The Full Picture on Disney PhotoPass Service: Pros, Cons & Tips!

by Mommy Frog on December 9, 2020 271 Orlando

Disney PhotoPass - PinterestA visit to Walt Disney World is filled with a mountain of magical and memorable moments. For tadpoles, that can mean watching a favorite character come to life before their eyes. Luckily for us, Walt Disney World offers a complimentary photo service all around property called PhotoPass. PhotoPass photographers are stationed around the resort to grab those group shots — and some of them are sprinkled with a little extra pixie dust! PhotoPass also covers ride photos, character experiences and dining photos. We've got all of the details about using PhotoPass, including which photo packages are available and which spots you don't want to miss. Say "cheese!"

How PhotoPass Works at Walt Disney World

First thing's first: PhotoPass is the name of the photography service offered at Walt Disney World. This covers your ride photos, as well as some optional stops around property with photographers. You'll find PhotoPass photographers stationed at icons around the resort, including the Tree of Life, Cinderella Castle, the Millennium Falcon and more. However, you may also see some in spots that you wouldn't expect. Recently, we saw a line for a PhotoPass photographer on an average wall in Batuu, and we thought, "that's strange." Guess what? While the wall looked basic, the PhotoPass photographer had a Magic Shot — where a character or special effect shows up in your photos — featuring Baby Yoda! You'll also find PhotoPass photographers at select character experiences, including character dining or meet and greets (note that these are currently modified or unavailable at Walt Disney World). There's often special photo-ops for celebrations or events that are only around for a limited time.

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Cinderella Castle ShotUsing Disney PhotoPass service is toadally free. If you spot a PhotoPass photographer and would like a pic, hop in line. The PhotoPass photog will ask for your MagicBand and quickly scan it (this is one of Lily's favorite jobs). If you don't have a MagicBand, no worries! The PhotoPass photographer will hand you a card, so put it away for safekeeping. After you ride an eligible attraction, you may see stations after the ride to tap your MagicBand beneath your ride photo (including Space or Splash Mountain); others will automagically appear in your My Disney Experience account, such as Expedition Everest and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

While having your photo taken using the Disney PhotoPass service is free of charge, downloading or keeping photos comes at an additional cost. Walt Disney World offers a few photo packages, including Memory Maker, that can be added on to your vacation so that you don't miss a single moment!

All About Memory Maker and Other Photo Packages

Photos can be purchased individually, but Walt Disney World also offers a photo package called Memory Maker. Memory Maker includes all of the photos taken, either in a single day or for the entire length of your visit. Also included in Memory Maker are ride photos and videos, stock photos and videos, and we've even gotten a voicemail from Buzz and Woody! Some of these enhancements are only available through Memory Maker — they can't be purchased separately. If you expect that you'll want to purchase more than a couple of photos, or have a long trip ahead, there's value in getting Memory Maker — especially if you purchase in advance of your trip.

How Much Do Photo Packages Cost?

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Space Mountain Ride Photo

If you're an Annual Passholder, PhotoPass photo downloads are included with your pass. If you're not an AP, photo packages are an add-on cost. All photos you take will be uploaded into My Disney Experience. Prior to purchasing, there will be a watermark over your photos. You can opt to purchase individual photos a la carte. To give you an idea of price, photo downloads are generally about $18.95 for a set of two 4 x 6 prints or one 5 x 7 print, or $20.95 for one 8 x 10 print. Do keep in mind that prices do not include tax or shipping and are always subject to change. If you think you'll only want a couple of photos (especially since you'll need to keep your mask on for photos at Walt Disney World), a la carte may be the way to go.

Alternatively, there's Memory Maker. Memory Maker is a photo package that includes all of the photos from your trip, whether that's a single day or 10 days. If you purchase Memory Maker in advance, you can save some green! Memory Maker options include:

  • Memory Maker One Day ($69) —includes all of your photos and videos from one day of your choosing. May be used upon purchase.
  • Memory Maker Advance Purchase ($169) — includes all of your photos and videos from your vacation. You must wait at least three days after purchase to activate.
  • Memory Maker ($199) — includes all of your photos and videos from your vacation. May be used upon purchase.

One added benefit to Memory Maker is that you cannot only download your own Disney PhotoPass photos but also those of up to 25 members of your Family & Friends who share media with you on the My Disney Experience website or app! For large groups or even families who may split up, that means any of you who are connected can use their MagicBand to upload the photos to one central location, for one price.

You can purchase Memory Maker in My Disney Experience. Your photos will expire 45 days from the date they're taken, and once they expire, they can no longer be purchased or downloaded. If you need more time, as long as you're not past your expiration date, you can pay an additional fee to extend your access to the photos for an additional 15 days for $19.95.

When downloading your photos, they'll come in fairly large ZIP files with some stock photos and video as well. If you'd prefer not to download directly, there's a USB option for $34.95 (it's the same cost for an archive disc).

New for 2020, Disney World introduced a private photoshoot option at Magic Kingdom called Capture Your Moment. For 20 minutes, a PhotoPass photographer will discuss available photoshoot locations and discuss what you'd like before, well, capturing the magic! Each session is $50. Downloads of your photos are included in Memory Maker; for those without an Annual Pass or Memory Maker, photos can be purchase a la carte. To book a Capture Your Moment session, call 407-939-7758.

