Can you believe it?!?!? I'm back with another Tip Tuesday post and it's been WAAAYYY too long!
Ok, straight on to this week's post. As you may know from previous posts, I'm a big fan of Disney's PhotoPass service. It provides families a great opportunity to get professional quality photos that you simply won't get with a point-and-shoot camera.
With some planning and effort, photopass can also become a great value, especially if you plan ahead.
More than a year ago, Disney launched PhotoPass Plus, which is an expanded version of the original PhotoPass concept. With PhotoPass+, guests receive the opportunity to have Disney photographers take photos at the many, many locations across Walt Disney World, but also will automatically receive a CD with all those photos, including all those that guests enhance using the online photo editor at www.disneyphotopass.com.
But wait, there's more.
With PhotoPass+, guests can also get any attraction photo at no extra charge. I've often enjoyed seeing those on-ride attraction photos, but I wouldn't spend the money to buy a print. With PhotoPass+, I can get those photos after each and every ride.
But wait, there's even more!
PhotoPass+ also comes with a stock photo CD filled with incredible imagery from each of the parks. Many of these images, like the one shown above, are from viewpoints that regular guests couldn't possibly reach and could never take a shots like these. Each of these stock photos is in high resolution, suitable for high-quality printing. Seriously, these shots are amazing!
Now PhotoPass+ does require guests to purchase the service before it can be used. To purchase PhotoPass+, the cost currently is $199.95 and can be done at any PhotoPass center located in any of the parks. However, Disney does offer a pre-purchase option at the PhotoPass website at http://www.disneyphotopass.com/specialoffers/wdwppp.htm. If you purchase the voucher online (it still must be turned in at a PhotoPass kiosk at a park), the cost is $149 - a $50 savings.
Now to get an idea of how this can be a good deal -- consider the cost of purchasing the regular PhotoPass CD -- $170 regular price or $120 if pre-purchased. So for only $30 more, you get all on-ride photos, all restaurant photos (like those taken at Akershus, Cinderella's Royal Table, Ohana and more), the stock photo disc, AND the photo CD.
So as you can see, PhotoPass+ actually is a good deal when you consider just how much you're spending. Also, because you're committed, you will be much more likely to seek out photo opportunities, especially if you're with younger guests who are eager for character meet and greets.
Before your next trip - consider PhotoPass+ -- it might just be the answer to getting great family photos without having to worry about the camera.