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How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories

by Mommy Frog on March 2, 2024 43 Los Angeles

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical MemoriesHave you ever struggled with getting that perfect shot of your whole family in front of the castle? Or wished you could get that shot of just your party and the Millennium Falcon with nobody else in it (unless Chewbacca photobombs you, of course)? Well, you can put your camera down and live in the moment thanks to the Disneyland PhotoPass photography service. You can also get that perfect, in-focus character shot with your whole party in the picture — minus unwanted fingers or awkward angles — with Disneyland PhotoPass. Just let the Disneyland PhotoPass photographers use their professional equipment and expert eye to take the photos. Then, you can download the quality images when they appear in your account. We know you want those awesome professional photos, and here's how to use Disneyland PhotoPass to make magical memories without it costing a ton of green!

First of all, if you think you will want to download photos, be sure to purchase Genie+ for the day of your visit. You can purchase in the Disneyland app! If you have a multi-day trip planned, you might look into the PhotoPass+ One Week plan (if you are not using Genie+) so you can get all of the Disneyland PhotoPass images from your visit. Below, we discuss all the options available to you.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Millennium Falcon

Answers to Common Questions about Disneyland PhotoPass Service

How does Disneyland PhotoPass work?

You'll find Disneyland PhotoPass photographers located throughout the parks at iconic photo spots, some places you might meet characters and character dining locations. The photographers sometimes even walk the parade route with signs for your party to hold while they take your picture!

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - photopass concierge

Whenever Disneyland employees take photos, they can scan the photo code in the Disneyland app on your phone, or hand you a PhotoPass card. Photographers can now scan a MagicBand+, which is the fastest and easiest way. You can then view the images through the app, on your computer or at the new Photo Concierge location in the Esplanade just outside Disneyland Park. The PhotoPass Service Centers in the parks have closed. The Photo Concierge outside of the parks is convenient if you discover you need to get help with photos but do not have a park ticket. It's the place to go if you need to troubleshoot any PhotoPass issues.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Photographer scans a MagicBand

You can link your PhotoPass card to your account on the Disneyland app to capture images and view them after your photo is snapped. It's not complicated. The photos may appear anywhere from a few minutes to a few days after they are taken. Magic Shots seem to take longer than other shots to appear, so keep checking the app for new images!

Can I download all the photos from one day for a flat fee? 

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Boy poses in teacup

Yes! A paid service called Genie+ includes unlimited PhotoPass downloads for $30 per day (and up). If you do not have Genie+ + and go to download a photo, it costs $14.99 per photo. So Genie+ is toadally worth it to get the professional and on-ride photos that day. Genie+ also comes with other cool benefits, such as being able to make ride reservations to use the Lightning Lane through your smartphone.

You can purchase Disneyland Resort tickets pre-loaded with Genie+ (to lock in the lowest possible price), or you can purchase Genie+ in the Disneyland app each day you want to use it. The price to purchase Genie+ in-park varies per day, but it's usually $30 to $35. Magic Key Holders save 20 percent on Genie+ for Magic Keys (but the discount will not apply to regular tickets that are linked to their account).

If your main reason to get Genie+ is to get the photos, you can purchase for just one member of the party if you like. Use that person's app or MagicBand to load all the images. But if you all want to use the ride benefit, you all need to get Genie+.

In 2023, all on-ride photos are complimentary (for a limited time) to download in the Disneyland app throughout the Disney 100 Years of Wonder Celebration for all ticketed guests.

What is PhotoPass+ One Week?

Do you have a longer trip? Another option is the PhotoPass+ One Week. It costs $78 for seven consecutive days. It is just for photo downloads and does not include the ability to make Lightning Lane reservations through the Disneyland app. You can call (407) 560-4300 to learn more about the One Week plan. You can purchase in advance online.

Does Genie Plus include PhotoPass at Disneyland?

Yes, it does! If you have Genie+, all your PhotoPass photos are included that day. Genie+ also includes Disney PhotoPass lenses. These augmented reality lenses are fun to play with in the park.

How much does Disneyland PhotoPass or Genie+ cost?

