|A Sample of PhotoPass pictures from our 2012 trip|
How it works
Do this again and again throughout your trip, throughout the parks at various “picture spots”, character meet and greets, select dining locations, as well as some other sometimes unexpected places.
Reader Tips: It’s a good idea to write down your card numbers in case you misplace it, or take a picture of the back of your card on your phone or camera to preserve the information. You may also want to write your name and cell # on the card in case the card gets mixed up with another family’s.
The best part? You pay nothing extra for any of that. It’s only if you want to purchase the pictures that you hand over any extra cash.
And here’s a tip: Whenever you have a PhotoPass photographer take your picture with their camera, ask them to take one with your personal camera as well. I’ve never had one say no. Then you can compare and decide if their picture came out better than yours, and that lessens the pressure to buy it.
Disney’s PhotoPass Photographers
I think it’s a no-brainer to utilize this service, and see how the pictures come out. As to whether you purchase your pictures, it’s a question of value. A few factors may determine how much of a value it is for you.
- cost per picture – The more pictures you take, then the better value it is to purchase the CD.
- quality of pictures – The more pictures you take, the better chance of getting some you’ll really like and want to keep. Don’t be afraid to ask the photographers to take a few extra shots, and any “magic shots” if they don’t offer it on their own.
- Price: buying just a few images will cost less than a whole CD or photobook, but you get less for your money as well. We take advantage of prepaying for our CD purchase to get a discount. Right now, the difference if you pre-purchase the photo CD is $50!!!
There are 3 different packages you can purchase:
- PhotoPass – $169.99 ($119.99 Pre-Order) – all your park pictures, except most rides and most dining photos
- PhotoPass+ – $199.99 ($149.99 Pre-Order) – all your park, ride, and dining photos, (digital versions, NOT prints)
- Attractions+ – $44.95 – all your attraction photos (digital, not prints)
I recommend purchasing PhotoPass+ if you intend on purchasing a CD of all your park photos, while also riding a few of the attractions with ride photos, or doing any of the character meals with photos (except Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Princess Storybook Dining, those two are already included in your meal). A photo package at one character meal can set you back the $30 that differentiates the plus package from the regular PhotoPass, while 2 attractions photos could total more than $30.
Another great thing about the pre-order is that it can be refunded should you decide you don’t like the pictures enough to order the CD. Once you order the CD, however, a refund will be hard to get.
With the roll out of the new RFID Key to the World Cards and the new Magic Bands, the PhotoPass process should become even easier. I’m eager to see how it all plays out, and then of course, I’ll have to write an update!Are you a PhotoPass fan? Have you never used the service and thinking about trying?? Let us know!And stay tuned for our ideas on what to do with all those photos once you’ve gotten them!