Disney’s Memory Maker is an updated all digital version of Disney’s PhotoPass. If you want to get everyone in the picture and plan to take advantage of the PhotoPass photographers then the advance purchase of the Memory Maker is a GREAT value! Make sure to have your travel agent add this to your package at least 3 days before your arrival to get it at the $149.99 price. If you don’t purchase the Memory Maker, then after your vacation you could be paying almost $15 for just 1 digital download of that awesome shot in front of the castle!
Ok, so you decided to purchase the Memory Maker…Now what??
With Disney’s introduction of the MagicBands, they have made keeping track of your room card, your credit card, and your photopass card, super easy and put them all on your awesome looking magic band! After you have had your picture taken with your favorite character, or in front of the iconic castle, the photographer will then ask to scan your magic band, and voila! They are magically added to your MyDisney Exerience account! (we’ll get to how to access or find your pictures when you’ve returned from your vacation a little further down in the blog)
There are many photographers around the park USE THEM!
Magic Kingdom Photos
- Main Street USA in front of Cinderella’s Castle (try multiple stops along the way to get different perspective and views – there are up to 8 photographers available all with different vantage points)
- Town Square – Meet Mickey and hear him talk in this one of a kind attraction
- Outside the train station (photographers not always here, but a great place for a family shot nonetheless!)
- Meet Ariel in her Grotto
- Meet Cinderella & Rapunzel in Princess Fairytale Hall
- Meet Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
- Splash Mountain
- Space Mountain
- Magic Shots: The photographers nearest to Cinderella’s Castle can help you meet Tinkerbell in the Magic of Disney photos!
- Magic Shots: Near Princess Tiana’s meet and greet, ask the photographers about kissing a frog
- Magic Shots: Haunted Mansion – photographers can explain 2 different haunted shots here
- Magic Shots: Pirates of the Caribbean – if you see a photographer with a sword, you may be able to fight Captain Hook
- Magic Shots: Little Mermaid – hold Sebastian in your hand!
- Magic Shots: Enchanted Tales with Belle – hold Chip in your hand!
- Main Entrance (use the same school of thought to get multiple angles from multiple photographers – don’t forget about the photographers around the other side of Spaceship Earth).
- Epcot Character Spot – enjoy Mickey and all his pals at this great indoor meet and greet
- World Showcase – Check your daily schedule for an easy way to meet Disney Princesses in less time!
- The bridge near International Gateway (overlooking France)
- Outside Mission: Space – this is seasonal, but worth the walk to check it out!
- Test Track
Hollywood Studios Photos
- Hollywood Boulevard (use the same idea as Cinderella’s Castle – some cast members hold props!)
- Overlooking the Hollywood Hotel
- Overlooking Rock n Roller Coaster
- The Hollywood Studios sign near Mickey’s Sorcerers Hat (photographers are typically here in the evenings)
- Find Characters near the Magic of Disney Animation
- The Avenue of Americas
- Rock n Roller Coaster
- Tower of Terror
- Magic Shots: Some opportunities to pose with Mickey, Minnie, and sometimes Stitch
Animal Kingdom Photos
- Main Entrance (in front of the Animal Kingdom sign overhead)
- Around the tree of life (there are several vantage points)
- Outside Expedition Everest (with mountain in the background)
- Camp Minnie-Mickey
- Character Meetings near Dinoland USA
- Expedition Everest
- Magic Shots: Ask photographers about holding Baby Simba in your arms
- Magic Shots: You can have Stitch in your photo!
Additional meet & greets of some of your favorite Disney characters around each of the parks. Check your daily schedule or the My Disney Experience app for times and locations!
Ok so you’re back from your wonderful Disney vacation and you want to relive the memories right away…where do you find your photos?!
If you set up a MyDisneyExperience.com account (and click HERE for a great instructional document for that tool) you can login and hover over the “My Disney Experience” logo and a menu will show up, scroll down to the Photography section and click Disney PhotoPass, and your photos will be there, listed first by park, then by time.
Don’t worry if you didn’t set up a My Disney Experience account, you can set one up when you get back then link use the number located on the inside of your MagicBand to link your photos!
By Agent Heather
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