What exactly is a Silhouette Portrait?
A silhouette portrait is a type of art that captures the outline or shadow of a person’s profile against a contrasting background.
To create these works of art, a Disney artist hand draws the portrait on black card stock, cuts it out with precision, and mounts it on a light (usually white) background.
Traditionally, the photo is then matted & framed.
History of Silhouette Portraits
The art of making a silhouette portrait dates back to 17th century France, but gained popularity in the United States during the early 20th century with artists doing them for people at state fairs.
This is part of the reason why you will find them being done on Main Street USA.
Main Street USA was created (first in Disneyland, then later in Disney World) to represent both Marceline, Missouri and Fort Collins, Colorado at the turn of the 20th century.
This is probably something Walt Disney would have seen when he visited the State Fair.
Where to Get a Disney Silhouette Portrait Made
- In Magic Kingdom, you will find a Magic Kingdom Silhouette Cart on Main Street, USA, situated in the small alleyway between Uptown Jewelers and Crystal Arts.
- There are also artists sometimes in Liberty Square near the back of Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe.
- In Disney Springs’s Marketplace, you will find a Disney Silhouette artist near Crystal Arts by Arribas Brothers.
- In Disneyland, you will find them at Silhouette Studio on Main Street, U.S.A.
Questions about Disney Silhouette Souvenirs
How much are Disney World Silhouette Portraits?
When it comes to Disney souvenirs, nothing is cheap, but these cut-paper silhouettes are quite a deal for what you are getting. Silhouettes are priced at about $12 and you can add a frame for an additional $10.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Silhouette Made?
You will sit for approximately 2 minutes while your image is captured. Normally, the artists work at a rate of 90 seconds per portrait. It is an unbelievably quick process!
Do I have to keep the Silhouette with me in the park?
The silhouettes are given to you once completed. They will be wrapped in cardboard or if you have chosen, a frame. Like all Disney souvenirs purchased in the park, you can have them sent to your Disney Resort.
Is there a Discount for Disney Silhouette Portraits?
Disney Visa Cardmembers receive 10% off select merchandise purchases of $50 or more at select locations when using a Disney Visa Card.
Have you done a Disney Silhouette? Did you keep it for yourself or give it as a gift?
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