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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Sep 15, 2015 at 10:02 p.m. Sandra Says...

Hi, I would like to know if you have the memory maker and fast pass for Disneyland, California in LA?

Does the disney app also applies for this park?

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Sep 22, 2015 at 10:19 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandra,

You can read more about Disneyland's PhotoPass Service here. You can read more about FastPass here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 28, 2016 at 4:52 p.m. Trisha Says...

They don't have a price listed, and it is only 1 day? The link goes nowhere

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May 12, 2016 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Trisha,

We've updated with the new link. Pricing is currently $149 if you purchase three days in advance.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 10, 2015 at 2:25 a.m. Jennifer H Says...

I am looking for confirmation. We will have 9 in our party - 7 adult tickets & 2 children tickets (really 4 adults & 5 between 9-14). Can I add all 9 to the Memory Maker if they are all in my friends list. I am managing all of our activities. I wasn't sure if there was a limit on the number for an account. Thank you!

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Sep 27, 2015 at 4:01 p.m. Jess Says...

Jennifer

You can link many people to your photo pass, just link their magic band or park ticket card to your My Disney Experience app. My kids even touched their magic bands on ride picture screens of complete strangers and those photos were added to my memory maker app. So if you don't want to link their accounts to yours just hand over your band or photo card to any photographers or touch to any ride screen to add those photos to your account.

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Sep 21, 2015 at 11:06 p.m. Natalie Says...

Yes you can if you link all the reservations in your app. I was with my sister and her family and all our photos showed on my app because I linked their reservation with my Disney app. This makes it nice because we will be splitting the cost of the memory maker price :)

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Oct 6, 2015 at 1:47 a.m. Tiffany Says...

I am having problems with this right now. My sister and I linked up and all of our pictures (including ones on days our families weren't together) showed up on her photopass account where she bought the memory maker except for a few pockets of photos. These photos are, however, showing up on my acct where I did not purchase the memory maker. The only thing I can think of is that one of my kids must have handed their magic band to the photographer and it is not linking with my sisters account. Thoughts? Any way to get those pics from my account to my sisters. It stinks that all of our other photos came through because we are linked except these. I am dreading having to purchase a memory maker just to keep the pictures of my son's favorite character Sorcerer Mickey (and my sisters kids are even in these photos too!).

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Nov 3, 2015 at 2:08 p.m. Daisy Says...

You need to get your sister to add your child to her mde. Do this by add a guest people I may know and the name of the child will be sent to your email and you accept. Should work then.

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Oct 28, 2015 at 1:24 a.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi Tiffany,

Sorry I did not see your question earlier, however I unfortunately do not have an answer other than contacting the PhotoPass help through either e-mail or on the phone. If it is just a few pockets of photos, hopefully there are just a couple of interest and you could purchase them individually instead of having to purchase the entire package.

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Sep 3, 2015 at 5:47 a.m. Julia Says...

hi,

I just wanted to ask if the memory maker included universal studios, or if there was a similar package with them?

Thanks

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Sep 8, 2015 at 8:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Julia,

It does not include Universal, which has its own package.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 28, 2015 at 1:56 p.m. Barbara Says...

Hi guys. Do you know what ride photography company operates at Disney? Thank you!

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Aug 16, 2015 at 4:49 p.m. Mari Says...

You have been very informative and I wish I had seen your posting before my daughter took her trip to Orlando last month. Do you know if you can buy the MemoryMAker after you return home instead of having to purchase each picture as a download. I am a little confused. Thanks

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Aug 18, 2015 at 4:52 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Mari,

From what I have found on Disney's PhotoPass website, I think that you can purchase Memory Maker after returning from your trip as long as the photos associated to your daughter's My Disney Experience account have not expired. However, the FAQ on the website that addressed this question was not very clear and an answer on the Disney Mom's Panel said that you could not purchase all of the photos after returning. Also, Disney tends to change the details every so often, so the best option would be to go to the PhotoPass website, click on Help and either e-mail or call them directly.

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Aug 2, 2015 at 10:19 p.m. Monica Says...

Thanks for the comprehensive overview! A bit off topic, but do you know anything about the Gallery disc (300 photos) vs the Entertainment disc (600 photos)? I know they are stock photos, but they cost the same and I can't get much info as to the difference between the discs.

