At all character meet and greets, as well as several iconic photo spots throughout Disney’s theme parks, you will find a Disney PhotoPass photographer waiting to take your picture. Just hand over your theme park ticket card, or tap your MagicBand, and the pictures the photographer takes will be uploaded for you to access at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or the official My Disney Experience mobile app.
Now, you won’t get those photos for free — you will need to pay to download the images or to order prints, greeting cards, ornaments, and other keepsakes with your photos on them. But you pay only what you order and enjoy the convenience of professional-quality photography without having to bring your own camera or excluding someone from the picture because they have to take the photo.
Reader Andy Stevens wrote, “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.”
For $169, you can purchase an all-you-can-download PhotoPass package at the Walt Disney World Resort called “Memory Maker.” That's a discounted price which must be bought at least three days in advance of your visit. If you can’t wait three days and want to start getting your picture taken right away, the price is $30 more — $199. You can book the package in advance online at https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/plan/my-disney-experience/memory-maker/, or on-site at PhotoPass centers and select shops at the Walt Disney World Resort.
With the new Memory Maker package, you no longer have to go through and select which shots you would 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 for prints.
In addition to photos taken by Disney's ubiquitous photographers, PhotoPass includes on-ride photos, which will automatically be associated with your PhotoPass or Memory Maker account if you are wearing a MagicBand, saving you the time of stopping at the photo counters at attraction exits. Disney now is even adding on-ride videos at selected attractions for guests who have bought Memory Maker and who are wearing a MagicBand in those attractions.
Disney offers automatic on-ride photos at the following Walt Disney World attractions:
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 will take photos with your camera or cellphone, too, at no charge. So there’s no reason to keep Dad out of the photo ever again.