PhotoPass, Disney’s complimentary photography service, is present throughout the Walt Disney World property. With so many opportunities to take advantage of this offering, here are a few tips to keep your pictures interesting and fun!
*Hey! Before you read on, if you got to this page looking for info on PhotoPass+, head over here to check out Memory Maker.*
Stop at Multiple Photographers Shooting the Same Thing
As we saw in PhotoPass 101, the skill level of photographers varies greatly. In the high traffic areas such as Main Street U.S.A, you’ll pass at least half a dozen photographers. Stop at two, three or all of them. Worst thing that could happen is you get all great shots. Well, unless you have somewhere to be or are trying to hit the headliners before the queues are packed. You can always come back, as these areas have photographers most of the day. However, stop at least twice while you’re fresh and prior to sweat and Mickey bar stained shirts.
You do run the risk of wandering family members with this tip. The gpa peaced out before we got to the Castle. 😉
Of course you’re going to glam it up in front of Cinderella Castle, but after you get that iconic snap, turn around and say hey from Main Street U.S.A. Most photographers are happy to shoot from either angle. The only problem you may run into is with photogs with tripods, especially at night, as they’ve adjusted settings to the scene they’re facing.
Try A Different Perspective
Photographers are stationed in the obvious spots, but did you know there are also photogs on the side of the Castle and behind the Tree of Life? Stop for pictures in these not-as-obvious spots, too.
Cinderella Castle from Crystal Palace
From the “back side” of Spaceship Earth
Behind the Tree of Life
Come Back at a Different Time of Day
Chances are you’ll stop for a photo in front of Spaceship Earth on your way into the park, but it takes on a whole different look as the sun sets and the lights come up.
Spaceship Earth is gorgeous at night!
Play with the Characters
Characters love to have fun with their guests! After the 82nd *hug-autograph-say “Mickeeeeey”-snap* they’re ready to mix it up a bit. Propose to a princess, give Mickey a smooch, compare biceps…whatever comes to mind. If you draw a blank, often the photographers or handlers have suggestions. Just don’t yell “Andy’s coming!” to the Toy Story crew. It’s not happening.
Speaking of typical pics, we start to get bored with the “pretend we’re a normal family” shot. Again, you can grab those pics, but once it’s done, be silly. You’re in Disney, for Pete’s sake. Everyone there is at least slightly dorky, so strike a pose, blow a raspberry or just be plain goofy. They’ll be laughing with you, promise!
P.S. Two points for me for a double character reference in that paragraph!
So, um, looking at those pictures, we seem to lose ourselves right before we’re getting ready to be seated at a restaurant. We’re either trying to fend off being hangry or we’re ridiculously giddy that we’re about to grub. Awesome.
Ask for Magic Shots
These are always a big hit! Magic shots are photos where the photographer will ask you to do something really silly, and you might feel awkward, but when you see the result, it’s usually pretty adorable. If the camera is on a tripod, they typically cannot do Magic Shots, but there’s no harm in asking every photog you stop for if he or she can do them.
This is just a small sampling of the shots available. Some of these particular shots are seasonal or may no longer be in rotation. Again, worst you can hear is “no” if you’re looking for a particular shot.
*Quick Tip: If you get to your account and see that the Magic Shot is missing its magic, contact PhotoPass via the web site, and they’ll gladly throw some pixie dust at the problem and make sure you don’t just look like you’re really excited about your empty hands.*
Tell the Photographer You’ve Purchased Memory Maker
If you’ve purchased Memory Maker, let the photog know. Most of them will snap away. If they don’t, just let them know you’d like a few more poses. If there’s no one waiting for his or her attention, they’re typically glad to oblige. Now get out there and get ready for your close up!
What are your favorite tips for getting the most out of Disney’s PhotoPass service? Or what would you add to our list?