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Aug 3, 2015 at 5:07 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Thanks Monica! Sorry, but I don't know much about the Gallery disc versus the Entertainment disc because I don't have either of these. From the descriptions, it sounds like they cover different aspects of Disney, so the pictures between the two may be completely different. I would recommend calling or e-mailing the PhotoPass Help with your question. I have had good success contacting them with questions before.

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Aug 4, 2015 at 5:40 a.m. Monica Says...

Thanks Vern! I'll email the Photopass people.

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Jul 28, 2015 at 6:10 p.m. Megan Says...

Hi, and thank you so much for this great post! Most of my questions have been cleared up, but as I've read A LOT of conflicting information on various sites I was hoping you could help me fully grasp just one or two things.

First - pictures from rides. This is where I've seen the most amount of conflicting information. Can you confirm (or deny) that a) pictures from everyone in my MyDisneyExperience Friends & Family list will show up whether I am on a particular ride or not and b) clarify whether or not someone needs to physically stop by the photo desk at the attraction to get the picture in our account? The ride pictures are the second-biggest plus to me of Memory Maker so I want to be sure I fully understand how this part of it works before I commit to the $169.

Secondly - making sure our whole group is linked up and pictures get taken even when we're split up. I think this may be a feature that they updated after the release of MM, because typically the posts I see from 2013 and early 2014 say the MM owner has to be there, but more recent posts say they do not. So again, can you clarify or confirm that, even when our party of 5 is split up, pictures taken of any of us will show up in my MM account? Is any special action required if I (the MM owner) am NOT present, or will having Magic Bands take care of it all?

In a perfect world, the answers would be that yes, our group can be split up and all we have to do is have our Magic Band scanned by the photographer and the pictures will show up in my account. Also, yes, ride pictures are automatically saved through the magic of Magic Bands and it doesn't matter if I ride the ride or not, and we don't even have to stop by the desk on our way out. :) I know we hardly live in a perfect world, though!

Thank you so much for your time and help.

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Jul 30, 2015 at 9:56 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi Megan,

Thanks for your compliments. I'll try my best to answer your questions based on my last experience.

1a. In theory, everyone in your My Disney Experience Friends and Family listing should have any ride photos show up automatically in your account even if you are not with them. On my visit, my wife took my two sons to ride Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger spin while I took my daughter to see a princess. The pictures showed up in our account even though I was not there.

1b. The photos are supposed to be automatically added to your account, without a need to stop by the photodesk or stopping by the picture previews and scanning your Magic Band at a touch point under the picture. I also valued the ride pictures, so I usually stopped by the photo desk or scanned my Magic Band at the touchpoint under the picture preview just to make sure the photo would be added to my account. Disney seemed to be in the process of automating this process when I was there, so they were still working out some bugs. After riding Expedition Everest, there was a person at the photo preview area telling people that the automatic process was not working and that you needed to stop by the photo desk if you wanted the picture. Some rides, like the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, do not even have a place to scan your Magic Band and the ride photo / video is automatically added to your account. However, there are times the system is down (we had this occur on Space Mountain), or the photo is lost even if you stop by the photo desk for some reason (this happened to us on Test Track).

2. As long as everyone is linked together, the MM owner should not need to be there and any one in the group can have their Magic Band scanned. I usually had mine scanned, but there were times the kids wanted their bands scanned. Another time I was waiting in line for a visit with Belle, and my wife took the kids to explore the France pavilion where they had a few photos taken.

The pictures should show up within a few hours in your My Disney Experience account, so I would recommend that you check it out every so often and you can verify that the photos are being added correctly.

The earlier posts you've seen regarding the need for the MM owner to be present may be accurate, because Disney went through some growing pains with the Magic Band rollout, but they have added a lot of functionality since then. For example, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train photo / video being automatically added to your account only started last fall.

Disney does change details or add features relatively frequently, so I would also recommend that you check through the recent answers on MM on the Disney Mom's Panel. You can also send an e-mail or call the Photopass / Memory Maker help. I have had good communications with them before.

Hopefully this is helpful. Have a great trip!

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Aug 1, 2015 at 5:34 p.m. Megan Says...

Thank you SO very much, Vern!!