Finding or Adding Your Photos in My Disney Experience

Disney's PhotoPass Service - My Disney Experience Photo List

There are a few ways you'll add photos to My Disney Experience. You may be handed a PhotoPass card, tap your MagicBand with a photographer or a ride photo area, or you may find some photos automatically appear. With a PhotoPass card, you'll need to follow the instructions on the back of the card to link your photos to your My Disney Experience account. Anything done with your MagicBand should happen automatically. However, some photos are taking longer to appear in My Disney Experience because there is a review process at this time to ensure that all guests are properly wearing their masks. If you aren't wearing your mask, your photo may not appear (we've even seen a few photoshopped masks appearing!). If you aren't able to find your photos, you can report a missing photo at (407) 560-4300. Cast members will try to help you track it down!

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Linking Photos in My Disney Experience

To find your photos in My Disney Experience, head to the menu and select Photos. You should see your photos listed below. In the top right-hand corner, you'll see an option to Link Photos. This is where you can enter the information from a PhotoPass card to populate your photos, by either scanning the card with the camera feature or typing the link in. If you don't have a MagicBand, this is also where you'll find the link to show your PhotoPass code. We highly recommend snapping a screenshot of this — it makes it so much easier to show photographers without having to worry about load time or losing battery power! It's here that you can also manually link your Memory Maker if you purchased it without being logged into My Disney Experience.

Where to Find Magic Shots and Instagram Walls

Exclusive to PhotoPass are Magic Shots. Magic Shots are photos with a little extra pixie dust, like the Baby Yoda we mentioned earlier. Others we've seen include Tinkerbell appearing in your hands or Remy appearing as an International Food and Wine Festival exclusive. There's even some shots that involve perspective, such as Tiny World and Super Zoom (taking you standing next to Cinderella Castle, to a view high above Main Street, back to pinpointing you among the other guests!). You'll often find special photo-ops during festivals or special events, with props, Magic Shots and backdrops. You'll have plenty of opportunities to take iconic photos! However, if you're looking for some selfie spots, there are also some Instagram-worthy walls around property, including:

Magic Kingdom

  • The Purple Wall (near Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor in Tomorrowland)
  • The Tangled Wall (the restroom area in Fantasyland — and you'll sometimes find a PhotoPass photographer across the way at Peter Pan's Flight with a lantern prop as night falls!)
  • Neverland Wall (Fantasyland, outside of Peter Pan's Flight)

Disney's Animal Kingdom

  • Fichwa Fellow (outside of Harambe Market in Africa)
  • "You Are Most Beautiful" (in Harambe Market in Africa)
  • Moss Wall (Pandora, near Satu'li Canteen)
  • The Coca-Cola Wall (near Drinkwallah, in Asia)
  • Children of the World wall (across from Harambe Market, Africa)

EPCOT

  • Bubblegum Wall (near the exit doors to Spaceship Earth)
  • Toothpaste Wall (The Seas with Nemo and Friends, as you exit the pavilion)

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Batuu Blue Stripe Wall (next to the entrance to Droid Depot in Galaxy's Edge)
  • Popsicle Stick Wall (Toy Story Land)

At any time, you can log into My Disney Experience and see where PhotoPass stops are near you! Hop into the map function and toggle to PhotoPass.

Memory Maker Pros and Cons

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Ride Photo

You may be wondering, in the digital age, why should I waste my time on a photo service? Here are our honest thoughts on Memory Maker:

Memory Maker Cons:

  • Your photos expire, so you have to remember to download them before they disappear.
  • The cost. While you can save some money by purchasing a single day or buying in advance, it's still an added cost (and that's a lot of Dole Whips). The longer your trip, the more reasonable that cost may seem.
  • If you're an avid photo-taker anyway, you may find your phone or camera is enough for you.
  • Masks are required right now. Some other theme parks are allowing guests to remove masks for photos, but Disney World is not one of them. That means that all of your Memory Maker photos will involve a face covering. While this wasn't a con for us, per se (safety first), it's good to keep in mind.
  • There are less PhotoPass photographers around right now. There are still PLENTY of stops, but we did notice one missing from the Magic Kingdom entrance, near the Mickey floral sculpture.
  • Likewise, PhotoPass photographers are not available currently at character dining experiences (since these are modified) or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique (which is temporarily closed).

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Family Getting Photo Taken in Japan Pavilion

Memory Maker Pros:

  • Everyone can get in the photo! No more mom or dad missing as they snap the family or asking a stranger to help.
  • Everyone on your Friends and Family list can get in on the photo fun for one price.
  • You don't have to dig for your camera, or remember to take photos — you see a photographer, you can stop. Voila! For me, this takes one extra worry off of my plate during a vacation.
  • It's quick and easy to get your photo taken — the shot is already set and ready for smiles.
  • While I know my way around a camera (and Tad really, really knows his way around a camera), PhotoPass photographers are true pros. They take better photos than I could most of the time.
  • Most trip photos are then accessible in one central location.

