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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