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Aug 5, 2015 at 4:38 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Megan,

Thinking about my answers, I want to make clear to everyone that my experiences and most of the answers depend on everyone having a Magic Band. For example, if you don't have a Magic Band, the ride ride photos will not automatically be associated to your account. To associate the photos to your account, after the ride you will need to find your photo on the preview wall and touch your park ticket (one with an RFID in it) or Memory Maker card to the touch point associated to your photo.

If you don't have the Magic Bands, then the person with the Memory Maker card would need to be present to have photos taken elsewhere directly associated to the account. However, if the person with the Memory Maker card is not present, you should receive a regular PhotoPass card that can be tied to the account later. Even with my family having Magic Bands, we needed to do this with photos taken during Enchanted Tales with Belle and Jedi Training Academy.

Keeping all the details about Memory Maker is difficult enough, without considering whether everyone has Magic Bands or not. Hope this has been helpful.

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Jul 24, 2015 at 2:46 p.m. Lauren Says...

I'd love to hear from someone who was in the parks recently if Attractions+ is still available. According to a CM I spoke with over the phone, it is no longer an option - however, I'm not convinced she knew it was an option to begin with.

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Jul 24, 2015 at 1:54 p.m. Marie Says...

Regarding the price, we had four families going on the trip and were all linked together on MDE, one of use purchased the Memory Maker package and then we split the price between the four families, we all used it, downloaded the pics and printed the ones we wanted. We all overlapped for a number of days but had days just our own families as well so it worked out great. We literally had about 400 pictures on the Memory Maker and for $42.25 each family it was fabulous!

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Aug 18, 2015 at 4:59 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

One item that I should mention if you are going with a group of families and decide to purchase Memory Maker to share, make sure that everyone goes into their My Disney Experience account and sets the photo sharing permissions using the Family and Friends page in their Profile so that the photos can be shared.

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Jul 21, 2015 at 11:32 a.m. Carole Says...

If you buy the "Disney Attractions+" inside a park:

- can you use it in all the 4 DWD Parks?

- is it valid only for Pictures in the attractions or also for the Videos that are avaible in some attractions?

Thank you for your answers!

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Jul 21, 2015 at 9:41 p.m. Vern Says...

Hi Carole,

With the Disney Attractions+ option, you have access to digital copies of all the attraction photos that are taken during your visit, up to 14 days. This includes attractions at all four of the parks.

As far as I can tell, the ride videos from Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are not included and are only available for downloading to those that purchase the Memory Maker option. However, this could change or Disney could add additional attractions, so if this is something that is important to you, I would encourage you to visit Disney's Memory Maker website and e-mail them a question or call. Hope this helps.

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Jun 28, 2015 at 2:14 a.m. Aaron Says...

Can you please elaborate on if someone just wanted to do the Photo Downloads for $14.95 instead of the Memory Maker and what that entails? I'm confused by the description of the product, as it says, "Photo Downloads expire 30 days after purchase". I assume that doesn't mean that they only last 30 days on your computer and they're removed, but that you just have 30 days to download them from the site after you buy the $14.95 product?

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Jun 30, 2015 at 4:29 p.m. Vern Says...

Hi Aaron,

The photo download option for $14.95 allows you to download a high-resolution digital copy of one photo from your account. For someone that may only be interested in having high-resolution digital copies of a handful of pictures, it would be cheaper to buy those pictures of interest at $14.95 each rather than all the pictures with the Memory Maker entitlement for $169 (advance purchase) or $199 (i.e. 5 pictures at $14.95 each would be $74.75).

The 30-day expiration period does mean that it is available in your PhotoPass account for 30 days to download. Once you download it, it is yours to keep for as long as you want on your own computer, CD, flash drive, etc. Hope this helps!

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Nov 6, 2015 at 3:49 a.m. Mary Says...

Hi. Thanks for all the information. I would like to get a digital download of a couple pictures. I understand I pay 14.95 per download. Do I get photo rights to print these pictures at Walmart or on shutterfly? Or do I have to buy the whole memory maker package to have printing rights?

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Jun 25, 2015 at 3:48 a.m. John Johnson Says...

was wondering i purchased memory maker for my stay in december we are doing a few character meals so if we get the pictures taken before we eat how can we get the cardboard frames they usually put them in thats what makes the pictures cool.

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Jun 25, 2015 at 8:35 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John,

I know! Lily has a great picture of herself with Belle from Akershus. Unfortunately, they are no longer offering print photos at character meals.