PhotoPass Tips and Tricks

Disney's PhotoPass Service - PhotoPass Stop

  • If you're interested in Memory Maker, be sure to purchase in advance! Likewise, be sure anyone hopping along for the trip is on your Family & Friends list in My Disney Experience so that you can share photos.
  • PhotoPass photographers cannot handle your phone or camera at this time due to health and safety precautions.
  • If you have Memory Maker, my kids hate me for this, but I suggest that you stop at (almost) every PhotoPass stop. Since all photos are included in your Memory Maker, it never hurts to grab extra shots! While most photos we've taken have been good quality, in our opinion, there have been a few that are just meh. Take advantage of the options at your disposal so you have plenty to choose from.
  • There are often several photo stops for the same area; there are usually about four or five for Cinderella Castle! If there's a long line at one, and you aren't particular about the shot, keep walking. On Main Street especially, folks tend to stop at the first photographer they see, so that first line is often the longest.
  • PhotoPass photographers are great about different configurations in the shot, but if you have a particular setup or shot in mind, it never hurts to ask. When Tad got a button for making Honor Roll, for example, the rest of us got kicked out of the shot to shine the spotlight on him — and we asked if Lily could join him for one afterwards.
  • On that note, if you are celebrating something, iconic photos are a great way to commemorate the trip!
  • Ask about Magic Shots. If that particular photographer doesn't have one available, they can point you to someone who does!
  • PhotoPass stops, MagicShots and special effects are always changing. Stop and ask if you have questions — cast members are hoppy to help!
  • Set a calendar appointment or reminder to snag your photos before they expire if you invested in Memory Maker!
  • If you have a dining reservation close to or after park close, keep an eye out! PhotoPass photographers are often around even as the park closes to snap those beautifully lit nighttime shots.

Is Memory Maker Worth It?

Disney's PhotoPass Service - Lightsaber Shot

We get this question a lot, and our answer is always: That depends! You know your family and the amount of photos you'd like best. If it's your first time at Walt Disney World and you'll be there a while, Memory Maker may be a good investment to ensure that you get all of those magical shots. If you're a seasoned visitor who will be there for a short period of time, you may find that purchasing must-have photos a la carte and using your phone the remainder of the time is all you need. This really varies by family!

No matter what you decide, we are big fans of Disney PhotoPass service. From capturing the wonder of seeing Mickey in person for the first time, to adding pixie dust to otherwise traditional shots, it always leaves a little extra magic in our photo memories.

Have you used Disney PhotoPass or Memory Maker before? What were your thoughts? Did we miss any tips or tricks? Be sure to share with us in the comments below!

Related: Planning a Walt Disney World Trip in 2021? Here's What You Should Know 

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jun 12, 2018 at 2:49 p.m. Tari Says...

Ok on the memory maker. We are going in Dec and we are just gonna be visiting the park for 3 days. I see where if you buy it at the discounted rate it won’t be good for the first 3 days. Well that is all we are gonna be there. So it wouldn’t do us any good? Am I understanding that right?

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Jun 14, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tari,

If you purchase Memory Maker at the discounted price, photos taken within 72 hours of the purchase time will not be included and would have to be purchased separately. So, as long as you purchase the Memory Maker ahead of time at the discounted price (before the 72 hour window of your trip start date), you should be all good!

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Jun 10, 2018 at 3:25 p.m. Phyllis Says...

I have purchased the Memory Maker for our September trip for 15 people. They are all linked but can they download the pictures they want or am I the only one that can download the pictures?

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Jun 12, 2018 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Phyllis,

Guests who you allow to view your photos will also have the option to purchase prints, digital downloads or keepsakes of any of your photos!

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May 17, 2018 at 10:06 p.m. Anne Says...

We are going to WDW 7/19 but our daughter and her family will be there on 7/16. I was going to purchase memory maker and link all of us but will she be able to use it before we get there or should I have her purchase the memory maker?

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May 21, 2018 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anne!

Since your daughter is arriving first, have her purchase Memory Maker so she can have access to all of the photos she takes prior to your arrival as well. You'll be able to link all of your accounts so she can download everyone's photos!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 15, 2018 at 9:34 p.m. Crispin Says...

I have a party of 11 going the 2nd week of June. One person is purchasing the bands, and I am purchasing the picture package. I am purchasing early. Will we be able to link everyone if we purchase our bands and Memory Maker seperately?

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May 17, 2018 at 1:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Crispin,

Yes! You'll be able to link everyone through your My Disney Experience accounts.

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May 3, 2018 at 10:18 p.m. David B Says...

I purchased a memory maker when my family and i went to WDW 2 years ago. Do i need to purchase 1 again?

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May 4, 2018 at 7:40 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi David!

Yes, you will. It's toad-ally worth it, though!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 1, 2018 at 9:36 p.m. Kathleen Jensen Says...

Hi! My family is planning a trip to WDW this October! There are 9 adults 3 children and 1 toddler in our group. I have purchased an Annual Pass which includes Photo Pass. After reading about. Memory Maker I am wondering if you would recommend adding that on to our stay. We are attending several character meals ,a dinner show and the Halloween Party which I know we will want pictures of ...also we would want pictures doing the major rides. Please give me some advice on what to do.

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May 2, 2018 at 11:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

We toad-ally recommend purchasing Memory Maker to everyone visiting Walt Disney World, especially a group as large as yours! Everyone in your group can connect to you via MyDisneyExperience to get the whole gang's photos under your account for unlimited download. It's an awesome way to keep your magical memories (and pull in those Facebook and Instagram likes!) It's totally worth it!

Hoppy planning,

Mommy Frog

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May 16, 2018 at 9:24 p.m. Kathleen Jensen Says...

Thanks so much for the reply. I am going to talk to the group about getting memory maker!

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May 24, 2018 at 10:52 p.m. Jennifer C Says...

Just to clarify - I think your Annual Pass includes PhotoPass downloads, so I don't think you need Memory Maker in addition to this. Correct? I'm planning a trip (with new APs) and am trying to confirm this fact myself, so please correct me if I'm wrong.

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May 25, 2018 at 8:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer!

Only select Disney World Annual Passes include PhotoPass downloads. As long as you have an eligible pass, there is no need to purchase Memory Maker in addition.

