This Is the Most Instagrammed Place in the World
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Instagram has changed the way people travel, for better or for worse. The application has helped travelers discover underrated towns, mouthwatering food and stunning views. It's also inspired many to take a leap and book that bucket list trip they've been dreaming of. While natural wonders and colorful streets make for great pictures, there's one location that gets photographed more than anywhere else in the world on Instagram: Disneyland.
Based on hashtags, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, is the most Instagrammed spot in the world. One of the most popular American tourist destinations, Disneyland has more than 23 million tags on the social media site. That makes this classic theme park a more photogenic spot than Times Square in New York City, the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben and even Walt Disney World, which only has 10 million posts. The photographability is just one of the ways that Disneyland and Disney World are completely different.
Though it opened all the way back in 1955, it seems almost like Disneyland was built with Instagram in mind. The attractions themselves are bright and playful, from the swirling colors at the Mad Tea Party in Fantasyland to the stunning blue waters at Finding Nemo’s Submarine Voyage. Beyond the rides, everything at Disneyland is photo-ready, from the ever-popular Spirit Jerseys with the theme park’s name sparkling in glitter across the back to the Dole Whips, Mickey pretzels and the rest of the most iconic Disney park snacks.
What also helps to make Disneyland so photographable is that you are allowed to ask the official park PhotoPass photographers to take a photo for you with your personal camera or smartphone. Since they’re pros, they'll help you get the perfect shot. Folding tripod stands or monopod stands that can fit inside a backpack are allowed in Disneyland, but selfie sticks are one of the many surprising items banned at Disney parks.
If you're looking for Instagrammable cities rather than tourist attractions, choosing a destination depends on what kind of traveler you are. Berlin is the most popular city in the world for selfies, while Tokyo is the top spot for fantastic food photos and Dubai is the top place for romantic couples shots, according to a study by Hoppa. If you're looking for a destination that will yield amazing Instagram posts, try starting with the most photogenic vacation spots in every state.