Disney’s Memory Maker. It’s the updated, digital version of PhotoPass which allows you to download all of your photos and share with friends and family after you return. While it comes with a $150 price tag if purchased prior to arrival and $199 if purchased after your arrival. Another difference with Memory Maker is that you can add photos from popular Disney attractions like Splash Mountain and Test Track as well as character meet and greets including Anna & Elsa, Cinderella, and more to your account. So is it worth the add on cost of an already expensive vacation? I would say YES, yes, and YES!!!! Looking at my account, a cost to download one photo is $14.95, or to get 2 5×7 photos (of the same photo) is also $14.95. We didn’t take a ton of pictures this vacation, but I found at least 14 photos that I really liked so if I wanted to purchase them individually it would cost me over $200. Without even trying, I recouped the cost. The even more beautiful thing about Memory Maker is that you are allowed an UNLIMITED number of photos to your Disney account.
So you decided that Memory Maker is for you, GREAT! So now where should I take my 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
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!
Always remember that if you see a photopass photographer in a location that seems random, a character meet may pop up right before your eyes! And don’t forget to take photos of your own as your child is first walking up to a character or the excitement on their face as they get near the front of a line to see Mickey for the very first time. You’ll also need your camera for some character dining as they are not all covered by photopass photographers.
Ready to get started planning your 2015 Disney World vacation? Please contact me at any time for a free quote. The benefits to using an authorized Disney vacation planner include saving time before and during your vacation with itinerary planning which can help save you hours of standing in line each day. Plus you won’t have to watch for available discounts, research resorts, wake up early for dining reservations, or stay up late for FastPasses. The best part about using a travel planner instead of planning yourself? It’s totally FREE! Plus I’ll take away some of the stress and confusion of planning a Disney vacation (especially if it’s your first one!)It’s also a worry free cruise opportunity. I’ll walk through through all of the steps to the process with a few little insider tips along the way! If you already have your vacation planned and are interested in transferring your vacation, ask me how!