Memory Maker at Walt Disney World

Disney's Memory MakerBeing a member of several Disney groups on Facebook, I see all sorts of Disney-related questions. Memory Maker is by far one of the things people ask questions about the most.

This is a looooong post, so here are some links to help you navigate through the information.

Memory Maker partners with PhotoPass and allows you to have Disney photographers take pictures of your family with their camera or yours, or even both. The real beauty in all this is that everyone can be in the pictures, and some of these photographers are phenomenal! In a few locations, the photographers can even add a little extra “magic” to your pictures with Magic Shots.

You can purchase pictures either with Memory Maker, or with PhotoPass. In my opinion, unless your trip is super-short (like one-day short), it is really worth the $169 to purchase Memory Maker in advance because it allows you unlimited downloads of the photos Disney’s photographers take during your trip. I’m going to say it again – UNLIMITED DOWNLOADS. Some people have gotten over 700 pictures through Disney’s photographers and Memory Maker, and it covers as long as a 30-day trip (who wouldn’t LOVE to spend 30 days at Disney?), so yes, it can really be worth it. The photos you are able to download are high-resolution and once you download them, you own the digital rights, so you can do as you wish with them (including getting prints made anywhere).

  • Memory Maker purchased in advance – $169 – includes all photos taken in the parks, all dining photos, all ride/attraction photos and videos, all Magic Shots, unlimited downloads, and the ability to purchase additional products (see below). There is soon to be a single-day option (only for single-day ticket-holders) for $39.
  • Memory Maker purchased during or after your vacation – $199 – includes all photos taken in the parks, all dining photos, all ride/attraction photos and videos, all Magic Shots, unlimited downloads, and the ability to purchase additional products (see below).
  • PhotoPass – the ability to purchase park photos 1 at a time or on an archive CD (which can be purchased in advance for a savings), as well as the ability to purchase additional products (see below). With PhotoPass, you are under no obligation to buy anything.

How All this Works

Photopass Photographer
Photopass Photographer

The first time you approach a Disney PhotoPass Photographer, they will either hand you a PhotoPass card after scanning the bar-code on the back, or they will ask to scan your MagicBand. If they give you a card, make sure to present it to each photographer for future pictures, AND either a) text yourself the number on the back or b) take a picture of the back of the card. You can use multiple PhotoPass cards, and as long as you have the number, you will still be able to retrieve the photos on a missing card.

Upon returning home, you can access your photos online, share them, and order prints or other products. Everything you need to access your photos is on the Disney website under your My Disney Experience account (if it isn’t already linked to your account, you can link your PhotoPass card after logging in).

Here are a Few Tips…

  • Either text yourself the 16-digit number on the back of your PhotoPass card, or take a picture of it on your phone. You can link more than one card to your account, so missing cards can still be accessed online, AND you can request cards for each person in your party if you plan on splitting up.
  • You may have the same photo linked to more than one card!
  • There are no limits on the number of photos you can have taken.
  • Photographers can take pictures of you in more than one pose, and they can also take pictures with your camera.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for pose suggestions!
  • Always bring your own camera, just in case the photographers are unavailable due to rain or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • You MUST purchase Memory Maker more than 3 days before you travel, otherwise you’ll pay the full $199 for early activation.

Accessing Your Photos

The simplest way to access your photos is through your My Disney Experience (MDE) account on the Disney website. Way down at the bottom of the MDE drop-down menu, there is a link for PhotoPass…click that link. MyDisneyPhotoPass.com will open, and if you already have a Disney online account or an MDE account, you just need to log in. If you don’t have either of these accounts yet, just register for one. (If you are attempting to access photos from Disneyland, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Gameday Photos) and Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, you will need to do so through separate website links provided on MyDisneyPhotoPass.com.)

On the website, you can organize your photos chronologically, change them from color to black and white or sepia, and add borders or stickers. You can share your photos online, and download them (make sure to make copies before editing so you still have the originals).

PhotoPass Tips

  • Your photos expire 45 days from the date they were taken unless you purchase the extension to 60 days from the date they were taken. Only one extension may be purchased, and once your photos expire, they are gone forever, so don’t forget to download them before the expiration date. To view the expiration date, simply click on the photo to enlarge it and the date will appear below the photo.
  • Make sure your e-mail address is correct, as you will receive e-mail notification prior to your photos expiring.
  • Photos expire at midnight on the date of expiration. If your photos expire on 12/12/15, your last full day to access them is 12/11/15.
  • You can create and send e-cards from your account that include your photos and music.
  • You can share your photos online in 3 ways – e-mail, blog, or directly to Facebook.
  • If you register your PhotoPass cards right away, you can share your photos while you are still on vacation. (The only downfall is that your photos will expire 45 days after your first log-in.)
  • If you lose your PhotoPass card and don’t have the number, Disney may still be able to locate them if you are within the 45 days from date taken window.

