Off the Beaten Path
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The Photo Pass Memory Maker is a great way to have unique pictures of your Disney vacation. Professional photographers are at over 100 locations in all four parks. They are in place with several character meet-and-greet locations and unique attractions. Several professional photographers are on Main Street, U.S.A., and around Cinderella’s castle. Portrait studios are also around. Magic shots, including the insertion of characters, or in my case, balloons, are included in the package. I’ve included a few pictures of shots taken on popular rides.
The pictures appeared on my Disney Experience App within 5 minutes of exiting the rides. You have unlimited downloads, but you must watch the date. The pictures disappear after 45 days, even if you purchased the package deal. You lose all your pictures. I know because once I forgot to download and my 45 days passed. The photos were all deleted from the Disney server. Buying the Genie+ will get you digital downloads of on-ride photos taken on the purchase day. It is included in the cost at no additional charge.
Several rides, such as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. offers on-ride Photo Pass photos. These automatically appear in the My Disney Experience app if you wear a Magic Band or Magic Band+. It appears to use facial recognition as well. This ride is also one of the few rides that has video footage. I’ve included mine at the bottom.
I enjoyed the characters that were inserted into our pictures. We have a hitchhiking ghost with us in front of the Haunted Mansion. A professional shot of the train just showed up with Mickey as the train conductor. My expression of fear as I fell on the Hollywood Tower of Terror would be impossible to capture in the moment, along with the exhilaration of the Light Cycles on the Tron ride.
One of my fondest Disney memories was with my daughter about 15 years ago. We challenged ourselves to get as many pictures for our Memory Maker as possible in one day. We rode no rides and watched nothing. We ran from one Disney photographer to another and stood in line after line for characters. We hit all four parks before the park hopper had a 2:00 p.m. time restriction. We started with early hours and ended with late hours. We went for 14 hours and had professional pictures taken with us of nearly every character in all four parks. We went through the Pooh and Tigger lines twice, as they were her favorite characters growing up. We still have digital copies over a decade later. No price can be put on having that kind of digital memory.
For the Fall of 2023 price, a one-day memory maker costs $69 for all photos and videos. Order early if you want to get the memory maker photo pass for your entire trip. It is $169 online, but if you wait until you are there, the price jumps to $169. The memory maker is a big perk for annual pass holders. Their entire year is only $99. The price may change if you are reading this at a later date.
I highly recommend it so that you can have the memories of meeting the characters without having to hand your cell phone to the handler or someone from your group miss being in the picture. You can enjoy the moment with the character and still get a picture.
If, for some reason, the app does not have your pictures, a Photo Pass office can help locate them. The Magic Kingdom Photo Pass office is inside the Town Square Theater on Main Street, U.S.A.