The applicability of superconducting films in high-performance microwave devices suffers from inhomogeneous growth and local defects. Therefore we have installed a laser scanning system to visualize with spatial resolution the distribution of the microwave fields in 2-in.-diam YBaCuO disk resonators. The TM310 mode was imaged at a loaded quality factor of 8.3×104 via changes of the resonant frequency at 2.21 GHz and 40 K. The field distribution agreed with a magnetic-wall model, indicating at the contour of the disk fringe fields, but without strong edge enhancement. The data also indicated an inhomogeneous effective microwave penetration depth. The spatial resolution is presently limited to about 2 mm by heat diffusion. © 1998 American Institute of Physics.