It’s summer vacation time, and if you’re taking a trip to Walt Disney World you’re going to be taking a LOT of family photos capturing all the magic!
But, how many times have you been left out of a photo because you were the “designated” photographer? Have you ever relied on the kindness of strangers to snap a photo of your family? We know we have!
To make picture taking easy, Disney has an innovative way to capture digital memories of your family vacation called Memory Maker and our good friends at Small World Vacations have some great tips on how to use Memory Maker to capture ALL the magic of your Disney World vacation!
What is Memory Maker?
is a photo package that gives you access to unlimited digital downloads of your Walt Disney World vacation pictures to share, print, or turn into gifts. Memory Maker is normally priced at $199.00, but you can save $30.00 by purchasing it in advance for $169.00 online and adding it to your Walt Disney World vacation package before you leave home.
You’ll need to link Memory Maker to your MagicBand, theme park ticket, Annual Pass, or PhotoPass card in your MyDisneyExperience account. It’s easy to access, download, or share the photos on MyDisneyPhotoPass.com or your My Disney Experience account, and pictures are available for download for 45 days after each picture was taken.
Why Buy Memory Maker?
Imagine a priceless photo of your entire family posed in front of Cinderella Castle or the floating mountains in Pandora. Or how about an action shot as you plummet down Splash Mountain or drop 13 stories on Tower of Terror?
With your Memory Maker Package, you have access to digital photos taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers located at picture perfect spots throughout the Disney theme parks, select dining locations, and character meet and greets as well as on-ride photos. If you don’t purchase a Memory Maker Package, you can still buy individual photos at $18.95 each at MyDisneyPhotoPass.com.
You can view your Memory Maker photos and personalize them with borders and more at Disney PhotoPass. Photo keepsakes including magnets, coffee mugs, photo books, coasters, metal prints, ornaments, stationery, phone cases, and more are also available.
And remember you can ask PhotoPass photographers to use your personal camera, tablet, or phone to take pictures, too!
Where Can You Use Memory Maker?
Memory Maker photos are available at select attractions, dining locations, and more! Below is the current list of theme park rides and dining locations where you can capture photos with Memory Maker.
Rides with Action Shots
- Epcot: Test Track, Frozen Ever After
- Animal Kingdom: Expedition Everest, Dinosaur
- Hollywood Studios: Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
- Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Caribbean
Attraction Mini-Videos (only available with purchase of Memory Maker)
- Hollywood Studios: Tower of Terror
- Magic Kingdom: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Character Meals and Dinner Shows
- Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall in Norway in Epcot
- Be Our Guest (dinner when Beast is present)
- 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
- ‘Ohana character breakfast at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Cinderella’s Royal Table in Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom
- Tusker House character dining in Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness
Memory Maker One Day
Planning a quick stop at the parks for a day? Maybe you want someone to snap some photos so your hands are free for trick or treating during Mickey’s No So Scary Halloween Party? You’re in luck! Disney offers a Memory Maker One Day which provides you with many of the same benefits as Memory Maker for just $69.
For a single day of your choice, you’ll get digital downloads of your Disney PhotoPass photos linked to your My Disney Experience account taken on that day. The Memory Maker One Day window begins at 6 AM and ends at 5:59 AM on the following day. After you have taken one PhotoPass photo, the “One Day” option appears in your My Disney Experience app. You’ll have 45 days to link and download your photos with this package.
Sometimes, Disney sprinkles a little pixie dust by adding surprise characters or cute animation to your photos with Magic Shots! Be sure to ask the Disney PhotoPass Photographers if you can pose for a Magic Shots photo.
To learn which Magic Shots are currently available at each of the four theme parks, head over to the Disney PhotoPass Service Facebook page, navigate to the Photos tab, and then to the Albums. Here you’ll find each park’s current Magic Shot offerings and where they can typically be found.
The newest Animated Magic Shots will capture your character meet and greet from a bird’s-eye perspective.
Link Your Photos With Friends and Family For Savings
And remember, if you are traveling with more than one family, only one family needs to purchase Memory Maker as long as you are linked on My Disney Experience as friends and family. When you get home, you’ll have fun exploring all the fun ways to print and enjoy your photos. Select Annual Passholder Passes are entitled to unlimited PhotoPass digital downloads.
Is Memory Maker Worth It?
So is Memory Maker right for you? If you’re the kind of person who only needs two or three family vacation photos, then it makes more sense to simply purchase the few photos you like best instead of buying Memory Maker. At $19 per photo, you’d need to purchase eight or more to get close to the cost of the discounted Memory Maker option.
BUT if you want access to all the photos, everywhere, go ahead and pre-purchase Memory Maker for your trip. We rarely hear people say they regret purchasing it.
If you’re not up for the cost, remember again that photopass photographers will take your photo with your camera or mobile device, so that’s absolutely an option for you. But this way you’d miss out on action shots from the rides, magic shots, and customizing your photos with Disney stickers and other exclusive add-ons.
In the end, it’s up to you! But we know you’ll have a wonderful vacation no matter how you document it!
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