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Is it worth adding a Memory Maker to your already expensive Walt Disney World vacation? Here’s a complete Memory Maker review so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your family. Also included? Tips for using Disney Memory Maker to max advantage if you purchase it.
Is the Disney Memory Maker Worth the Cost?
To answer that question, we first need to give you all the details on Disney’s Memory Maker. The Memory Maker will allow you to enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass photos that are taken at hundreds of locations thought Disney World. You won’t experience a shortage of magical photos from your Disney Vacation.
All the photos will be linked to your Disney account by having your MagicBand or card scanned by the PhotoPass photographers. The photos can be viewed on your My Disney Experience account. These photos can be downloaded to your computer.
Reasons We Think It’s Worth the Cost
The cost of the Memory Maker is $199 or $169 if you purchase it in advance (more on that later). This can seem like an expensive addition to an already expensive trip. We’ve got our list of reasons for why we think it’s worth it.
First Time Visits and Special Occasions
If ever there was going to be a time to purchase the Memory Maker, it would be for first visits. Taking my girls to Disney World for the first time was a special experience for me. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss one moment or even one photo. When you’re at Disney you’re going to want to live in the moment and not stress over being behind a camera the whole time. By buying Disney’s Memory Maker, you won’t have to be. And the person behind the camera will be a trained PhotoPass professional!
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Everyone’s Included (Yes, Even Mom!)
How many trips have you been on with your family, but no one would ever know it because you’re never in any of the photos? I’m guilty of spending so much time behind the camera and forgetting to ask someone to include me in the pictures. My most favorite pictures from Disney have been the ones captured by the PhotoPass photographers because they included us all in them.
It wasn’t always about the enchanted castle being in the background or the memorable characters that we took group shots with. When I look back on the photos that included us all, I’m reminded of how incredible the experience was.
Capture Every Moment
My favorite picture from all the ones we got through Memory Maker was one that was taken while we were on one of the attractions. These are pure “magic,” especially when you have a group who learns where the cameras are and poses for them during the rides (so funny). You can take a lot of great photos on your own, but you’ll need Disney to capture your shock and awe while enjoying the rides. Check out this list of rides that take your picture:
- Magic Kingdom– Buzz Lightyear, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Pirates of the Caribbean
- Epcot– Test Track, Frozen Ever After
- Hollywood Studios– Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, The Slinky Dog Dash
- Animal Kingdom– Dinosaur, Expedition Everest
Sharing is Caring and It Saves You Money
Don’t worry, if you’re traveling with family and friends to Disney World, you won’t each have to purchase the Memory Maker. As long as you’ve connect through your My Disney Experience as friends and family, you’ll be able to share the expense of the Memory Maker as well as the benefits. All the photos will be available to anyone sharing an account. This is a great way to save on the cost of the Memory Maker.
Things to Remember about Memory Maker:
- You can purchase Memory Maker in advance and save $30. Just be aware that you must make this purchase at least 3 days prior to your visit. Photos taken within 3 days of purchasing are not included.
- Download your photos from your account before they expire. You have 45 days from the time the pictures are taken. After that, they will not be available for purchase or download.
- A copyright release will be included in your zip files when downloading your pictures. It’s worth keeping a copy of this if you’re having your photos printed locally.
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Can i purchase memory maker after the trip? I didn’t know much about it before..sadly it wasn’t part of thr research i did before rhe trip! Now i have a bunch of photos i really want, but i don’t want to download them individually. Pricier. And I’m not sure if they have the disc anymore.
My trip is for mid may and the price of memory maker on the app is $199. I don’t think they have that $169 price anymore.
I saw the $199.00 price in the app for the Memory Maker then decided to try the website. The $169.00 price for the 3 day advance purchase Memory Maker was available on the website. I purchased it yesterday for our Aug. 2nd trip. If you purchased it more than 3 days out and paid $199.00 I recommend stopping by guest services and see if they can adjust it for you.
The price of the Memory Maker went up to $199 more than three days out for us… we are 6 days out and unable to get it for $169. Just letting you know they appear to have changed the deadline. =(
Is it worth it if you are there during a really busy time? and do they take pictures at Cinderella’s Royal Table?
I am still at Disney and Memory Maker was NOT worth it. No photographers to be found in the mornings. None by the characters throughout the park in Epcot except w Minnie and Mickey. Total waste of my money and time spent looking for photographers.
Nasreen Stump, Road Warrior SheBuysTravel says
We’re so sorry to hear that the experience wasn’t good for you! We hope that you voiced your concerns to Disney and they took care of you.
How much is it for the individual photos?
Jessica S says
Is there a line of people waiting to utilize the photographers?
Jean Kinser says
Once you purchase the Memory Maker do you have to pay to download your pictures? Thank you.
No, when you purchase Memory Maker it includes downloads.
Shauna L says
Did you find it helped save time??
Kara Spooner says
Who/how do you ask for magic shots?
Kelsey Miller says
You can ask any Disney photographer what magic shots they have. There are different magic shots in different parks and parts of the parks.
My last trip was the first time I’d purchased Memory Maker and it was SO worth it! I love having all of these photos (we posed for nearly every PhotoPass photographer we saw!)
Jennifer Greene, Last Minute Traveling Mom says
RIGHT!! we have made it a challenge each trip