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Apr 3, 2018 at 1:54 a.m. Shaun Says...

Hi I’m getting my memetiy maker free with the combo tickets iv purchased in uk I’m going in June what do I have to do with it just turn up at parks and scan everyone I get photo or do I have to open a account online please can you help thank you shaun

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Apr 2, 2018 at 10:24 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shaun!

You'll need to get a MyDisneyExperience account. With the help of scanning a card or MagicBand, your pictures will automatically go to your app for download.

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Apr 1, 2018 at 2:12 a.m. Brooke Says...

I will be going to Disney World this fall with family. If I purchase the Memory Maker and add everyone in my party as family/friends on MDE, can they still use their own MDE to set up fast passes for rides?

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Apr 3, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brooke!

Of course! Linking MyDisneyExperience accounts doesn't prevent anyone from normal functions such as booking FastPass+ reservations.

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Mar 18, 2018 at 1:49 p.m. Lottie Says...

Hi, if you are staying offsite and don't have magic bands can you still get the pictures taken on a ride?

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Mar 19, 2018 at 9:41 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lottie!

Yes, you can! You can purchase Memory Maker or individual PhotoPass photos even if you're not staying at a Disney resort. They'll be linked to your MyDisneyExperience account.

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Mar 6, 2018 at 2:32 a.m. joan Says...

We will be going to Magic Kingdom in June probably for 1 day do you think that it is worth purchasing the Memory Maker? This will be our first trip taking our 5 & 8yr old grandkids.

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Apr 11, 2018 at 12:42 a.m. Curt Says...

Assuming that it is still available, you can buy a One-Day Memory Maker. I believe the cost is $70 (up from $60 originally). It's available only through the My Disney Experience app. After you get at least one picture taken, select a photo for purchase, and you will have the option to purchase the One-Day Memory Maker (along with the regular Memory Maker package)

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Mar 6, 2018 at 12:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joan!

Man, that's a tough question. Unfortunately, Memory Maker is the same price whether for one day or for a week-long vacation. But to be honest, we think it's totally worth it. It includes ride photos, magic shots and amazing photos at some of the park's best locations - as well as character meet and greets! As grandparents, this is something you're sure to treasure forever.

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Feb 21, 2018 at 7:31 p.m. Amy Says...

This section "However, if you purchase Memory Maker at the discounted price, photos taken within 72 hours of the purchase time will not be included and would have to be purchased separately" is very poorly worded. It's confusing as it implies that buying MM at the lower price means the first three days of your park trips aren't covered. Based on the comments on this section, I'm not the only one who thought so! Reword for clarity!

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Mar 3, 2018 at 7:59 p.m. Natalia Says...

Yeah same here I’m confused as well. So if I purchase the MM lets say today and my trip is in a month (second week of April) I will still not get pics for the first three days? What sense does that make? Why purchase at a discount then if you can’t use it for the first three days?? I’m so confused lol

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalia!

We apologize for the confusion! You only miss the first three days of your trip if your purchase at the discounted rate at the last minute.

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Feb 19, 2018 at 4:03 a.m. Kate Says...

In case you want to update: The Memory Maker now costs $199 and $169 in advance :(

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Feb 20, 2018 at 11:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate,

Thanks for the heads up!

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Feb 13, 2018 at 5:58 p.m. Becky Says...

Is memory maker only good in the 4 main parks? Can we use it at Volcano Bay or would we have to buy the Universal photo pass?

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Feb 14, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Becky!

Volcano Bay is a Universal park, so Disney Memory Maker & PhotoPass services are not available here.

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Dec 27, 2017 at 4:31 a.m. Nichole Says...

I see Photo Pass and Memory Maker are used as if they are the same yet different items. Do I have to purchase photo pass before I can do memory maker?

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Dec 27, 2017 at 1:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nichole,

PhotoPass is the name of Disney's service that offers photographers at iconic locations throughout the parks to take professional pictures and "magic shots" of your whole family. You can take advantage of this service and have photos (with watermarks) uploaded to your MyDisneyExperience account at no cost to be purchased individually...or have them take pictures on your own personal phone or camera! Memory Maker is the package you can purchase that includes unlimited downloads of every photo and eliminates the watermark in your MyDisneyExperience app. That way, you can post your pics to Frogbook just moments after getting them taken!

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Dec 7, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. Nichelle I. Says...

We will be going with my daughter & the grandkids on March 31. We plan on getting the Memory Maker at the Military price.

Does this statement include the military price as a discount and if so am I to understand the first 3 days in the park our photos are not included.? "All photos for up to a 30-day period from first use are included. However, if you purchase Memory Maker at the discounted price, photos taken within 72 hours of the purchase time will not be included and would have to be purchased separately."

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Dec 12, 2017 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

According to this site, the Military price is not included with that statement. You should be able to use the Memory Maker right away if purchased within 3 days prior to your vacation.

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Sep 8, 2017 at 12:41 a.m. Craig Says...

Hi,

We bought the memory maker at one of the parks for $199. I activated the card when we got home. I have not downloaded any of the photos yet. It says if I do the watermarks will be removed and I will be confirming my memory maker account. If I choose not to download anything will the $199 pending charge on our credit card be removed?

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Sep 7, 2017 at 7:50 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Craig,

Hmm. We're not sure how Disney determines a when a pending credit card charge is removed. Call the Disney PhotoPass Guest Support team at (407) 560-4300 and ask the pros!

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Sep 3, 2017 at 12:08 p.m. Nadia Says...

I'm traveling for New Year's Eve with my daughter and my son.

