Everything you need to know about Disney Photopass

Disney Photopass at Disney World Orlando is fun for everyone

Disney World is one of the most popular places in the world to take a selfie and thanks to Disney Photopass you can get everyone in the picture – but what exactly is it and how does it work? 

The Disney Photopass service helps you capture amazing vacation photos at dozens of iconic locations across the Disney theme parks, restaurants, water parks and resorts. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about using Disney Photopass including how it works, where to find photographers, how to get the best pics and how to access your photos. The service differs between resorts so to keep it simple we’ve focussed on how to use Photopass at Disney World in Orlando.

What exactly is Disney Photopass?

Using the latest digital equipment and Disney-engineered technology, Disney Photopass gives guests the opportunity to have amazing professional photographs taken by special Disney photographers at dozens of iconic locations around Disney World Resort.

The service is simple and convenient. When you visit, you’ll see Photopass photographers throughout the various parks, at character meet-and greets, select dining spots, Disney Springs, the water parks and hotels. They’re pretty easy to spot with their clearly-marked jackets and cameras, and are more than happy to take photos of you and your loved ones enjoying time together.

It’s a great way to ensure nobody gets left out of the picture, especially as selfie sticks are banned at Disney World. When you return home, your photos can be easily accessed, shared and ordered online.

If you’re staying at one of the fantastic resorts near Disney World you’ll benefit from access to a wide range of travel extras such as attraction tickets (with a free PhotoPass Memory Maker!).

Disney Photopass at Disney World Orlando

How does it work?

When having photos taken by a Photopass photographer you can link them to your My Disney Experience account by touching your Magic Band, Memory Maker card, Disney Photopass card or park admission ticket to the camera that the photographer is using.

For photos and videos taken on attractions, you’ll have your photos automatically associated with your account simply by wearing your Magic Band while experiencing the attraction. If you don’t have a Magic Band, you can manually link your ride photos by touching your park ticket or Memory Maker card to the touch point next to your picture at the ride’s photo preview wall.

Photopass Disney is a great way to capture all your vacation photos

Accessing photos

By signing in to the online component of Disney Photopass, your vacation photos are linked together into one online account that you can use at your leisure to view, share and order photos. There’s the option to add Disney-themed borders and special effects to your photos. You can also buy a range of personalised products such as mugs, cards and calendars.

How much does Photopass cost?

The Disney Photopass service is complimentary and you are under no obligation to buy any photos. You can still view and share them online with friends and family for up to 30 days. What’s more, feel free to ask Disney Photopass photographers to take a photo using your own camera. Most often they are happy to oblige and you will have a fantastic free photo with your whole party in.



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If you do decide to buy any Photopass pictures, you can order individual prints for around $17-$21. Alternatively you can buy digital downloads of them all with Memory Maker.

So, what’s Memory Maker?

Disney’s Memory Maker is an add-on package that lets you collect, view, download and share all of the photos linked to your My Disney Experience account. You’re able to download digital copies of every single photo taken of you by Disney Photopass photographers during your chosen Memory Maker time frame (either 1 day or 30 days) for once price.

You may have heard the terms Disney Photopass and Memory Maker used interchangeably, so it can be a little confusing. Just remember that Photopass is the name of the overall service through which you can buy personalised products and individual prints, while Memory Maker is the name of the add-on package containing all of your Photopass pictures in digital format.

With Memory Maker you can also download images and other digital content from Family & Friends connections who choose to share it  in your My Disney Experience account. You can also download attraction videos and other exclusive extras such as Animated Magic Shots.

The standard gate price for Memory Maker is $199 or it’s $169 if you buy it in advance of your vacation. The good news is it’s included free-of-charge with adult Ultimate tickets available from Top Villas.

Check out tickets with free Disney Photopass Memory Maker.

If you just one to capture the photos from a single day or special event, Disney now offers Memory Maker One Day.

Memory Maker One Day

If you’re visiting Disney world for a shorter time, you can get Memory Maker One Day. With this you’ll get unlimited digital downloads from a single day, including downloads for all photos captured by Disney Photopass photographers, at character meet-and-greets and select attractions and dining locations.

Memory Maker one day costs $69. You have the option to purchase it in the My Disney Experience mobile app once you’ve linked at least one Disney Photopass photo to your account from the day, or at the theme park ticket windows and Photopass Centers.

Photopass add-ons

Magic Shots

Magic Shots are Photopass photos that are digitally enhanced to include a ‘magical’ element like a cartoon character, a fun sticker or a dazzling special effect. Not every Photopass photographer can do these but you’ll find a number of designated Magic Shots locations around the parks, each one offering ‘magic that’s themed around where the photo is taken.

With Magic Shots you really have to take part in the creative process to get the best results. That’s the fun of them. Your photographer will ask you to do a number of different poses so that the magical element will look like it’s really there. It’s a great way to enjoy some family fun and the end results are definitely worth all the posing!

