I'm looking back at pictures from our past vacations and around the home and guess what I have fabulous pictures of the kids, my husband, the dog, some wildlife we see, friends, family but really lacking is me. I've got the occasional selfie or a bad picture my husband has taken of me but really nothing special. Last summer we headed to Walt Disney World with the kids their first time and whilst they still believed in all of the magic and I really didn't want to miss out on the fun.
But how could we be in them and then get copies without it costing us a fortune? I knew that we could have the end of ride pictures - even back when I was a teen and visited for the first time that was an option and I'm sure if I looked through my parent's photo albums I'd probably find the one that we purchased.
I could, of course, ask random people - would you mind taking a picture of us - so many solo backpacking trips of my 20's were spent doing that at famous places around the world and I feel really lucky that no one ran off with my camera in all of that time.
Pictures of the kids are lovely, but I went too. We discovered the best option - Photopass from Walt Disney World it'self - or to be more precise the Memory Maker with unlimited pictures from any of the Disney Photographers around the parks all available for digital download once we returned home and linked to our family entry cards or a magic band.
So let's talk about the Memory Maker and the nitty gritty - it's not an actual physical thing but gets assigned to your parties entry cards or a magic band which you can purchase on site or even before you arrive. With that memory make enabled you can then ask any Disney Photographer to take a picture of you - they are also happy to do one on your own camera as well or even your phone - and it will be uploaded to your Disney Account.
Let me say one bit again - assigned to your parties entry cards. Yep, it's not a buy one for each person, as a family party, you can all share the same memory maker and make those pictures accessible to download once you get home for ALL of the party involved.
So say you have a party of 3 families - we did - and sometimes you spend time together and sometimes you are alone or split up , take you nephew with one party whilst the niece stays with another party you can still access all of the pictures that were taken.
It even includes ride pictures just scan the magic band or card as you leave the ride and it will be linked and you can download it - Such fun seeing yourself on your favourite rides as a family in the park - anyone guess what our screen saver is at home.
But! It doesn't stop there some of the photo's taken are extra special a little Disney Magic is added to them - check out who joined us on a sunny summer's day in Epcot Centre.
Even in the water parks you will find the Disney Photographers there - yes actually in the water - in the Castaway Creek in Typhoon Lagoon or Cross Country Creek in Blizzard Beach as well as in the surf pool at Typhoon Lagoon.
Memory Maker the FAQ's
How much does it cost?
It costs $149.00 if bought in advance (up to 3 days in advance) saving you $20 on your full price. You can't work around it if you try and use it within those 3 days the pictures will be deleted and you will lose those memories
Is it really one pass for the family?
YES - as long as you don't mind everyone seeing you screaming as you try out space mountain or getting knocked over by the surf wave in Typhoon Lagoon it works.
How easy was it to use?
We connected up our friends and family within the My Disney Experience - assigned the memory maker to everyone and that was it. When we arrived in the park for that first day we were ready to go and our first pictures were up by lunchtime so that we could share them with the kids.
Was it worth it for us as a family?
YES - without a doubt and I would do it again next time we visit as well. I have a whole vacation of memories that I am in something that I haven't had since I was a kid when it was my Dad behind the camera. In fact, next time, I may leave my Digital SLR camera at home and just take my little light weight camera and use that for myself and rely on the Disney Photographers to get our snapshots of the family.