A Guide to Using PhotoPass at Walt Disney World Resort

Disney PhotoPass

Photos are a great way to remember your time spent at Walt Disney World. The photos you take on your family vacation can help you remember the quality time spent together but can be difficult to include everyone in the shots. How many times have you returned from a trip only to discover you weren’t in any of the photos because you were the one taking them? Guests of the Walt Disney World Resort have the ability to use the Disney PhotoPass service where they can have their photographs professionally taken around the resort for purchase and download.

What is Disney PhotoPass?

Disney PhotoPass consists of Cast Member photographers and on-ride photos/videos, located in special locations at all theme parks. These photographers capture family photos for guests that are then uploaded to their My Disney Experience account where digital downloads and prints can be purchased. At some locations, props or digital enhancements are used to add even more magic to the photos. Photographers can be found in various open areas of the parks, character meets and select dining experiences

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When using a PhotoPass photographer, guests will scan their MagicBand or be given a PhotoPass card with a unique code and web address for access. This will link all photos taken during the trip to the same account. Guests using the PhotoPass card will want to make sure to have the photographer scan the same card at each photo, to ensure they are all together. Certain attractions feature on-ride photos and videos that capture your experience. For guests wearing MagicBands, the ride’s system will automatically scan your band and magically link your shots to your account. For guests using the PhotoPass card, they can link their on-ride photo at certain attractions, by tapping the card to the photo display kiosk at the exit.

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Memory Maker

Guests wanting to have easy access to all of their Disney PhotoPass photos will want to purchase Memory Maker. Memory Maker allows downloading and sharing of all Disney PhotoPass photos for a fee of $169 (before tax) for advanced purchase, and $199 (before tax) for day-of purchase. There is also a one day option at $59 (before tax), for guests wanting photos from only one visit and is not available for advance purchase. Please note that buying Memory Maker in advance will not include photographs taken within 3 days of purchase. Memory Maker can also be purchased after the trip is over giving guests access to their photos upon returning home. Photos can be added to Memory Maker for up to 30 days with photos expiring for download at 45 days after being taken.

The photographing process works the same as with the regular PhotoPass photos, scanning your MagicBand or card will link the photos to your My Disney Experience account where you are then free to download as you wish. On-ride photos will also automatically be linked to the account. Memory Maker can only be assigned to one member of your traveling party, and that person must already have a My Disney Experience account. All linked members of the party will be able to view photos (with the exception of on-ride photos), but downloads can only be made by the member linked to Memory Maker. Also, anyone with a MagicBand that is linked to your reservation will be able to scan their band with a photographer to add to the collection.

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Magic Shots

Some Disney PhotoPass photographers can take unique photos that add characters and scenes to guests’ photos. These fun photo enhancements add extra touches of magic to your memories and give a nice surprise when you see what Disney character joined you for the shot. Photographers offering Magic Shots will often not inform you of what the shot will be, and will ask you to pose in a way that might seem odd. Your photograph will then be magically enhanced to include things like Dumbo flying over your head, or Tinkerbell standing in your hand. Not all photographers will have the ability to take a Magic Shot, so it’s always best to ask them before shooting if there are any that you can pose for.

Disney PhotoPass Studio

A relatively new addition to the PhotoPass offerings includes the addition of a photography studio at the Marketplace in Disney Springs. Guests can add to their PhotoPass collection with a photo session featuring props and a selection of backgrounds like virtual Disney scenes. Guests also have the ability to view, print and purchase any of their PhotoPass photos at viewing stations. Reservations are not required, so guests may stop in at any time to take advantage of the studio.

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PhotoPass Locations

Locations for PhotoPass photographers can and do change from time to time, but there are certain dedicated locations that guests can usually count on.

Magic Kingdom

  • Main Street U.S.A. Train Station
  • Town Square flagpole area
  • Main Street in front of Cinderella Castle
  • Cinderella Castle Hub
    Various locations in:
  • Adventureland
  • Frontierland
  • Fantasyland
  • Tomorrowland
  • Liberty Square

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard 
  • Pixar Place
    Various locations in:
  • Toy Story Land
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Epcot

  • Entrance before Spaceship Earth
  • Fountain of Nations
  • Epcot Character Spot
  • Test Track
  • Mission: Space
    Various locations in:
  • World Showcase Pavilions

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

  • Main Entrance
  • Bridge leading to Tree of Life
  • Expedition Everest
  • Character Landing
    Various locations in:
  • Pandora – The World of Avatar
  • Africa
  • Asia
  • Discovery Island
  • Dinoland U.S.A.

Additional Locations

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Dining Locations

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