Animal Crossing fans are doing the ‘float challenge’

Animal Crossing: New Horizons has no jump button — but that isn’t stopping folks participating in the #acFloatChallenge hashtag. The photo challenge was started in late 2020 by Instagram user cybearizons, who tasked other players with creating the best images of villagers catching air.

To pull it off, fans must hop off an object, such as a chair or a bed. You can also use a beach towel with a pattern that makes the object nearly invisible for added effect. From there, players have to quickly take a picture with the camera app. Some folks also opt to take video and then select the specific frame where things look best. And, it’s often recommended that the player close their eyes for the shot, for some added serenity vibes. If done correctly, it’ll seem like the character is floating, which can lead to some great pictures. It’s trickier than it sounds, though.

“I had to start over several times before getting the good one,” says Twitter user Lili, a French Animal Crossing player who provided the top image in this post. “My storage space was full afterwards,” she added.

Folks are using props like balloons and umbrellas, along with star fragments and other furniture items, to create otherworldly imagery of characters who seem to have special powers.

The extremely popular challenge has been going on for a couple of months now, with new entries trickling in on Twitter and Instagram every day. It’s especially cool to see folks recreate movie scenes including everything from Star Wars to Mary Poppins. You can catch some of our favorites below.

Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space. ✨☄️ Here comes Pro tip #3 for #acFloatChallenge : Use custom beach towel as a “bed” for more floating poses. Consider wearing different types of clothes (space suit, bath towel, kimono, dress, etc.) for various outcomes. Thank you so much Paige @oddcrossing for allowing me to demonstrate this tip at your island. On top of having one of the most unique and creative island , she was the best and nicest host I have ever met, who is super patient with me. I had so much fun with you Paige ☺️ I’m excited to see your new island ✨

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Joining the #acfloatchallenge started by @cybearizons as Kiki from my little bakery area. For those who don’t know how to do this: start the camera app and press + while jumping from a seat or a cushion in the right moment. I edited the cushion out and added a little broom to match the #kikisdeliveryservice vibe . . . #animalcrossingnewhorizons #nintendo #acnh #nintendoswitch #acnl #animalcrossingnewleaf #animalcrossingpocketcamp #acpc #newhorizons #animalcrossingcommunity #animalcrossingswitch #animalcrossingfandom #switch #cute #animalcrossing #ghibli #acnhkidcore #totoro #spiritedaway #ghibliislandinspo #ghibliedit

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Bear Princess came back to Illyria again after several weeks! Thank you @minsuuuuuya and @bunnionthehorizon for the fun time #acFloatChallenge

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How about #acFloatChallenge + #acWingIt Thanks to @ashleee_crossing ‘s challenge, I finally “have” wings now! Swipe to see my setup and please don’t mind my terraforming This is just a temporary build

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My contribution to @cybearizons #acfloatchallenge ☠️ ‍☠️

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“You’ll float too!” I can’t help but re-created this again with the new skin color and of course #acFloatChallenge

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A flying rabbit, some red leaf, and a lot of spooky stuff ! (Addict to the #acfloatchallenge !)

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Floating fairies I want to thank my friend @sakurabayy for going along with my idea to float together and for being a fairy with me! We had a lot of fun attempting to jump at the same time and I can’t believe we managed to pull this off! ‍♀️ Fairy dresses by @omoon.bunnyo Fairy wings inspo: @xutiefairy Float idea: @cybearizons #acwings #acfloatchallenge AC Partners Tagged

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중독성 있는 샷이야! 너무재밌다. 친구의 섬에 가서도 점프! #동숲 #모동숲 #모여봐요동물의숲 #모여봐요동물의숲에디션 #animalcrossing #nintendoswitch #acnh #acfloatchallenge

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Serene dream, floating in a field with flowers ! @cybearizons’s #acfloatchallenge submission! Dress by the talented @xandamayacnh ✨ Location Yoster Island . . . . . . . . #floatchallenge #acfloatchallenge #acnhflowers #acnhclothes #acnhphotochallenge #crossingcreations #acnhdesigns #acnhcommunity #acnhisland #acnhinspo #acnhaesthetic #flying #acnh #animalcrossingnewhorizons #animalcrossingpatterns #leafjumpchallenge

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If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I’ve always wanted to be able to fly! . I know this is similar to my other #acfloatchallenge photo, but I was inspired by @ashleee_crossing and @cybearizons to mix floating with the #acwingit challenge! I really love this photo so…hope you enjoy seeing an angel flying among the sakura! . AC partner: @crossingcapricove

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Updated beach area! Also finally tried the #acfloatchallenge and really like the way the red of the balloon looks in this preset! . . . . . tags #acnh #acnhinspo #animalcrossing #newhorizons #acnhmap #acnhdesigns #acnhpaths #acnhidea #acnhcommunity #acnhinspiration #acnhisland #kristiancrossing #どうぶつの森 #あつまれどうぶつの森 #あつ森 #동물의숲 #모여봐요동물의숲 #animalcrossingnewhorizons #acnhpatterns #acnhpattern #acnhpath