Magic Shots

Magic Shots add a little bit of pixie dust to your photos by using props and including things like Disney characters or other surprises. Here is a list of Magic Shot locations…

  • Magic Kingdom Park: Main Street USA at Main Street Bakery and Casey’s Corner
  • Epcot: Spaceship Earth near Club Cool
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Crossroads of the World and Hollywood Boulevard at Celebrity 5 & 10
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Tree of Life – Discovery Island, Tree of Life – Discovery Island Alcove, Tree of Life – Africa/Asia Pathway
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park: Cross Country Creek
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park: Castaway Creek

PhotoPass Photographer Locations

Magic Kingdom

  • Agrabah Bazaar Meet and Greet – Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie
  • Ariel’s Grotto Meet and Greet – Ariel
  • Be Our Guest Meet and Greet – Beast
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial
  • Cinderella Castle, near Crystal Palace
  • Enchanted Tales With Belle – Belle
  • Fairytale Garden Meet and Greet – Merida
  • Fantasyland Bridge
  • Fantasyland Teacups Meet and Greet – Alice in Wonderland characters
  • Fantasyland Thoughtful Spot Meet and Greet – Pooh and Tigger
  • Frontierland Meet and Greet – Jessie and Woody
  • Journey of the Little Mermaid Bridge
  • Gaston’s Tavern Meet and Greet – Gaston
  • Liberty Square Meet and Greet – Princess Tiana
  • Liberty Square Bridge
  • Magician Mickey Meet and Greet – Mickey
  • Main Street USA, near Emporium
  • Main Street USA, near Guest Information Board
  • Main Street USA, near Main Street Bakery
  • Main Street USA Train Station
  • Partners Statue
  • Pete’s Silly Sideshow – Daisy/Minnie or Goofy/Donald
  • Princess Fairy Tale Hall – Rapunzel or Cinderella, joined by a Princess friend
  • Rose Garden
  • Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook – Tinker Bell and a fairy friend
  • Tomorrowland Bridge
  • Tomorrowland Meet and Greet – Buzz Lightyear
  • Town Square Meet and Greet – Various characters drop by in the morning

Epcot

  • China Meet and Greet – Mulan
  • Epcot Character Spot – Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy
  • Epcot Entrance
  • France Meet and Greet – Belle or Aurora
  • France Fountain
  • France Fragrance Gardens Meet and Greet
  • Fountain of Nations Courtyard
  • International Gateway Bridge
  • Germany Meet and Greet – Snow White
  • Mexico Meet and Greet – Donald
  • Morocco Meet and Greet – Aladdin and Jasmine
  • Norway Meet and Greet – Anna and Elsa
  • United Kingdom Meet and Greet – Pooh and Tigger
  • World Showcase Overlook

Hollywood Studios

  • Hollywood Studios Arch
  • Disney Junior Meet and Greet – Sophia and Jake
  • Hollywood Banner
  • Hollywood Blvd
  • Hollywood Blvd Meet and Greet – Donald, Goofy, and Chip n’ Dale.
  • Hollywood Studios Entrance
  • Jedi Training Academy – Darth Vader or get photos of your child participating in one of the training sessions
  • The Magic of Disney Animation Meet and Greets – Sorcerer Mickey, Minnie Mouse, The Incredibles, Wreck-It Ralph and Vanelope
  • Monsters Inc Meet and Greet – Mike Wazowski and Sulley
  • Star Tours Speeder Bike
  • Sunset Blvd
  • Team McQueen Headquarters – Lightening McQueen and Mater
  • Tristate Courtyard Meet and Greet
  • Woody’s Picture Shootin’ – Woody and Buzz Lightyear

Animal Kingdom

  • Adventurers Outpost Meet and Greet – Mickey and Minnie
  • Bradley Falls between Asia and Africa – King Louie & Baloo
  • Bus Stop Marquee
  • Dinoland USA Service Station – Goofy and Pluto
  • Discovery Island Character Meet and Greet – Pooh and Tigger
  • Discovery Island Trail – Pocahontas and friends
  • Rafiki’s Planet Watch – Chip ‘n’ Dale
  • Expedition Everest Overlook
  • Cretaceous Trail in Dinoland USA – Donald Duck
  • Main Entrance
  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life Garden
  • Wilderness Explorer Meet and Greet – Russell and Dug

Additional Locations:

  • Disney PhotoPass photograhers are available at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach seasonally, and may not be available during the cooler months.
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – before and after photographs.
  • Dining Locations – You must dine at any of the following locations, where photographers are available, the pictures will show up in Memory Maker automatically.
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Cinderella’s Royal Table (photos included with meal)
    • Chef Mickey’s
    • Princess Storybook Dining (photos included with meal)
    • Mickey’s Backyard Barbecue and Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue
    • ‘Ohana (Breakfast only)
    • Spirit of Aloha
    • Tusker House (breakfast and lunch)

