Is Memory Maker Worth the Cost?

Whether your next Walt Disney World vacation is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, or your annual excursion to Central Florida, you are probably planning on capturing photos during your stay. And wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy way to get the whole family in the picture? There is, but it comes with quite the price tag…

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What is Memory Maker?

Memory Maker is essentially an all-inclusive photo package for Guests visiting Walt Disney World. The service is eays to use as its linked to your MagicBand or theme park ticket with photos kept within your My Disney Experience account for quick and easy digital downloads.

Photos included in Memory Maker cover everything from PhotoPass pictures taken by Disney’s photographers who can be found around all four theme parks as well as the water parks, Disney Springs, and select Disney Resorts and special events. PhotoPass photographers can even create all sorts of unique visual memories with magic shots, super zoom shots, and more. The package also allows downloads of on-ride photos from select attractions, and character photos at some restaurants.

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How much does Memory Maker cost?

The cost of Memory Maker varies based on when you purchase the service. If you purchase within three days of your trip, Memory Maker comes in at $169. Opting for the advance purchase price means that any photos taken within three days of your purchase are not included, so you will need to make sure that works for your trip. If you purchase Memory Maker for the length of your stay and plan to use the service immediately, it will run you $199. Another option, that can be either a better or worse value depending on your individual plans, is to purchase Memory Maker for just one day of your trip for $69.

Memory Maker is typically a good deal compared to purchasing individual prints or downloads of the photos taken of you in the theme parks, and even the one-day price can be an excellent value if you choose one day to get most of your photos taken.

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Is there anything else I should know?

Memory Maker does not include prints, only digital downloads. Depending on how many photos (and what sizes and formats) you want to print, Memory Maker could still be a better deal since you would be able to download photos and print them wherever you like. If you are just looking to take one solid family photo to print out, though, you are likely better off just buying the single print.

The service covers everyone in your party who is linked in your My Disney Experience account. For instance, if you purchase Memory Maker, but your family gets to the Magic Kingdom before you and takes photos in front of Cinderella Castle, you will be able to download those pictures as long as whoever scans their band with the photographer is linked in your account. (For this reason, you can also easily get your money’s worth while traveling with a larger group.)

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For some Guests, you really can’t put a dollar amount on the value of having everyone in the photo (and having every photo come out well, or at least decent.) The ability to always count on getting everyone in the shot without having to hand your phone off to a random Guest can be worth it on its own. Moreover, for nighttime shots and select character meet and greets with difficult lighting, chances are the photographer’s photos will come out so much better than your phone’s you’ll be happy with your purchase.

The downside to Memory Maker? If you don’t take enough photos, you’re not going to get your money’s worth. If you do purchase it ahead of your next trip, make it a point to stop more often when you see a PhotoPass photographer. You’ll be happy you did!

Memory Maker can be purchased as part of your Walt Disney World vacation package (or added on later) at Have a magical trip!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."