Disney’s PhotoPass is a really cool and free service that allows you to use any of the PhotoPass Photographers stationed throughout the parks and Disney Springs to get some great shots of your entire traveling party.

It’s free to get as many photos as you want with these photographers, but if you want to download any of the photos, you’ll have to purchase either a MemoryMaker or an Annual Pass with the MemoryMaker benefit included.

Disney occasionally updates its offerings, so let’s take a look at two recent developments for PhotoPass!

PhotoPass Photographers Return

Disney World recently replaced some of the human PhotoPass Photographer/Cast Member with an automatic photo box. These photo boxes are located in several places around the parks including on rides. They read your MagicBand through RFID and automatically link your photos to your MyDisneyExperience account. However, some fans were upset that the boxes replaced human photographers at Character meet and greet locations.

One such location was in Town Square Theater where guests could meet Mickey and Minnie in their Birthday Outfits.

Now, the birthday celebrations are over, and Magician Mickey has returned.

The real news, though, is that he has a very human assistant! A PhotoPass Photographer is stationed here once again.

This is one of the busiest Character Meet and Greet in Disney World, but it’s not the only one that is removing the photo box in favor of a live photographer. The Tinkerbell Meet and Greet also in Magic Kingdom’s Town Square Theater, the Star Wars characters meet and greets in Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, and the Anna and Elsa Meet and greet at Epcot’s World Showcase Norway Pavilion.

This is a welcome sight for many fans. PhotoPass Photographers can capture the experience more completely than a photo box can.

Two PhotoPass Updates: Photographers Return and get all your photos on USB drive!

Two PhotoPass Updates: Photographers Return and get all your photos on USB drive!

PhotoPass Photos on USB

Once you get all those wonderful photos, you have to do something with them! If you have the MemoryMaker or an Annual Pass with a MemoryMaker benefit, you can get all of these photos for free.

But until now, you had to download all of the photos before an expiration date.

Now, Disney is introducing the option to purchase a USB drive! This convenient drive is labeled “vacation memories” with a nice Disney-themed design, and all of your photos will be loaded onto the drive. The backup of your photos will cost $34.95 plus tax and “fees”. While it’s unclear what these fees are or how much the total cost will be, this option makes it convenient to access and keep all of your vacation memories in one place.

Are you happy to have live PhotoPass Photographers back?