Welcome to those of you joining me from Rolling with the Magic and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail
Disney's Memory Maker
The newest and updated form of Disney's PhotoPass, Disney has "trained" photographers located all around the parks ready to take pictures of you and your family while on your vacation!
Located sporadically around all four parks and water parks, many of Disney's PhotoPass photographers are set up with Tripods along the heavy photographed venues, such as Main Street, U.S.A., near the Tree of Life, near the exit of EPCOT with Spaceship Earth in the background, etc... Most character meets will also have a PhotoPass Photographer ready to go take your pictures as well. You can also find many walking around without tripods for special photographs, or pictures in not-so-regular locations.
How Do I Get My Pictures?
As of the last time I visited Walt Disney World, the photographers would tag your pictures on your Magic Band, but also on a card that you could link to your account. In November 2013, they recommended doing both, as the systems were still new, though we had no problem with those we only scanned on our Magic Bands. With the RFID (radio frequency identification) that Magic Bands have, you will also automatically have your attraction photos loaded to your magic bands!
Memory Maker allows Guests to collect, view, download and share all of the Walt Disney World vacation photos linked to their My Disney Experience accounts:
- When taking photos with a Disney PhotoPass Photographer, Guests will associate their photos by touching a MagicBand or Memory Maker card to a device that the photographer uses.
- For attraction photos, the Memory Maker Guest will link the photos at the counter with the help of a Cast Member.
- The Memory Maker Guest can also download photos from Family & Friend connections in My Disney Experience who choose to share photos with the Guest.
- For each Memory Maker purchase, Guests can collect photos during a 30-day window that begins the date of the first photo download or the date Memory Maker is otherwise redeemed (whichever comes first).
Add Magic To Your Pictures
Remember how I mentioned the photographers without tripods? Many of them can add "Magic" to your pictures! You often won't know what the magic is until you see your pictures, but I've held balloons, Tinkerbell, been scared by Stitch - there are many options!! They tend to be some of my favorite pictures because you aren't quite sure what they will be until you log into My Disney Experience and check out your pictures!
Many attractions have had photos available for purchase. For a while, you can even purchase a separate package. Now, they are all included in the one Memory Maker price. The best news of this, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is now adding a video to Memory Maker packages!
Participating attractions include:
- Space Mountain® Attraction
- Splash Mountain® Attraction
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin® Attraction
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
- Expedition Everest® Attraction
- Dinosaur Attraction
- Test Track® Attraction
Traveling with Friends
If you are traveling with friends and family, you can link up your accounts and share photos! As long as you are connected and can see each others photos, you will be able to download all photos shared with you by the end of the 30 days!
Use Your Own Camera
I can't state it enough - whether you purchase the service or not, the PhotoPass Photographers will happily use your personal camera to take pictures. They will usually take 5 or 6 with theirs and 1 with mine, but it's a great way to get more pictures of the entire family at no additional cost. Speaking of...
If you purchase this package 3 days prior to arrival, your cost is $149. Purchasing within 3 days, on, or after your trip, the price is $199. Definitely worth the savings of $50 by purchasing in advance! While Disney Visa Cardholders can still go to a private character meet with *one* print per card available for free, when I use the Memory Maker service, I don't generally go out of my way for this picture, as I make sure to take many more pictures throughout the full trip.
Is it Worth it?
This is totally a personal question - I will say, it's an expensive service, true, but one I often purchase. While I do often have the PhotoPass Photographers use my camera, if I pay for the service, we tend to take many more pictures. It's even better with multiple families or groups that travel together to split the cost. The attraction photos alone make it worthwhile for me!
Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Home is Where the Mouse Is.
Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:
1st Stop ~ Cell Phone Photography Tips & Apps
**2nd Stop ~ Memory Maker 101
3rd Stop ~ DOs and DON'TS of Theme Park Photography