Disney’s PhotoPass is a free service for Disney World visitors to get everyone in the photo. It’s a really convenient service, but there might be some things you don’t know about PhotoPass.
Let’s take a look at ten surprising PhotoPass Facts plus a bonus tip!
1 – Onboard Photos
There are thirteen attractions in Disney World that have onboard PhotoPass cameras including Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith, and Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Test Track and Frozen Ever After in Epcot’s Future World and World Showcase, and Expedition Everest and Dinosaur in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
These cameras take photos and videos automatically and link them to your MyDisneyExperience account via your MagicBand.
2 – Photo Booths
There are also photo booths located throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. When you scan your MagicBand before taking the photos, they will link back to your MyDisneyExperience.
This is true even for the photo booth that grants your driver’s license outside of the Tomorrowland Speedway!
All of these photos are available for digital download in MyDisneyExperience where you can purchase them or download them as part of your MemoryMaker purchase.
3 – Magic Shots
Disney offers 50 magic shots. The most popular one is Tinker Bell, but there are also photos that put Chip and Dale in the palm of your hands, make you a hitchhiking ghost, and more!
4 – Super Zoom Magic Shot
Every day from 9 am to 7 pm, weather permitting, the PhotoPass Photographer in the East Plaza Garden of the Magic Kingdom hub can help you capture a one of a kind shot of your family in front of Cinderella Castle. You’ll get a video and two photos linked to your MyDisneyExperience account.
5 – Three Disney PhotoPass Studios
There are three PhotoPass studios in Disney World including at Sir Mickey’s in Magic Kingdom and on the second floor of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa which have standard backdrops. The Marketplace in Disney Springs also has a studio with both standard backdrops and special virtual ones.
These studios are free for all guests, and no reservations are required. However, you might experience a line.
6- Special Events
Disney also offers special PhotoPass opportunities at events like runDisney where photographers are stationed along the route to snap photos while you run. There are also characters stationed at every mile, so if you stop for a quick high five, they’ll catch it on camera!
There are also photographers at other special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.
All of the photos captured by the PhotoPass Photographers are available on your MyDisneyExperience account and included in your MemoryMaker purchase.
7 – PhotoPass Centers
Every one of Disney’s theme parks has a PhotoPass Center. Cast Members in these areas are knowledgeable and helpful and can help you purchase the MemoryMaker, choose photos, and purchase digital downloads. Pretty much any question you have about PhotoPass and MemoryMaker can be answered here!
7 – Personalized Products
In addition to your photo downloads, you can order personalized products including ornaments, phone cases, mugs, photo books, and wood and metal prints. You can do this right from the MyDisneyExperience app, online, or from one of the PhotoPass Centers.
8 – Service Members Discount
Disney honors service members in many ways including a discounted MemoryMaker for eligible service members and their families. You can purchase the $98 discounted MemoryMaker at any theme park ticket window with valid identification.
10 – Price Varies
PhotoPass is free. There is no charge to get your photos taken at any of the PhotoPass locations including those with live photographers or digital locations. However, MemoryMaker, which allows you to keep all of your photos, isn’t free. The price of the MemoryMaker varies. If you purchase the MemoryMaker three or more days ahead of your vacation, the cost is $169. Disney charges $30 more to activate the MemoryMaker immediately for a total price of $199 during your vacation. A purchase during your vacation, however, also gives you access to photos taken before the MemoryMaker was purchased.
Bonus – Use Your Camera
So PhotoPass is free, but MemoryMaker costs a significant amount of money. Is there any way around this?
I’m glad you asked!
If you ask PhotoPass Photographers to use your camera, they will! They won’t snap as many photos as they do with their own, but you can get a good shot using this strategy. You also won’t get any of the Magic Shots that are available when you purchase the MemoryMaker.
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