Getting your pictures taken and viewing them (with watermarks) is free for all guests. If you do not have Genie+ and want to download images, it will cost per image. The prices vary! You can buy just one photo for $14.99, but it is cheaper to pay a flat fee for all of the photos taken in one day with Disney Genie+. That flat fee for Genie+ is $30 (and up) per day. You could buy the one-week PhotoPass plan for $78 for seven consecutive days.

At this time, the on-ride photos are included for free! You do not need Genie+ for those, but you do need Genie+ (or another PhotoPass plan/purchase) to get the PhotoPass photos taken by a photographer to appear without the watermarks.

When you first view the images without a plan, they will have a watermark on them. If you have purchased PhotoPass or Genie+ (or if you buy an image), the watermark will disappear. If you buy the One Week plan early in the trip, all of the photos for that week will load without watermarks for immediate sharing on social media. You can then download them to your phone, tablet or computer for your personal use. Print images yourself or order prints through the Disneyland PhotoPass site. You can also share on social media directly from the app or view it on your computer.

If you are ordering a PhotoPass+ One Week plan, be sure to select photos from your first day as your start date, because that picture you choose starts your week of photos. Photos taken before that date will still have watermarks. Rookie mistake! If you have a multi-day trip and only purchased Genie+ for one of the days, only the pictures taken during that day will be available for free downloads. The other days will have watermarks on them. For the one-week plan, call (407) 560-4300 or order online.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Jack SkellingtonThe prices to purchase hi-res digital files that you can download and share are as follows and are subject to change:

  • One photo: $14.99 (if you do not have Genie+)
  • One day of unlimited photos and videos with Genie+: $30+ (from 6 a.m. on the day of purchase until 5:59 a.m. the next day) — Price can vary.
  • One week of unlimited photos and videos with PhotoPass: $78
  • Expiration Extension (for an additional 15 days): $19.95

If you want PhotoPass photos and do not care about Lightning Lane features, get Genie+ for just one person. That helps you save money over buying individual photos. You can get by with one Genie+ purchase per day per family. If you purchase Genie+ each day for two days or fewer, you'll save over the Genie+ One Week Plan. But, if you are going for four to seven consecutive days, then the One Week plan is the cheapest. Just be sure to use the PhotoPass holder's account (scanning their PhotoPass code in the app, their MagicBand or scanning PhotoPass cards into that account) when taking photos. Then, that person can download and share with everyone else from the app via text, email or social media. Keep in mind that pricing is subject to change.

If you are planning on downloading many PhotoPass photos, you might decide in advance if you are going to concentrate on just one day of PhotoPass photos or take pictures the whole week. See what works for your budget. We frogs like to plan and budget how much money we want to spend on souvenirs and extras in the park. We love skipping the lines with Genie+, so we get it every day of our journey because the ride benefit is worth it to us. Lucky for us, the PhotoPass benefits come with it.

If you are looking to save money, you can just purchase Genie+ on select days of your journey and focus on using PhotoPass, getting iconic shots and riding Genie+ rides those days while focusing on other experiences the other days of your trip.

You can order photos from your phone in the park or do it online once you get home. You are free to print the images wherever you'd like (your printer, Costco, etc.). There is a link online to purchase photo gifts.

You can customize and crop the images right there in the app. Customize by adding words, Mickey's signature, characters, the year, special occasions and more. You can also purchase photo souvenirs.

Do I need to download the Disneyland mobile app?

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass+ to Make Magical Memories - The Child Magic Shot in the MarketYes, you really should have the free Disneyland app. It's pretty hard to operate in the Disneyland theme parks without the app these days even beyond PhotoPass. We highly recommend it, because it's an important tool for managing your day at Disneyland! Using the app makes the entire experience easier.

You can purchase Genie+ through the app (once you enter a theme park each day if you do not have a Genie+ ticket) or purchase PhotoPass+ One Week online. You can purchase PhotoPass+ in advance. Activate it by tapping Link PhotoPass+ Purchase. It will be good for images captured beginning at 6 a.m. PT the day you want it activated.

A new feature is that you do not have to purchase in advance. You can purchase for your day (or days) in the 45-day time period that follows, should you look at your photos and decide you have to download them. It hoppens! How many times in the past did we froget to get a PhotoPass package and see our great images a day later only to have to pay for each download? That time is over!

