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4 Ways Disney's Memory Maker is Totally Worth the Cost (And 1 Way it's Not)

3. Ride Videos Are Automatically Saved

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This is a relatively new addition to the Memory Maker service. In the past, you had to stand in line to wait if you wanted to add a ride video to your account. As long as your magic band is linked to your Magic Maker account, which should be the first thing you do after buying the service, your ride videos will automatically upload with 24 hours. The participating rides include The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride, Haunted Mansion, Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, Dinosaur, and Test Track. That’s a thoroughly impressive group of rides you can re-live anytime you’re missing Walt Disney World.

4. You Can Share the Service and Split the Cost

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One of the least heralded but most useful aspects of Memory Maker is that it can be shared. If you are traveling with friends and/or family members, they all have the ability to add photos to the master account. They don’t even have to be with you to accomplish this. All they need to do – and this is crucial – is be connected to you on the Friends and Family list at MyDisneyExperience.com. As long as that is true, every picture your fellow guests take will be uploaded to your account.

You should know that only you can download the files, but it’s easy to perform that batch request. Then, you email, text, or post the images so that your loved ones have the pictures as well. Imagine watching the videos of amusement rides from your friends while you’re waiting in line in a different park. It’s a wonderful (and joyous) way to pass the time in line. And by splitting the cost, you have reduced the total cost you spend per picture.

But It’s Not Free

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So, given all of the positives above, you must be wondering what the catch is. There isn’t one, at least not anything truly negative. The sole concern with Memory Maker is the cost. Traveling to Walt Disney World is already an expensive proposition. Adding another $199 to the bill may be too much for some. After all, most people have smartphones with cameras, and while the quality of these images isn’t quite as good, it’s still plenty good enough for most people.

There is even a way to get a more professional looking image without spending a dime. The same Disney employees who take the pictures for Memory Maker will usually take a picture for you if you ask nicely. Simply hand them your digital camera or smartphone, and they will capture the same image with your electronic device that they would have created with their more professional camera. No, the quality isn’t quite as nice, but it’s still better than any picture in the world prior to like 2005. So, if you want to save yourself some money, learn how to smile and ask nicely when you approach cast members, which is good advice for most situations.

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There are 8 comments.

Can you purchase a memory maker and use it at both Disneyland and WDW? or do you have to purchase one for each? Thanks

It can be used at both parks as long as your tickets are linked to the my Disney experience account. The catch is that there is a 90 clock on it. If you go to both parks in that time, it in theory will work. I don't know if anyone who goes to both parks in a 90 day period.

Thank you. We will be going to both parks within the 90 day period. We are from Australia and are travelling to the USA in Sept/Oct this year. :)

Did this work for you? I will be going to disneyworld and disneyland with in a 90 day period - and I'd love for this to work!

We will only be in the park for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and will be on a cruise the next day with many of the characters. Is it still worth the price?

We are visiting Disneyland soon but won't be staying in a Disneyland hotel. I understand that when we purchase our ultimate ticket we will receive a card but not the Magicband. How do we inform the photographers that we require photos and how do they know where to send them? Can this be done?

I just got back from Disney and here are my thoughts.
First, when you get off a ride that offers photos, they scroll so quickly its hard to get through the crowd in time to scan your bracelet for your photo, and frequently you are put in a seat with other people (ruining a good photo, IMHO, because you don't want a picture of strangers) or you are in the back seat, and the photo has a great pic of the people in the front seat only, you only get half of your head and your 6 yr old son is hidden behind someone else's raised arms and smiling faces.
Also, not every restaurant accepts the memory maker. We had to pay more for the photos taken at Planet Hollywood in Downtown Disney.
They also don't apply to the kiosks where they superimpose your face onto character backings (like Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy) which we had to pay more for. I think at least ONE of those per family should be included!
I do like the Magic Shots but they did not have a good selection of those. Only Tinkerbell and Monsters Inc. I feel they should have different magic shots for each park, instead of repeating the same.
Finally, I think for the price, they should have something at the resorts themselves so you can get a nice photo with a backdrop done when your hair isn't frizzed out and your makeup hasn't melted off, and your husband doesn't already have sweat stains on his shirt! Just saying!

While I agree that the Memory Maker is worth it, I'm gonna have to disagree about the quality and "artistry" you get with MM photos! If you've had professional shots taken that aren't as good as the Memory Maker photos, you need to find a new professional photographer!! I have had legs, arms and other body parts cut off in pictures at places that a well-trained photographer would never but off. I have several pictures with my feet cut off right at the ankle! It's an awkward picture at best. Plus I've gotten blurry pictures, pictures where we weren't posed to show our best side, dark pictures, etc... Yes, there are a few well-trained photographers (that were professionals before going to Disney), but the norm are not well-trained. I've had some of them not even give me direction as to where to stand. I am an advocate of the MM because pictures mean a lot to me, but let's be honest in what we're saying. These are not beautifully lit and posed pictures. They are candid pictures taken with a flash on the camera, by some person that was assigned to take pictures and had very little training.

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