The Memory Maker is a photo package offered by Disney PhotoPass at Walt Disney World. It includes unlimited digital downloads of your PhotoPass photos from locations around the Resort, select rides and attractions, select character dining experiences, and more. You can even edit them with digital stamps and borders when you get home!
Disney's PhotoPass photographers are stationed around not only the iconic landmarks of each theme park but also at character meet and greets and other fun photo spots throughout the Resort. There's even a photo studio at Disney Springs where you can take advantage and get a nice, studio-quality family photo.
It's really easy to spot the photographers, but here's a photo of their uniforms, just in case.
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If you pre-purchase the Memory Maker (at least 4 days prior to your trip) the cost is only $149. After that, purchasing the package for immediate download options is $169.
I love Memory Maker because it's a wonderful way to get everyone in the picture, because we all know one of us is usually behind the camera and missing out. It's also really nice to be able to be in the moment instead of seeing it through a viewfinder. Oh, and the ride photos alone make this purchase worth it!
There are attractions throughout the parks that take a photo or video during the ride that are included on your Memory Maker- just don't forget to scan your Magic Band or PhotoPass card when exiting the attraction to get the photo added to your account.
- Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin
- Enchanted Tales with Belle
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Expedition Everest
- Frozen Ever After
- Test Track
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
- Rock'n'Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
As I mentioned before, with a PhotoPass photographer at the character meet & greets you're able to be in the moment instead of behind your phone screen snapping photos. They'll do that for you!
The studio at Disney Springs can be used to stop in for a nice group shot or a little session after a Bibbidi Bobbid Boutique makeover.
There are also photo ops before some meals, such as Chef Mickey's, Hoop Dee Doo Revue, and 1900 Park Fare. Oh, and a PhotoPass photographer accompanies Stitch around during breakfast at 'Ohana on most occasions.
One of our favorite ways to utilize the Memory Maker is by stopping for photos in the photo booths throughout the Resort. There's at least one in each park, on the Boardwalk, in several of the resort arcades, and one at Disney's Pin Traders at Disney Springs. We have so much fun cutting up in the photo booths making faces and goofing off. (For more info on the photo booths visit this post.)
Oh, and I haven't even mentioned the magic shots yet! We love them!! Photographers not using a tripod have the ability to add a little magic to your photos. They may ask you to do a strange pose and make a weird face, but trust me- it's worth it. It's always so much fun to see what's been added to your pictures.
All of this is, of course, in addition to the many opportunities to have photos taken around the parks and Disney Springs.
Oh, and if you participate in special activities such as Jedi Training or Enchanted Tales with Belle, a photographer is on hand to take photos. They'll share a card with you after the show that will have all of the photos on it. You can input the code from the card to your MyDisneyExperience account to download them all and add special edits. Other activities such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and Pirate's League also have some nice photos included.
With all of these wonderful photo opportunities the Memory Maker is a no-brainer for my family! We get it on every trip! We come home with a crazy amount of photos, so it's definitely worth the money for us. The key is taking advantage of all of the chances for photos. If you're going to purchase it, you might as well use it. Stop and get some photos. You won't regret it!
*Photos will be deleted from your MyDisneyExperience account 45 days after they were taken. You must edit and download them before that date, or they will be gone.
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