Posts Tagged ‘Photopass’

Don’t Sweat It: Tips for Flattering Photos in WDW

by on September 12, 2014

We all love going to Walt Disney World for special time with our loved ones, premium customer service, and classic Disney attractions. All of these experiences culminate in lifelong memories, and there is no better way to keep those memories alive than with a simple photo or video. And Disney makes it look so easy! We’ve all seen the commercials of the perfect family, Mom, Dad, and 2.5 kids joyfully skipping along Main Street with photo-shop perfected smiles and iconic Mickey balloon in tow. Disney even tries to help facilitate making this a reality for your family with PhotoPass photographers around every corner and plenty of little “Kodak” photo signs to let you know when you might stumble across the perfect photo opportunity.

©Disney

©Disney

But I imagine many of fellow Disney travelers end up with same anticlimactic photo-viewing experience that I have.  Somehow, meticulously coifed hair ends up in a sweaty ponytail, cherub-cheeked, smiling tots are actually red-faced and bleared-eyed, outfits you spent weeks planning, designing and coordinating are disheveled, sweat/water-spotted, and perhaps even stained from that early character breakfast. Even the PhotoPass pictures are lackluster. No matter how fancy camera technology gets, they capture the Castle and atmosphere almost magically, but somehow, it also captures your humidity-frizzed hair and that annoyed look from your teen who can’t believe you made him stop for another picture.

In effort to help us all have vacation pictures we want to display in our homes, offices and on social media, here are some tips that can help you and your family have that nearly perfect “Kodak moment”.

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Disney’s PhotoPass Plus: What You Need To Know – Disneyland Edition

by on August 27, 2013

A few days ago, TouringPlans blog contributor (and my good friend) Krissy posted a fantastic article breaking down the information, costs and benefits of using PhotoPass+ during a trip to Walt Disney World. Inspired by her post, and my own trip to Disneyland last week, here is a look at some of the similarities and differences between the PhotoPass+ service at the Disneyland Resort.

As with PhotoPass+ at Walt Disney World, this service in Disneyland provides you with the pictures taken from PhotoPass photographers dispersed throughout Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, along with pictures from certain attractions, dining experiences and special events. You PhotoPass+ card can be purchased on site from one of the Photo Centers within the parks for $99.95, or can be pre-ordered 14-days in advance from the Disney PhotoPass website for $69.95. The pre-order package from Disneyland provides you with the following:

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The Walt Disney World Attractions+ PhotoPass Product

by on January 30, 2013

I made half a dozen visits to Walt Disney World last year, but only one with my entire family. Given that this “gang’s all here” trip was a momentous occasion, I decided to splurge on the new Attractions+ PhotoPass product.

Introduced in December 2012, Attractions+ is another variation in the string of new PhotoPass bundled products. In this incarnation, you receive downloadable JPEGs of all your on-ride photos for one price: $44.95.

The rides on which photos are taken are:

  • Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin (Magic Kingdom)
  • Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)
  • Tower of Terror (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • Rock ‘n Roller Coaster (Disney’s Hollywood Studios)
  • Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom)
  • Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)
  • Test Track (Epcot)

When you buy the Attractions+ product, you are given a dedicated card which is only used to claim the photos at those attractions. Unlike regular PhotoPass cards, which generally have a 30 day life span, the Attractions+ card is punched with an expiration date. Each Attractions+ purchase can only be used to claim ride photos for 14 days. During those 14 days, you can add as many on-ride photos as you want. Given that getting a printed ride photo typically costs about $19.00, if you were going to buy more than two ride pictures, then the Attractions+ product makes sense.

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