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Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz: Behind the Scenes with Taylor Swift as Rapunzel

George Savvas

by , Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

Earlier this week, we revealed the latest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks. Today, we go behind the scenes of the photo shoot with Taylor Swift as Rapunzel.

Last June, just a few days after the grand opening celebration for Cars Land, I found myself in Culver City, Calif., on a small soundstage right next door to where they shot “Gone With the Wind.” A large tower had been constructed on one side of the soundstage and a set of the interior of the tower on the other. Annie Leibovitz and her team of artists and technical wizards had created these magical settings for our latest Disney Dream Portrait.

Soon, Taylor Swift arrived and the real magic began as these two artists began experimenting with different poses and props to bring this moment of Disney fantasy to life. In the end, the interior set was not used for the final image, but as with the character who inspired this portrait shoot, exploring the world of possibilities was the theme of the day.

In this video, come behind the scenes, see the creative process unfold, and hear from Taylor herself what it means to be a part of this iconic series.

Take a look back at previous behind-the-scenes stories from the Disney Dream Portrait series:


  • It’s a lovely picture. And if anyone deserves to be a princess, it’s Taylor.
    I agree about the reprints.

  • I would have liked to see Mandy Moore as Rapunzel.

  • These are going to be amazing. Really magical.
    I am very jealous of Taylor Swift 😛 but it makes complete sense for her to have a Rapunzel shoot though.

  • Yes, I agree that a coffee table book would be wonderful! I adore Annie Leibovitz’s portraits.

  • I SO enjoy the Annie Leibovitz Disney Dream Portraits! Can we expect a coffee table book to be published sometime soon? That would really be magical :-)

  • Are any of these ever going to be released as prints to buy, or perhaps a great Coffee Table book?? This entire series is amazing!!

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