The Complete Guide to Disneyland Magic Shots

Welcome, you’re reading Next Stop: Disneyland! I’ve always wanted to be able to use that Disney Channel slogan in my own way! A hidden gem that most people don’t know about at Disneyland Parks are Magic Shots. What are Magic Shots? They are special effects added to a regular PhotoPass photo to make your photo more magical. You can ask any PhotoPass photographer if they have any “magic” photos.

The photopass photographer will position you in whatever way they need to create the magic! Here are a few, of the many Magic Shots, you can find around Disneyland and California Adventure parks.

Tinkerbell Magic Shots

Hold Tinkerbell in the palm of your hand and sprinkle a little pixie dust with her! These photos can be found at almost any location because she can fly! Here are 5 different locations we found her at.

Tinkerbell Magic Shots Disneyland
Tinkerbell loves the sunshine, but she also likes to be near Walt Disney and Mickey at their statue in the center of Main Street USA!
Tinkerball Disneyland Magic Shot
We found Tinkerbell right in front of the Castle in this Magic Shot!
Tinkerbell Disneyland Magic Shots
Iris and I found Tinkerbell in front of the Christmas Tree on Main Street USA!
Tinkerbell Magic Shots
Kaitlyn and I in front of the stage for the Candlelight Processional at Christmas time.

Balloon Bouquet Magic Shots

Who doesn’t love holding the bouquet of balloons when you see them around the park? Well now they’ll be carrying you away with these Balloon Magic Shots! Hold on tight or you’ll be floating in the sky like Carl and Russell from UP!

Balloon Magic Shots
You can even be carried away at the Christmas Candlelight Processional!
Balloon Magic Shots
Hold on tight so you don’t float away!

Character Magic Shots

Sometimes, you are going to be able to find characters to take magic shots with! My favorite so far has been Baby Groot in front of Guardians, but I also am a fan of Pascal from Rapunzel. I’m still trying to find Chip from Beauty and The Beast. But here are some of the best character magic shots we’ve found!

Character Disneyland Magic Shots
We spotted the Dinoco Helicopter giving Mater a lift just like Lightning McQueen promised!
Pascal Magic Shots Disneyland
Oh hey, Pascal!
Black Panther Magic Shots
I’m part of the Dora Milaje from the Marvel Black Panther experience. Be fierce warrior goddesses!
Pascal Magic Shots
Another Pascal sighting! He loves to hang around near Fantasy Land in case Rapunzel needs him.
Olaf Magic Shots
Hey Olaf! We found him around Christmas time in front of the Giant Tree!
Baby Groot Magic Photo
Who wouldn’t want to hold this adorable baby Groot?

When Magic Shots Don’t Work

Sometimes the magic doesn’t work. I know it’s not because you don’t believe because I clearly do. But sometimes the magic just isn’t there. Then, you end up with photos that should have magic, but don’t, like this one.

Disneyland Magic Shots Gone Wrong
When we had a magical tea party but the tea cups decided not to show up.

Magic Shots are available in Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Disney World, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot! So make sure to ask your PhotoPass photographer for the magic and have a great time! If you’re on a short trip, PhotoPass downloads are included with a MaxPass┬ápurchase. Take the magic home with you for memories long after!




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