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Vote of the Week: Do you use Disney's Photopass?

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Published: December 13, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Walt Disney World today unveiled a new unlimited-download Photopass package, called "Memory Maker."

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.

Disney's Photopass
Disney's got so many Photopass photographers around in some locations, that one can't help but capture a picture of another one!

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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Readers' Opinions

From Sylvain Comeau on December 14, 2013 at 4:17 PM
Since everyone and his cousin has a digital camera now, I don't see why Disney doesn't just retire the Photopass system. Pretty annoying to have those cards repeatedly forced on us when we take plenty of our own pics, thank you.

I must admit those photographers come in handy when we want them to take a picture of our whole group!

P.S.: $149?? I can buy a new camera for that price!

From Anthony Murphy on December 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM
We usually end up getting it because if you take at least 10 good professional pictures, we always thought it was worth it! The photopass was one of the better working aspects of the MagicBands
From Andy Stevens on December 15, 2013 at 5:55 AM
For those of us who hold the title of 'Dad' photopass is a lifesaver. Poor old Dad, and lately for me 'Grandad', is the guy that carries the camera and takes the pictures. The result of this is that Dad/Grandad never appears in photos and can often never fully enjoy an event as he's having to concentrate on taking pictures. Photopass ensures that Dad/Grandad can appear in photos and if you use it to the full and pay the money for the CD of photos at the end of the holiday, it's a good deal.

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