Memory Maker is an optional add-on for guests staying in a Disney owned hotel during their vacation. With the plan, guests are pre-purchasing pictures taken by Photopass Photographers at various points around the park, with characters, and those taken on some attractions.
Memory Maker offers two price points: $169 for guests who purchase the plan (at least three days) before their vacation, and $199 for guests who want the plan to start immediately. If you’re considering adding Memory Maker to your next Walt Disney World vacation, here are seven things insiders love!
7. All Your Photos, All In One Place
The Memory Maker is linked to your My Disney Experience account, so you can view all your vacation photos online when you get home. You can see your family posed in front of the park icons, meeting favorite characters, screaming on roller coasters, and even at select restaurants. These pictures are all saved online and anyone linked to the account will be able to see them. Plus, even if your party splits up at all over the course of your vacation, pictures will still be stored on that one account. And, since someone else is taking your picture, the whole family will be them!
6. Attached to MagicBand
Gone are the days where guests had to carry a room key, park ticket, PhotoPass card, and credit card. Now, all those things are conveniently on your wrist! To get your picture uploaded to your Memory Maker account, you just need to have the photographer scan your MagicBand. It’s easy as pie.
5. Extra Magic
When using the Memory Maker, it makes sense to pose for as many pictures as possible, to really get your money’s worth. But that doesn’t mean all of your pictures need to be static and boring! Keep an eye out for the more interesting Photopass Photographers. Some have fun props or frames that will jazz up your family portraits. Or, see a family striking an odd looking pose? The photographer is likely planning to add characters into the picture. My personal favorite is finding that I’m holding Tinkerbell! You can make your own magic too, by changing up your own family pose, wearing matching shirts, dressing up as Disney characters, or planning a funny pose for a ride photo! The possibilities are endless!
4. Ride Photos
With the old system, guests still had to purchase ride photos individually. With Memory Maker, all those ride photos are part of the package! Ride photos are my favorite part! Sometimes, in my rush to get on the next attraction (or ride an attraction again, I’m looking at you, Expedition Everest!) I don’t take the time to stop and look at our pictures at the end. So I love being able to look through all of them after my vacation is over.
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What’s even better than ride photos? Ride videos! Some attractions, like Hollywood Tower of Terror, Haunted Mansion, and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train also give guests a little (think like a gif) video clip of their ride experience. Tower of Terror shows your whole elevator car during a drop. Seven Dwarfs Mine Train gives you a shot of your mine cart careening down a hill, plus a clip of the dwarfs singing inside their mine. And remember when the hitchhiking ghosts play pranks on you at the end of the attraction? You’ll get a video of their shenanigans too.
2. Annual Pass
Annual Passholders rejoice! Those who have the Platinum Pass (new name for regular Annual Pass) or the Platinum Plus Pass (Annual Pass plus admission to the water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course) now have Photopass included in their ticket! I was pretty pumped to learn about that, and I can’t wait to use my new perk on my next trip!
1. Download Away
Once you get home, you’ll have a certain window in which you can download all of your vacation photos. Don’t worry, it’s a pretty big window, 30 days! These are unlimited downloads, so you can put them on your computer, tablet, phone, or print them! Post your pics on Facebook or Instagram, or make a vacation scrapbook (which is what my friend did for us after our last trip!). Keeping your vacation memories digitally is a great way to ensure you can enjoy the photos for many years to come!
Vacation photos are priceless souvenirs whether you use Memory Maker or not. What are your favorite aspects of the service? Do you have a traditional photo spot? Let us know!