Disney recently announced a brand new Annual Pass system with four new Annual Pass options. The new program comes with some changes including bonus Park Pass Reservations for current Annual Passholders, a new calendar system, and more. One of the biggest changes is the fact that PhotoPass is no longer included with any of the Annual Pass options, and if you’re thinking of adding it to your pass, there is an important detail you need to know about!
PhotoPass is now an add-on for Disney World Annual Passes at $99 per pass. If guests are purchasing Annual Passes for their entire family, it might make sense for a lot of families to buy this add-on for ONE person’s Annual Pass. However, we made an interesting discovery for any groups trying to do that.
When going to purchase several Annual Passes, we noticed that Disney automatically adds PhotoPass for EACH Annual Pass you are buying. For example, we looked to purchase two Annual Passes at once and if we wanted the PhotoPass add-on, we would have to pay for it for BOTH passes ($198 total). We also tested this with kids Annual Passes and it added the PhotoPass automatically for those passes too.
The Disney World website did NOT give us the option to pick and choose which Annual Pass had the PhotoPass add-on — it was automatically added when we checked the PhotoPass box.
This can REALLY add up if you are buying Annual Passes for your entire family, and for groups with young kids, it may not make sense for them to have their own PhotoPass add-on. Also, you can have up to 25 people on your Family and Friends list in My Disney Experience that can take photos and they will show up on your account.
To avoid adding PhotoPass to every pass, buy the Annual Passes one at a time instead of grabbing them all in one transaction. You should also be able to add a single Annual Pass with the PhotoPass option to your cart, and then return to the Annual Pass ticket page and select however many other Annual Passes you want to buy (without PhotoPass) and add those to your cart. That should allow for a single transaction when it comes to the ultimate purchase, but also allow you to add the PhotoPass option to just 1 ticket.
Another way to avoid this situation is to add PhotoPass at a later time. We confirmed with a Cast Member that you can buy an Annual Pass WITHOUT PhotoPass, and add it on later. Cast Members also confirmed that this is the same for the Water Parks and Sports add-on.
So if you are looking to buy several Annual Passes, but don’t want each pass to have PhotoPass, you know how to avoid it! We’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest Disney World Annual Passholder news, so stay tuned.
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