In this age of technology and of the selfie, many people want pictures of their adventures. A selfie is great, but can you really get everyone and everything in the picture? Oftentimes, the answer is no. You may get your whole family but cut off most of Cinderella’s Castle.
Disney solved that problem with Memory Maker, which allows guests to get everyone and everything in the picture and save digital copies of all pictures and videos taken by PhotoPass photographers and on rides.
There are three Memory Maker options available to guests.
1. Advance Purchase $169: The advance purchase Memory Maker saves guests about $30, but you cannot download any pictures taken within a three day period after purchase.
2. Regular Priced $199: The regularly priced Memory Maker starts immediately, so even if your purchase this option as you enter the gates of the park, you will be able to download pictures taken within minutes of entry.
3. One-day $39: The one-day option is only available on one-day tickets, but it is significantly less expensive than the full Memory maker, though there are some downsides, which we’ll discuss later.
Memory Maker can be purchased online through MyDisneyExperience or in the park at select retail locations. The One-Day option is only available at the Transportation and Ticket Center and Guest Relations.
Using Memory Maker
Memory Maker is stored on a MagicBand or an RFID card. If your purchase the Memory Maker prior to your vacation, you will receive a Memory Maker-branded card with RF technology. You can carry this card with you while you are on vacation. If you would like to use a MagicBand with the full memory maker, you must purchase the MagicBand separately or connect it to an existing MagicBand. If you purchase the one-day pass, you will receive a free MagicBand.
Once in the parks, you can visit any PhotoPass Photographer for your photo shoot. After the shoot, the photographer will scan your MagicBand or Card to upload the pictures from the shoot to your MyDisneyExperience account.
Ride photos and videos are uploaded automatically, so you no longer need to visit the busy photo kiosk at the end of a ride. Please note that photos for Tower of Terror and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train are only available on MagicBand.
Once the photos are added to your MyDisneyExperience account, you can access the photos online by logging in to your account. You can also see and download photos of people on your family and friends list if they share media with you!
Before you purchase and use the Memory Maker, there are some things you should be aware of.
First, the Memory Maker is activated when you first use your ticket, so if you purchase a one day Memory Maker and you don’t seek out spend your first day at a water park where there are no PhotoPass Photographers, you will waste your Memory Maker. In this case, plan ahead, and add the Memory Maker later.
Second, Disney PhotoPass photos expire after forty days, but Memory Maker photos are available for 30 days after your fist download; so, technically speaking, you could have access to your photos for 75 days if you plan well.
Finally, photos taken within three days of purchase at the Advanced Purchase price will not be available for download. If your vacation is less than three days away or you have already arrived at the resort, you should purchase the Memory Maker at regular price.
Making the Most of Your Memory Maker
Memory Maker can be a very valuable option, but you have to plan well.
First, use a MagicBand. Even if you have to purchase one at an additional cost, you will be thankful for the convenience. Plus, you will only be able to access the Tower of Terror and Mine Train photos and all ride videos on the MagicBand.
Next, stop at every PhotoPass photographer. Think if the Memory Maker as your very own photo shoot starring your traveling party. The more photos you pile up, the more value you will get for your money.
Third, stop at the character meet and greets. The PhotoPass Photographers will take candid pictures of you all interacting with the character and posed pictures with the character.
Is it Worth the Cost?
This is something you will have to decide for your traveling party, but here are some things to consider.
Purchasing several one-day passes will not be cost effective. I did the math, and it doesn’t add up.
If you are visiting the parks for five days, you will pay about $40 per day. The longer your vacation, the more value you will get with the Memory Maker package.
If you are traveling with a large group, consider splitting the cost. Since linked accounts can share media, purchasing one Memory Maker can allow several people to access all of the photos and will cut down on the cost per family or per person.
The Memory Maker may be even more valuable for special events like Mickeys Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickeys Very Merry Christmas Party. Since the parks are only open to ticketed guests, you will have more time with the photographers, and the scenery will be unique.
Have you used Disney’s Memory Maker? Do you think it is worth it?