Disney’s Memory Maker – Is it Worth It?
If you could make your Disney vacation last forever, wouldn’t you? In my opinion, it doesn’t matter if my Disney getaway is 3 days or 14 days…it’s just never long enough! The sad reality is that every magical vacation must come to an end; however, with Disney’s Memory Maker option, you can relive your vacation over and over again! Disney photographers are all around and ready to capture all your magical moments! Here’s all you need to know about Memory Maker…
What is Memory Maker?
Memory Maker is the collection of your family’s digital photos taken throughout Walt Disney World Resort. By purchasing Memory Maker, you receive the ability to download all the photos from your vacation…this can be hundreds of magical photos that you can print, use for photo gifts and photo books, share with family and friends and look back on for years to come! You will not need to decide which photos to purchase, as you will have access to all of them!
How and when should I buy Memory Maker?
You can either purchase Memory Maker in advance or while you are at the parks. If you purchase it at least 3 days prior to your vacation, you can receive a discounted price, which is currently $169. Just ask your travel agent to add it to your package. If you booked your own vacation, you can purchase it through your My Disney Experience account or by calling Disney. If you wait until you are at the parks, you will pay full price, which is currently $199, but will still get all the same benefits. Just visit guest services to add it to your account or add it on your My Disney Experience app!
How do I use Memory Maker?
Disney Photographers are literally throughout each park, water park, Disney Springs and some dining locations, ready to capture some awesome family shots! You can even link attraction photos, which you will be able to download as well. Just scan your MagicBand or card at Photo Pass locations, select dining areas and attraction “sales center” to link the photos to your My Disney Experience and Memory Maker account.
We are traveling with other family and friends. Will I be able to view and download their photos, too?
Absolutely! Just be sure that everyone, along with their tickets and MagicBands, are linked in your My Disney Experience account. Then check to make sure photo sharing is enabled. This way, individuals in your travel party can go to various Photo Pass locations or on different attractions and you can still see all their experiences! Only you will be able to download the photos to your computer when you get home, but you can share them with everyone once downloaded!
I’ve heard of Magic Shots, but am not quite sure what they are. Is there an additional charge?
Magic Shots are Disney photos with a little extra pixie dust and are included in the cost of Memory Maker! You get your photo taken, just as you would any other, and then your favorite Disney characters and/or other fun surprises magically appear! Disney photographers will help you get set up for these Magic Shots. If you want to find a list of current Magic Shots offered, head to Disney’s PhotoPass Service Facebook page for all the info! Just go to the photos and find the albums of current shots available!
How can I view my photos?
Just open your My Disney Experience app and there they are! You can also head to MyDisneyPhotoPass.com to view them there.
How do I download my photos?
I usually recommend waiting until you get home to start downloading your photos. Remember, you may have hundreds to download! You can download as many as you want, as many times as you want!
When will my photos expire?
Currently, your photos will expire 45 days after the photos were taken. So don’t put off downloading your photos…you don’t want to lose these magical memories! And don’t worry, Disney will send you several email reminders!
Many people ask if Memory Maker is really worth it…and my answer is always YES! Not only does it make sense financially to pay for the entire library of digital photos (buying individual photos really adds up) but the convenience and fun, in my opinion, definitely make is a worthwhile purchase. It’s one I always recommend to clients.
I will gladly purchase Memory Maker for each and every one of my family’s Disney vacations. This way, not only can I relax a little and not worry about trying to capture every moment (and therefore, unfortunately, sometimes missing out on the magic of those moments!) but I also actually get to be in the photos!!! If you are like me, you get home from vacation, look through your photos only to realize that you are actually not in any of them! You will get so many amazing family photos, with a little Disney magic included!