The Wall Crawl in Downtown Orlando is an innovate photo studio with 20+ fun backdrops or “walls” for Instagram and frame-worthy shots. Recently, we took a short trip to see what this place was all about and what readers can expect from such a unique concept.
Getting Tickets to the Wall Crawl
In order to monitor capacity and control guest flow, you must purchase a ticket prior to your visit at the Wall Crawl. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Ages two and under are free. When buying a ticket, you must choose a one hour block for your visit. It’s important to realize that this is not an arrival window, this is the block of time you are permitted to use the studio. For example if you choose the 9am-10am block, you must be out of the building by 10am. You will only have one hour to take your photos.
Your ticket gets you into the studio, but you’ll need to bring your own camera or phone take pictures. Wall Crawl staff have small phone tripods with blue tooth remote available for a rental charge of $7 (as of April 2021), or you can purchase one of their Image Collections – including photos taken by an on-staff photographer with professional equipment.
Arriving at Wall Crawl
Free parking is available in a lot adjacent to the Wall Crawl building. They make it fairly easy to spot with this sign attached to the fence!
After parking, exit the lot through the gate which you entered and turn right onto the sidewalk. You’ll see a set of rainbow steps leading into the building. That’s when you know you’ve found the right place!
The door is locked most of the time, so you might need to ring the bell to access the building. The photo opportunities start immediately after you enter with a beautiful wall full of rainbow umbrellas!
After passing the Umbrella Wall, you’ll need to climb a narrow flight of steps to reach the main studio. The Wall Crawl is located in a pretty old building, so be aware that there is no available elevator.
Once you reach the second floor, you’ll need to check in at the front desk. After your party has been briefed on the rules and released to take photos, you can either begin immediately or use the available dressing room to freshen up. There are also two, large, individual bathrooms if you require more privacy.
The Wall Crawl Experience
When you’re ready to start snapping photos, head into the main part of the studio! There are two, large rooms with a variety of available backdrops. Some of the backdrops are simple pops of color while others are more complex and themed (with props!). This video tour gives a great overview of the current backdrop selection!
Backdrops are updated quarterly to reflect seasonal and style changes. So if a particular setting catches your eye – don’t wait! Book a session, and grab those photos!
As long as you stay socially distanced from any other parties in the studio, you can take as much time with as many (or as few) backdrops as you would like. When you session time is done or you’re simply ready to leave (whichever comes first), check out with the front desk and walk back to your car!
If you’re looking for unique group or family photos, this is a great place to try a variety of settings and styles. However, I will caution that it’s very easy for small children to become overstimulated. There’s so many bright colors, fun-looking furniture and toylike props that it was very difficult for my four and five year-old to remain focused and calm. I had to take them out of the studio after only a few minutes, because they were having such a hard time listening and following the rules. In their defense, I hadn’t prepared them very well (because I wasn’t sure what the experience was going to be like). If I had talked to them about the expectations in advance, the trip may have gone much more smoothly!
Otherwise, Wall Crawl is an innovative and fun answer to the monotony of gray backdrops and studio sessions. There’s such a variety of settings that you and your group are bound to find one (probably more than one) that you adore. Check out their website for more information.