Welcome to the last post about planning a Disney World vacation! Today we’re going to look at Disney Memory Maker and decide if it’s a good investment for you.
What is Memory Maker?
Memory Maker is a way to capture all of your Disney memories. Photopass photographers are all over at Disney World – at the restaurants, on the rides, and at character Meet-and-Greets. They will take your picture and scan your Magic Band. Then, when you get home, you can download all of your pictures from your My Disney Experience account.
Is Memory Maker Right for you?
Memory Maker might be a good option if you are going to Disney World for at least a week, and you want really good photos to remember your vacation. I splurged on it this time since I saved some money by not having to buy park tickets or a dining plan for my 2-year old.
Memory Maker was also a good choice for me because I often get caught up in the moment and forget to take pictures. Then, I get home and realize that I have no pictures. With Memory Maker, I got home and realized I have over 300 pictures without me putting in any effort. We could have easily gotten even more. There were Photopass photographers everywhere, but my kids were getting tired of having to stop and get pictures taken.
Another benefit of Memory Maker is that the Disney photographers can add a little bit of magic to your photos. They may have you do a certain pose, and when you get home you’ll see that you were photobombed by a Disney character. For example, the Photopass photographer on Main Street made us put our hands together and look surprised. When I got home and downloaded our photos, that one had Tinkerbell standing on our hands. You are also able to add special borders and stickers to your pictures when you download them.
When I got home and started downloading my pictures, I realized that Memory Maker also includes videos and animations for some of the attractions. We have a video from The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and animations with our pictures from Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin and dinner at Cinderella’s Castle. I was really excited to see those!
How do you get Memory Maker?
You can either purchase Memory Maker before going on your vacation or when you get there. I highly recommend you buy it on My Disney Experience in advance. It will save you $20. If you purchase Memory Maker at Disney World, it will cost you $169. However, if you buy it in advance, it is $149. You just want to make sure you do it at least 3 days before your trip because photos taken within 3 days of purchase aren’t included.
What if I don’t buy Memory Maker?
Even if you don’t purchase Memory Maker, you can still take advantage of the Disney photographers. They will take your picture and scan your Magic Band. You will be able to see your photos when you get home, and you can buy them individually for $15. The Disney photographers will also take pictures for you using your camera so you can get everyone in the picture even if you don’t have Memory Maker.
Overall, I’m happy that I purchased Memory Maker for this trip. We got some really good pictures of our whole family. I’m also not sure how much Miss M is going to remember this trip so at least we’ll have some good pictures to share with her when she’s older. I also love that my pictures get a little added touch of Disney magic.
Do you think Memory Maker is right for you?