Often we get questions about how we get so many photos with the 2 of us together during our Disney vacations. That answer is very simple in both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World resort they have a service called the Disney PhotoPass. Disney has photographers on special places throughout the resort like character pots, nice views and character dining locations. These so-called PhotoPass photographers make pictures from which are afterwards available online. To see them online you will get a PhotoPass which holds a unique code with which you can add the PhotoPass photos to your account. At this PhotoPass portal you can edit the photos by adding frames, autographs, cropping, changing the colour and more.
So far everything is for free but as nothing comes for free there are costs involved if you want to have prints, digital photos or photo gifts. For us we think the best value we get is when pre-ordering a PhotoPas CD which means you get all the pictures including all the edited pictures for one fixed price, and with all I mean all. Up till last year you needed to order the CD (shipment costs only), but since last year you are also able to download them directly.
Also new since last year is the PhotoPass+ which is a bit more expensive but also has some more benefits. You do not only get the photos made by the photographers in the park but also the photos made at dining locations throughout the resorts and on-ride photos from the following rides:
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
- Expedition Everest
- Test Track
And what is neat is that you can pre-order the Walt Disney World PhotoPass+ online via the following link: Pre-Order WDW PhotoPass+ The only limitation of the PhotoPass+ is that it’s only valid for 14 consecutive days and we plan to be in WDW for at least 18 consecutive days. After contacting Disney PhotoPass we learned that it’s possible to add an additional 4 days of regular PhotoPasses without having to order twice. So we decided to order and we can’t wait to see the pictures from Splash Mountain and Dinosaur they must be the funniest ones of them all. International visitors must order early enough since the PhotoPass+ voucher including the PhotoCD is shipped towards your home address with regular mail, from experience it sometimes takes a couple of weeks before they arrive. Below you see some PhotoPass Photo’s from last year in Disneyland:
And Disney is adopting the digital world to the maximum. They have something new in Walt Disney World called the My Disney Experience where you can start planning your trip online. Theme-park tickets have a RFID chip integrated to access the parks and to use the FastPass+ system. It even possible to give you a more personalised Disney trip if you want. In addition you can also start planning your trip online and manage your tickets, FastPasses, showtimes from an App for either iPhone or Android to manage things online during your vacation. And before people start to think how can Disney expect that visitors are paying money to be online during their trip in all 4 major theme-parks and Downtown Disney there is a complimentary wireless internet access available. It’s also possible to manage everything at once for the entire family you are visiting with.
After reading about all this digital enhancements and having our PhotoPass+ ordered we did like to make some diner reservations online and through the iOS app. We have reserved a Character lunch at the Tusker House Restaurant in Animal Kingdom and at Hollywood & Vine in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. After checking out the menu’s I already have an appetite!