Having just returned from a vacation fully immersed in Walt Disney World’s MyMagic+, I was finally able to experience all of the new components firsthand. Our last trip to the World was October 2013 when MyMagic+ was rolling out in bits and pieces, but Legacy FastPass and PhotoPass+ were still in place. Being a PhotoPass nerd, I was slightly apprehensive about MemoryMaker since I received different answers each time I chatted with the help desk. For your planning pleasure, I’ll share our experience with Walt Disney World’s Memory Maker (which may or may not be completely different in the coming months).
With PhotoPass+, guests received all of their PhotoPass shots in addition to the photo packets and digital images taken at select dining locations and digital copies of any on-ride photos. Now, with Memory Maker, guests will receive all of their PhotoPass shots and digital copies of dining photos and on-ride photos. The physical picture packets at the restaurants are no longer a part of the package, however, they are still available for purchase at those locations that take them. I will say I was initially annoyed with this “takesy backsy” from Walt Disney World. However, I personally don’t actually do anything with those photo packets, they just end up in a stack next to the photo albums, so it wasn’t a huge loss for me, but it may surprise other guests who were used to receiving them.
Get Photo Wise: You still receive a release to print the images, so save some cash and print them out at your local discount store or via your favorite online photo site.
How to Claim Your Pictures
In the olden days, guests would receive a PhotoPass card. In order to retrieve photos, the number on this card would be entered into the site. At time of publication PhotoPass cards are still available, despite many help desk claims to the contrary, but guests can now scan their MagicBands and the photos are automatically populated in your account. A really nice addition that went live when we were there was the ability for MagicBands to be scanned while on the attraction eliminating the need to stop by the PhotoPass desk post-ride. I was a bit paranoid the first few times, but when I checked online, our ride photos were exactly where they were supposed to be.
Get Park Wise: If you do not have a MagicBand, you will have to stop by the PhotoPass desk to claim your digital images, as the RFID cards do not have the capability to be scanned at long distances like the bands.
Sharing with Friends
With PhotoPass+, it was extremely easy for extended family and friends to split the cost of the disc and have everyone’s images included. Everyone had their cards, entered their numbers and that was that. With Memory Maker, everything is linked through MyDisneyExperience. Being there for just over two weeks and having coinciding vacation dates with a few friends’ families, we wanted to be able to share Memory Maker. In order to do this, each person must be linked via MyDisneyExperience. This can be done by sending email requests via the app or web site. Once you’re linked, everyone’s images will show up in each others’ accounts. The guest who purchased Memory Maker will be able to download all images that show in his/her account.
Receiving Your Pictures
With PhotoPass+, guests had the option of receiving a disc with their images or downloading (if they had under a certain number of photos). Memory Maker offers downloadable images for all guests, no matter how many images are in their account. Physical discs are available at an additional cost.
Are you a PhotoPass fan? Will you be trying Memory Maker?