Mommy Frog

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Jun 24, 2015 at 12:29 a.m. Cami Says...

We were really pleased with the new PhotoPass+ this past January. There seemed to be a LOT more photographers roaming the parks compared to our previous visits. We didn't carry our big SLR camera this year and so it was really nice to get some high quality shots from the professionals. We did lose one photo of my husband on Space Mountain, but we called the help number and described what he was wearing and about what time he was on the ride. With that info, the PhotoPass+ people were able to locate it for us!

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Jun 18, 2015 at 6:19 p.m. Stella Says...

i am going to Disney in January and taking my parents this time. I have used memory maker and loved it. While we are only there for three days this time I would like to get it again because it is their first trip (in over 30 years). We will be under one reservation but two rooms. Can we use the same one or would is it one per room?

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Jun 19, 2015 at 9:49 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi Stella,

My family was all together, so this was not a question for us. However, from everything I have read, you should all be able to share one Memory Maker entitlement as long as you are all connected as friends and family through the My Disney Experience account. The Memory Maker FAQ on the Disney web-site has an answer for this (https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com/help-and-support/memory-maker). Since Memory Maker is open to all Disney guests, and not just those that are staying on-site, it makes sense that it would not be tied to hotel rooms but rather tied to your friends and family through the My Disney Experience account. Hope this helps!

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May 19, 2015 at 5:05 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Hi Isabella,

I'll try my best to help you decide. There are several factors to consider whether MemoryMaker (as it is now called) would be worth it for a 3 day visit.

1. With an advance purchase price of $169, it would be about $57 a day. This may seem high, but SeaWorld's photo service is $74.99 for one day.

2. Is this a first visit for anyone?

3. How many characters do you plan to visit? A large number of my family's pictures were of my kids with the characters.

4. Are the Magic Shots something you would really like (i.e. pictures holding Tinkerbell or a bunch of balloons)?

5. Attractions that offer photos are included (i.e. Space Mountain, Test Track). Are you planning on riding many of those attractions and are those photos something of interest?

6. How likely would you be to stop if you were walking and passed by a PhotoPass photographer? We usually stopped at each photographer that we saw because they were set up throughout the parks so we could obtain a wide variety of backgrounds. Also, different photographers would have different Magic Shots or the recently added animated Magic Shots.

7. How often would you like to have a picture taken of your entire group? With a PhotoPass photographer, you don't have to find some random person to take your picture. However, even if you don't purchase Memory Maker, the PhotoPass photographer will be happy to use your camera for a picture too.

8. Will you be disciplined enough to go through your pictures shortly after returning home? Would you like to add special Disney borders, character autographs or small Disney images to your pictures?

9. Only one person in your group needs to have Memory Maker in order for all of you to take advantage of the service, as long as you are all connected as friends and family through the My Disney Experience account. Taking advantage of this, you might be able to split the cost up amongst several people.

10. Will you want a lot of pictures after your trip to put in a photo album or scrapbook, or would you be happy with a handful of pictures? From our visit, I put together a photo album with 300 pictures (and I still had a tough time narrowing it down to just 300).

I know this is a lot to think about, but hopefully it will help you to make an informed choice. Have a great time!

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May 7, 2015 at 12:38 p.m. Isabella Says...

Would you recommend photo pass for a 3-day/2-night trip? I'm going to Disney World with my family(mom, dad, older brother)&my friend. My friend&I plan on visiting all 4 parks, though we have to visit 2 of them in the same day(Hollywood Studio during the afternoon, and then Animal Kingdom for dinner and nighttime). Do you think it'd be worth it?

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Oct 15, 2013 at 6:02 p.m. Catherine M. Williams Says...

This is a great overview of PhotoPass. I agree that it is surprising that there are no PhotoPass photographers assigned to the character meals. It detracts so much from the experience and the meal to constantly have to fiddle with the camera and get up to take pictures I would happily pay more for the service to have PhotoPass photogs at the character meals.

Also agree that the website needs major help. It is so slow and the editing options are so limited.

Even with the gripes of the lack of photographers at the character meals and the website issues, I would still recommend it for an extended family trip. It eliminates so much of the hassle of having to pull out the camera and deal with camera settings in the park, plus everyone gets to be in the picture.

