Should I get Memory Maker?
Memory Maker costs $169. That sounds like a lot, but let's break it down. If you are wanting to purchase photopass pictures, you can purchase a package of 4 photos for $30. Or you can purchase individual photos for $15 each. So, if you download at least 12 pictures with Memory Maker, you will be getting your money's worth. This is why it is recommended to purchase Memory Maker if you plan on buying a lot of pictures. If you only want a couple, it is better to purchase them individually.
Overall, it is recommended to purchase Memory Maker if...
- You are traveling with a big group
- You are staying for a week or more
- if you know you'll really want to get a lot of photos
Be your own photographer. Take pictures on your cell phone or camera. You can also purchase the picture packages as mentioned above.
TIP: If you are planning on purchasing individual pictures, wait until the last day of your vacation to do so. This way, you will be able to see all the pictures you have taken throughout your stay and choose the best ones.
TIP: some hotels even have a photo pass stand. Check to see if yours does and how late they stay open to. This will help you avoid lines in the park photo pass shops
Where do I go to purchase Memory Maker or if I questions about it?
If you are wanting to purchase Memory Maker, individual photos, or just look at the pictures you have taken so far, you can visit these shops in the parks:
Magic Kingdom : Town Square
EPCOT: Camera Center
DAK: Garden Gate Gifts
Studios: the Darkroom
When should I purchase Memory Maker?
You can actually choose to purchase Memory Maker when you order your tickets online. However, I recommend waiting until you arrive at the parks to purchase. It might turn out that you don't take as many pictures as you anticipated. Wait a few days. If you are taking a lot of pictures with the photopass photographers, then go ahead and purchase Memory Maker.
Are the pictures that the Disney photographers take worth it?
Benefits of the photopass pictures:
- Stock photos! You will be able to download stock photos. These are pictures that the photographers have taken of the parks. These include pictures of Wishes, Fantasmic, the park icons, and characters.
- Magic shots. The photographer may ask you to pose in a specific way. Later, you will see Disney characters that have appeared like magic into your shots!
- High quality. Honestly, the photographers of the park are excellent at their job. Most pictures that they take will probably be of better quality that you could take with just your cell phone.
- Attraction photos. You will also be able to purchase the pictures that are taken on the rides.
stock photo of Wishes
How does this work with my Magic Band?
One of the ways you can use Magic Bands are to store your photopass photos on them. After a photographer takes the pictures, they will ask for your Magic Band. They will then be able to save the pictures to your Magic Band. When you want to look at your pictures in the park shops, you can tap your Magic Band and your photos will show up on screen.
TIP: Have just ONE person in your party store the photos on their Magic Band. This ensures that all photos will be in one place.
What if I do not have a Magic Band?
If you do not have a Magic Band, a photographer will offer you a card. This card is the size of a business card or credit card. Photographers can save all of your pictures to this card, just like they can with Magic Bands. Make sure to keep this card safe. Put it in your wallet, and carry it with you to all four parks.
How do I get my photos?
If you have Memory Maker, you do NOT actually have to go to the photo shops and buy your photos there. Instead, you will have to download your photos from a computer or smartphone. It is all digital. You can go to https://mydisneyphotopass.disney.go.com to view and download your photos. You will have 45 days since the activation of your Memory Maker to download all of the photos you want.
Should I purchase Memory Maker if I am doing the Disney College Program?
Yes! I highly recommend this. I purchased Memory Maker in September. My boyfriend visited me in October, I went to the Halloween party with my friends, I went character hunting on my birthday in November, my parents visited in November and we went to the Christmas party. I knew I would be taking a lot of pictures with all these events in the fall, so I planned out when exactly I was going to need Memory Maker.