ALL THE TIME I’m receiving compliments on my family’s epic Disney Parks pictures! I always get the biggest grin since I do spend a ridiculous amount of time planning those magical outfits, BUT my secret?!? No, I don’t ask random strangers to snap those insta-worthy pics. No, I’m not lugging a tripod through out the parks! I splurge on Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker! While the price is pretty steep. $169 for 30 day, unlimited access if purchased in advance, it’s worth every last penny if you ask me!
Disney’s PhotoPass Memory Maker
Disney PhotoPass gives Disney Park guests the ability to view and purchase photos taken by Disney Photographers online and at the theme parks. That’s right, Disney has dozens of photographers waking around ready to snap those insta-worthy pics of your family using DSLR cameras!
When you have your photo snapped by one of these photographers, you will be issued a “PhotoPass” card which has the web address and a 16-digit ID number imprinted on it where you can access and download these gems!
PhotoPass is also available on My Disney Experience. You can preview your photos, purchase Memory Maker, share, and download your photos. You will also be able to find the locations of PhotoPass photographers in the theme parks which is huge!!!! No guessing & hoping you run into them! You can even plan out your photos ahead of time since the site tells you where these photographers are at all times!
Unlimited Ride Photos
All those photos snapped on rides?!? They will be added to your PhotoPass Memory Maker account!!! Half the time the photos are just dreadful! But in the case you actually have an epic ride photo, or plan a cool photo pose with the family?!? That photo will be in your account for future download!
• Space Mountain
• Splash Mountain
• Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
• Pirate's of the Caribbean
• Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
• Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
• Rock 'n Roller Coaster
• Slinky Dog Dash
• Expedition Everest
• Frozen Ever After
• Test Track
BONUS!!! Guests who have a PhotoPass Memory Maker photo package linked to their My Disney Experience account - After riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a video of your ride will be added to your My Disney Experience account. This video is only available to guests who have purchased Memory Maker, so it’s definitely one awesome PhotoPass Memory Maker perk!
A Magic Shot is a fabulous way that Disney add’s a little more magic to your vacation photos. They vary depending on which photographer you walk up to and at times will be added to your images without you asking for them. Not all photographers have them available, but if the thought of specific and themed poses like the ones I’ve shared here are something you want to share on your Social Media pages, don't hesitate to ask each time! To see additional Magic Shots that are available around the Walt Disney World Resort, click here.
Disney PhotoPass Studio
In addition to the roaming PhotoPass photographers you'll find at the parks, there is also a Disney PhotoPass Studio located in the Marketplace of Disney Springs. While I will admit I have never walked into the PhotoPass studio myself, it does exist, so I just had to share!!!!
Guests will be able to choose from a standard background or from some new virtual backgrounds that will give the appearance of being up close and personal in some favorite Disney spots. I’ve spotted studio photos of the castle in the background, Disney’s iconic balloons!!! The list goes on.
Reservations are not required or needed to stop by and utilize the Disney PhotoPass Studio. Photos taken at this location can be linked to your My Disney Experience account and are included as part of an active Memory Maker entitlement.
While I wish every Disney restaurant had dozens of photographers walking around, the sad reality is they don’t. However, a few very popular restaurants do have a photographer or two on hand.
If you have a reservation at Cinderella’s Royal Table, Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall or Chef Mickey’s, you can have your photo taken! These are always the opportunities I take for family photos. When the actual characters are walking table to table, it’s then not a big deal if we score that family photo or not as long as we get those individuals.
So if you have a reservation at one of these restaurants, I would again recommend purchasing PhotoPass Memory Maker!
Have you taken advantage of Disney’s PhotoPass?