Special Events

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

  • Adventureland – Tinker Bell, Tarzan & Jane
  • Frontierland – Woody, Jessie, Bullseye
  • Fantasyland – the Princesses at Fairy Tale Hall
  • Hub in front of Cinderella’s Castle – Frollo, Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Cruella, Dr. Facillier, Evil Queen & Maleficent
  • Haunted Mansion – *Special effects pose with hitchhiking ghost is sometimes available
  • Hearse outside the Haunted Mansion. *Special effects pose with hearse ghost driver is sometimes available
  • Main Street U.S.A. – Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Check the Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party page on the Disney website for other possible experiences (for 2015, you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. They like “axing” Guests questions and answering with puns as part of their “dead pan” humor).

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

  • Adventureland – pose with Tinker Bell
  • Hub in front of Cinderella’s Castle
  • Fantasyland – pose with with the Princesses at Fairy Tale Hall
  • Tomorrowland – Goofy, Pluto, Chip, Dale are usually at Cosmic Ray’s
  • Main Street U.S.A. – Mickey at Town Square Theater
  • Check the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party page on the Disney website for other possible experiences.
  • Other Locations
    • Christmas trees located outside of park entrances of Animal Kingdom & Hollywood Studios, and inside the park at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.
    • Downtown Disney Marketplace – Santa Meet & Greet at Christmas Chalet
    • Deluxe resort lobbies next to the Christmas trees.
    • Goofy’s Winter Wonderland Santa Meet at Osborne Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
    • The American Adventure in Epcot – Santa Meet & Greet
    • Tour Guide Gardens in the Magic Kingdom – Easter Bunny Meet & Greet
    • Tour Guide Gardens in the Magic Kingdom – Santa Meet & Greet
Nikon Picture Spots
Nikon Picture Spots

PhotoPass Photographer Location Tips

  • Disney Visa cardholders get access to a free, private meet & greet at Epcot in Innoventions West. Hours are 1:30-7pm daily.
  • Photographers in the water parks can get some very unique photos!
  • Different times of the day can create amazingly different photos!
  • Make early reservations for Crystal Palace and enter the park before opening for pictures of an empty Main Street!
  • Look for the light-post with the umbrella at Hollywood Studios – take a picture underneath it after pressing a button!
  • If you find photos are missing from your account, get in touch with Disney – they can usually locate them for you.
  • If you are running out of space on your personal camera’s memory card, there are a few camera/photo centers that are able to allow you to download your photos and burn them to a CD.
  • Look for the Nikon Picture Spots! They can be located on the Park Maps.
    • Magic Kingdom
      • Big Thunder Mountain
      • Prince Charming’s Regal Carrousel (the Sword in the Stone)
      • Tiki Statues
      • Splash Mountain
    • Epcot
      • Germany
      • Japan
      • Morocco
      • Main Entrance
      • United Kingdom
      • China
      • Canada
      • France
    • Hollywood Studios
      • Rock N’ Roller Coaster
      • Hollywood Studios Arch
    • Animal Kingdom
      • Main Entrance
  • Check out the new Disney Memories HD app for mobile devices! You can customize your photos!

Product Pricing

  • Advance purchase of Memory Maker – $169
  • During- or after-vacation purchase of Memory Maker – $199
  • Digital Downloads (if Memory Maker was not purchased) – $14.95 each
  • 5×7 Print – Single – $14.95
  • 4×6 Print – Two – $14.95
  • 8×10 Print – Single – $16.95
  • 16×20 Print – Single – $24.95
  • 4×6 Print from “My Uploaded Photos” – $0.19 each
  • Set of 20 Photo Stickers – $9.95
  • 20 Photo Occasion Cards – $29.95 each, additional set $19.95
  • 10 Folded Photo Occasion Cards – $24.95 each, additional set $19.95
  • Disney’s PhotoBook – $79.95 and up for 20 pages, additional pages up to 60 may be added for a fee.
  • Photo Storage Extension – $19.95 for 15 Days
  • Personal Photo Archive CD – $19.95, all photos you have uploaded to DisneyPhotopass.com. MUST present copyright agreement to retailer when purchasing prints of customized photos.
  • PhotoGallery CD – $39.95, includes hundreds of photos from Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.
  • Photo Mugs, Mouse Pads, Ornaments, Photo Puzzles, Address Labels & more – check disneyphotopass.com for current pricing.

Purchasing Tips

  • Check for special offers on any online PhotoPass page.
  • You may upload photos from your personal camera to use in Disney PhotoPass products or to order prints. You can also add borders or captions to them.

Contacting PhotoPass