We already have our tickets and our magic bands linked to our tickets and to my Disney experience app.

I want to know if I don't buy the memory maker, I can still ask a photographer to take out pictures and then choose which ones I want to download?

Or I have to buy the memory maker to be able to get the photographs on my Disney experience account?

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Sep 5, 2017 at 10:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nadia,

You do not need Memory Maker. Your individual PhotoPass photos will be available to view and download in the MDE app.

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Aug 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Britt Cole Says...

We are traveling as a family, 3 separate couples with kids. Is it best to have just 1 or 2 of the adults per family to wear bands, or do we need to purchase for all the children as well?

thank you!

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Aug 29, 2017 at 11:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

It's best to have everyone wear a band. Linking admission tickets and Fastpass+ to individual bands will save time wherever you go.

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Jul 25, 2017 at 6:33 p.m. Andrea Says...

One thing to mention - UK visitors currently have Memory Maker included free with all Disney Ultimate tickets - this is the case until the end of 2018 though I suspect it may carry on after then. Our direct flights are about 9 hours long though (indirect flights are longer of course) and that's without transport to the airport and often an overnight stay before the flight out to Orlando - so time consuming and expensive before we add on the cost of accommodation. I guess this is a sweetner for us :-)

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Jun 25, 2017 at 10:16 p.m. Felicia Says...

Hello, My Family of 4 will be going to Disney Dec 23-25. Do you think it's worth it at that time since its going to be so busy those days. This will be our 1st time at Disney. And if I do purchase it, will it be good for those 3 days? And No telling How many rides we will be able to get on. Any advice and tips will help.

2 Adults and 2 Kids ages 5-Girl and My son is 10.

Thank You

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Jul 18, 2017 at 11:48 p.m. Deonie Says...

Hi Felicia, We are heading over to WDW again in September our first trip was 5 years ago ( from Australia) the kids were then 15 & 7, we also had my MIL & SIL with us. I would definitely reccomend the photo package, there is heaps of opportunity for photos the photographers are everywhere and are very quick (but dont rush you) they take snaps every day so they just know what they are doing. We got a massive amount of images the ones with the "magic" are super special, and there is not a bad picture among them! I'm just about to add it to our package today to get the discount, we were lucky in that we found a photographer outside a pavillion the one with the images of the park ideas who wasnt busy and he took our daughter for a solid 30 minutes and got her to pose. We have about 10very special images from that sitting . That was worth it alone for us although it wasnt the current package still good value.

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Jul 14, 2017 at 7:49 a.m. Nikki Says...

Felicia,

Sorry, I hit the "Submit" button too early. As I was saying...

I thought the PhotoPass was a waste of money but my cousin wanted to do it and paid for it. She gave me her access and I reaped the benefits. I was glad she did! Upon returning home from my vacation, I went online and edited my photos. I really enjoyed the Magic photos where they pretend your flying away with Mickey balloons or holding Tinkerbell or baby Simba. The add-on stickers were cool too. They had many of the characters' signatures as stickers so you could place Belle's signature with your picture of Belle and family and borders to match certain characters (as seen in the post). They also had holiday themed borders for Christmas and the New year. Mickey and Minnie were wearing holiday attire and Pluto strung ornaments on his tail.

Again, my opinions are based upon my visit back in 2013 but I am currently planning another Disney World vacation for November 2017 and looking into the PhotoPass/Memory Maker options too.

Do you think it is worth the money for your family's first visit? How many photos could you have taken over 3 days? Can you go into the Disney Photoshop store to edit your favorites and purchase a few photos? Lastly, consider the time you'll spend waiting in ride and photo op lines, watching shows versus truly enjoying the park and your family. You may not have/want to buy a lot of pictures to surpass the $169 fee.

Hopefully this information has helped you.

Sincerely, Nikki

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Jul 14, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. Nikki Says...

Hi Felicia,

I went to Disney the first week of December in 2013. Although it was not too crowded but enough crowds at times because Disney was filming their Christmas Parade to be aired on Christmas (therefore everyone wanted to be on TV). At the most popular PhotoPass spots (ie. Cinderella's Castle), there were unofficial waiting lines to get that good picture. I could imagine going during Christmas vacation, you'll not only have lines for rides and character greetings, but also for PhotoPass oppurtunities.

Also, consider the quality of your photos versus the Disney photographers photos. Either way, you're going to have a sea of people at Cinderella's Castle in your picture. Do you want a free photo with your camera or pay for the professional photo?

Is it worth paying $149 or $169 to have a few photos or just pay by the picture?

Personally, It was my boyfriend's first time at Disney and I honestly thought the PhotoPass/Memory Maker was a waste of money. I really enjoyed the Magic photos and add-on stickers to

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Jun 26, 2017 at 7:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Felicia,

As for PhotoPass/Memory Maker, it is good for the length of your visit.

It will be VERY busy during Christmas Break. We have tips to help you manage the crowds right here.

Keep hopping,

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Jun 12, 2017 at 1:38 p.m. Kristian Says...

Hi. Do you still need to pay for the photos you want or is that included. Thanks

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Jun 12, 2017 at 9:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kristian,

If you purchase MemoryMaker, then all of your photos are included.

Keep Hopping!

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Aug 21, 2017 at 12:22 a.m. nicole henry Says...

