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  • On Jan 31, 2011
    Laura from KY Asked

    I'm a photo buff, & I know I won't be happy with a little camera in the parks. Which means I'll be lugging my DSLR around a lot. I'm worried about the rides. Do I leave it in the stroller (yikes!) or take it on the roller coasters? Help!!!

    I'm a big hobby photographer as well. Over the years I've taken probably 20,000 photos at WDW. (No, I'm not exaggerating for effect.) I've taken at least half a dozen different cameras with me to Disney World from pocket models to a Canon SD50 Digital SLR with accessories. I always take my cameras with me on the rides and I have never had even a scratch on them due to anything ride or Disney related. I would NOT leave a DSLR in your stroller.

    I did have one camera fatality at WDW, a lovely little Olympus. It shattered into several pieces when my then three year old daughter grabbed it out of my hand and then dropped it while we were on line for a Cinderella character greeting in Toontown. I ended up replacing it with a similar model at the Camera Center on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom. The cast members there were very helpful with getting me set up and usable on the spot.

    As far as your trip goes ... there are two rides at WDW where there is the potential of water hitting your camera: Splash Mountain at the Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids at the Animal Kingdom. For these, I always just put my camera into a plastic bag before I board the ride. On the less adventuresome rides I often have my camera out to take photos of the attraction. For thrill rides, I keep it in a case in my backpack. Again, I have never had any problems at all with any of these situations.

    My best advice ... keep the strap around your neck while on character greeting lines :-)

    Hope you get some great shots!
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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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