Walt Disney World 101: PhotoPass & Memory Maker
If you are like the majority of Disney World visitors, you’re probably hoping to capture some memorable moments during your trip! Though bringing your own camera does have its perks (I’m really into taking pics at the parks), there is another option to help you in your quest to capture the magic—PhotoPass.
The Difference Between PhotoPass & Memory Maker
PhotoPass is a free service for all park guests—trained Disney photographers take your picture and either scan your MagicBand or give you a PhotoPass card to tie your pictures to your “My Disney Experience” account. If you have a MagicBand, your photos will be directly added to your account. If you don’t have a MagicBand, your pictures will be scanned onto a card by the PhotoPass photographer. To add the photos to your account, enter the code that is found on the back of that card given to you by the photographer.
For those interested in purchasing more than just a few photos, you can buy "Memory Maker.” Memory Maker is a photo package that includes digital copies of all the photos taken by PhotoPass photographers, as well as attraction photos (i.e. Tower of Terror, Expedition Everest, Seven Dwarves Mine Train, etc.).
At times, the terms PhotoPass and Memory Maker are used interchangeably, so it can definitely be confusing at times. Just remember that PhotoPass is the name for the service and individual photos, while Memory Maker is the name of the photo package containing all of your PhotoPass pictures.
Prior to your trip, determine if the Memory Maker package is something that will be of value to you. There is a $30 discount when purchasing Memory Maker at least three days before your trip. If you decide you want to purchase it while you're at the Parks, this is 100% possible, but you'll miss out on the discount, making Memory Maker $199 and not the discounted $169.
Is Memory Maker For You?
I would highly recommend this service for people who are visiting for multiple days and plan to see a lot of characters, especially if they have little ones and this is their first visit. Another benefit is that the entire party can be in the picture instead of missing the person who usually takes the pictures.
PhotoPass photographers are located throughout Disney World, especially around prime locations, spots with photogenic backgrounds, and at many character greetings. Two interactive attractions, Enchanted Tales with Belle and Star Wars Jedi Training Academy, are also staffed with a PhotoPass photographer. This makes utilizing PhotoPass photographers a very easy option, since they are everywhere!
For more information on Memory Maker and PhotoPass, visit the Walt Disney World Resort’s home page. At the bottom of the page, under the “My Disney Experience” heading, you will find links to Memory Maker and PhotoPass. If you purchase Memory Maker, make sure to link it to your “My Disney Experience” account so that it will be tied to the Magic Bands and your family and friends list.
Have you ever utilized PhotoPass photographers before? If so, how was your experience?
All images for this post were taken by Disney's PhotoPass.