When taking pictures, you can show the PhotoPass photographer the PhotoPass code right from the app or tap a MagicBand+. The photographers can scan codes for multiple people in the picture. To link photos, tap the "+" sign on the bottom of the home screen, followed by "Link PhotoPassPhotos." If you have MagicBand+ simply have the photographer tap it to link photos.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Screen shot photo pass

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Screen shot March 2024 hamburger screen

In March 2024, linking for PhotoPass and viewing the photos are in two different areas of the Disneyland app. To view the photos, click the three lines in the bottom right-hand corner of the home screen.

  • To link photos (or show the PhotoPass code), tap the "Link Photos" box. One person can link and share the photos with the others.
  • To View Photos or access PhotoPass lenses, scroll further down (past the boxes) to the "Disney Photo Pass" heading. (You can also link photos there.)

Take a screenshot of your PhotoPass code and save it as your home screen. Then, show that (rather than the Disneyland mobile app) each time you need your code scanned to save battery life and time! Or use a MagicBand+ to avoid using the phone entirely!)

There are advantages to using the Disneyland mobile app with PhotoPass. The images will load straight into your account, saving you time and a few steps. Once photos appear in the app, you can edit them with filters, cute frames, stickers and borders. You can download them by clicking Save or share them on social media. With Share, you can also e-mail or text them to friends and family members.

We enjoy viewing our photos on our phones while still in the park. In fact, at times we have noticed that some photos did not load. We were able to get help from a cast member at Photo Concierge to locate them by pinpointing the location and approximate time we posed for the photos (front gate between 12 and 12:30 p.m., for example). We found them, and they loaded right into our app!

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass+ to Make Magical Memories - Women with lightsaber

These are some of the benefits of using the Disneyland app:

  • Eliminate the Disneyland PhotoPass card (no risk of losing it).
  • Purchase Genie+ through the app.
  • See the images right on your device.
  • Find a current map with locations for all of the Disneyland PhotoPass photographers in the app.
  • Scan PhotoPass codes from existing cards right into the app using your phone’s camera.
  • If you froget to hand a photographer your phone and they hand you a PhotoPass card, you can just scan the code within the app on your device right away.
  • Easily take advantage of in-app photo design and editing features. Edit photos right in the app.
  • Store all of the photos taken by different family members in one spot by scanning their PhotoPass cards.
  • Immediately share photos on social media, or via text and email.
  • Purchase photo gifts through the app.
  • Use Genie+ to help skip ride lines.
  • Check wait times.
  • Mobile order food.
  • Manage park reservations.
  • Make dining reservations and join walk-up availability.

Can we capture on-ride photos?

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Incredicoaster

Yes, PhotoPass includes hi-res ride images. Remember to type the number at the top of the photo into the app after you exit the ride. Rides such as Space MountainIncredicoaster, Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission BREAKOUT!  and Radiator Springs Racers have cameras that snap you while you're riding.

On-ride photos make a fun memory of you screaming on Incredicoaster or before you go over the hill on Splash Mountain. Sometimes the photos allow you to see how much fun your tadpoles are having — or just how terrified they really are — when you see their faces in the photos! To access the hi-res quality ride image, just type the ID number above the ride photo from the monitor into the Link Attraction Photo section of the Disneyland app. We find it easier to snap a picture of the screen (including the ID number) and type it into PhotoPass so we have a record of it just in case things do not load properly. The color and clarity are much better in Disneyland PhotoPass, and it does not include all the other numbers and words seen on the monitors.

For a limited time, these on-ride digital downloads are free for all guests.

What are Magic Shots?

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Magic Shot of the Cheshire CatA Magic Shot will sprinkle a little Disney magic into your photo. If you would like to add some fun elements (say, balloons or a character) into your shot, you can ask a photographer for a Magic Shot. You won't know what you'll get until you see the photo, just like magic! We are suckers for Disney magic. We jumped for joy when we saw our Magic Shots with the surprise characters and design elements added. So fun! You can also get a short animated video with a favorite Disney character to introduce your digital photo. Ask your photographer about these options.

During holiday times, such as Halloween Time and Christmas time, there are special holiday Magic Shots. You can also see special Magic Shots for festivals and celebrations such as Disney 100. They are so much fun! If you want a Magic Shot in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, they are called holograms there, and the PhotoPass photographers are called imagers.

Are PhotoPass Photos included with character dining?

