Disney World has many icons in the parks and on property. Anyone who has visiting Disney probably has the famous Cinderella Castle picture, Spaceship Earth picture, and Tree of Life picture.

But what happens when you visit the Disney during the “off-season,” when crowds and prices are low but refurbishment is at its peak? Many of the well-known photo spots are covered with construction walls or obstructed by cranes in the background.

Fortunately, Disney has several great photo locations, and this five-article series will outline many of them.

Here are some alternative photo locations for Animal Kingdom with a brief description of why these locations are so iconic even though they are sometimes overlooked as traditional icons.

Africa

Animal Kingdom is unlike the other Disney theme parks in that it features live characters in the form of actual animals. These animals can set up amazing photos since you can get so close to them! Just remember to follow the rules of the park for your safety and for the safety of the animals. You can get some great photos, but you don’t want to lose a finger in the process or harm any of the animals.

Africa is an especially great place for photo ops! Guests will find drums that are free for the public to use, professional drummers that will invite some guests into the show, and many well-themed buildings. Try to find a coke sign that is written in a different language! Disney stays true to the theming of the African Culture, and you can get many nice pictures in this area.

Africa has wonderful theming, so photo ops are everywhere!

Africa has wonderful theming, so photo ops are everywhere!

Expedition Everest

Expedition Everest is is Disney’s 18th mountain-themed attraction and is a beautiful structure. There are many hidden Mickeys in this attractions queue which are fun to find and photograph.  There are also literally thousands of artifacts which are fun to capture as well. Although some of the artifacts in the queue are Disney created (not very magical), others are actual findings that “prove” the existence of the Yeti.

Expedition Everest is the most expensive rollercoaster ever built and features actual artifacts from the real Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Expedition Everest is the most expensive rollercoaster ever built and features actual artifacts from the real Mt. Everest in Nepal.

Dinoland USA

People have mixed opinions about this section of the park, but if you understand the Dinoland USA backstory, you will probably appreciate it more.  This are of the park has plenty of fun colors and characters to capture with your camera.

Colors come alive in Dinoland.

Colors come alive in Dinoland.

Where is your favorite alternative photo location in Animal Kingdom?
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