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How Does Disney Memory Maker Work?

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Want a way to download unlimited family photos taken by professional photographers around Walt Disney World? Use Disney Memory Maker.

What is Disney Memory Maker?

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In select places around Disney World, you can find Disney PhotoPass photographers. They take a professional of you and/or family, usually in front of iconic locations, i.e. in front the Tree of Life in Animal Kingdom or the Millennium Falcon in Galaxy’s Edge.

You can also get on-ride photos on select attractions, such as Splash Mountain or Twilight Zone – Tower of Terror.

If you have a Magic Band, they’ll automatically appear on your account. If you don’t, you can scan your park ticket or Memory Maker card on the scanner next to the photo on the screen at the exit of select attractions.

These attractions are Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin.

If you purchase Disney Memory Maker, you’ll have unlimited access to these photos and download as many as you’d like.

One huge perk of this is as many as 25 friends and family members can use this service as long as you have them on your Disney account.

This means anyone on your account can download any of the photos taken throughout your visit.

What’s the Difference between Disney PhotoPass and Disney Memory Maker?


Disney PhotoPass is the service of professional photographers that take your photos and add them to your account. You can purchase and download these photos individually (see prices in the next section).

With Disney Memory Maker, you get unlimited photo downloads and you don’t download them individually.

So ultimately, if you have Disney Memory Maker and you download enough photos, it’s cheaper than purchasing them individually.

Where Can I Take Photos? What Kind of Photos Can I Take?

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  • Iconic locations, such as the Millenium Falcon and Spaceship Earth
  • Select attractions, such as MISSION: Space and Test Track
  • On-ride photos, like Splash Mountain and Expedition Everest
  • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
  • The water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach
  • Disney Springs PhotoPass Studio
  • Character dining restaurants, like Cinderella’s Royal Table
  • A Magic Shot – some photographers can insert Disney characters into your photo. Only a select few do this, but if you’re taking a photo, be sure to ask!
  • Tiny World Magic Shots – a 360 image only available in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge near the Milk Stand
  • Super Zoom Magic Shot – it’s much better to show you instead of telling you what this is, so click here for a video demonstration
  • Animated Magic Shot – similar to the Super Magic Shot, but with some extra animations. Click here for a demonstration.

How Much Is the Memory Maker at Disney?

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  • Memory Maker One Day ($69) – Unlimited access to photos and videos for an entire day. Can be used upon purchase.
  • Memory Maker Advance Purchase ($169) – Unlimited photos and videos throughout your entire vacation. You have to wait at least three days after your purchase to activate it.
  • Memory Maker ($199) – Unlimited photos and videos throughout your vacation. Effective immediately on purchase, so there’s no waiting period.

If you don’t have Disney Memory Maker, individual downloads and prints are around $18-20. Therefore, to get your money’s worth with Disney Memory Maker, you’d only have to download at least 4 photos.

I wanted to emphasize that you save money if you purchase in advance, that is if you’re want it for more than one day.

Keep in mind, these prices are subject to change.

Is Disney Memory Maker included with the Annual Pass?

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With some Annual Passes you get unlimited PhotoPass downloads. These include:

  • Disney Premier Passport
  • Disney Platinum Pass
  • Disney Platinum Plus Pass
  • Disney Gold Pass

How Do I View My Memory Maker Photos?

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Disney World App
  1. Log in or create an account. Use the same account you used to purchase Disney Memory Maker.
  2. Press the icon on the bottom in the far right with three gray lines.
  3. Press photos.
Disney World Website
  1. Click here to get to the Disney World website.
  2. Log in or create an account. Use the same account you used to purchase Disney Memory Maker.
  3. Hover over “MyDisneyExperience” on the far right of the menu, then click “My Photos.”

How do I link the Memory Maker Photos with my Account?

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There are numerous ways you can link the photos with your account –

  • The photographer will scan your magic band.
  • The photographer will scan your annual pass. To access the photos, you must link it with your Disney account using the app or website. To link it with the app, press the icon with the three gray lines on the bottom right, tap “Tickets and Passes” then “Link Tickets & Passes.” To link it with the website, use this link.
  • The photographer will give a PhotoPass card, which you can scan using the Disney World app, or input the 16-character code on the back of the card into the Disney World website (MyDisneyExperience > My Photos > Link Photos, or just click here).
  • If you’re wearing a magic band, on-ride photos will automatically appear in your account. Otherwise, you can tap your Magic Band on a scanner near the photo at the exit of select attractions.

Keep in mind that sometimes it take a little while for the photos to appear in your account.

Do the Photos Ever Expire?

Yes. If you don’t download the photos after 45 days, they’ll disappear, and you can’t get them back.

Is Disney Memory Maker Worth It?

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If you want lots of professional photos of you and your family/friends, this is definitely worth the price.

If you don’t mind taking photos yourself and you don’t mind if they’re not professional or are yourself a professional photographer, then save your money.

Where can I purchase Disney Memory Maker?

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Click right here and it’ll take you straight to the Disney World website where you can purchase Disney Memory Maker.