Yesterday’s post made me want to follow up about Disney’s Memory Maker and weigh the pros and cons about purchasing it for your trip. Many people don’t see the need for this, while many others won’t go to Disney World without it.
I get asked about this a lot as a travel agent. My answer is always, “It depends.” There are many factors to consider when thinking about purchasing Memory Maker.
First I like to think about is the cost. If purchased at least 4 days prior to your arrival date, the price is $169. If purchased less than three days prior to your arrival, the cost is $199. Memory Maker is not refundable. For first visits, I like to suggest Memory Maker, simply because there will be so many memories being made! But let’s also consider cost versus time at Disney. If you are going for a quick weekend trip, then it may not be a good idea. You probably don’t want to spend a lot of time having photos taken during your short visit. I would recommend waiting for a longer trip so you can maximize your usage.
Second, I like to think about the photo opportunities included. Are you the type of person that loves ride photos? Do you have reservations at one or more of the restaurants that offer PhotoPass service? If you do, then it might not be a bad idea to consider Memory Maker. At a restaurant, you have a lot on your plate, literally and figuratively. If you have small children, they are excited about the characters or the show. You’re busy trying to get their meals started, while trying to eat your own meal. You don’t have time to be fooling around with a camera and potentially miss the moment your daughter meets Cinderella for the first time.
Third, I ask people what kind of camera they carry. In today’s world, many people use smart phones as their vacation camera. And why not? They are portable, easy to use, and you can edit and share the pics right away. But…as smart as smart phones are, sometimes they just aren’t good enough. PhotoPass Photographers use professional equipment, and know how to use it. They are stationed all around “The World” with the best backgrounds and are experts at what settings to use for different conditions.
On the flipside of that argument, maybe someone (like my husband) carries a professional DSLR camera and enjoys hobby photography. Yet, you still want to have your picture taken at these beautiful photo spots, too. Did you know that you can hand the PhotoPass Photographer your camera and have them take the picture for you? You might miss out on special “magic shots” by handing your camera over to the PhotoPass Photographer, but unless you absolutely love magic shots, you’ll probably live.
Lastly, I like to ask about how many people are traveling together. If you have extended family traveling with you, then you can share the cost and make your out of pocket expense smaller. All you need to do is link your My Disney Experience accounts together to have access to everyone’s photos through the PhotoPass/Memory Maker website.
So, as you can see, it take some thought to determine if Memory Maker is right for you. If you consider these points, it should make your decision a little easier.