Understanding Memory Maker:
People are very confused between the terms Memory Maker and PhotoPass. PhotoPass is the system in which Disney takes all the pictures at the parks and character meals. Anybody has access to PhotoPass…even if staying off site. People can purchase prints individually off PhotoPass.
Memory Maker is a digital download of all your pictures taken at the parks, on rides and at character meals. When you buy this package you have the rights to all the pictures taken and can do whatever you wish with them..including printing them at your local Walgreens, etc. You also have the opportunity to edit, add borders, etc. prior to downloading the pictures. In addition, those with Memory Maker get on-ride videos and animated Magic Shots. More about Magic Shots Later:)
Using Memory Maker:
I will help you purchase Memory Maker prior to travel as it will save you $50! This must be added to your package at least 3 days prior to your vacation to get the discount.
When you are in the parks, you will approach as MANY photographers as you like and have your picture taken. You are paying for this so stop as often as you like!
The photographer will then scan your MagicBand so the photos are linked with your MyDisneyExperience Account. When you are on rides, the pictures will automatically go on your account because your Magic Band is detected when you are on the ride. However, this can sometimes be missed so to be safe, on your way out you may want to write down the picture number associated with your picture on the screen. That way if it never shows up, you can have Disney add the picture.
Anyone linked with your My Disney Experience Account (Family and Friends) will have their pictures show up in your account. So if you are traveling with multiple families, you only need to purchase one Memory Maker but everyone can use it!
When You Get Home:
Your photos will expire within 45 days of your trip so make sure to download them sooner than later! Log into your Memory Maker account from your computer. First make sure all your pictures are present and if not, report them to PhotoPass support. Edit pictures any way you'd like. I would always make a copy first and then edit the pictures so you have the original. Once you are down editing, you can download all the pictures. The download is a zip file so I would recommend doing this from your computer. These photos are now yours!