What is the difference between PhotoPass and Memory Maker at Walt Disney World and should I buy one of them?
PhotoPass is the photography service at Walt Disney World. You can find PhotoPass photographers in dozens and dozens of locations around Walt Disney World. You’ll find them in the theme parks, at character greetings and character meals, at the water parks and at Disney Springs.
The PhotoPass photographers are great and try their best to get great photos. They’ll snap multiple photos and are often able to capture some very special moments.
On the rides and attractions, automated PhotoPass cameras snap photos and videos at just the right moment while you ride.
Some PhotoPass location will have Magic Shots where a character or special event logo might magically appear in your photo.
After the PhotoPass photographer takes your photos, they will scan your MagicBand and later that day the photos will show in your My Disney Experience app and on the website.
On the attractions with on-ride photos or videos it automatically scans your MagicBand (don’t ask me how it works – it’s some sort of Disney Magic).
All these photos and videos will show up on your My Disney Experience account where you can purchase them as a digital download. On the website (but not on the app) you can do a little editing of the photos, plus add Walt Disney World themed art and borders to you pictures.
The individual photos cost $14.95 – $16.95 + tax.
Memory Maker is a photo package you can purchase that will allow you access to all of your PhotoPass photos.
Memory Maker is $169.00 + tax if purchased ahead of time. For a pre-purchase you have to wait 3 days use it. It is $199.00 + tax if purchased day-of. (Of course, these prices are subject to change at any time)
If you’re like us and want lots of photos taken by a photographer, then you can see why Memory Maker is such a great deal. You could have 200 or more photos and still just pay $169.
You have 45 days after your last photo to access and download your PhotoPass photos on the website or the Walt Disney World app.
There is also a new option to purchase a thumb drive with your photos.
You only need one Memory Maker for your family or group that is linked together in My Disney Experience. Everyone can use it, but one person will be ‘the boss’ of the Memory Maker. Ask me how that works if you need help.
I’ve included some of our PhotoPass photos with this post so you can see some examples.
Note that the PhotoPass photographers will be happy to take your picture with your own phone or camera at no charge. They will also take your picture with their camera and scan your MagicBand, but you are under no obligation to purchase the photos.
There are similar-but-different photo services and packages at Disneyland and on Disney Cruise Line.
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