It’s been said that more photos are taken at the Disney Parks (Walt Disney World, Disneyland, etc) than anywhere else in the world. That Sleeping Beauty Castle or Cinderella Castle is the most photographed landmark anywhere.
The question is, how true are either of these statements?
It ends up not entirely true at all, if you are to believe the photograph information posted at SIGHTS MAP.
Granted, SIGHTSMAP only looks at a subset of every photo taken – those that are uploaded and geotagged to the website Panoramio. So what’s THAT site?
Panoramio is a site that can be used to power part of Google Maps, so when you drill down to a specific location, not only can you see what Google Maps wants you to see, you can also see photos that other people have taken at those locations. In other words, it’s a geographic-based photo-sharing service.
So, back to SIGHTSMAP — if we look at the number of individual photos that have been uploaded regarding a specific geographic area, we can see that the TOP TEN PHOTOGRAPHED PLACES IN THE WORLD are:
- New York City
- Venice, Italy
- Monte Carlo
- Florence, Italy
- Buenos Aires
So much for the theory about a Disney Park being THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED LOCATION.
But let’s say Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom really was the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED PLACE IN THE WORLD. What would be the MOST PHOTOGRAPHED AREAS OF WALT DISNEY WORLD’s MAGIC KINGDOM?
According to Sightsmap again, those places are:
- Cinderella Castle
- Main Street USA
- Buzz Lightyear
- the “Magic Kingdom” (ie, couldn’t identify a specific location in the park)
- Hall of Presidents
- it’s a small world
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- The Great Goofini
- Mickey’s Philharmagic
- Splash Mountain
The MOST PHOTOGRAPHED AREAS OF EPCOT are:
- Spaceship Earth, from the entrance
- Test Track
- Mission: Space
- All of World Showcase, from across the lagoon