Have you been to Disneyland’s Silhouette Studio?

We’ve walked down Main Street, USA countless times. Each time we pass the Silhouette Studio, I think to myself that we should have Emma’s portrait done. But we pass it by each time, in a hurry to get to something further into the park. I can’t believe it took several years of going to Disneyland before we finally stopped in this cute little shop. Little did I know, in less than a minute of hand-cutting black paper, I’d see a beautiful silhouette of my daughter, perfectly frozen in time.

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The Silhouette Studio is a timeless classic on Main Street. They’ve been around for almost 55 years. Each silhouette is hand-cut. Yes, hand cut in less than a minute. It’s amazing to see. I can’t even draw a picture of my daughter. How someone can cut out a realistic-looking silhouette of her so quickly with basic scissors and paper is beyond me.

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Bonnie and Sylvia, who have been cutting out these portraits for over 30 years, keep this classic tradition alive. It’s unbelievable. For only $9, you get two silhouettes mounted to nice little cards. They have frames available for an additional cost as well. This is one of the beautiful silhouettes she cut out of Emma:

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Bonnie informed us the Silhouette Studio may not be around much longer. Sales of the silhouettes may not be as popular as they once were. So perhaps Disney is thinking of replacing the studio with something more modern. It would be a true shame to lose such a beautiful part of the original Main Street attractions. If you’re going to Disneyland in the near future, and have ever considered getting a silhouette of your kids, don’t hesitate. Nine dollars, and you’ll have a little piece of history as a perfect souvenir of your trip, and a reminder of how small and innocent your little ones once were.

6 comments

  1. Yvonne

    Oh, I wish we had done it in April :(

    1. Cam growingupgoofy.com

      I know. I’m so glad we stopped in this time. It’s been on our Disney “to-do” list for a long time.

  2. Joseph D. H.

    Thank you, for the recommendation of Bonnie and Sylvia. I thought this post was very moving and sweet. My roommate and I have been considering some silhouettes for our empty apartment walls like maybe three apartments ago. We have always admired this spot from the out side growing up, the both of us have been away from disney for about 5+ years now, and just last month we got back and got ourselves annual passes. You really gave us that nudge we needed. I really hope they keep this treasure open for years to come. I was just looking at pictures and google led me here but I’ll be sure to be back for some of your awesome post. thanks again, take care.

  3. Auds Mom

    I will be forever sad if it closes. we get my daughter’s Silhouette cut there every year for her Birthday.

    1. Cam growingupgoofy.com

      Me too! I had our 18 month old done this last trip. It took her 15 seconds! I was so amazed.

  4. Rosina GutiƩrrez (Mexico)

    I am very sad to learn they are thinking of closing the silhouette studio. When I was growing up my cousins had their portraits with their silhouettes in their bedrooms , I was jealous because when I went to
    Disney I didn’t have mine taking, didn’t even see the studio during my visit. So it was important for me that my kids had their silhouettes. Its has become beautiful family tradition, every time we visit we come back with their portraits and you can see how much they have grown and changed. I think it is not only a craft, but and art and is part of America and shouldn’t be lost.

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