Best Photo Spots: Gaston’s Tavern

Best Photo Spots - Gaston's Tavern in the Magic Kingdom

I have been asked many times about where you should take family photos.  Well, I turned that around and asked all of you.  One place that stuck out is the area around Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

These photos may not be the classic family photo but they will be the ones you and your family will have fun taking and fun remembering.

 

The Fountain

As you enter the area around Gaston’s Tavern the first thing you see is the fountain that pays tribute to Gaston and his ‘friend’ LeFou.   It is the perfect place for a great family photo.

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Fountain

Gaston’s Tribute Fountain (photo credit: Two Moms and a Mouse)

Photo tips:

  • This is a typical Disney Photopass location so you can take your own photo or have a Disney photographer do it with their camera as part of your Disney Memory Maker package. Most Disney photographers will also take a photo with your camera so everyone can get in the picture.
  • Get there early if you don’t want a lot of other people in your photos.  This is a very popular place later in the day to sit or take photos.
  • A proper family photo would look great here but you could also have some fun.  Why not pose like Gaston or fawn over his likeness.
Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Fountain

Family photo in front of Gaston’s Tavern (photo credit: Laura Blair)

 
Oversized Hunting Chair

Once you enter Gaston’s Tavern you will find yourself immersed in a very manly place with animal trophies (fake of course) and hunting tools on the walls.

In one corner you will find a HUGE chair with a animal fur thrown on top of it.  This is a great place to get kid photos.

Gaston Tavern - Large Chair Inside   Gaston Tavern - Large Chair Inside

Photo tips:

  • Unless you have a camera with a very low f-stop (camera folks will know what I mean) make sure you use a flash.  The room has very low light.
  • This location may be great for an over the years shot.  The idea is to have your child sit in the chair on every trip so you can document how they have grown.
  • It is also big enough for two.  So a couple could have fun with the ‘wench’ sitting on the ‘manly man’s’ lap.

 
The Manly Portrait

Above the fireplace there is a large masculine portrait of Gaston.  This is a perfect spot for a man’s man photo. A wench would also fit quite nicely.

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Gaston's Protrait

photo credit: jasonfrench via photopin cc

Photo tips:

  • Unless you have a camera with a very low f-stop (camera folks will know what I mean) make sure you use a flash.  The room has very low light.
  • Note that you are going to have to be tall for this photo as the painting is hung high.

 
Enjoying the Food

One thing you head to Gaston’s Tavern for is the food.  This food is oversized and original to this location.  So have fun with it.

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Pork Shank

Gaston’s Tavern Pork Shank (photo credit: Home is Where the Mouse Is)

Photo tips:

  • Strike a manly pose while eating the pork shank.  This could also be done back inside while leaning up against the Gaston portrait or sitting in the oversized chair.
  • Have a toast with the LeFou’s brew.  Again this could be done in front of the fountain or inside the tavern.
Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - LeFou's Brew

Gaston’s Tavern Pork LeFou’s Brew (photo credit: Home is Where the Mouse Is)

 
Outside Props

In the courtyard between Gaston’s Tavern, Bonjour Gift Store and the restrooms there are props where your kids could have fun setting up their own photos.

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Outside Props

Taking a Nap Pose outside Gaston’s Tavern (photo credit: Laura Blair)

Photo tips:  

  • Just have fun and let the kids lead the way. Their ideas will probably be beyond what you could have come up with so just go with it.

 
Photo with Gaston

If you happen to be there when Gaston is then the end all be all photo would be to have one with him in front of the tavern.

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Photo with Gaston

The Ladies love Gaston (photo credit: Disney Mamas)

Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Photo with Gaston

And the Men all want to be Gaston ((photo credit: Disney Mamas)

Photo tips:

  • This is a typical Disney Photopass location so you can take your own photo or have a Disney photographer do it with their camera as part of your Disney Memory Maker package. Most Disney photographers will also take a photo with your camera so everyone can get in the picture.
  • Make sure you show Gaston that he is the manliest man. Fawn all over him or look jealous of his muscles.
  • Gaston has no set schedule but is known to be around daily 10:00 am to 4:45 pm.
Gaston's Tavern in Magic Kingdom - Photo with Gaston

photo credit: insidethemagic via photopin cc

Have to say I love all the ideas I got from asking everyone their favorite photos ops.

Did I miss any of your favorites?  If so tell me.  I would love to find more.

MarySignature1

By |2017-10-12T12:43:49+00:00August 5th, 2014|

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7 Comments

  1. OlfaTurki August 6, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Stunning pictures. I love love that oversized chair..

  2. HeidiPortzlineStrawser August 6, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    You know, I don’t think we have ANY photos from this area (except for a picture of LeFou’s Brew!  We’ll have to remedy that this fall!  Thanks for all the great photo op tips.

  3. MoreThanAMomOf3 August 6, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I wish we got some pics here the last time we visited. Making a note of it when we go back in a couple of months.

  4. AshleyMorton3 August 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    As much as I love to hate Gaston, it would be fun to visit his tavern!

  5. NewlywedSurvive August 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Definitely a great place for photos! Great ideas.

  6. Twomomsandamouse August 8, 2014 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    I love this new additional to Fantasyland… super cool area and lot of great places to take memorable photos! 😀 ~ Maureen Two Moms and A Mouse

  7. CapMagicalMem August 14, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    AshleyMorton3 I know.   There is just some about that guy that makes you like him in spite of himself.

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