What’s the best way to capture all your favorite Disney Memories? Pictures of course!!
Admit it we have all seen it happening or even done it ourselves…Stopping on Main Street, leaning over the rail by the flower gardens in Epcot, bending to get that silly shot on the Jedi Cruiser outside Star Tours, or how about stooping to get that little gecko hanging out in Animal Kingdom all in hopes of getting that one time million dollar shot! We all have those pictures we cherish, like ones of our favorite hotel that reminds us of a quiet morning that made it seem like we had the place to ourselves, or the one of the kiddos taking a nap in the stroller, or how about the animals on the Kilimanjaro Safaris come on admit it you have 15 pictures of the same elephants playing in the mud 😉 But one thing I always noticed is that I may have gotten some great random shots but the family pictures for the most part were always missing something… ME!
Now don’t get me wrong I love being behind the camera, in front of, well not so much. That said though family pictures at Disney are always our favorites, in front of Cinderella’s Castle, Spaceship Earth or that special picture with the main mouse himself! Whichever it is, it’s nice when everybody can flash their pearly whites and say Cheese!!
So how does one handle this little problem? Disney Photo Pass of course! We started getting Photo pass in 2006 and have loved it every time and our last trip was no exception! My best friend’s family was joining us this trip and it was a couple of years in the making. Her family had never been to Disney and wanting to capture every moment for them I knew from the get go that Disney Photo Pass was a must! So many amazing family photos, character shots, ride & dinner photos that was well worth the price and yes even the time it may take to get the picture snapped was so worth it when we got our disk of almost 450 pictures! Group shots that wouldn’t have happened are now trip favorites and have since been made into 8×10 and are hanging up on the wall.
The key is stopping at the photographers, that’s what they are there for! Oh and here is a little tip, as long as they have a camera around their neck (not on a tripod) ask them for a “special” picture, you never know who will pop in or up on your picture! Also once your home you can add boarders to your pictures for no extra charge. This trip we did the photopass plus, so it had all the pic’s we could take in the parks plus character dinners and ride photo’s! Which I have to say was our favorite “plus”! The Photo Pass Plus was $179 ordered before we left home, then once home we ordered a second disk for $20 so $200 for 450 pictures. It may seem like a lot, and don’t get me wrong it is, but priceless pictures are on that disk and its one of our greatest treasures from this trip!
Again, Photo Pass isn’t cheap and you can buy a lot of extras if you choose but for the memories and great pictures we have, I budget it in for every trip. It’s just one of those “must haves” for us, it might not be for every family but we enjoy it! As much as I like to snap away, it does take a little pressure from the main picture taker in the group!
When planning your next Disney Vacation check out Disney’s Photo Pass and see if it fits for your trip! Dont forget to stop when you can, you may just get that perfect Disney picture!
Dana is a Disney Photo Junkie who brings 3 cameras to Disney…just in case 😉
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