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Time in nature soothes my soul’s lovely wild. thought I could post a peaceful cozy pic today. I hope everyone has a lovely relaxing Sunday. Hehe . Preset dearie by @geminiland.acnh #geminilandpresets // Weed field inspired by @landofkoo . Partners @pepper_acnh @matthew.crossing @twilights_crossing @arielwintersong @nikki.acnh . . #acnh #acnhisland #acnhcommunity #acnhinspo #animalcrossingnewhorizons #animalcrossing #animalcrossingcommunity #acnhcottagecore #acnhcottagecoreinspo #acnhfairycore #acnhforestcore #acnhdesign #explorepage #acnhaesthetic #acnhaesthetics #animalcrossingedit #animalcrossingnh #animalcrossingswitch #acfloatchallenge

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It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's Mary Poppins! 💼☂️ Seeing this #acfloatchallenge I immediately thought of Mary Poppins and Rover's suit case that would go along with it. Mary Poppins 1964 was my Disney movie when I was lil kid. I love the movie so much that I memorized the whole script of the movie. 😆 ☂️ Mary Poppins' Dress: MO-BPCG-0SNS-8LDS Marry Poppins Hat: MA-4106-6818-5699 💼 #marypoppins #acfloatchallenge #acnhfloatchallenge #animalcrossing #animalcrossingnewhorizons #animalcrossingdesigns #animalcrossinginspo #animalcrossingcommunity #acnh #acnhdesigns #acnhcommunity #acnhisland #welcometomyisland #acnhcreators #acnhaesthetics #acnhaesthetic #acnhfandom #acnhfriends #acnhvillagers #blathers #blathersanimalcrossing #acnhideas #acnhidea

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It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s Mary Poppins! ☂️ Seeing this #acfloatchallenge I immediately thought of Mary Poppins and Rover’s suit case that would go along with it. Mary Poppins 1964 was my Disney movie when I was lil kid. I love the movie so much that I memorized the whole script of the movie. ☂️ Mary Poppins’ Dress: MO-BPCG-0SNS-8LDS Marry Poppins Hat: MA-4106-6818-5699 #marypoppins #acfloatchallenge #acnhfloatchallenge #animalcrossing #animalcrossingnewhorizons #animalcrossingdesigns #animalcrossinginspo #animalcrossingcommunity #acnh #acnhdesigns #acnhcommunity #acnhisland #welcometomyisland #acnhcreators #acnhaesthetics #acnhaesthetic #acnhfandom #acnhfriends #acnhvillagers #blathers #blathersanimalcrossing #acnhideas #acnhidea

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Accio Firebolt ⚡️ My take of the @cybearizons #acfloatchallenge ✨✨ Quidditch practice never looked so good Preset is Trolberg by @eldercreek_

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今日蝦蝦島發生一起神秘事件…. . . #acfloatchallenge started by @cybearizons #acnh #nintendoswitch #animalcrossing #acnhdesigns #animalcrossingnewhorizons #animalcrossingdesigns #animalcrossingcommunity #animalcrossingswitch #acnhinspo #acnhideas #動物森友會 #無人島 #あつまれどうぶつの森 #あつ森 #ニンテンドースイッチ #あつ森好きな人と繋がりたい #動森 #麥田圈 #presets #acnhfloatchallenge #ufo #alien #mystery #cropcircles #飛碟 #kristiancrossing

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At the mountain peak the winged creatures frolic. #acwingit x #acfloatchallenge ⁣ ⁣ The third tip for adding wings is to float too! Thank you @cybearizons for joining me and floating around with wings on 💜 ⁣ Bonus tip, add wings to your springy ride-on horse to make a Pegasus 😂 ⁣ -⁣ ⁣ #acnh #acnhdesigns #acnhisland #animalcrossingswitch #animalcrossingvillager #acnhinspo #acnhfandom #animalcrossingcommunity #acnhdesigns #animalcrossing #crossingcreations #acnhidea #happyhorizons #animalcrossingaesthetic #nintendo #nintendoswitch #acnl #newhorizons #acnhaesthetic #acnhscreenshots #acnhisland #nookazon #horizonsinspo #happyyhorizons #animalcrossingaddict #animalcrossingfandom #acnhaesthetic

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At the mountain peak the winged creatures frolic. #acwingit x #acfloatchallenge ⁣ ⁣ The third tip for adding wings is to float too! Thank you @cybearizons for joining me and floating around with wings on ⁣ Bonus tip, add wings to your springy ride-on horse to make a Pegasus ⁣ -⁣ ⁣ #acnh #acnhdesigns #acnhisland #animalcrossingswitch #animalcrossingvillager #acnhinspo #acnhfandom #animalcrossingcommunity #acnhdesigns #animalcrossing #crossingcreations #acnhidea #happyhorizons #animalcrossingaesthetic #nintendo #nintendoswitch #acnl #newhorizons #acnhaesthetic #acnhscreenshots #acnhisland #nookazon #horizonsinspo #happyyhorizons #animalcrossingaddict #animalcrossingfandom #acnhaesthetic

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“[ @nintendo ] I find your lack of [ACNH Star Wars items] disturbing.” Any Star Wars fans here? ‍♀️ Inspired by the Rise of the Resistance ride at Disneyland & of course had to do a Vader choke for another #acfloatchallenge started by @cybearizons Preset is Starry Night by @blathies . . #animalcrossing #animalcrossingnewhorizons #anchinspiration #acnhdesigns #acnh #animalcrossingcommunity #acnhdisney #acnhdisneyland #disney #5starisland #acnhidea #kristiancrossing #acnhdisneydesigns #acnewherizons #disneyanimalcrossing #disneymovies #darthvader #starwars #princessleia #crossingcreations #vaderchoke #kissyrosie #vader #acnhstarwars #acnhfandom

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