The Walt Disney World Resort is rolling out an enhanced version of its PhotoPass system starting on April 4, 2012, that allows guests to pre-purchase and combine all of their in-park, ride, character, and dining photos into one package called the PhotoPass+ service.
Beginning April 4, guests will be able to purchase PhotoPass+ for just $199.95 at any Walt Disney World theme park or resort, as well as at certain Downtown Disney locations. Like the existing PhotoPass system, the new PhotoPass+ will allow guests access to high quality digital versions of their photos taken in-park by Disney photographers. However, in addition guests purchasing PhotoPass+ will receive:
- PhotoPass+ Card and Lanyard
- Disney Gallery CD with over 400 Stock Photos,
- Personal DisneyPhotoPass.com Code for their own PhotoPass PhotoCD
- Select Photo Print Packages at participating dining locations.
- Included on-ride photos from select attractions.
Dining locations that accept PhotoPass+ will provide both a print photo package to guests and access to their photos online through the website. These locations include:
- 1900 Park Fare
- Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
- Chef Mickey’s
- Cinderella’s Royal Table
- Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
- Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show
- Tusker House Restaurant
How exactly that works with pricing at the locations where a photo package is included with the meal (Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, we’re looking at you!) has yet to be explained, but the system is brand new, so there are obviously kinks to be worked out.
Moving on to the attractions included with PhotoPass+, guest ride photos will be added to the online account: no physical print will be provided immediately. However, the high-resolution version of the photo will be available online, and the print can be ordered for an additional cost just like any other PhotoPass photo. Included attractions are:
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Expedition Everest
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Space Mountain
- Splash Mountain
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
So, all in all, if you were going to buy all of these elements separately, it can be a pretty good deal – especially with the character meal packages and on-ride photos lumped in now. We’ll likely have more information about pricing for character meals that include photo packages in a few days.
Note: This information came from a reader who submitted it to my personal blog over at Epcyclopedia.com – we did appropriate due diligence, and the information is accurate as of this time. We will post updates as they become available.
UPDATE: Note that Disney has PhotoPass+ information (including information about pre-arrival purchase and upgrade options) available on the following website: