PhotoPass Photographers have been a staple of Walt Disney World character meet and greets almost since this type of attraction gained popularity. Guests have long entrusted talented photographers to capture their important memories as they high-five Mickey Mouse, hug Minnie Mouse, create some magic with Tinker Bell, or even have a dance-off with Star Lord. However, it looks like Disney is rolling out a new program that will eradicate PhotoPass photographers at select character meet and greets, beginning in just a few weeks...

PhotoPass photographers set to be replaced by machines starting this month

Earlier this week news broke that beginning later this month Disney will be installing an automated camera system at the Tinker Bell meet and greet at the Town Square Theater area of the Magic Kingdom. This automated camera system will then photograph guests from one single angle as they have their character interaction at specific intervals, giving guests a range of shots of the experience. Once the character interaction is over guests will be able to view their photos on the machine (much like they view on-ride photos at Splash Mountain or Test Track after riding), and can then touch their MagicBand to the machine to tie the photographs to their My Disney Experience account. 

Though this change is going to kick off at the Tinker Bell meet and greet, Disney hopes to roll out these PhotoPass photography machines to nine different character meet and greet locations before the end of the year, including the Adventurer's Outpost at Disney's Animal Kingdom, and several other unnamed locations. According to inside sources, this change has actually been in the works for some time now, but the move from live PhotoPass photographer to machine was accelerated by the current cost-cutting climate at Walt Disney World, and Disney views this as another way for them to save money on parks operations. 

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Because of the uproar surrounding this decision, Disney representatives have been quick to remind concerned fans that there will still be over 100 locations where Disney PhotoPass photographers will be capturing images, and right now the machines are only scheduled to be installed at nine locations by early 2019. However, even though this isn't a far reaching change at the moment, we can't help but wonder what this might mean for the future of Disney Parks...


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