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Florida Guide > Disney General

Disney's Photopass

When we first started going to Disney in the 1990s Disney photographers were easy to spot and eager to take your photo as you entered the theme park. Sometimes they were so eager it was irritating. At that time once they took your photograph, you were given a paper card with a number on it. You were told to return to the Photo Centre in a few hours for the viewing and purchase of your photo. Each time you had a photo taken, you received yet another paper card. We always used to wait until the afternoon or, worse, closing time to get our photos and you found yourself crowded into a small store with the anticipation of a long wait or even at times you were too tired to bother waiting.

This all changed a few years ago and now all PhotoPass Cast Members (no matter what park they are in) are dressed alike: blue shorts or pants, white shirt, khaki photographer’ s vest and sometimes they have a white or tan hat on.

These Cast Members do not pester you as in past but are now at most locations around the parks although you sometimes have to find them rather than them pouncing on you.

After the first photography session of your trip you will be issued with a plastic PhotoPass card with a magnetic strip and an ID number on the back. Hang onto that card and use it for the duration of your trip. Each time you see one of the roving photographers and want a photo taken, just go up and hand them your card. They will take your photo/s, scan your card and you can proceed on your way. You can have as many photos taken as you like.

When you first receive your card, be sure to write down your ID number or take a clear digital photo of it. Sometimes the number can wear off or the photographers forgets to give you back your card or gives you back the wrong card.

When getting a picture with the park icons ( Epcot - Spaceship Earth, Magic Kingdom - Castle, Hollywood Studios - Sorcerer Mickey’ s Hat and Animal Kingdom - Tree of Life), get lots of pictures. If you have time go back and get additional photos after dark. The same pictures of those places after dark make for a completely different photograph, they are so beautiful.

You can check your PhotoPass pictures at the Photo Centre before you leave. PhotoPass Cast Members will gladly show you all of your photos at any time during your visit. If you do this it gives you the chance to get any re-taken that you do not like.

You can now view your photos from all Parks at the Photo Centre there is no longer a 3 day limit for park viewing your pictures may now be viewed within 30 days.

Now even viewing your photos online is easy just go to www. disneyphotopass. com and you can set up your free account. You then enter your ID number and view your pictures within 30 days. You can decide which ones you like and order them.

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