PhotoPass photos are now included with some character dining experiences. You can get a photo with Minnie Mouse at Plaza Inn. You get your party with Goofy at Goofy's Kitchen. Storytellers Café does not offer PhotoPass. The Disney Princess Adventures brunch at Napa Rose includes a photo with a princess.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Ariel at Character Dining

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Photos included with After Dark Parties

Are PhotoPass Photos included during parties and special events? 

If you attend a special event that is held after the park closes and has a separate ticket, PhotoPass photos are usually included! That goes for the Disneyland Halloween Party — Oogie Boogie Bash — and the Disneyland After Dark events. Take advantage of that! Your event wristband has a QR PhotoPass Code. You can link that to your app and have PhotoPass photographers just scan your wristband all night.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Keepsake Portrait PackagesAre Keepsake Portrait Package downloads included?

In Fantasy Faire at Disneyland, there is a toadally adorable photo studio in Fairy Tale Treasures where you can get your tadpoles' pictures taken. It's best to reserve, but this photo shoot may take walk-ins based on availability. It's especially popular after doing the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique experience when your princesses or knights are looking their royal best. The package comes with prints, but the digital download of all the photos is included. You'll receive a PhotoPass code to link and then you can share the adorable pics with others and print them out wherever you like.

What about Disney Visa and debit cards?

If you have a Disney Visa or Chase Disney debit card, you can get some free PhotoPass photos, even if you do not have Genie+. There are two exclusive locations in the parks to take these photos. Characters are back in the shots! You can find the Disney California Adventure location in Hollywood Land behind Hollywood Lounge between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Look for the Disneyland Darth Vader location in Tomorrowland from 2 to 6:00 p.m. It's at Star Wars Launch Bay. The images will appear without watermarks in the app.

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What if I have a Magic Key pass?

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PhotoPass photos are now included with the two highest Magic Keys: Inspire and Believe. Genie+ does not have a Magic Key add-on annual fee. But there are occasionally free PhotoPass opportunities with Magic Shots for all Magic Key holders. Keep an eye out for those. There was a fun Chip 'n' Dale Magic Key photo opportunity over the holidays.

Check the Magic Key Portal in the Disneyland app for the latest benefits and to view any free Magic Key PhotoPass opportunities. Of course, Magic Key holders can purchase Genie+ at a discount. Magic Key holders get 20 percent off any day for all-day PhotoPass benefits.

How long can you view the images?

You have 45 days (from the day taken) to view and purchase the pictures. Be sure to download the images right away because Disney will not store them for you online. There is no way to save them in PhotoPass long-term. You can purchase an additional 15 days for $19.95 if you need to buy yourself some time. You can download the hi-res images in the Disneyland app to your cell phone/tablet, or you can download them directly to your computer.

Will the photographers take pictures with your camera?

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Yes. PhotoPass photographers and other cast members can use your camera to take pictures of you in addition to the Disneyland PhotoPass pictures with their camera. You can have the best of both worlds by having your images while also having professional photos from the photographer's camera to choose from, just in case your images do not compare favorably to their photos. Or maybe your photos are great, and you do not need to spend the money. Either way, it is nice to have the option.

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass+ to Make Magical Memories - Avengers Campus Magic ShotA bonus for using photographers is that they can add special surprises such as Magic Shots to the Disneyland PhotoPass images. We love Magic Shots and especially enjoy seeing different ones during different holiday seasons. New magic shots appear all the time!

An advantage to using PhotoPass photographers is that they shoot a lot of images, ranging from posed to candid shots and vertical to horizontal. They may also help you pose or get the right positioning. They do this every day and know what works best. When meeting a character, the photographers get shots of the hugs and initial greetings that you might miss with your camera. When posing in front of the Millennium Falcon, they position you so that you have a shot of you and the ship without others in the shot. They may direct you to cool poses that you'll enjoy seeing later.

One of the great parts about using PhotoPass photographers is that you do not have to experience Disneyland through a lens. You can leave the pics to them and be part of the experience, too, rather than an observer or recorder. The person who always takes vacation pics often gets home to find out that there is no historical record of them on the trip in the hundreds of photos of everyone else. Jump in the picture so the whole family can be part of the fun!

Where can I find a Disneyland PhotoPass photographer?

