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Memory Maker vs PhotoPass

by Dad
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Hi. Dad here with Dad’s Tip of the Week.

This week I want to talk about the difference between PhotoPass and Memory Maker. A lot of confusion there around PhotoPass and Memory Maker, and I want to talk about when you should use PhotoPass, when you should use Memory Maker.

Okay. Let’s start with PhotoPass, because PhotoPass is kind of the overall program. PhotoPass is Disney’s photography program. You see the photographers around Walt Disney World, guys with white shirts, the cream colored vests and the cool cameras. Those are PhotoPass photographers. They even have little PhotoPass emblem on their chest. Those photographers are PhotoPass photographers.

The look like this…

A PhotoPass photographer taking pictures

Here’s a PhotoPass photographer at work – Photo by Cliff Wang

PhotoPass is the system that takes the pictures, and you can actually buy pictures using PhotoPass. You go to the camera stores, you can go to online at That’s where you can look at your pictures and buy your pictures individually or in groups, and get them on cool stuff. Anyway, PhotoPass is how the pictures are taken, and you can buy pictures through PhotoPass.

Now, Memory Maker is a product. It’s not a system. It’s a product that Disney uses to take all of the pictures taken by PhotoPass, which includes the pictures on the rides, even the videos on the rides. A lot of rides now have videos that are taken that are tied to Magic Bands. So these are all kept in one place on your Memory Maker, and you can download them to your computer if you purchase the Memory Maker product, the Memory Maker package.

Cliff and Ashley in a Magic Shot

Oh, and it includes Magic Shots like this – Photo by Photopass photographer of Cliff and Ashley

It’s kind of expensive. It’s $169 if you buy it before you go, and it’s $199 if you buy it in the park. The thing about buying it in the park is it doesn’t start until when you buy it. So if you’re already there, you’re not going to get anything before you buy it. If you buy it beforehand, you want to buy it at least three days before you go, because it won’t start for three days if you buy it in advance, if you buy the advance copy. If you get to the parks and you decide all of a sudden, “Hey, I want Memory Maker,” $199. Three days before, $169.

Okay. When you buy Memory Maker you get all of these photos that you would get through PhotoPass, but you get them all together and you can download them onto your computer. You can share it. You can share Memory Maker with your whole family, like The-Man Child and his Southern Belle and the Princess and her Prince Charming and Mrs. Mom and I when we all went a few years ago.

We were all able to download the pictures to our computers. We can take them to anywhere we want and print them off. We don’t have to get Disney’s slightly overpriced pictures. (Everything Disney does is slightly overpriced.) But we can go anywhere we want. We can print them off on our printers. We can just keep them. We can make them wallpapers on our computers.

PhotoPass, is for when you want to buy individual pictures. When you want to get your picture made at Disney World, just buy one or two pictures, that’s when you use PhotoPass.

When you want to get a whole bunch of the whole week or the whole time you’re at Disney World, you’re going to have a bunch of people together, that’s when you use Memory Maker. That’s the difference between PhotoPass and Memory Maker.

That’s Dad’s tip of the week! Bye-bye.


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Comments for

Aug 16, 2019 Summary
by: Steve

Hi Dad

Thank you for a very comprehensive summary of how the Photography works in Disneyworld.

I wish that the My Disney Experience site would take note of your comments, and explain the Photo process better.


Mar 03, 2019 One day
by: Smj

Do they have memory Maker for one day at a reduced price? If so, how much and can I purchase it after our stay and I see how many pictures we have on it? Thank you.

Feb 11, 2019 Memory maker for all?
by: Kathy

Thanks for the info! One question…….I’m headed to DW in 2 days w/our daughter and her family. Can we buy the Memory Maker, and have all THEIR pics available, if they’re in our family and friends? Or do they have to have bought the Memory Maker, as well?

thanks for your help w/this.

Dad Answers

Memory Maker can be shared between families. Just be sure to link them in your My Disney Experience account and it will work. You can also use your MagicBand at all photographers.

Jan 09, 2019 New to the PhotoPass
by: Jamie Y

This is a great article and you’ve made it pretty clear. But, can you walk me through the actual logistics of PhotoPass?

Lets say our groups sees a photographer and we have our picture taken. How does he know who those pictures belong to? How will I be able to download them later on? When I go to to Disney PhotoPass (on the My Disney Experience) it does ask me to link my ticket. But will they scan my ticket or something when they take our pictures? So I need something else?


Dad Answers

They scan your ticket or MagicBand.

Nov 26, 2018 Annual Pass
by: Anton

I’m getting a annual pass and its says that i get photopass with it, is this the same a memory maker?

Dad Answers

Yes, with an annual pass you get Memory Maker as part of your pass.

Jun 17, 2018 Memory Maker
by: Catherine

I have been to WDW 5 times since 2000 and am planning out 6th trip for June of 2019. We have always utilized the PhotoPass Photographers to get a few spectacular pictures. But out last trip in 2016, we decided to purchase Memory Maker when we booked our reservations. BEST decision we have ever made!

We literally came back with hundreds of pictures and videos that the grandchildren have been able to enjoy time and time again. We also added little extras to the pictures and downloaded them to a flash drive. Then we were able to print them out and made some fantastic displays for our homes.

We only had to purchase one Memory Maker even though we had more than one room reservation as we linked all the reservations together through My Disney Experience. We, for once, actually got more than our money’s worth with Memory Maker!

Mar 13, 2018 Magic Band ?
by: Mary

Hi dad. Thanks for the article! But I did have a question. If I purchase Memory Maker in advance, will I get the Magic Band? I’m a little unclear on how that works. Also do the guys with the PhotoPass shirts also take the same photos with a memory maker package ?

Dad Answers

Mary, MemoryMaker is tied to your ticket media whether it’s a MagicBand or a plastic ticket. Whatever form of ticket media you have your MemoryMaker will be on it.

If you are staying at a Disney Hotel you will get a MagicBand if you’re not, you’ll get a plastic card for a ticket.

Yes, the guys with the PhotoPass shirts are the photographers for MemoryMaker. They are the only photographers for Memory Maker.

Aug 17, 2017 Memories
by: Daniel

Hi Dad! I find that memory maker is great for people that love to have lots of photografic souvenirs if there trip. If your the type that is OK with just one or two group pictures (like in front of Cinderella Castle) your better off just buying the pictures and not wasting the money on memory maker. It is free for annual passholders.

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Comments 4

  1. Hi Dad….

    My question is.. Do I have to have Disney PhotoPass (most expensive annual passes) or can I only buy cheaper annual pass (without PhotoPass ) and add Memory Maker ???


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      Not exactly sure what you’re asking. MemoryMaker is the product and PhotoPass is just what they call the photographers. They are not 2 levels. MemoryMaker is what you buy, PhotoPass is how you get the pictures taken.

  2. I had a reservation book for April 21. Due to Virus, we had to cancel. I thought I bought Memory Maker back in January for the April 21 trip. I can’t find an email that has the ticket number on it. I do see in Photo Pass, a ticket with a scan code. When I try and entry that number into memory maker, it does not take it. I know I paid for it. Is the ticket number in your photo pass part of app, your memory maker package? If not, how do I get it resolved that I purchase the memory maker and I thought it automatically just showed up in the app. Can’t find an email that confirms it.

    Thanks for your advice.

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