"We love candid and posed, even fingers on the lens are A-OK," the museum said.
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Mickey Mouse poses in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California
Credit: Joshua Sudock/Walt Disney World Resorts via Getty Images

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is collecting Disney photos as part of a new project focused around the happiest place on earth.

The museum is asking travelers to send in photos of their vacations in Disneyland or Walt Disney World from character meet-and-greets to classic foods (and messy faces are welcome), according to the museum.

"We want to see photographs that show Disney Parks as you experienced them: posing with characters, kids worn out and sleeping, families, couples, individuals, people of all abilities, ethnicities, ages, on rides, eating together, looking at maps—everyday stuff!" The museum wrote. "All decades and time periods, especially as Disney Parks change and evolve over time. We love candid and posed, even fingers on the lens are A-OK."

For privacy reasons, the museum is requesting only photos of children if they are sent in by a parent or guardian. Images can be sent in jpg, pdf, png, or tiff format, and scans of an image are accepted.

The museum currently has several photos of kids eating Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars, action shots on rides, a hang out with Pluto, and a classic shot in front of Cinderella's castle. The museum is requesting that contributors send in photos of themselves, friends, or family at the parks and include a story of what the photo and their visit means to them.

To ensure photos are sent with time to be looked and considered, the Smithsonian is asking all materials to be sent by Feb. 14. People can email the photos to NMAH-DisneyStories@si.edu and should include their contact information.

For those looking to plan a trip to Disney, it is important to note that Disneyland currently requires all park goers to wear masks in indoor spaces, including on attractions, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required in outdoor areas, according to the park.

Alison Fox is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure. When she's not in New York City, she likes to spend her time at the beach or exploring new destinations and hopes to visit every country in the world. Follow her adventures on Instagram.