In several spots in the old town we saw these “photo opportunities”, where tourists could dress up in traditional costume and pose in elaborate settings. It was far too hot though for us to want to put on layers of heavy clothing or thick furry hats, even if we’d wanted to pay for the privilege of looking a bit silly! There’s also a place where you can be photographed with a camel (called Misha according to my guidebook) but I’m fond of camels and it didn’t seem to me that he was very happy with his lot so I kept away in order not to encourage this practice.
Fun Alternatives: If you want pictures of traditional Uzbek clothing the locals will be more than happy to oblige!
Well, by now I don't see this as tourist trap anymore, but want to place it here for all who might read my writings.
Be prepared that, as a foreign tourist, you have to pay more than Uzbek tourists. I cannot judge about prices in restaurants or hotels, but it is due for all entrance fees.
Simply accept this, don't complain (as I did in between, but only to myself). Just consider that the price you paid to get from your country to Uzbekistan is much more than people earn here per month.