Disney Photopass Magic Shots

Animated Magic Shots

Animated Magic Shots are just like Magic Shots but with some added Disney animation. When visiting select locations such as behind Spaceship Earth at Epcot, you can ask a Disney PhotoPass photographer for an Animated Magic Shot. Once your view your photos online you’ll be amazed to see animated Disney characters moving around and interacting with you in the photos.

Disney Photopass Magic Shots are fun for all the family

Attraction videos

Disney Photopass service doesn’t just offer photos. You can also get videos at select attractions. These are taken using in-built video capture technology and are the perfect way to help you re-live the thrills and cure any post-vacation blues. These are available on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom and on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you’re wearing a Magic Band that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account while riding either of these attractions, you’ll find a video in your account not long after riding. You’ll be able to view your videos in the My Disney Experience mobile app or in your Photopass account; however an active Memory Maker or Memory Maker One day is required to download and share them.

The best Photopass locations at Disney World

This summer, Disney Photopass is available at more locations than ever before. The resort has added dozens of new photo and video opportunities to the existing offering, including new Magic Shots locations themed around The Lion King, a new photo and video experience in front of Cinderella Castle, a photo capture opportunity onboard the Haunted Mansion and new Animated Magic Shots at select character experiences.



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Here’s a list of our favorite Disney Photopass locations for summer 2019:

Magic Kingdom

Disney Icons

  • Park Entrance
  • Cinderella Castle
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Prince Eric’s Castle

Character Experiences

  • Mickey & Minnie Mouse
  • Tinker Bell
  • Aladdin & Princess Jasmine
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Ariel
  • Cinderalla
  • Rapunzel
  • Winne the Pooh

Attractions

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Splash Mountain
  • Space Mountain
  • Haunted Mansion*
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train* (photo and video)

*Magic Band required to link and preview this attraction photo

Magic Shots

  • Peter Pan
  • Mr Bluebird
  • Hitchhiking Ghosts
  • Animated Magic Shots at Ariel’s Grotto

Other Photo Experiences

  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Disney Photopass Studio
  • Cinderella Castle at Plaza garden East

Epcot

Disney Icons

  • Spaceship Earth
  • World Showcase pavilions

Character Experiences

  • Anna & Elsa
  • Aurora
  • Belle
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy
  • Joy & Sadness

Attractions

  • Test track
  • Frozen Ever After*

*Magic Band required to link and preview this attraction photo

Magic Shots

  • World Showcase pavilions
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Figment
  • Tinker Bell

Other Photo Experiences

  • Royal Sommerhus Animated Magic Shots

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Icons

  • Toy Story Land entrance
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Echo Lake

Character Experiences

  • BB-8
  • Chewbacca
  • Mike & Sulley
  • Cruz Ramirez
  • Woody Jessie
  • Buzz Lightyear
  • Olaf
  • Mickey & Minnie

Disney Photopass locations around Disney World

Attractions

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (attraction photo and video)
  • Slinky Dog Dash*

*Magic Band required to link and preview this attraction photo

Disney World Photopass gets everyone in the picture

Magic Shots

  • Tinker Bell
  • Balloons
  • Jack-Jack

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney Icons

  • Park Entrance
  • Tree of Life
  • Pandora Floating Mountains

Character Experiences

  • Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Daisy Duck
  • Donald Duck
  • Scrooge McDuck
  • Dug & Russell
  • Mickey & Minnie

Attractions

  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest

Magic Shots

  • Banshee
  • Huey, Dewey & Louie
  • Kevin
  • Hakuna Matata
  • Rafiki
  • Zazu
  • Hyenas

Other Photo Experiences

  • Animated Magic shots at Adventure Outpost

Other popular Photopass locations

  • Both water parks
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutiques at Disney Springs and Magic Kingdom
  • Disney Springs Photopass Studio – this studio features virtual backdrops so you’ll look like your in the middle of your favorite Disney films and attractions.
  • Character dining locations (tableside photo purchase is required to add photos to Photopass) – Be Our Guest (dinner only), Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table*, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
  • 1900 Park Fare, Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall*
  • Ohana (breakfast only)

*price of photo package is included with meal

Thinking of booking a villa near Disney World?

Villas near Disney World

So now that you know all about Photopass, you just need to book your vacation to try it out! Top Villas offers a wide range of vacation rentals in the best resorts near Disney World. Most properties have private pools and hot tubs along with game rooms, movie theaters and themed kids’ bedrooms.

Book with us and not only will you get beautiful accommodation at great prices, you’ll also benefit from amazing round-the-clock customer service plus access to a wide range of travel extras such as car hire, attraction tickets (with a free Memory Maker!) or help with arranging a special experience.

How to book

Follow our simple online booking process and you can secure your Orlando vacation rental instantly without any phone calls or fuss. It’s easy to check availability, get a quote and book instantly online. Alternatively, submit an enquiry and we’ll get straight back to you.

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