Hello again! I hope that Summer 2012 is finding you a shady spot and some Disney in your life! I am getting the Disney part down, but definitely not the shady spot! It’s been triple digits in Tennessee off and on for the past week and no end in sight. Yesterday we were the hottest place in country! YIKES! That reminds me, I need a frozen coke and a sweet cream cheese pretzel from the Lunching Pad! This month I wanted to chat with you guys about the Disney Photopass. If you do not know what the photopass service is, it is a great thing that Disney offers visitors to the parks. Please go to the official site located www.disneyphotopass.com
If you are familiar with the photopass service then you have probably seen and heard about the Photopass Plus option that they launched here recently. A lot of people had negative things to say about it as far as the price was concerned since it was a fairly high price at $199.99. That being said, I am here to give a little advice about it because I just used it for the first time. I typically do the photopass cd, as I am a picture nut. I don’t take the greatest pictures, but I love them nonetheless. I also go solo a lot so I do not often have the means to get a picture of myself in front of the castle or the tree of life. I had been doing the basic cd at $99 and loved the product I received. For me, I get pictures and I get to edit the ones on the cd and have something to do when I get home as well.
I also do quite a few character-dining experiences and once again, being the picture nut, I buy the photos that they bring around to your table. So when the option of the Photopass Plus came along, I was thrilled! I had counted up how many character dining trips I would be making that included additional cost thanks to the pictures. For me, the cd worked out to be cheaper financially than if I were to buy the cd and the photos on their own. Keep in mind that some restaurants offer complimentary photos. At the restaurants that do not offer them complimentary, you can purchase them at an additional $32.
I have never been one to purchase ride photos, but I was excited at the prospect of getting them with the new pass. The lanyard that you get is not anything fancy, but if you are an “everything is a souvenir” type person, you will like one more thing to bring home. You also get 500 stock photos, which is fantastic. They are great for me personally because I am a scrapbooker. They give me a little something extra to put in my albums or to use for projects (for personal use of course!). I most definitely got my money’s worth from the cd. I would advice figuring out how much you would be spending if you were to do character dining photos, the cd, and ride photos and go from there. It is certainly not for everyone, but many people will benefit from it. Especially if you are going for a long trip, are going solo, or perhaps have a large group who will split up periodically. Everyone can get their photos together and not have to worry about carrying multiple cameras to capture the magical moments.
The Photopass Plus has had many naysayers, but not many people have spoken up about actually trying it out. I wanted to share with you guys my experience and let you see how it worked out for me. I hope that my experience helps you to make a better decision if you have been wondering or on the fence about what to do. If you have used the Photopass Plus, or any other Disney Photopass service, please share with us what you enjoyed/disliked/wished was different/etc! If you have any questions, feel free to do so as well! See you guys next month and I hope you stay out of the heat! I’m going to share with you guys just a few of my favorite pictures from Disney’s Photopass Service over the past few years!