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Tips for preserving every magical moment of your Walt Disney World® Vacation.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Photography Tips

Exotic animals and fantastic adventures in Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Encounter exotic animals and exciting adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, one of the largest animal theme parks in the world. Home to more than 1,700 animals across 250 species, the park reflects Walt Disney’s dedication to conservation and is committed to animal care, education and research. It also provides endless opportunities to create wonderful images of wildlife.

Animal Kingdom Photo Tips from Ron Magill

Animal Kingdom Photo Tips with Ron Magill

Heading to Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park? There are endless opportunities to create wonderful images of wildlife. Try out these tips from Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill!

NEW! Pandora – The World of Avatar

Visit a world beyond belief in this all-new land that celebrates the magic of nature. In addition to expeditions like Avatar Flight of Passage and Na’vi River Journey, Pandora – The World of Avatar lets you walk through the Valley of Mo’ara amid floating mountains, glowing fauna and flora and many other wonders—providing some truly out of this world photo opportunities. At night, when the exotic plants come to life with beautiful bioluminescence, select a Scene Mode like Night Portrait or Night Landscape. If your camera doesn’t have Scene Modes, select a high ISO setting and keep your camera as steady as possible.

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Photographing Pandora – The World of Avatar

Photographing Pandora – The World of Avatar with Ron Magill and Mike Corrado

Nikon Ambassador Ron Magill and Sr. Manager of Pro Relations Mike Corrado take an awe-inspiring journey through this land that’s unlike any on Earth.

Photo of the Tree of Life sculpture.

Tree of Life® Attraction

Celebrating all living creatures, the Tree of Life® Attraction is the iconic centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. For a unique photo of this breathtaking sculpture, turn your camera vertical, get close to the tree and shoot upwards. Or, zoom in and fill the frame with your favorite carving (there are over 300!).

Photo of the Harambe Market entrance.

Harambe Market

The entrance to the colorful Harambe Market provides a great wide-angle opportunity. Zoom all the way out and pay attention to the edges of your frame. For added fun, take a shot of your family underneath the sign that welcomes visitors to the market. When you get home, it will remind you of your visit.

Smiling couple in front of Expedition Everest.

Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®

Gather together for a photo in front of one of the tallest and most popular attractions in the park, Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®.

When photographing wildlife at the park, use a fast shutter speed or Sports Mode, and take many, many shots—animals move fast.
A couple holding hands walking through the Maharajah Jungle Trek.

Maharajah Jungle Trek® Attraction

Maharajah Jungle Trek® Attraction lets you embark on a self-guided tour of Southeast Asia—home to tigers, fruit bats, dozens of species of birds and even a flying fox! If your camera has a built-in flash, make sure it’s off. The light won’t reach the animals, and it will just deplete your battery. Also consider taking photos of the signs that identify the animal species so you can find them in your photos later.

Father and daughter watch a giraffe in the Harambe Wildlife Preserve.

Kilimanjaro Safaris® Expedition

Take an 18-minute expedition into the Harambe Wildlife Preserve and capture thrilling photos and videos of exotic animals in their natural habitats. The trek offers nonstop opportunities for wildlife photography, shady forest landscapes and candid portraits of your family. Try to capture a portrait with animals in the background—you’ll forever remember how it felt to be on a real safari adventure.