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Magic Shot of Balloons in Front of CastleWhile locations vary, you can find photographers by the entrance to the parks and at iconic photo locations. Sometimes — but not usually — they are at character meet and greets. (Here are some tips on finding your favorite characters.) You may find them on the parade route and at the entrances to some character dining. You may identify them by their professional digital cameras and cast member name tags. Ask for a photo — they will be happy to oblige. Consult the park map in the Disneyland app to find PhotoPass locations. Use the pull-down menu to select "PhotoPass" to find the current locations.

Below are a few places you might find a photographer at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Keep in mind that Disney PhotoPass photographers’ availability may vary. We find that the ones wandering the park are more available in the morning and daytime than at night in some locations, which is good for catching some nice posed shots before the roller coasters and water rides have had their way with your hair. Nevertheless, we frogs call wind-blown roller coaster hair a good hair day even if it does not photograph well. Any day you can hop on a roller coaster is a good day!

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Kids in teacupAt Disneyland Park, locations vary, but you can usually find PhotoPass photographers during normal park operations at:

  • Main Entrance
  • Town Square
  • Partners Statue
  • Minnie’s House Character Experience
  • Mickey’s House Character Experience
  • Toontown
  • Main Street, U.S.A. Train Station
  • Mad Tea Party (daytime)
  • Sword in the Stone
  • Sleeping Beauty Castle
  • Winnie the Pooh Character Experience
  • Pixie Hollow
  • In Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: Garrison, Millennium Falcon, A-Wing/X-Wing, Marketplace Entrance and The Child Magic Shot (in the entrance to the market)!
  • Star Wars Launch Bay
  • In front of holiday-themed decorations such as the giant pumpkin, Headless Horseman or Christmas tree during certain times of the year

How to Use Disneyland PhotoPass to Make Magical Memories - Magic Shot EncantoAt Disney California Adventure Park, you can usually find PhotoPass photographers at:

  • Avengers Campus
  • Buena Vista Street
  • Cloud Wall
  • Paradise Pier Character Experience
  • Cars Land Entrance
  • Pixar Pier Bridge
  • Pixar Pier Character Experience
  • Incredibles Park Character Experience
  • Route 66
  • Cars Land Character Experience at Cozy Cone
  • Toy Story Character Experience
  • Cars Land Overlook
  • Hollywood Land
  • Grizzly Peak Waterfall
  • Hollywood Boulevard Character Experience
  • Buena Vista Street Character Experience
  • San Fransokyo Square Character Experience

With these tips, you should feel confident that you can take advantage of the benefits of Disneyland PhotoPass to add some magic to your next trip! What questions do you have about Disneyland PhotoPass? Be sure to get a hoppin' deal on discount Disneyland Resort tickets from Undercover Tourist.

Related: Getting the Scoop on Disneyland Mobile Ordering Service

Related: Our Complete Guide to Disney Genie and Disney Genie+ Services at Disneyland

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Aug 16, 2022 at 5:42 p.m. Karen Says...

Do you have any tips for getting the ride photos when riding with someone who has a service dog and a wheel chair? Our picture always is gone by the time we get to the screen.

Aug 17, 2022 at 2:11 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

Note the time you rode and the name of the ride and go to the PhotoPass concierge just outside the Disneyland gates. The cast members there can find it for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 28, 2021 at 8:43 p.m. Nicki Says...

I bought the one week photo pass online through Disney. How do I activate it when I get into the park?

Dec 29, 2021 at 12:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nicki!

When you get a photo taken, you can tap on the photo from the first day of your trip to activate it within the Disneyland app.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 17, 2021 at 2:04 a.m. Natalia Says...

I cannot find this 19.99 cost anywhere, the app says 200 dollars for a week memory maker photo pass and 69.99 for a daily. Not sure where to find this 19.99

Sep 17, 2021 at 11:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Natalie!

By any chance, are you looking at the Disney World pricing for Memory Maker? At Disneyland, the one-week PhotoPass price is $78. And if you select a photo, under the picture, it should say "Buy My Photos." Then it gives a choice to purchase that day for $19.99 or just that photo for $14.99. Or if you are at Disney World, you can find more info about the PhotoPass service and Memory Maker in our separate Disney World post!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 27, 2021 at 4:55 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

I'm planning to use Photopass some or perhaps all the days that we are in Disneyland (5 days). Does a 7-day photo pass have to be purchased in advance or on the first day? Do single days have to be purchased at the beginning of the day? Or could we look at our images at the end of the day, or the end of the 7 days and then purchase photopass for the day(s) we want?

