Traveling The World, One Photobomb At A Time

by SharonKurheg

My name is Sharon and I am a habitual photobomber. I hung out at the Adventurers Club, an interactive comedy club at WDW’s now-defunct Pleasure Island (nowadays the whole area is part of the “Disney Springs” shopping and dining district) for about 16 years and managed to photobomb literally hundreds and hundreds of people taking pictures inside the much-loved attraction. I’ve only found one online so far:


But I keep looking. πŸ˜‰

Around 2007 or so, Joe and I decided to take my photobombs to a new level and started posing them. Joe is really good at setting the photo up so I can make the best of my photobombs. My best are usually the ones of U.S. and, to a lesser extent, international icons:


The gazebo where they filmed The South of Music’s “I Am 16 Going On 17,” in Salzburg, Austria


The White House (summer, 2016)


The castle at Schlitterbahn water park, New Braunfels, TX (ignore my hair, please…it’s a water park)


The entry to Tokyo Disneyland


The Sydney Opera House (holy crap, was it windy there!)


The gates of the von Trapp’s backyard in The Sound of Music


Cole Porter’s piano at the Waldorf=Astoria in NYC


Moraine Lake, in Banff National Park, Canada (it looks like I’m posing in front of a painting, doesn’t it? I promise I wasn’t!)


Harry Potter & The Cursed Child, London (you guys, the show was SOOO good! #keepthesecrets)


Kii Statues a Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawaii

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Penny Lane, Liverpool


Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco (2012)


And from the other side (2015)


Fisherman’s Wharf


The Painted Ladies


The Haunted Mansion, Disneyland


The Austin sign


Big Ben & Parliament, London


Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska


The Bean in Chicago


The Unisphere from the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing NY


Red Rocks of Sedona


The Alamo


New Orleans


One of my most favorite Broadway shows ever (I’ve seen it 16 times so far! Don’t judge. Especially since I’ve seen “Avenue Q” 21 times.)


Grand Central Station


The Cabazon Dinosaurs in Cabazon, CA


Half Dome at Yosemite


The Grand Canyon



And yep, that is indeed me wearing a shirt that says PHOTO BOMB NINJA


Don’t get me wrong…on some occasions, the photobomb just doesn’t work out as well as I’d like.


The Hollywood sign was just too far away to get the perspective right

I’m an equal opportunity photobomber, by the way. If an icon isn’t available, I’ll just start photobombing people:


Ronald McDonald (photobombs right after eating blue raspberry ices are the BEST)


At weddings


A street performer in Ireland

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Presidential candidates (sorry it’s blurry. That’s Mayor Pete Buttigieg. And I had chocolate on my mouth. Sigh.)


Some of my cast mates from when we were in HAIRSPRAY


The writer of The Animatronicans (dressed as Dreamfinder)


Halloween Horror Nights performers


Secret Service workers (yes, for reals. I was singing in the choir of the Invictus Games at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports and Michelle Obama and Prince Harry, among others, were there. I told the Secret Service guys what I planned to do and asked if it was OK and if it could be posted online. They were cool with it.)

Sometimes I’ll photobomb friends (with them totally knowing it)

Sometimes they’ll photobomb me πŸ˜‰


Streetmosphere performers at Walt Disney World

Sometimes we’ll photobomb together


My friend, who I finally met after knowing each other online for a good 10-15 years, asked if we could BOTH photobomb Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop Bar in New Orleans

And every once in a while, a friend will, shall we say, follow my lead, just for fun πŸ˜‰

My photobombs have gone so far that they’ve been purposely included in a performance:


Singing “Those Were The Days,” from All In The Family (I sang the Edith part, LOL)

Complete strangers have ASKED me to photobomb their pictures:

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Nope, no idea who they are. But they saw me photobombing this photo op and asked for Joe to take their picture with me photobombing it. Then I asked if they could text the photo to me πŸ˜‰

Sometimes I’ll get to photobomb myself:


The Sharon Building, San Francisco

And probably THE BEST photobomb was this one. As always, planned and posed, but looking great in the end πŸ˜‰


So that’s how I have fun when I travel…or while hanging out with friends…or when I’m at the grocery store :-). How about you?

Special thanks to Jason B., Joe H., Jeff J., Nowal J., Cathy K., Lisa M., Pat O., Catie P., Stephany R., Wesley S., Andrew S., Brenda S., Delaney S., Jamaal S., Jessica V., Rene V., Laurie W., Scott “Mongo” W., the stranger and his girlfriend at Dollywood, and, of course, Emil B. (Glenn G.), the Halloween Horror Nights 1950s greaser vampire (Brandon L.), Hildegard (Phran G.), Ronald McDonald, Scoop S. (Holland H.), and Darth Vader for taking part in and being such good sports about the above photobombs!

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