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Why we LOVE Disney's Photo Pass!

Our time at Disney World was… I’m going to say it… magical.

Family pic at Hollywood Studios

Lots of family time, and lots of being silly.

We were spoiled by the amazing Social Media Celebration staff, and one of our generous gifts was a PhotoPass+.

I’m sure if you have been to Disney, you have seen the PhotoPass photographers around the park. They’re at all of the park icons (the Hollywood Studios hat, the castle at Magic Kingdom, etc…) and in front of several rides. They’re also at several dining locations. Oh, and those silly photos they take on the rides? The ones that catch you at the scariest part of the ride? Those are also linked to the PhotoPass.

The PhotoPass+ is the newest, most comprehensive PhotoPass product. Buying the PhotoPass+ ($199.95) gives you access to all of the photos on the following Disney World attractions: Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, Tower of terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Expedition Everest, and Dinosaur. Also, the following Disney World dining locations are part of the PhotoPass+: 1900 Park Fare, Ohana, Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, Chef Mickey’s, Cinderella’s Royal Table, Tusker House, Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue, Princess Storybook Dining.

The part that is the best for me, though, is that the PhotoPass photographers are included. I love that I can be in the picture, and not just behind the camera.

Having the PhotoPass+ gave us the opportunity to be super silly, and get some very memorable photos. I loved that the most stressful decisions of the day were “what should we do in this photo?”

And now… for the pictures of our trip that make us smile the biggest…

Tower of Terror - silly picture


Scared on Tower of Terror


Splash Mountain


Animal Kingdom picture










Photo Pass - Castle



See what I’m talking about? Big smiles all around.

The fun part about the PhotoPass is that you can share it among families or groups. I’m sure you noticed Amy’s wonderful family up there with us!

If you’ll be in the parks for any length of time, the PhotoPass+ is the way to go! Being in the photo instead of behind the camera is what makes magical memories!

 This post is the second in a series about theWalt Disney World Social Media Moms Celebration and our post-conference vacation. Come back next Thursday to hear all about the fun of navigating the parks with two older children! If you would like to view the series of posts, click here. 


Our family was invited to the 2012 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. In exchange for a conference fee, I was provided with room accommodations, park passes, several meals, and admission to conference events. I was not asked to write about our experiences at the conference.

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  1. Oh My Gosh.. LOVE all of the pictures. I kept thinking, that’s my favorite and then I loved the next one just as much. Lot’s of great poses from the family!!

    1. That’s what I keep thinking!!! SO much fun with the boys.

  2. I love, love, love all the photos, so much fun!!

    1. Thank you!! It was SO great :)

  3. Trevor Spedding says:

    I like the one where you and Michael are pretending not to be bothered best !.

    1. The guy next to us was SO funny!! I love looking at all of the other people in the photos, too :)

  4. PhotoPass photographers used to be annoying to me until I realized I wasn’t documenting my trips enough. It is worth purchasing the access to your pictures..Share (by that I mean rub it in) with everyone else what you did at Disney.

    Jack looks a little unsure about Space Mountain though…

    1. Me too!!!

      Totally sharing, not rubbing it in ;)

      And Jack and I are similar with our rides. I’m not a lover of Space Mountain :)

  5. Oh how thankful I am for the photo passes! As the one who is always behind the camera it is so nice and fun to be in them too! The best ones we had were with Tinkerbell in our hand, sitting on a bench with Mickey, and then the boys fighting Darth Vader and Darth Maul! So nice to see you in the pictures too! Definitely looks like you had a great time and thanks for sharing the memories!

    1. I heard about the magic photos RIGHT before we left. We are definitely getting some of those next time. They would be so fun with Jack.

  6. LOVE these photos!! Can’t wait to go back…together!!!

    Thank you for making our trip even better than we could have imagined!

    1. We feel the EXACT same way. The vacation was so much better with you guys :)

  7. Oh my goodness, those are fabulous! :) I love how it goes to show how many times you enjoyed the Tower of Terror!!!! :)

    1. It was CRAZY. Do you know that its different every time? Kind of like Star Tours.

      We figured that out on… ohhh… the 10th time ;)

  8. Yep, Tower of Terror used to be just ONE drop back in the day. Now it is random, the computer than controls it decides it on the fly.

    And how can you not rub it in people’s face? Disney is awesome

    1. It is SO cool with more than one drop!

      I’m trying not to, but it’s hard :)

  9. Vickie Jones says:

    I bought one for Disney Land but they don’t include the ride pictres, bummer, but with 14 of us we will have lots of pictures on our CD

    1. That stinks! Maybe you can upgrade when you get there?

      It’ll be wonderful to get all of those fun photos – have you heard about the magic photos they do?

  10. Dude, your pictures are awesome. I love your little one in the first Tower of Terror lol!

    1. Thank you! He is a ham :)

  11. So fun! Love that you’ll have special photos of the whole family that weren’t a total PIA to capture…

    1. Exactly! I loved not lugging my big camera around, too!

  12. Vickie Jones says:

    What I heard is that it’s brand new to offer the ride pictures at WDW and they are testing it, so it’s not even an option for DL

  13. well, except that you let him wear a Sun Devils shirt … they’re pretty good. ;)

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