The second best thing to going on a Walt Disney World vacation is reliving all of the magic and memories through your photos once you get home. But even though we’re all selfie pros these days, it’s still a challenge to get the whole family together in one picture. And THAT’S where the Disney PhotoPass Service comes in!
Get ready to “SAY CHEESE” and capture some vacation magic with PhotoPass!
Disney PhotoPass photographers are stationed at TONS of iconic locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort — like Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle and Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life — ready to take a professional picture of your entire group.
Disney Character Greeting spots also have PhotoPass photographers at the ready!
But PhotoPass opportunities are by no means limited to just these well-known Disney World landmarks. You can check your My Disney Experience app to find all of the PhotoPass locations when you’re in the parks!
Holidays and special events like EPCOT’s seasonal Festivals often deliver special props and photo ops.
Select attractions like Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion offer on-ride attraction photos.
Attractions that offer on-ride photos are as follows:
Magic Kingdom: Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Haunted Mansion, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain
Animal Kingdom: DINOSAUR, Expedition Everest
Hollywood Studios: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Slinky Dog Dash
EPCOT: Frozen Ever After, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Test Track
(Guests who are not wearing MagicBands can find instructions for on-ride photos posted at the attractions that offer these unique shots!)
Disney can even sprinkle some extra pixie dust on your pictures with MagicShots!
You may be surprised to see a Disney character (or another special effect) show up in your picture along with you once the image lands in your Gallery!
Oh, and about that Gallery…
Accessing and Downloading Your PhotoPass Pictures
Photographers will scan your MagicBand, MagicMobile Pass, or theme park ticket before or after taking your picture, and your photos will automatically be linked to your My Disney Experience account (both online and in the free app) and appear in your Gallery where you can view and purchase high resolution .jpg files.
(Note that, if you do not have a My Disney Experience account, PhotoPass photographers may be able to provide you with a PhotoPass Card providing information so you can later link it manually.)
Disney also offers Memory Maker, which allows unlimited downloads of all of your PhotoPass pictures and videos for one price!
Your options include unlimited downloads from your entire vacation for $199.00, or $169.00 for advance purchase. There is also a Memory Maker One Day option (from a date of your choosing) for $69.00.
Disney World Annual Passholders also have an option for accessing their PhotoPass images.
Capture Your Moment
Ever dreamed of having your own personal photoshoot in front of Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle, or in any of the other Walt Disney World theme parks? As we’ve discussed above, you can always get lots of cool pictures around the Disney parks with the help of PhotoPass photographers, but now you can have a personal and dedicated photographer with a Capture Your Moment session for up to 8 guests!
Each session lasts up to 20 minutes for $79 (and you can book back-to-back sessions for an additional $79 per session). During an extended 40 minute-photoshoot, you’ll have the option to visit at least two photo locations inside the Magic Kingdom with your professional Disney photographer.
In Disney’s Animal Kingdom, guests have the backdrop of the stunning Tree of Life, the park’s icon.
In Hollywood Studios, you can choose from photo backdrops including Hollywood Tower Hotel for a spooky background, the Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, or even with our favorite dinosaur, Gertie!
In EPCOT, you can choose from five different World Showcase pavilions for your photo backdrop, including Germany, Italy, the American Adventure, Japan, and Morocco.
You can call 407-939-7758 to book your own session. Do note that prints and digital downloads are not included with the price of your Capture Your Moment session and must be purchased separately. However, prints and downloads are no additional cost if you’ve paid for Memory Maker (or have a qualifying Annual Passholder entitlement).
And now, a little more about ALL THAT VACATION MAGIC you’re going to want to capture with your photos…
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