Disney Parks fans now have an exciting opportunity to share their love for Disney with the nation and the world, as The Smithsonian seeks Disney travel photos and stories from fans for an upcoming project.
The National Museum of American History Behring Center, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is gearing up for an all-new project featuring images and stories of guests experiencing the magic of Disney World and Disneyland. The Smithsonian is the largest museum complex in the world, touting its efforts as “a community of learning and an opening of doors.” The museum invites visitors to experience the museum in person and online.
Disney Parks have a significant place in American history, spanning decades now, as Walt Disney began making plans for Disneyland more than 70 years ago. According to the official Smithsonian websitethe museum is looking for the following guests of Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort Guests:
“Photos of you, friends and family at Disneyland or Walt Disney World and the story of what the photo and the visit mean to you. When was the visit, and with whom? What feelings did it have? aroused for you?
“We want to see photographs that show the Disney Parks as you have experienced them: posing with characters, tired and sleeping children, families, couples, individuals, people of all levels, ethnicities, ages, in rides, eating together, looking at maps…everyday stuff! All decades and time periods, especially as Disney parks change and evolve over time. We love candid poses, even fingers on the lens are A-OK We can crop photos for composition, so don’t hold back on blurry or double exposure photos.
The museum encourages submissions regardless of photo quality, as noted above, so if you think you have the perfect photo, but happen to get a pinky on the lens, submit it anyway. ! If it’s a little blurry, that’s fine too! You might even have an amazing photo that captures a moment in time. when you and your family have experienced the magic on a grand scale, but you realize that it has been double-exposed. That’s good too, thanks to the wonders of digital publishing!
The museum even invites fans to send in scans of entire photo album pages or scrapbook pages containing multiple photos. Some photos may be edited by the museum, if they include faces of people whose photos the museum does not have permission to use. Photos can also be accompanied by stories about exciting visitor experiences in the parks.
The museum has a few rules and restrictions it must follow when it comes to Disney fan photos:
“We won’t be able to use all the images we receive, as we have limited space. Privacy and permission rules will also impact what images we can use. If you are not the child in the photo (or their guardian), we will not be able to use photos in which a child’s face is identifiable. Same goes for the Disney cast members.
Images must be in jpg, pdf, png or tiff format. You can send your photos and/or stories to [email protected] The museum also asks you to send a few sentences about your photo(s) and your story. Be sure to include your name in the email, along with your contact details so the museum can contact you if needed.
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Ready, ready, go! Take these photos from your Disney vacation that truly tell the story of your Disney World or Disneyland experience! You might be part of the most magical museum exhibit ever!