I wish every Disney vacationer knew of the benefits of Disney’s PhotoPass service. If you’ve never considered it before, read on to see why you should!
Edwin is the COOLEST Disney World PhotoPass Photographer I’ve met so far. See him on instagram: #mainstreetedwin
Let’s start with all the benefits of using Disney’s PhotoPass service:
- Everyone gets to be in the shot (even the person normally taking all the photos!)
- Several attraction photos are included
- There is an abundance of PhotoPass photographers
- It’s very easy and convenient to use
- It’s relatively inexpensive
- They are prepared in dark meet & greet areas (meaning they have a flash & their camera is already set to ideal settings)
- You get the option to add Disney themed borders on the images (you add these later online in your account)
- It gives freedom to do other things (for example, at the Jedi Training experience, I choose to only record video instead of trying to take photos too)
Here is an example of one of our PhotoPass images that I was very thankful to have:
Now, with that being said, we take our own photos, too.
Why? Sometimes there’s not a PhotoPass photographer.
Example: there’s a not so well know area that sometimes opens behind Rock’n’Roller Coaster with several characters available for a limited meet & greet. We saw Mary Poppins & Bert, Mulan, the Evil Queen, Robin Hood, and Aladdin back there once, which was a highlight, yet there were ZERO PhotoPass photographers back there. Thankfully, we still have photos of it!
With technology, nothing’s perfect, and this is no exception.
My sister has come home only to discover that her Tower of Terror photos with grandma FINALLY riding on it were not there. We also had some attraction rides missing and didn’t know until it was too late. It’s obviously not the end of the world, but it is a bit of a let down. Most of the photos you want will be on there. Sometimes you’ll even get a few of another family! There’s just no guarantee.
The photos may not be consistent with your own, which is totally fine, but I notice these sorts of things more since I’m a photographer.
Here are a couple side-by-side shots of PhotoPass images vs. mine (PhotoPass images are on the left and mine are on the right):
The Bottom Line
It’s SO worth it.
Our kids LOVE looking through all of our vacation photos! It’s a wonderful way to relive those magical Disney moments!