Throwing out $169 for pictures may seem like a high price to pay, but purchasing Disney’s Memory Maker (advance purchase price: $169; regular price: $199) is worth it.
What do you get?
1. All photos taken by Disney PhotoPass photographers
This means everywhere you see a Disney PhotoPass photographer, usually wearing a khaki vest and holding a Nikon camera, is up for grabs. When I first used the MemoryMaker in 2014, PhotoPass photographers were usually at the front of the park (near each park’s landmark) and at character meet and greets. When I visited in 2015, I noticed that PhotoPass photographers seem to be in more locations and in those locations for longer periods of time.
Where can I find PhotoPass photographers (usually)?
- Main Street, U.S.A. — Leading up to the castle and near the founder’s statue
- Liberty Square — Side view of castle
- Tomorrowland Entrance — Side view of castle
- Frontierland — Exiting Big Thunder Mountain
- Fantasyland — Near Ariel’s castle
- Spaceship Earth
- Fountains at FutureWorld
- France — Fountains
- France — Eiffel Tower view
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Park Entrance — Great Movie Ride in the background
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios Archway — near the entrance to Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Tower of Terror
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Ticket Kiosks — Before entering the park, many like to snap a picture under the Disney’s Animal Kingdom sign
- Tree of Life — Various angles
- Expedition Everest
2. All photos from character meet and greets
Not only do PhotoPass photographers snap posed pictures at character meet and greets, but they also capture candid shots. These candid shots can be difficult to capture if you don’t have someone else in your party dedicated to snapping pictures.
Candid shots are usually my favorites (above). If you don’t have someone in your party taking pictures for you, the blueberry (a term used for Disney character handlers in blue shirts) will take a picture for you. Usually, they do a great job. I’ve also had blueberries take completely out-of-focus pictures that may or may not contain the subjects (ahem…Darth Vader meet and greet last year…ahem). Using the photos from the Disney PhotoPass photographer guarantees the photos will be high-quality shots.
3. All ride photos
Yes, you will receive every photo from every ride you venture on that takes your picture. Every ride does not take your picture, but many popular attractions do. If you link your MemoryMaker to your Disney MagicBand, then you don’t have to visit the photo kiosk following the ride. Your MagicBand already knows you were on the ride! It’s fun, convenient, and a little creepy.
Rides that take your picture:
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
Seven Dwarves Mine Train (you can’t view these photos following the ride, but they show up on your MemoryMaker…as does a video)
Tower of Terror
Spaceship Earth (doesn’t show up on your MemoryMaker, but you can email this photo for free)
Did I miss any?
4. Photos with a bit of magic
With the MemoryMaker, you get all of your photos digitally for one price. After your trip, you will have about a month to download your photos. You can download the photos once, but you can make as many copies as you would like for your party. One traveling party only needs one MemoryMaker!
If you’re tired of asking strangers to take your picture, it’s time to get MemoryMaker. My husband HATES having pictures made, but knowing that pictures were quick and easy with a PhotoPass photographer made them WAY more manageable. Plus, he liked getting the ride pictures.