Do you happen to know if you can purchase 2-1 day memory makers? I know we want 1 day but if I liked shots from a second day, would it be full price of 200 or could I buy 2 days? Thanks in advance

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Aug 21, 2017 at 10:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicole,

Memory Maker is good for multiple days. All photos for up to a 30-day period from first use are included. However, if you purchase Memory Maker at the discounted price, photos taken within 72 hours of the purchase time will not be included and would have to be purchased separately.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 2, 2017 at 8:08 a.m. Rosemary Says...

Hi Leap,

Thank you for all of this really helpful info! I read this is your article and in your reply but I'm still confused by what you mean! People who purchase the Memory Maker in advance are at a disadvantage? Thank you!

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Nov 2, 2017 at 8:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Rosemary,

While paying in advance for Memory Maker saves you $30, you don't know how the photos will look and how much you'll use it. If you make every opportunity to visit a Disney PhotoPass photographer, and don't mind that every photo may not be picture perfect, then Memory Maker is a great purchase.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jun 7, 2017 at 12:54 p.m. De Says...

Hi,

Thanks for the great info. A friend who goes to Disney a couple of times a year told me that the memory maker is not worth it because you wind up waiting forever on lines just to get your picture taken and you are much better off not spending the money and just asking a person passing by to take a family pic. Have you found that to be the case at all? I am going to Disney from July 11th-18th.

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Jun 16, 2017 at 5:49 a.m. Jessica Phillips Says...

Can you purchase individual digital images that are taken by the Photo Pass Photographers online?

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Jun 16, 2017 at 7:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

Yes, you may purchase individual pictures from https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Jun 7, 2017 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi De,

We find Disney Photo Pass Cast Members to be helpful. They are perfectly positioned in front of icons such as Cinderella Castle and most always accompany a character. Know that they will always take a picture with your camera if you ask them. Your wait times will vary.

You can always ask a stranger to snap a pic. Find someone with a DSLR camera, as they usually take their photos seriously, and that will help with your shots.

You don't need Magic Bands. Memory Maker can be applied to your regular paper ticket. Memory Maker is a convenience and not a necessity. It really depends on how much you value those iconic family photos.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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May 29, 2017 at 4:54 p.m. Lindsey Says...

We have 11 (6 adults) in our group going to DW in three weeks. We do not have Magic Bands because we bought our tickets through Shades of Green resort. Can all 6 adults use my Memory Maker account if we are not always together?

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May 29, 2017 at 12:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

Yes. Make sure everyone is linked together in My Disney Experience.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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May 30, 2017 at 10:20 p.m. Lindsey Says...

There are 3 couples (hubby and me, daughter,and son) and we have three separate My Disney Experience accounts. Is there any way to link them to my account for one Memory -maker account or will we need to buy three cards?

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May 31, 2017 at 12:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Linsday,

If you add everyone in MDE as Friends/Family then you should be able to share one MemoryMaker account.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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May 31, 2017 at 5:47 p.m. Barbara Says...

Thank you for being so helpful!

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May 31, 2017 at 3:08 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank you for reading our blog!

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Apr 7, 2017 at 8:25 p.m. TODD Says...

I live about an hr away from Disney and my family and I are thinking of purchasing the photo pass. is this a yearly fee, or only for the trip you go on? if I go 4 times a year and want all my photos for the whole year, am I paying 1 time or each time, or is this a lifetime membership?

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Apr 10, 2017 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Todd,

The PhotoPass fee includes all photos for up to a 30-day period from first use. Afte those 30days, you'd need to get a new package.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Mar 26, 2017 at 12:48 a.m. Niki Says...

An annual passer is going with our group to Disney World in June. If we are in 2 different parks will our pics link to their memory maker? Thank you for your time

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Mar 26, 2017 at 8:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Niki,

The entitlement is tied to the Magic Bands of everyone in your “My Disney Experience” family and friends list. If everyone in your party is on the list, then Memory Maker will update with the photos.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 7, 2017 at 5 a.m. Lindsey L. Says...

Do you know if you can link more than one magic band to your magic maker photo package? We're going with a large group and I'm wondering if we can all take advantage of getting our pictures taken if we split up throughout the day.

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Feb 11, 2017 at 3:51 p.m. Mel Says...

This is from the post above in the "pro" part of the article......

"The entitlement is tied to the Magic Bands of everyone in your “My Disney Experience” family and friends list. This works well if your party separates because any one can have a picture taken and tied to the Memory Maker account with their MagicBand. For example, while my daughter and I were seeing Anna and Elsa, my wife took our two sons to ride Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. With the MagicBands, all of the photos from both places were in the account."

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Feb 7, 2017 at 8:24 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

It does not appear that you can link more than one MagicBand to your Magic Maker Photo Package. However, you can allow others to view your photos by adding them as Friends and Family in the Disney MyExperience app.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

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Feb 1, 2017 at 1:48 a.m. Gustavo Says...

Hi! Just purchased the memory maker in advance. I understood I'll have 30 days after my first photo, right? My trip in on May. Do you know the size of each photo? Nice definition for print later? Thanks!

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Feb 1, 2017 at 8:31 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gustavo,

Correct, you have 30 days access to Memory Maker from the first day you use it. The individual files are about 4MB in size, and you shouldn't have any problems with printing them later on.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 30, 2016 at 10:15 p.m. Stacey Says...

Is there a way to upload your own photos into the memory maker to add borders and stickers? I haven't found one but I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.

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Dec 31, 2016 at 12:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

Sorry. There's no way for you to add your own photos to Disney's Memory Maker.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2016 at 11:11 p.m. Jonnice Says...

Question: We're new Annual Pass holders and we qualify for the the photo pass. Does this basically mean we qualify for a free Memory Maker? Do i still need to purchase the memory maker for our vacation?

