The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History wants your Disney World photos

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The photos in your albums of you at Walt Disney World could end up immortalized by the Smithsonian.


The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is asking for the public to share photos of them at Walt Disney World for a project the museum team is working on.

“Did you pose for a picture in front of Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella Castle? Maybe take a selfie eating an iconic Mickey Premium Bar or getting an autograph from a famous character?” the museum asks on its website. “If so, we want you to share your photos with us!”

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The museum is looking for photos of you, your friends and family at the parks. Along with the photo, you must also submit a story of what the visit meant to you, as well as when the visit was, with whom and what feelings it evoked.

“We want to see photographs that show Disney Parks as you experienced them: posing with characters, kids worn out and sleeping, families, couples, individuals, people of all abilities, ethnicities, ages, on rides, eating together, looking at maps—everyday stuff,” the museum said.

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Museum officials are encouraging photos from all decades and time periods, “especially as Disney Parks change and evolve over time.”

“We love candid and posed, even fingers on the lens are A-OK,” the museum said. “We can crop photos for composition, so don’t hold back on blurry or double-exposed photos.”

The museum said it won’t be able to use all the images it receives due to limited space, as well as privacy and permissions rules.

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The museum can’t use photos if the person submitting them isn’t the child or guardian in them and shows a child’s identifiable face. Same for Disney cast members.

The museum is also accepting photos of guests at Disneyland in California.

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The highest-resolution images available are appreciated and scans are fine. The images must be in .jpg, .pdf, .png or .tiff format.

Photos and their stories, along with your name and best contact method, can be sent to NMAH-DisneyStories@si.edu.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.

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