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Oct 16, 2013 at 9:57 p.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Thanks for the comments Catherine. The only reasons I could think of as to why PhotoPass photographers are not at the character meals is that it would either slow down the characters as they make their way around a room, or they do not feel there is enough room in the restaurants for a photographer. Like you, I would have been glad for a PhotoPass photographer to take pictures in addition to the ones I took. The lighting in the restaurants can be tricky when you are trying to get your camera settings correct.

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Oct 9, 2013 at 2:10 a.m. Natasha Says...

Hi! Thanks for this really good post, it is really well rounded. There are a few things that have been updated, though, that I wanted to tell you about. I was a photopass photographer for an internship earlier this year, so I have the inside scoop ;D. You can now do a border and a signature (at least in store). On the whole, editing is a whole lot easier in store. So, if you go, come during the day, usually early morning or during a parade (if you've already seen it, or if you want to come in while your kids are watching it). That way a photopass photographer can help you go through the pictures and edit them the best way you can, cause we know all the ins and outs. plus we can tweak and edit the photos if need be. Plus, just the computer system as a whole is a lot more user friendly in store than it is online. The online website is really annoying. And there are a couple reasons for not doing magic shots in front of the icons. Some photographers do it, some don't. It's generally frowned upon because the magic shots are big sellers and if the shots have the icon in it as well, we'd lose money, cause why would you buy both the icon shot and the magic shot if you can just get one with both of them in it. I'm one of those photographers that say 'Screw it, I'm gonna give you guys the best picture I can'. I remember doing one picture when I was located right next to the Sorcerer's hat in Hollywood Studios (and I mean RIGHT next to it, practically underneath) and I had a little boy jump up with his one hand out high while I was down on my knees, so that it seemed like he was being carried away by balloons right past the Sorcerer's hat. It. Was. Epic. A great shot and the family loved it later (I was working in the store later when they came in). Another reason why they don't do it, is a lot of the locations are just too far away from the icon to get a good picture of it and say your little girl holding a very small Tinkerbell. It just wouldn't turn out to be a good picture. Tinkerbell would be a dot on the page. Also, the equipment can be faulty sometimes, the scanners mostly. So, when that happens, the photographer has to leave their post to go call base, and usually they'll tell them to come back to base, leaving their location empty for a little while while the replacement photographer gets there. That's usually why a location is empty. Either that, or they were short that day. When that happens, locations like Tower and SM are secondary, so not as important as say, Main Street castle locations. Anywho, Thanks so much for sharing this awesome post. Very well rounded and informative!

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Apr 17, 2015 at 5:28 a.m. Paul Says...

Hi Natasha,

Great info. I was wondering how does the camera match the photos to the person. Is there something tethered to the camera. Thanks, Paul

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Oct 10, 2013 at 5:04 a.m. Vern Woodruff Says...

Thanks so much Natasha for taking the time to write your thoughts and add insider information to my post. Your notes are a great enhancement to what I had written, especially since it answers some questions I had and contains information that only someone who had worked as a PhotoPass photographer would know. I had never tried editing a picture in the store, and only looked at a handful of pictuers in a store when I had the Jedi Training Academy photos added to my account. Since I knew I would be receiving all of the photos taken with the PhotoPass+ package, I did not take the time to review them in a store during our visit. I wonder why the editing tools in the store are so much better than they are on-line? There is no way I could have edited my pictures in a store because I'm certain that I spent more time going through and editing my pictures than the total time I spent in the parks during our 7 day visit. Hopefully Disney will add some upgrades to the on-line editing tools in the future, especially since I plan to use the PhotoPass service again in just over a year. Just a couple of enhancements, like being able to add a border and an autograph or being able rotate a picture by a degree or two to straighten out one that is slightly crooked, would be great.

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Oct 9, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Wow! Terrific information, Natasha. Thank you for sharing!

-- Mommy Frog

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Oct 8, 2013 at 9:09 p.m. Erin Says...

One quick note: I used the PhotoPass+ recently, and while they tell you the ride photos are only available that day, this does not seem to actually be the case. I had the photo numbers and the day I had the picture taken for a few pictures, one of which was three days earlier, and they were still able to find it for me. I was very glad too, it was a great picture frim Splash Mountain taken during extra magic hours when the photo pick up area was closed.

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