Update 12/29/13: I have since wrote a post answering questions about MagicBands and PhotoPass and we did a podcast sharing lots of details about MemoryMaker and MagicBands too. On Tuesday, Heather W (from the team), tweeted me this message:
I immediately started sleuthing around to find out more information and was able to get some “official” information from Disney PhotoPass. Here's what I found out:
- Starting yesterday (Sept. 18th) Disney World PhotoPass Photographers started scanning MagicBands for photos taken.
- PhotoPass photographers are still issuing PhotoPass cards (MagicBands are not being issued to every guest at this time).
- Guests can combine PhotoPass cards and MagicBands into one PhotoPass account.
- Ride photos are not added to MagicBands at this time, they do plan on rolling that out, “when it's perfect”. Guests would need to use their PhotoPass+ or Attractions+ card for ride photos.
- All MagicBands that are issued to your group, and on your account, will be connected to your PhotoPass photos automatically, as the MagicBands from your group are scanned by photographers.
- If you want to add other MagicBands (maybe your trip overlaps with extended family, etc.) you just need the 12 digit ID number from their MagicBand and you can add it to your PhotoPass account. All photos will expire 45 days from the day they were taken, “so all photos have different expiration dates and will drop off.”
- Your travel plans do not have to be shared or linked through the MyMagic system in order to redeem the MagicBand photos, you only need the 12 digit ID from the MagicBand.
Another tweet from @JohnMagi said: Coming soon – Memory Maker – full access to photos, ride photos, videos, etc
We have seen other indicators that there might be video involved somewhere, somehow. I was unable to get any official information on “Memory Maker”. But, a Google search did reveal a few interesting items. I want to wait until we can get something more concrete and official, but it is all VERY EXCITING!
Both of these announcements were made at Disney's Earmark conference for travel agents.