PhotoPass & Memory Maker Guides


  • Jeanne B.

    Thanks for this post!! Only one other question I have is… is there any other cost involved with either package once you get home and order your photos? That’s the confusing part to me. When they talk about “ordering your photos.. 5X7’s, adding frames, etc.”, will it cost me any additional money after the initial layout for Photopass OR Photopass+? Is downloading free? Does a CD or printed pics cost extra? Just trying to make sure I understand all the costs!! Thanks again! I’m learning so much from all of you!!

    • Laura

      If you preorder online before your trip, everything is charged at that time. When you get home, all you have to do is go through your photos and make sure they’re all there (if any are missing, they’re really good about finding them). The frames the blurb talks about are just digital overlays for your photos, which you can save as copies that come on the cd when you order it. After you have all the photos you want loaded, you just add it to your cart and use whatever code Disney gave you when you ordered. No additional shipping charges are made for the cd; I’ve never needed my credit card at this point in the ordering process. The package includes all the fees. If you want to order any additional photo products, then there would be a shipping charge for those at the time. I don’t think there are any additional charges if you decide you want prints while you’re in the parks, and those won’t affect your package.

      If I remember correctly from ordering a few weeks ago, with Photopass+ you have the option of getting everything as an immediate download or as the cd. Photopass+ will let you download your ride photos right away even if you order the cd. The price of the package includes the cd, so I just get the cd since then I’ll have a backup without any extra work. Although if you don’t want to wait for your photos, the download seems like a good option. I think it’s either/or on the download/cd.

      • Jeanne B.

        Thanks Laura!! That info really helped!!

        • Steph

          If you want any physical prints while in the parks OR from the site, they are extra.

          I have been getting the downloads as long as they have been offering them, because I like instant access 😉

  • Laura

    Great article, Heather! I’d just like to mention one other option that I’ve really only seen advertised in the parks – Attractions+. It’s all the ride photos for something like $45. If you’re not doing a lot of dining with the photo option, it might be a better deal to get the photo cd and Attractions+ separately. I don’t really know how it works – I think after your first ride with photo you buy it at the counter? Has anyone done this option before?

    • Yes! I was going to write about that, but decided to just stick with the two main packages. It includes the same rides as photopass plus, and also is only for the 14 day period. If you do a ton of rides, or maybe if you are going with a large group that will need to get lots of ride pictures, and don’t want to get any other Photopass pictures, then it seems like a good deal. It’s still cheaper to preorder the Photopass+ than get the regular CD and Attractions+ package, though.

  • Hi! Thanks for the information. I am about to visit WDW and i have already preorder the traditional photopass. Do you have any idea if i can upgrade it to the + version ? Thanks again.

    • Yes, you can upgrade to the plus version! Just call them or contact them through the site. 🙂

  • Angela

    Thanks for the great information. I have used photopass on my last two trips but I have a question about photopass+, If your party splits up can you combine photopass cards given by the photographers or do you have to use the lanyard?

    • Yes you can! 🙂 The only times you must show the lanyard is for the ride and meal pictures.

      I actually did this one time in Disneyland. I was in the park alone for an hour or so, and went to meet Merida. It wasn’t until I got in line that I realized my mom had the lanyard. I added the photopass card they gave me there to the site, and it worked fine. 🙂

    • Steph

      I’ve done it a bunch and it works fine. We’ve also taken photos of our ride photos if the lanyard hasn’t been with us and gone later and had the numbers added. As long as you go the same day, it works perfectly!

  • Steph

    Hey Heather! I’ve done PhotoPass+ now SEVEN times between the two parks and I will say that the DL photographers get far more excited about the PhotoPass+ than the WDW photographers do. The DL photographers called it “the awesome pass” or “golden ticket” things like that. Their faces always lit up when they saw me pull that card out.

    I think that it’s because DL is such a locals annual pass park that they don’t see it quite as often as the PhotoPass photographers in WDW do. There aren’t too many local AP holders that are getting PhotoPass+ before their day trips.

    I’m interested to see if you have a similar experience.

  • Alison

    I was given a free photopass+ on my last trip to DL. I was stopped just inside the gate and asked if I was willing to complete two on-line surveys to get all my photos free. Of course I said yes. We had pictures taken everywhere multiple times. It was a great bonus to our trip. I will now stop and talk to the survey takers near the gate. You never know what they may have to offer.

    • Heather

      Wow, how lucky is that!? 🙂

  • Steph

    How cool is that!? I will always stop for DL and WDW surveyors unless I’m in a hurry for a meal reservation. 🙂 Love them!

  • Kev

    I’ve just arrived back and what great info you give, much better than the disney site!
    Can I ask one question, going through my photos, do I add each photo individually to the basket? Also, do they all get saved as 4×6? Thank you

    • If you are getting the CD, then no, you don’t have to add anything to the basket. When you add borders, unless you change the size, they are saved as 4×6. But otherwise, you will receive the original, full size of the picture

    • Steph

      Just adding that everything Heather said about the CD’s is the same for downloads. 🙂

  • Shanna

    Are you only allowed one lanyard? We are going on a big family trip in November and due to the age differences in some of the children, we will not be together most of the time. We want to get the photopass+ but don’t want to waste the money for rides and even dinners as we are not eating together every night. Thoughts?

    • Yes, you only get one lanyard. You can pass it around to those who will be riding or doing the character meals. Any regular photopass card can be used for other pictures and added later.

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  • Gem

    I really enjoyed reading this- Thank you.
    I have one question I cannot find the answer to…

    From Day 1- how many days can I take photos for? We are in WDW for a whole month.
    If I visit on 1st/Month when can I take my last photo to get them all on the same disc?


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  • Shandee Madsen Hicks

    Maybe I just dont understand the photopass+ fully. So does the $69.99(preorder) include a CD of all of your pictures? Or do you have to purchase the pictures separately?
    If so, do they send the CD to you after your trip?
    I have never used a photopass in the past and we are going the first week of october to Disneyland. It is my toddler and husband’s first time and I am trying to figure out the whole photopass idea. TIA

    • GothicRosie

      Per the Photopass FB page: “Disney PhotoPass+ Includes:
      PhotoPass+ Card and Lanyard
      A gallery CD with over 300 stock photos
      A unique code to create and order a PhotoCD with all your photos online
      Select Dining photos
      Select Attraction photos”