Is it worth it, let me work it, put my thang down, flip it. . .
Oh hi!! Sorry you snuck up on me there. I was just scrolling through over 200 photos from my Disney World Memory Maker. And guess what? I’m in them. Yah and not just my thumb either.
So here we are talking about Disney’s Memory Maker. As one of the newest products of convenience, inquiring minds want to know: is it worth it? Of all the Disney questions I am asked, questions about Memory Maker usually come from the more seasoned Disney visitors. Newbies need to hear about this too. Especially if you want to save some $$. Okay, so what the heck is Memory Maker anyway? Memory Maker is an unlimited digital image package for photos taken by Disney World photographers. Say what? Aren’t those images like $20 a piece at the park? And can’t you only buy them in that silly paper frame after carrying around a paper ticket all day and keeping it dry through splash mountain?? Not anymore, folks. Now you can purchase Memory Maker, link it to your My Disney Experience account and all the magic bands in your party will have unlimited photos for at least 30 days. Which makes me smile. Don’t ask me how to get the toddler to smile in photos. I have plenty of evidence of my failure in that department.
So the big question. Is it worth it? Yes, I believe Disney’s Memory Maker is worth it. Here’s why:
- Moms are included. This one is duh-simple but worth mentioning. Everyone gets to be in the pictures, even the person who is usually behind the camera.
- It’s convenient. Everyone stand here, smile for the camera and here fella, scan my magic band. Download from your Disney account within 45 days right to your computer and use them anywhere! Upload to your favorite photo service, Shutterfly, Walgreens. . . whatever!
- An incredible backup. I will never pretend that the Memory Maker is all that I use. Maybe it will be one day if Disney keeps making advances to this product. However, this year my DSLR camera crapped out on me during our trip (mthrfckr!!). Phone batteries do not last and I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve deleted Facebook from my phone in a pinch because my phones memory was full. Knowing we had the Memory Maker was a great insurance policy.
- It’s unlimited. A family portrait buffet. Rides, castle background, character greetings, meals, and more! Knowing every shot is included, you will make more stops and have more fun!
- Share it live! Once the photos post to your account, usually within 24 hours, log into your account from your phones web browser, save to your phone and share away!
- Use the editor feature to add Disney specific borders to your shots. Including ride titles. These are super cute but if Disney’s technical gurus are reading this. The tool takes a looooong time.
- Magical Shots! Only once ever did a photographer actually offer us these magical options. You absolutely must ask for them. Be annoying. Let the photographer get in the standard pose and sometimes the silly pose. Then ask: What magic shots do you have? Do you have Tinker Bell? Olaf? Jiminy Cricket? It appears these magic shots vary by park or possibly just by photographer. Either way ask. It’s totally worth it.
- Buy it early and save. This policy seems to be evolving. And so is the pricing. The first time we bought it in advance we saved $50, the official site currently shows a $20 savings for an advance purchase but the total cost has also dropped. Currently the price is $149 if you buy it in advance and $169 on-site. There is now another option for one day, $59. The one day option can only be purchased in the merchandise locations inside the theme parks.
- Ride video’s. Spoiler alert! The first time we bought the Disney Memory Maker, went home and viewed our account, we found this sweet little slightly creepy gem below. It’s slightly creepy because the ride never gives you an option to scan your band. And it’s a video! Tower of Terror also does this. Super fun!
- Large Groups. Large groups make this big ticket especially valuable! We had 10 in our party during this trip even when you split up in separate parks, all photos are included. Which makes the Memory Maker a great value!
So there you have it! If you can foot the bill then yes, Disney Memory Maker is worth it.
P.S. If you aren’t ready to make the splurge, make sure to hand the Disney photographer your own camera or phone from time to time. Its completely free!
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