Memory Maker is an amazing add-on purchase to a Disney Vacation. Memory Maker gives you all of your photos, taken by Disney photographers, for a set price rather than paying individually or for packages after your vacation is over. Here are 8 excellent tips for using Memory Maker at Disney World so you get the most out of your purchase:
8. Purchase in advance before your trip
You will save a little chunk of change if you purchase Memory Maker before your trip. It is a $30 difference in the price, and every little bit of savings adds up. You must purchase at least 3 days before your trip in order to get the discounted pricing.
7. Only purchase one Memory Maker
You won’t need to purchase more than one Memory Maker for each member of your party. One Memory Maker will work for everyone that is in the same travel party and they will all be able to utilize the Memory Maker without everyone being together at the same time. It is really convenient and saves the costs of purchasing multiple.
6. Make sure your Memory Maker is linked
This is a very important step. If you want your Memory Maker to work with your Magic Bands, you will need to make sure that it is linked to your reservation. This will also link the Memory Maker to all travelers in your party so that everyone will be able to use it. Make sure to do this as soon as you purchase it so you won’t have to worry about it later.
5. What to do for ride photos
After you ride one of the rides that offer a photo, you will notice that you are able to tap your band or admission card to add the photo to your account. When you have Memory Maker, you don’t have to do this. The rides have built-in Disney magic that will be able to detect you and link your party’s photo to your account, even if you are split up in different vehicles. You don’t have to tap your band under your photo at the end of the ride, but if you want to be extra sure that you get the right photo you can, just know that you may experience duplicate in your Memory Maker account if you do.
4. Plan dining experiences that offer Memory Maker
There are a few dining experiences across property that offer Memory Maker, which means that you won’t have to purchase the picture package (unless you want the already printed photos, but they do run around $30 for a package) during your meal. You will get the pictures added to your Memory Maker and you can print them at your convenience. Here are the dining locations that are included:
1900 Park Fare (Grand Floridian)
Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Epcot – Norway Pavilion)
Chef Mickey’s (Contemporary)
Cinderella’s Royal Table (Magic Kingdom)
Hoop-de-doo Revue (Fort Wilderness)
Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show (Polynesian)
Tusker House (Animal Kingdom – Africa)
3. Take advantage of ride photo opportunities
Taking advantage of the ride photos for Memory Maker are a huge perk of purchasing. Each ride photo will cost around $10 to add to your account (and that’s only if your family fits in one photo, you could be in different ones). With Memory Maker you get all of the photos, no matter how many times you ride the attraction. Here are some of the rides that offer photos:
Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)
Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
Slinky Dog Dash (Hollywood Studios)
Rockin’ Roller Coaster (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)
Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
Frozen Ever After (Epcot)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train (Magic Kingdom)
Test Track (Epcot)
2. Don’t be afraid to ask for special shots
There are many different magical shots that the Disney photographers can do. They can add characters into your shots, use props and have lots of unique pose ideas to give you the best memories of your vacation. Just ask them what magical shots are available or what pose recommendations they have if you don’t already have your own ideas!
1. Use it as much as possible!
You will definitely love the hundreds of photos that you will have at the end of your vacation, and pictures really are the best souvenir to remember your time together. Use this package as much as possible to take full advantage of it. Make sure you watch for photograph spots and take the quick minute to stop and take pictures, serious and goofy ones. (See what I did there?) You will be so glad that you did when you are looking through all of your photos once you get home!