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Florida Guide > Disney General

Disney Photo Pass

This is a relatively new feature of Disney's but we found the service wonderful. It is a process of being able to view photos taken by professional Disney staff on-line when you get home.

Disney always has lots of Cast Members milling around to take photos at fantastic photo spots (ie. just in front SpaceShip Earth at Epcot – no matter how hard you try to get your family and the top of the globe in, only Disney camera people can manage it!) Also at character greeting areas such as Mickey’s House in ToonTown or at Hollywood Studios in Mickey the Sorceror’s studio trailer. Previously once you had a photo taken, you were given a card with a number on and then you had to proceed to various photo locations to view your photos and decide if you wanted to take it home with you. However, personally five times out of ten, we were simply too tired to stand in-line as we left the parks and I am sure we therefore missed out on some excellent photos.

Disney has now introduced Disney Photopass which means there is no longer queueing at the photo booths but you can simply view your photos on-line and pay once you have returned home.

How it works : you will see camera people in the parks, simply ask them for a Photopass card and they will hand you one – this can be used for the rest of your holiday but don’t worry if you forget it one day, simply get another as you can view multiple cards when you get home. I keep saying ”get home” but you can still view them at the parks if you prefer. However, you only have three days after viewing in the parks to decide whether you want to buy whereas at home, you have 30 days before they are taken off-line.

Every time you want a photo taken, ie at a certain spot or with the characters, simply hand the card to the photographer, they swipe it and the photos are then registered to your photopass number. A word of advice, the cards can get rubbed a lot and the numbers sometimes fade away, make a note of the number separately in case it is lost (or in our case washed!!)

We used a couple of cards a number of times and it was so simple when I got home, just log onto www.disneyphotopass.com, register, attach your cards to your account and then you can add WDW logos and choose any price packages you like. I had two 8x10s and 2 x 5x7x plus 4 wallet size photos – check out the home page of the site for discount offers available and put in the code when you go to Checkout.

My photos arrived from US to England in about 5 days – the only downside to doing it this way is do not come with the Disney cardboard frames which I love but I would probably have not viewed the photos at the parks, but now I have wonderful photo memories.

Well worth doing.

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