportation, I still need a bus. All rides in Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot. I’m still working on Magic Kingdom and the shows in Hollywood Studios but i’m getting there.”
VIKKI TUPAY — Ride Photo Master
**SCOTT LARSON — Space Mountain Marriage Proposal**
This guy here proposed to his wife with a Space Mountain ride photo! Here’s the story:
“Ok. So back when Disney did their 24 hours open Memorial Day Weekend 2013, we decided to go to Disney. My plan was to propose Friday evening during the event. Well, as we got closer we saw signs requiring us to park at Epcot and take the monorail. No problem. Until we saw the line was already on the ground so it would be hours before we could even get there. No way. So we bow out and I plan to do it the next day. The next day we get to Magic Kingdom. I have the ring in my backpack along with the sign. My wife didn’t think anything of it because I would often take my bag to carry stuff like water and my Sorcerer’s cards so hiding those things in there wasn’t a big deal. However, I got nervous thinking about Disney security taking it out in front of her so I talked to my mom and dad and asked if one of them would go through the no bag line with Tracy so she wouldn’t see anything if they took it out. My mom sees the logic in the plan and goes ahead and does the no bag line. That works. We get in and want to get fast passes for Space Mountain. These were the days of paper fps so someone would have to walk over there. I offer to do it because I wanted to ask and make sure it would be ok for my parents to wait at the exit for us to take pics and video of the proposal. I head over there quickly while my wife takes a smoke break. I get the fps and ask the cm there if my parents can just wait around or if the would have to go as well. That cm didn’t know and told me I would have to ask the cm inside who separates the lines. That isn’t what I want to hear because I have to head back quickly. I see no choice but to walk in and ask. So I go through the standby line (I had no fp so I can’t get in that line) and walk past everyone trying to excuse myself. I got a ton of dirty looks as I explain I just need to ask a question. Before I get to the cm, I hear my phone ringing. Its Tracy and I figure she is wondering what is taking so long. I have to ignore it or she will hear me inside the ride. I finally get to the cm and ask if my parents can go through the line with us but just wait at the exit area. They say yes. Yay! So I exit through the regular exit. On the escalator my phone rings again. Again I ignore it. I finally get out and call her back. I lie and tell her I am in the bathroom and will meet her by the bathroom. I see her there and she says she has to go now. I say fine. However, I really got to go but she can’t know because as far as she knows, I just went! So when I know she is gone I run in there and pee as fast as I can. I run to the faucets and wash my hands quickly and run back outside to look like bnb I was just standing around waiting. I beat her by 30 seconds and that part works.
We do other rides until out FP time comes up. All 4 of us go into Space Mountain but my parents have no intention of riding. They tell Tracy they are going to sit it out because they are going on a long trip right after Disney and don’t want to jar their backs. So we get to the cm and I ask which side we are on. He says Omega so I tell my parents we will see them on the Omega side. Once they are gone, Tracy realizes I still have my backpack. She says I should have given it to them since they weren’t going. At that moment, I realize I had no logical or reasonable excuse to keep my backpack at the split and am so thankful she didn’t say anything before. I don’t know what I would have done if she did. We get to the cars and the cm asks us if we can split up. NOOOOOOO! Luckily he listens and we end up in the car with the girl behind us. My wife asks me where I want to sit and I said behind her so I could have leg room. Now, Space Mountain is my wife’s favorite ride and I have learned the cameras always are on the side you lean into after the first turn out of the light room. I knew I would have time to pull out the sign and face the camera. However, I didn’t count on how little time it is when you are in a panic to make sure everything is right. Like making sure the sign is facing the right way. And that it isn’t upside down. And that you know which way the camera is when you are doing these things. I get it all set, realize which way the track will turn, and hold up my sign. Then I hear “OH MY GOD! Does that say what I think it says??” CLICK goes the camera. Thank goodness there is that loud sound effect right there because my wife didn’t hear her. As I am putting the sign away I turn around and give her my death stare. “Shut up. She doesn’t know” as quietly and sternly as possible while still loud enough for her to hear me. We get through the whole ride and we wait for the pic to come up. And we wait. And wait. Other people behind us have their pics come up. Uh oh. Maybe the computer ditched it due to it being a sign. I start thinking about how to do this again. But finally it comes up. I hear Tracy say “Tracy, will you marry me? Ha ha.” I get down on my knee and ask her to marry me. She looks at me with an incredulous look and says Seriously? a few times. She finally says yes and the rest is history.”
Scott Larson — Ride Photo Master
**The James Family — If The Shoe Fits**
This family won not one, but TWO ride photo categories! They are TRUE ride photo masters! here’s their story:
“We are from Chesaning, Michigan. We have been to Disney World 8 times and all four of us our Disney obsessed! Our last two trips are when we really started to get creative with our ride photos. Our last trip in August we decided to bring a few props like mustaches, glasses and goggles for Splash Mountain. My 13 year old son has some facial expressions that are hard to beat! We love getting off the rides and laughing at ourselves! I always wonder what the other people think that have to share pictures with us!”
The James Family — Ride Photo Masters- EPIC Level
I am officially challenging you all to create the most EPIC ride photo ever! Join our Facebook Group and join in on the fun! Until then, I’m just going to leave you with this-