With many people attending school or working from home, video conferencing via Zoom has become a common way to connect with co-workers, classmates, friends, and family. Several readers have asked for Walt Disney World and Disneyland virtual backgrounds in response to our Disney iPhone Wallpapers. (New releases February 13,2021.)
I’m a big fan of fun backgrounds for video calls. While I personally prefer the cheeky Zoom backgrounds featuring Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment, Central Perk from Friends, the office from…The Office, Ron Swanson’s desk, or Twin Peaks’ red room, Disney backgrounds also offer geeky goodness.
For some reason, it never occurred to me to create my own Zoom backgrounds out of my own photos prior to readers asking about it. So, I did a little research–Googling “what makes the best Zoom virtual background” to determine if certain color choices and layout styles were better, and created some free Disney Zoom backgrounds out of photos I’ve shot at Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea, and Disneyland Paris.
As with the iPhone wallpapers, we’re offering these backgrounds as an exclusive thank you to our email newsletter subscribers, and we plan on expanding this gallery over time. (Leave a comment below if you have any requests!) Additionally, if you were sent this link by a friend who is a newsletter subscriber, please be sure to sign up for the newsletter, so you receive updates and future Disney virtual Zoom backgrounds as they are released.
February 2021 Update: Our latest batch of new Zoom backgrounds fixes our glaring oversight of not offering any daytime photos of the parks. Many of you pointed out that since most of your Zoom calls are during business or school hours, daylight backgrounds work better than nighttime ones. We’ve remedied this, adding blue sky photos of every Walt Disney World theme park, plus other new designs!
Now some instructions for obtaining the high-res files so that these Disney photos look crisp and beautiful–and you can fool your colleagues and classmates into thinking you’re really at Disney during your virtual meeting. You’ll be the envy of your office! 😉
(If you need them, there are instructions for adding a virtual background into Zoom below the photos.)
1. Hover your cursor over the photo you’d like to download and use.
2. Right click the photo and choose “Save Image As…”
3. Save the image to a location on your computer
4. Photos are already sized appropriately for installation and use in Zoom. If you’re using the background for wallpaper purposes elsewhere, you may have to adjust the photo, resizing it and/or scaling it down.
Once you have Zoom open and and you’re logged in, navigate to the gear icon on the top right under your profile picture.
In the Zoom settings, click on the “Virtual Background” tab on the left side menu and from here you will have the ability to add, remove, and edit your virtual background image. Here you’ll see a variety of Zoom’s pre-loaded background photos. Above those images is a little plus symbol–click on that.
You’ll then be prompted to select an image from your computer to add as a background. Select the downloaded photo, and then the next time you’re on a Zoom video conference, you’ll see your Disneyfied background, instead of your home office, couch, or bed. It’s great for those of us who want to meet in Fantasyland…or just don’t want our colleagues seeing whatever weird stuff we might have on our shelves!
If for some reason you do want to “impress” your colleagues with a background showcasing “your” rad Disney collection, here ya go:
If you’d like to see additional photos I’ve shot of the Disney Parks around the world, please visit my photography portfolio. If you’re interested in purchasing Disney photo prints for your office or restroom, check out some recommendations and tips (and where you can just download other photos for free).
Any issues downloading? Disney Zoom virtual backgrounds you’d like to see us make? Any other questions about downloading or installing these photos as your backgrounds? We love hearing from readers, so please share any other thoughts or questions you have in the comments below!