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Dec 27, 2016 at 2:51 p.m. Lisa R Says...

Check the Disney Annual Passholders site. It comes with a number of the passes. I am a Gold pass holder and it came with my pass. I only had the 2 blackout periods with my pass Christmas and Easter

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Oct 1, 2016 at 5:17 p.m. Lindsey Says...

We are staying at a hotel not on Disney property. I am interested in this because we have a 5 day trip planned and 8 people, so I think this would be a great deal. But, it says you have to have a wrist band linked to your My Disney Exp account. I thought the wrist bands were only for guests staying at a Disney Resort. Are we able to purchase a wristband for use just for the Memory Maker?

Thank You

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Oct 3, 2016 at 10:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsey,

You do not have to have a wristband. Your ticket can be scanned just like the wristband to be used with PhotoPass photographers and ride photos.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 25, 2016 at 3:48 p.m. Kathi Says...

I'm finding out the hard way that only those with Magic Bands will get the Mine Train and Frozen Ever After ride pics. No dice with the cards. We had a day at the parks as part of a DCL cruise and I am currently trying to get PhotoPass to add the Mine Train photo to the account. I have also learned that if we wore our magic bands from a previous trip, that the Mine Train photo would have linked. We didn't know that was an option....

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Oct 10, 2016 at 2:42 a.m. Kathleen Denison Says...

We are also staying off site and I just ordered our Magic Bands off Disney.com. I like the convenience of not having to carry my credit card, tickets, etc around for all of us. :)

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Oct 12, 2016 at 4:25 a.m. Skeeter Says...

Hey there! Make sure to bring your credit card! If you are staying off site the MagicBand will not be able to be linked with a credit card for fast payments! (We learned this the hard way!!)

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Sep 18, 2016 at 4:58 p.m. corrine Says...

does it cost any money to download the pictures from the disney account?

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Aug 19, 2016 at 4:29 a.m. Heather Says...

Just need some clarification, if we purchase the memory maker, are all the photos ours to download, save and print? Can we print individual photos or make an album using an outside source like Walgreens or Target?

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Aug 22, 2016 at 9:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Heather,

Yes, that is correct.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2016 at 6:46 p.m. Claire Says...

If you purchase the memory maker, can you save all of the digital images on something like a flashdrive, so you always have a digital copy and can reprint them whenever?

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Aug 24, 2016 at 12:56 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

Yes, you can!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 2, 2016 at 4:39 a.m. Chuy Varela Says...

One question: are PhotoPass photographers available at Disney Springs?

Thanks for your time.

Regards...

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Aug 5, 2016 at 7:31 p.m. Mom to 3 Says...

We were just at Disney Springs last week and they did have a photo pass photographer there at the little playground area where all the kids were. They might have had more, but it started raining hard and we headed back to the resort.

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Aug 3, 2016 at 1:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chuy,

No, they are not.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 30, 2016 at 12:21 a.m. Tazz Says...

Planning on a Disney trip in 2 weeks. I plan on getting the park hopper and water park fun and more option multi day ticket. If I get memory maker will it be 1 fee for every park I visit for the entire ticket days purchased??

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Aug 9, 2016 at 11:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Memory Maker is the photo package. It is sold independently of tickets.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2016 at 10:52 p.m. alex Says...

Is the Attractions+ option still available at the parks?

We did this in 2014, instead of the larger package, because my kids aren't into the character meals...or posing for lots of photos! Our best, most memorable moments were on the rides!

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Jul 25, 2016 at 8:29 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex,

While this is no longer an option, you can purchase your photos individually.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2016 at 8:24 a.m. Michelle Says...

Can I purchase memory maker if I buy my room and tickets off of undercover tourist site?

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Jul 25, 2016 at 8:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle,

Yes, you can, you would just need to do this through Disney.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 19, 2016 at 5:40 p.m. Mrs. Disney Says...

Quick question. My pictures on my app expire next week. Can I still purchase Memory Maker or Photo Pass? Which one do I need?

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Jul 25, 2016 at 2:07 a.m. Njaba Anne Says...

Picture on my trip to animal kingdom, Hollywood resort, and magic kingdom

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Jul 21, 2016 at 7:33 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mrs. Disney,

Yes, you can still purchase Memory Maker, or you could purchase the pictures you want separately off of the site.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 27, 2016 at 11:53 p.m. Sonny Says...

The Photo Pass website is almost completely unusable. I don't see how anyone can get it to function. I have tried to select and download about 20 photos for 5 hours now and still with no success. It won't load the photos, the buttons are unresponsive, or the website simply comes down altogether. When I call the help line, there is a 60-minute wait.

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Sep 10, 2016 at 4:18 a.m. Kelly Says...

I had the same issue at the same time period...I tried purchasing the disc and only one days' photos were on it. Were you able to get any or your pictures?

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Jun 9, 2016 at 9:30 p.m. Jennifer Tinsley Says...

How late do they take photos in front of the castle in the evening

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Jul 5, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jennifer,

Pretty much throughout the evening, minus the nighttime entertainment times.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 31, 2016 at 1:23 p.m. Danielle Says...

Hello, I'm confused about the part that says the discounted Memory Maker will expire after 72 hours and another will need to be purchased. Can you explain this please? I'm going for 6 days and don't want to have to buy 2! Thank you :)

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Jun 2, 2016 at 3:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Danielle,

You would just need to purchase it 72 hours before you arrive to take advantage of the discount.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 17, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. Marc W Says...

