by Kristy Buda

My favorite “extra” to add onto any package is the Memory Maker.  You can add this on at least 3 days prior for $169 which is $30 cheaper than paying for it at the park.  The Memory Maker gives you access to download all of your photos from your My Disney Experience account.  You also get any on-ride videos that are taken as well.  It can be a GREAT value if you take advantage of the photographers throughout the parks.

Here are my top FIVE photo opportunities that you should not miss out on:

1. Be SURE to get a photo in each park!

I know this sounds like a given but if you miss out doing this first thing in the morning, the weather might not be great later on or you might be too preoccupied to think of it so always make sure to take time for that photo in front of the icon of each park – The Castle, Spaceship Earth, Tower of Terror, Tree of Life.

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2. Magic Shots!

Always ask the photographers without tripods if they have any magic shots.  They will have you simply point to something on the ground or in the sky and then act surprised.  You won’t see the “Magic” until it’s added into your My Disney Experience app later on but it’s sure to “wow” you and create some amazing keepsakes!

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3. On Ride Photos & Character Meets

So for this one, you really don’t need to do anything extra… they are going to take these pictures either way but how great is it to have that moment captured when you drop 13 stories (haha!)  Most character meets have a Photopass photographer present so you don’t have to miss out on the fun of interacting with the characters.  Just enjoy the moment!

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4. PhotoPass Studios

There are two traditional photo studios locations available at Walt Disney World.

The first one is located within Disney Springs in the Marketplace area. There are two photo opportunities here.  First, you can take pictures in front of a green screen where they will use cutting edge technology to insert several magical backgrounds to make your photos unbelievable!  Second, you can take traditional portraits with props and different poses.

The second location is inside Disney’s Magic Kingdom.  If you have an appointment at Pirate’s League or Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, I highly recommend visiting the Castle Couture store just behind the castle after the makeovers are complete to have your own personal photo shoot done.

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5. Just the Kids

Of course you should get those family photos taken but think of doing just one with the kids alone or each child separately.. maybe one with parents only and grandparents on their own.  Mix it up!  The photographers will gladly take as many different shots as you want (just be courteous to anyone else waiting in line).


There are SO many photo opportunities and so many reasons to get the MemoryMaker! On a week long trip to Walt Disney World we usually end up with at least 300 photos taken so that equals out to be around 50 cents per picture.  That sure beats $17+ you can pay for one if you don’t pre-purchase the Memory Maker!

Learn more about the cost of MemoryMaker and all that it includes in this related post: Is Disney’s MemoryMaker worth it?

Contact your favorite A Time to Treasure Travel agent to add on the Memory Maker for your next Walt Disney World vacation!

5 Photo Opportunities NOT To Be Missed!
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