Aug 27, 2021 at 10:45 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

You can purchase the single-day PhotoPass option at anytime (before, the day of or even after photos are taken). You can also purchase the One-Week PhotoPass plan at anytime as well, but you would have to purchase on the website (not the app). If you're purchasing the one-week plan after you take the photos, then you would just need to select a photo from the very first day of your trip. (Note that the first photo that's displayed in the PhotoPass section could be from a later day, so go by dates rather than the specific order you see the photos.) Then, it will give you the one-week option.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jun 17, 2021 at 2:57 a.m. Allison Says...

Can you please explain the difference between PhotoPass+ 1 day and a 1 day Memory Maker? Thx!

Jun 18, 2021 at 9:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allison!

Both are photo packages that give you unlimited digital downloads of all your Disney PhotoPass pictures. They’re essentially the same service, but at Disneyland, it goes by “PhotoPass+” and at Disney World, it’s called “Memory Maker" (though it was formerly called "PhotoPass+" as well).

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Feb 24, 2020 at 6:12 a.m. Lyss Says...

Hello, we are going to disneyland for the first time next month. we will be there 6 days in total and are NOT planning on getting max pass because 1. Dont want to foot the extra expenses 2. kids are Still really young 3. With 6 day at the parks I think we can do everything we want with out the max pass. With all that being said we are looking at our options for the photo pass+ for the week or the photo pass with the digital cd for $119. My question is if we choose the second option Do we need to buy it on the first day we are there? I've seen that with this option you dont want to activate it until you are actually leaving the park the last day so the digital CD they provide has all of your images. In that case can we wait until the last day to see if the photos we have would even be worth purchasing? Or do we need to purchase before than to ensure that we are getting those photos?

Feb 24, 2020 at 2:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lyss!

You’ll want to purchase in advance so that you will get all of the images. The packages usually start the day you purchase and do not cover pictures taken before that day. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 21, 2020 at 2:54 a.m. Rachelle Says...

Thank you so much for sharing! This is very helpful information in allowing us to plan our first ever Disney trip!

Jan 21, 2020 at 1:46 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Rachelle! We are so hoppy that you stopped by! Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Sep 9, 2019 at 10:08 p.m. Luis Says...


If I buy MaxPass, but no PhotoPass, do I still get photos? Or I lose that perk away?

Sep 10, 2019 at 7:57 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Luis!

Without MaxPass, you'd still get PhotoPass photos, but there'd be an additional cost to keep/download them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 3, 2019 at 5:53 a.m. Melisa Says...

Hi, so on one of the parts I was reading the pictures are available for 365 days but when I try and view my photos they are not there, why does it say that when it does not work for me?

Mar 4, 2019 at 9:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melisa!

Certain levels of Disneyland annual passholders, Signature Plus and Disney Premier Annual Passports, can view PhotoPass photos for up to 365 days at no additional cost. I'd suggest giving Photo Pass Support a call at (714) 520-7106 to see if they can't help troubleshoot.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 1, 2018 at 3:34 a.m. Francine Says...

I am a Annual Premier Passport holder and I have been trying to link my ride photos but it has the Disney Photo watermark and apparently I have to purchase it instead of downloading or viewing it without the watermark??

Oct 1, 2018 at 10:03 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Francine!

Hmmmm - unfortunately, this isn't something we can help with. We recommend contacting customer service!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jul 6, 2018 at 10:34 p.m. Caroline Says...

As we are travelling from Australia if we use the maxi pass for photos does our phone need to be connected to wi fi for our code for photos or can we screen shot it

Jul 9, 2018 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline!

You can absolutely use a screenshot, or one of the physical cards they give you!

Keep hopping!


Apr 6, 2018 at 1:17 p.m. Kate Says...

Hi there! New to Disney (well, new as the mama in charge of it all). Your blog has been so incredibly helpful in planning our trip! Exactly how long can you view and download the photos if we just get the PhotoPass for one person in our family? You said download right away. Will we be able to wait until the evening and download all our photos from the day? Or are they only available for an hour, etc?


