For $149, you can purchase an all-you-can-download Photopass package. That's a discounted price, which must be bought at least three days in advance of your visit. If you want to start getting your picture taken right away, the price is $50 more — $199. You can book the package in advance online, or on-site at Photopass centers and select shops at the Walt Disney World Resort.
In addition to photos taken by Disney's ubiquitous photographers, Photopass includes on-ride photos and now, photos taken of people wearing Disney's MagicBands. Visitors who've used MagicBands have reported that Disney's on-ride photo systems are "reading" their wristbands, taking the photos of them, and automatically adding those pictures into their Photopass account.
With the new Memory Maker package, you no longer have to go through and select which shots you's like to pay to download. You can just take the lot. Note that this package includes digital downloads only. If you want prints, you'll have to pay extra for those, though, with the digital originals in your possession, you can shop around for non-Disney options.
Some Disney visitors might not be aware that you don't have to buy a Photopass package to have those Disney photographers take your picture. They'll take photos with your camera or cellphone, too. That's good customer service, and probably a loss leader for the parks, too. It's likely that at least a few visitors have looked at their pictures taken by the Photopass photographers and decided just to leave the camera at home and let Disney take the pictures on their next trip.
Do you use Photopass on your Disney vacations? What did you think of it? Would you try this new option? Let's make this our Vote of the Week.
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