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VIDEO: Disney Dream Portraits by Annie Leibovitz – Behind the Scenes with Jennifer Hudson as Tiana

George Savvas

by , Director, Public Relations, Disneyland Resort

Yesterday we revealed the newest Disney Dream Portrait by Annie Leibovitz for Disney Parks featuring the amazing Jennifer Hudson as Tiana. Today we’re going behind the scenes to the town of Patterson, NY, where last May, Annie Leibovitz and her skilled team of artists and technical wizards created a photo set in the middle of an actual swamp. This beautiful location, known as the Great Swamp, was just perfect for a shoot featuring characters from “The Princess and the Frog.”

This video really captures the fun atmosphere on the set and Jennifer’s deep connection to Disney Parks. You’ll hear her discuss what this “full circle moment” means to her as a mother and as a former cast member aboard the Disney Wonder. Pay particular attention to her skill at giving directions. Once a Disney girl, always a Disney girl!

Having her son, David, on the set for this special shoot was very meaningful to Jennifer and I don’t think either of them will soon forget it.

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Jennifer, who is also the Godmother of the Disney Dream, loves to visit our parks with her family and she told me that her favorite place to visit at any Disney park is the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. She also mentioned that her favorite song happens to be a Disney song. Can you guess which one?

Go behind the scenes of other recent Disney Dream Portraits in the stories below:


  • I love all of the Dream Portraits!! And I think Jennifer Hudson is PERFECT for the role of Tiana!! She is definitely a part of the Disney family!!

  • I just want to go and shoot with Annie. She is such a inspiration to me for photography. Every time I see a new photograph from her I am in awe!! Beautiful work!!

  • I knew she was godmother of the Dream, but did not know she worked on the Wonder. She really is Perfect as Tiana. What a lovely young woman. A great representation of Disney.

  • “When you wish upon a star” This was really fun to see. thanks!

  • Awesome pic…but wasn’t Naveen a human when she wore that dress?

  • Wonderful picture! And what a great video. She’s a Disney girl at heart, like me!

  • Awww it’s finally nice to see Tiana!
    I did Tiana in my own Disney Dream Portrait series and was waiting to see Annie do it.

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