Beware Memorymaker. Memorymaker is a deceptive, overpriced product, UNLESS you spend all your time waiting in long lines for character photos. Disney will tell you that photos are not taken on 100% of the rides. What they WON'T tell you is that photos are actually taken on less than 15% of the rides. Our tally of 257 photos at the end of a 7 day trip riding 75% of the rides in all the parks turned out to be 100 stock disney photos, plus 18 ride shots duplicated anywhere from 5 to 12 times (e.g. on coaster they shoot up to 12 shots in less than a second).

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Mar 17, 2016 at 9:27 p.m. Patrick Jakubowski Says...

So, is there only a 1 day Option in Disneyland. In the past there was the multiple days which was such a fantastic bargain...

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Apr 14, 2016 at 10:16 p.m. Susan Says...

I can't seem to find anything but a one day pass either.

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Dec 22, 2015 at 3:17 a.m. Bob G Says...

I meant memory maker not photo pass

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Dec 22, 2015 at 3:15 a.m. Bob G Says...

When the photo pass is purchased, do you get a cd with all of the photos that you can take to a store for prints?

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Dec 19, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. Dodie Says...

Hi! We are Florida residents and are considering (okay we are going to do it!) purchasing the Gold Annual Pass. One of the perks is "Disney PhotoPass Downloads". I can't find any definitive explanations about this, so maybe you can help. Does this mean that any photos taken during our visit will be available to download for free? Or is it just stating that we can download them, but that we will need to pay?

Thanks for your help!

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Dec 14, 2015 at 5:10 p.m. Kaye Oesterle Says...

I was contemplating on renewing my annual pass (which now includes photopass downloads) or letting it expire to renew before our trip to WDW in April. The rub is that we are going to Disneyland in January. So my question is - If I renew my WDW annual pass, will it include any Photopass photos made at Disneyland or are they completely separate?

Thanks

Kaye

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Dec 16, 2015 at 7:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kaye,

I believe the photos would be separate.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Nov 8, 2015 at 6:06 a.m. Carrie Madley Says...

Hi,

Have you ever had anyone reach out to you regarding expired Memory Maker photos? When we booked our trip out Disney consultant created the guest email account and we never got the reminder email that our photos were about to expire and we thought we had 30 days from the download to get them off the site. We are still within 60 days of our trip and I sent an email to Disney just now but I am so upset about this that I am reaching out to anyone that might be able to help. I read on one blog site that a couple was able to get their photos retrieved after the expiration but that was from about a year or so ago. I am praying so hard that with all the technology we have that we will have our prayers answered. This was my first visit as well as our son's first visit (he's 6). I am hoping you will be able to help. Thanks so much. :)

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Nov 14, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. Christina Says...

We just recently retrieved our photos last week from a visit in the end of July! You need to call and talk to someone from photo pass. They were also able to send us a cd with all of our photos to be sure we didn't lose them while editing. Our call was right before they would be deleted. I wouldn't wait for a response in email even though the wait on the phone can be long, it's worth it!

Good Luck:)

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Nov 6, 2015 at 8:25 p.m. Veronica Says...

I got the photopass plus online for our recent trip to Disneyland. If you are doing any character meals then this is a great value. With the photopass plus the prints of the photos they take of you when you first get to the meal are included at no charge (without photopass plus it would cost around $37US if you want the prints). We did 2 meals so the prints from those alone were worth the $60.00 I paid for the photopass plus. However their website after you get home is not great at all!! I have been trying for days to make a calendar with our photos for Christmas gifts and it keeps freezing and logging me out, very frustrating. I emailed customer service and all they said was download Google chrome, our site works best through there. I am not downloading something just to use your site, it should work with any browser. I guess I will order my prints and calendar through Wal-Mart instead, will be cheaper anyway.

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Oct 26, 2015 at 2:28 a.m. John Says...

I was going to download my photos as 4x6 but I wanted to know if when I decide to print them on my own can I then make them a bigger size and still be high quality?

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Nov 4, 2015 at 4:24 p.m. Amma Says...

We were very disappointed in the quality of photos. Shots with characters were great but shots around the park, quite poor. Our Main Street shot was crooked and underexposed - unacceptable as the photographer does this same shot ALL DAY. Tree of life group shot overexposed.

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Oct 28, 2015 at 1:09 a.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi John,

The photos you download will be high resolution (around 3 - 4 MB in size, 300 dpi), so you should not have any issue printing them at a larger size. The base photos are in a 4 x 6 aspect ratio through PhotoPass, so the quality of a picture cropped to a different aspect ratio will be the same whether you do it through the PhotoPass website or on your own after you download the file. If you are planning on downloading the pictures, the main advantage for cropping a picture to a different aspect ratio on the PhotoPass website is that the Disney themed borders will be fit correctly on the picture. For example, when I was editing my photos, I added Disney borders to many of the pictures. Pictures I especially liked and thought that I might print in a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 aspect ratio, I would edit those on the PhotoPass website and add the border. If you are not adding a border, then you do not need to crop the picture to a different aspect ratio and should be fine downloading the pictures as 4 x 6's and printing them at a larger size.

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Oct 15, 2015 at 10:37 p.m. Kris Says...

On our last trip, 4 years ago, we bought the photo package and actually created an album on their website with some of our additional photos uploaded and included too. What was great about it was they had Disney backgrounds on all the pages and special Disney borders and clip art to include in your photo books. I was wondering if any one has made one with Memory Maker and if they are still including all the extra clip art and Disney pages in their albums.

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