Disney’s PhotoPass Plus: What You Need To Know

by on August 16, 2013 129 Comments

Filed under: Walt Disney World (FL)

More than a year ago, Walt Disney World introduced the PhotoPass Plus service, an enhanced version of its popular PhotoPass offering that moved beyond posed photographs throughout the parks (family photos, character photos, “Magic Shot” photos) and added photos from select dining locations, attractions, and other Disney experiences.

Although the $199.95 price tag may sound steep, guests may take advantage of a preorder option (must be purchased at least 14 days prior to the trip to allow time for shipping and handling) for $149. This special preorder package contains the following:

  • A voucher to exchange for the PhotoPass Plus card – voucher can be redeemed at the following Disney PhotoPass Photo Centers: Magic Kingdom – Exposition Hall, Epcot – Camera Center, Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Cover Story, Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Garden Gate Gifts, and at the following merchandise locations: Team Mickey at Downtown Disney, M. Mouse Mercantile at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Trader Jack’s at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Zawadi at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resort
  • A photo gallery on CD (stock images)
  • A unique code to download all images from the PhotoPass Plus card to PhotoPass CD
  • Print packages at select dining locations  – 1900 Park Fare, ‘Ohana (breakfast only), Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table*, Tusker House Restaurant, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, and Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall* (* indicates these dining locations already include photo package as part of their inclusive price)
  • Digital photos from select attractions – Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, DINOSAUR, and Test Track

Once guests arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort, they have to exchange the voucher for a special PhotoPass card. Although only one “main” card is included per package (it is the one that is necessary to present for the dining and attractions options), multiple standard PhotoPass cards can be connected to the main account, should families break into groups through the vacation. Additionally, attraction photos may be added later to the package with photo numbers (must be redeemed at the attraction location within 48 hours). Another perk? Any photos taken at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and/or the Pirates League may also be scanned onto the PhotoPass Plus card. Best of all, the PhotoPass Plus package is valid for a vacation up to 14-days and boasts an unlimited capacity of images.

So, is it worth it?

In the spirit of one of my favorite posts from Erin, this will definitely vary from guest to guest, but here are some figures to consider:

  • A “standard” PhotoPass CD – which is included in this package – costs $169.95 (preorder cost: $119.95)
  • Print packages at Dining locations (~$30/each for dining locations that offer the package separately – as noted above, both Princess dining locations – Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus Royal Banquet Hall already include this as part of their dining package)
  • Digital images from attractions ($14.95 value per image)

With these figures in mind, let’s evaluate PhotoPass Plus for a family visiting Walt Disney World for a week:

  • They purchase pictures from all the the attractions feature on-ride photos (8 x 14.95 = $119.60).
  • They dine at all six of the locations that feature a photo package (3 x 30 = $180)
  • After arriving , they decide to purchase a PhotoPass CD since they enjoyed all the pictures they’ve had taken throughout their vacation ($169.95)

In total, their photo expenditures would rack up to an incredible $469.55! Of course, this is an extreme example, but that is the value that a family could stand to compare against the pre-purchase price that Disney offers which would include all of the features listed. Even if you just purchased the PhotoPass CD in advance (not the plus) for $119.95, one print package ($30) and one digital ride attraction photo $14.95) would equal $164.95, which already makes up the difference by almost $15.

Have you ever used PhotoPass Plus? Is it something you might consider in the future?

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Posted on August 16, 2013

129 Responses to “Disney’s PhotoPass Plus: What You Need To Know”

  • My daughter purchased PP+ for me as an August gift prior to our November 6-12 stay at WDW. She did so on the advice offered in your
    blog; she printed info as found on your site on 2013/08/16 and enclosed it in gift card. Our seven-member group had over 230 photos taken in four parks. Nowhere is there mention made that the
    code# can be used ONE TIME. My son-in-law downloaded some photos on Nov. 13 and now I CANNOT order any photos that I edited; he was not aware that ONLY ONE use of code was allowed. I had planned to make photo gifts and Christmas cards with the edited photos; now I have no
    access to them at all…without ANOTHER sizeable payment for access that was already paid. How do I re-gain access to my PP+ pictures?

    • by Kristina Murphy on November 26, 2013, at 1:09 pm EDT

      Gail – I would recommend contacting Disney. I am sorry for any inconvenience you have come across.

      • I did make an appeal to Disney. A staff member from Guest Services replied but was unwilling to extend one additional
        use of the code to me. I believe that the ‘one use only’ needs
        to be made clearer at the time of purchase. When more than one
        person has access to the PP+ account (as pictures are taken all over the parks by multiple members of the traveling group)the promo material should make the ‘one use only’ policy cleared at the time of purchase.

        • by Kristina Murphy on November 26, 2013, at 1:35 pm EDT

          Again, I am sorry to hear this – unfortunately, when something is stated as being a “unique” code, it is implied that it is a one-time use. I do agree it should be emphasized.

  • So Gail…does your Son in law have all the pictures? Can he send them to you? Or did he now download all of them? So you can only access them one time and download all of them just one time?

  • Where do I find the code to download or order the photos? I am planning to use many if the pictures for Christmas gifts.

  • It was because of this blog post we decided to do the Photopass.

    It was hard to find information about the service and I didn’t know if we really wanted to do it. Some people really complained about this and others loved it.

    We loved it!

    We went for 12 days…but even if we went for less we’d get this again.

    People say it’s hard to find photographers…I didn’t think so! They seemed to be all around. We loved having them at the Jedi Training and the Enchanted with Belle. (they take tons of pictures, give you a card when you are done and then you go to the photo store…front right of each park…and pick your pictures…SUPER EASY!)

    It was great for the meals we had..Tusker House just gave us our pictures within minutes of sitting down.

    And how fun to get the pictures at each of the attractions! We loved it!

    We had 277 photos taken and in making our photo book we’ve LOVED having so many family pictures to choose from. We also had individual ones taken of each of our boys on main st. We did silly crazy pictures. We got a ton of pictures of me and my husband.

    In a nutshell we had a blast with this! We knew we had paid for pictures, so we just took time from our trip to take pictures. Plus we knew we wanted to make a photo book.

    Now so many people say they can just use the code once. I wasn’t sure what that meant. We didn’t do any editing to the photos before we bought the CD and yes we got the CD not just a download onto my computer. I wanted a hard copy. We got it within a week of returning from our vacation.

    If you take time and edit the photos before you order it and you lose your edits that would be annoying…I didn’t want that frustration…so I just ordered the pictures as they were and we did some editing and photoshopping of the photos before our book.

    Thanks for this blog and all the helpful comments!