Apr 6, 2018 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kate!

The photos will be available in your account for 45 days after they were taken. However, they are available for immediate download, if you're ready to hop on Facebook and share your adventures! But to answer your question, yes, you can wait until the evening and download all your photos for the day.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Mar 27, 2018 at 6:13 a.m. Donna Says...

Nice!! Does the max pass photopass include character pics with Chewbacca in Star Wars Launch Bay & Super Heroes too? Thanks..

Mar 27, 2018 at 5:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Donna,

Yes, it includes all photos taken in the park!

Keep hopping!


Mar 5, 2018 at 12:09 a.m. Alex Says...


Thanks for your great articles. So if I purchase the Max pass (a better version of the fast pass) for everyone in my family each day I don't really have to get a photo pass because the photos are included in the Max Pass is that right?

Mar 5, 2018 at 9:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alex!

That is correct :)

Keep hopping!


Feb 8, 2018 at 3:21 a.m. Emma Says...

Hi ya, where is the best place to purchase the photopass +week, before we enter park or once we are there (travelling from overseas)

Feb 8, 2018 at 9:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emma!

We would recommend checking out your options and purchasing ahead of time in order to save time at the parks!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jan 14, 2018 at 7:48 p.m. Joan Koman Says...

We are trying to get our family reunion there, but we only have about 22 that can make it. Unfortunately, due to health issues of some, it will probably be our only group trip. Are there any discounts that do not include the resorts (we live them, but can't afford them), and any discounts on multiple Photo Pass?

Jan 17, 2018 at 6:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joan,

We aren't aware of any offsite hotel discounts, but the Homewood Suites by Hilton on Harbor Boulevard has apartment-like rooms that are great for large groups. It has a free parking tram to Disneyland, and free breakfast and a soup/salad/wine bar Monday - Thursday at dinner time, which can really cut down your expenses!

When it comes to the PhotoPass, one person can get MaxPass for $10 per day and then share all of the photos with everyone else on social media or by text/email right from the Disneyland app. A couple of people can sign into the same account and share the photo benefit. It might work better to have a few people get it since your group is likely to split up, but unfortunately there is no discount for multiple users.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Dec 27, 2017 at 7:23 a.m. Jules Says...

we went to Disney almost a week ago, just now getting to check on the pictures from the photo pass, we did not purchase the MaxPass or PhotoPass for $10 unlimited dowloads for one day...can we purchase it now or is it too late?

Dec 29, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jules,

It is too late. You can still go online and view PhotoPass images with a watermark on them. But you will have to pay for each download.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Aug 10, 2017 at 4:25 p.m. Tina M. LaMorte Says...

Omg! Magic shots are absolutely adorable!! I must get that when my boyfriend and I go in October!! Soooo cute! Thanks for sharing!!

Aug 10, 2017 at 4:08 p.m. Janel Skrabanek Says...

Thanks for the great info.

Aug 2, 2017 at 10:44 a.m. Troy Says...

I don't understand the additional fee for prints. If PP includes all downloads from that day wouldn't I simply print my own at home or go to Walgreens for 39 cents per photo?!

Aug 4, 2017 at 5:23 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Troy,

That's always an option!

Keep Hopping!

Mommy Frog

Jul 25, 2017 at 7:35 p.m. Jessica Says...

Does each member of a group need to purchase the plan? Or can we do one for the whole family and add multiple PhotoPass cards?

Jul 28, 2017 at 11:18 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jessica,

If you are only getting MaxPass just for the PhotoPass option, you can just have one person purchase and scan that person’s park ticket or code in the app so all the photos will be linked to them and be available for downloading. If you all want to take advantage of MaxPass FASTPASS reservations feature, then you would have to purchase for the entire group.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Nov 1, 2017 at 1:39 p.m. Lindsay Says...

So just to clarify - I only need to purchase one PhotoPass+ One Week for my family of four right?

Nov 2, 2017 at 8:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lindsay,

Yes, you only need one PhotoPass+ for your family.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Oct 21, 2016 at 1:05 a.m. Kerry Says...

Thanks so much for this post! It's highly informative and helps me make my decision to go or not to go with PhotoPass :)

- Newbie to DL!

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