When you visit the Walt Disney World Resort, it makes sense to take ALL the photos! Luckily Disney PhotoPass is a great service to allow you to do just that. Plus, when you purchase the Memory Maker, you can bring all of those photos home with you! This is your complete guide to using Disney PhotoPass and Memory Maker at the Walt Disney World Resort.
What is Disney PhotoPass?
The Disney PhotoPass is a service offered at no cost throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. As you explore the parks and even Disney Springs, you will see Disney PhotoPass photographers. They are always wearing a brown vest, ready to take your photo. The photos are visible in the My Disney Experience mobile app shortly after they are taken.
Disney PhotoPass photographers are found throughout all four theme parks and at Disney Springs. You may also find them at some of the resort hotels.
Once you approach the photographer, you will need to do one of three things. If you have a magic band, it will be scanned prior to taking your photo. Alternatively, you can use a Disney PhotoPass card and link the photos to your account, or scan your mobile device.
What is the Memory Maker?
The Memory Maker is a great add-on to your vacation package that gives you access to all of your photos taken throughout your vacation. There are a few options available for purchase. If you want the Memory Maker for just one day, you can purchase it in the park when you arrive.
Alternatively, you can add it to any vacation package for $169 + tax if purchased at least 3 days in advance or for $199 + tax if purchased once you arrive.
Since there are so many photographers throughout the parks, there are plenty of opportunities to get photos with your whole travel party. However, if you find that you have a favorite spot, you can always go back and get more! You will receive all the photographs taken during your visit and there is no limit on the number of photos included.
Memory Maker is a great value because you can share, download, and even print all of your photos. You can purchase prints and photo products through the PhotoPass website or you can use the copyright release to do so from your preferred online or local photo service once you return home.
Where Can I Find Disney PhotoPass Photographers?
The Disney PhotoPass photographers are found throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Look for them in several different locations including in front of the park icons, at the Disney PhotoPass Studio in Disney Springs, and even at some of the resort hotels.
The best tip is to look for the cast members in the brown vests. Here is a list of some additional locations where you may find them:
- Town Square (near the flag pole)
- Main Street U.S.A. – there are several photographers located here
- Cinderella Castle Hub – there are several photographers located here (e.g. near the Partners Statue)
- Liberty Square (e.g. near the bridge)
- Tomorrowland (e.g. at the entrance to the land)
- Adventureland (e.g. near Pirates of the Caribbean)
- Frontierland (e.g. near Big Thunder Mountain Railroad)
- Fantasyland (e.g. near Be Our Guest restaurant)
- Main entrance near Spaceship Earth
- World Nature near The Seas with Nemo & Friends
- Throughout World Showcase at various pavilions
- At the entrance to the World Showcase
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Main Entrance (before going into the park)
- Tree of Life (there are usually various locations around the Tree of Life and on Discovery Island)
- Pandora – The World of Avatar (various locations)
- Expedition Everest
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Toy Story Land
- Sunset Boulevard (various locations)
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (various locations)
**Please note, this is subject to change at any time. If you walk by this location and do not find a photographer, check back later!
Several character meet-and-greet locations also have PhotoPass photographers or cameras where your photos are taken automatically. These are also included if you purchase the Memory Maker.
In addition, there are two Disney PhotoPass Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. There is one in the Magic Kingdom and one at Disney Springs. These are great places to grab some family photos with different backgrounds, fun poses, and even props! No appointment is necessary. Plus, if you have the Memory Maker, any photos taken at this studio are included for you.
Another great feature of the Disney PhotoPass service is the ride photos. These photos are on several rides in the theme parks. What a perfect way to remember those experiences on some of your favorite Walt Disney World attractions!
If you have the Memory Maker, it will be automatically added to your account or you can scan a QR code while in line to ensure that it is added. There may be a slight delay in seeing these photos but they should show up in your account within approximately 24 hours. If not, you can contact Disney PhotoPass or visit one of the counters in the parks to get it added.
Here is a list of the current rides that include a PhotoPass photo:
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Splash Mountain
- Space Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Haunted Mansion
- Pirates of the Caribbean
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- Frozen Ever After
- Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
- Test Track
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
Disney is known for creating magical moments! Your photos are no exception! Magic Shots are photographs taken with a bit of animated magic added in. The photographer asks you to pose in certain ways so that this “magic” can happen. You can request these at all locations and there are often new ones available! Furthermore, new options are often added seasonally and at special events.
Again, it may take a little longer to see them pop up in your PhotoPass account but it’s definitely worth it! Whatever you do, don’t forget to ask for those Magic Shots!
Disney PhotoPass is one more way to ensure that you have a great vacation experience at the Walt Disney World Resort! It’s as simple as finding one of the many Disney PhotoPass photographers and saying “cheese!”
When you purchase the Memory Maker, you are prepaying for all of the photos taken on your vacation. What a great value to ensure that you can capture ALL of your magical memories to share with your whole travel party!
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