Disney’s PhotoPass is a system that many guests find convenient. Photographers are ready in some of the best photo spots at Walt Disney World, including character meet and greets. They will take several pictures, scan your MagicBand or PhotoPass Card, and then you can later go online to see the pictures. You can purchase the ones that you like individually, or you can buy Memory Maker and they’ll all be yours. If you have a MagicBand you can also view ride photos online, you don’t need to try to take a quick picture while exiting Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Disney will even email you to let you know when the pictures are about to expire so you won’t forget about them. There have been some recent changes to the PhotoPass system that you need to know about.
One change that will affect most guests who use the service is that photos are now watermarked when you view them. It is no longer possible to keep the picture forever by taking a screenshot, unless you don’t mind the words “Disney PhotoPass” splashed across your face. This will make it more difficult to see whether or not a picture is worth the price.
My Disney Experience App
If you want to take the perfect family picture but you’re not sure where to find the nearest PhotoPass photographer, Disney has now made it easy for you to find one. All that you have to do is to pull out your phone and open the My Disney Experience app. The locations of the photographers are now listed, so you’ll be able to get the picture that you want without wandering too far. You can even find the photographers on the map. Remember that PhotoPass photographers will take a picture for you using your own camera or phone if you’d prefer. You don’t have to use the service if you don’t want to.
Digital and Print
If you purchase any PhotoPass pictures, you’ll now receive both the digital copy and a print copy for the same price. It used to be that if you wanted a print copy and a download, you’d have to pay twice. This is no longer the case, and it is definitely a change for the better. The size of the print does not matter. You have to purchase the photo online to receive both the physical and digital copies. If you make the purchase in the park you will not receive both.
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One fun thing about the digital photos is that you can edit them online, using the software on the Disney website. You can add a border, zoom, add text, crop, and more. It used to be that you would have to pay again each time you would want to download an edit. That is no longer the case. Now, once you purchase a picture, you can edit all you want and you won’t have to pay over and over again. There will be no additional charges.