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Some Pictures Don’t Need The Family

In scanning some things from a 1974 GAF guide to Walt Disney World, I came across some excellent photography “tips” that I’ll share with you soon. One, though, I found far too hilarious to hold back; it’s so good that it deserves a post of its own. The pearl of wisdom that GAF chose to share with Disney guests? Some pictures don’t need the family!

Photo tip from 1974 GAF guide to Walt Disney World

Now, I’m not saying that I don’t agree with the sentiment. And yeah, it’d be much better to have that sweet picture of the Nautilus, especially since the polyester family of the future didn’t know that Michael Eisner was a big dumb stinky jerk and would come around in twenty years to ruin their happy little memories by putting their favorite attraction “under refurbishment” permanently. But couldn’t there have been a way to phrase this tip a little more… elegantly?

Somehow I can’t exactly see this tip making its way into official Disney material these days. Or a sentence like “Family pictures are important but a few go a long way”. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a Disney-produced photograph of an actual attraction in the last 5 years. Everything’s a moppet through a fisheye lens and some kind of diffusion filter. Haven’t they heard? Some pictures don’t need the family!

Just remember – the next time you’re in the Magic Kingdom, ask the wife and kids to step to the side. A little more. Just a little more…

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