This is the third in the series of posts on Disney’s newest photo package – Memory Maker. This post focuses on using the editing software after you’ve taken the photos.
If you’re planning to get a photo package at Disney or make Disney photo books, be sure to check out all my Disney themed posts on capturing and preserving those Disney memories. If you’re planning on buying a photo package, be sure to check out my two prior posts on getting a discount on Memory Maker and how to best utilize it while on your trip.
Buying the Memory Maker package
1) The best way to purchase a Memory Maker package is in advance of your trip. If you do that you only pay $149 instead of $199 – for $50 in savings. (Disneyland Memory Maker is only $69.00 purchased in advance.) If you purchase it online through your Disney account, it should be automatically linked. If not, here’s Disney’s Memory Maker help page which will prompt you on how to link it. If you purchase it in the parks, the staff will help you link it to your account;
2) Add friends and family to your account so they can contribute and download photos. If they are already linked to your MyDisneyExperience account, no need to do anything as they are already connected;
3) Take photos like crazy! Anyone in your group can get their photos taken whether or not you’re present. The PhotoPass photographers just scan their Magic Bands or PhotoPass cards. If they aren’t linked in your account, you can still add their PhotoPass cards later;
Viewing Your Photos
You can look at your photos in the photo centers as normal. If you’re traveling with a laptop, you can also immediately see your photos as your trip progresses. Remember though after you make your first download, you only have 30 more days to add photos to the package. Most of us will not be able to get more than one Disney visit into 30 days, but if you happen to live close to Disney World and make more than one trip in a month, you can easily use the package for more than one trip which is great.
1) Go to Disney PhotoPass site to pull up your photos. Pick your park and enter your login ID and password;
2) All your photos will be divided into the 4 parks under their respective tabs;
3) Click on the photo you want to edit;
4) You can zoom, change the orientation (portrait or landscape), convert to black and white, or change the photo size (if you plan to buy a print from Disney);
5) The fun part is adding borders and stickers to your photos. Select “All borders” or “All Stickers” to view all of the choices. There are currently about 40 stickers – about half of them being character signatures so you can make it look like Mickey, Anna, or Elsa personally autographed your photo. The others are mostly logos of the parks and character stickers. Currently there are about 60 borders, with various characters, attractions or messages;
6) Each photo expires 45 days after it is taken, so you need to be sure to view and download your pictures within 45 days. You’ll see an expiration date under the photo when you view it.
Tips and Thoughts on Memory Maker software
1) If you decide to add some embellishments, be sure to “Create a Copy” so your original photo stays untouched and then save it. You will want to have an unedited original to download;
2) It would be better if you weren’t limited as to which selection of borders or stickers you can use. For example we could only use Star Wars borders on the ones taken at the Star Wars themed character meal. I wasn’t able to use them on our other Hollywood Studios photos which would have been fun as well.
3) Unfortunately the Memory Maker software is very, very, very buggy. I would frequently lose my edited photos and have to do them over again. My intention was to make all my different versions and then download them all at once, but every time I would go into my account, I would find the photo count to be different and I’d have to figure out what went missing. It’s hard to explain. I wouldn’t actually lose any of the photos themselves, just various versions of them, sometimes the original unedited version, but there was always an edited version that I could revert back to its original form. But it was really annoying and I would often get error messages that something could not be saved etc.
Because of all these issues, I would recommend using the “download all” function to save all the photos to your computer from the start so you feel comfortable that you have all your originals secured. (You should go ahead and also make a backup of them for good measure.) Then go back and play with the software and add all your embellishments. By the way, as you’ll see from the screenshot at above, it says it will take 2 hours to complete the download, but it actually took only a few minutes. I have a pretty fast internet connection though, so it will likely vary depending on your service.
4) Buy prints with a vendor of your choice instead of buying them from Disney. The Disney prints are expensive. Two 4 x 6 prints or one 5 x 7 is $14.95 and one 8 x 10 is $16.95. When you download the photos a limited license document will also be saved to your computer. I doubt you’ll need to show it, but it’s good to have it just in case. The license pretty much states that the photos may be reproduced for personal use, so you may make prints, use them in your scrapbooks, photo books, photo mugs, t-shirts, calendars etc. I used mine from Disneyland for our Christmas cards.
Many of the photo book companies like Snapfish and Shutterfly also make prints and other custom photo gifts and sometimes offer free prints where you just pay shipping. Be sure to check out my photo deals page for big discounts!
5) Unfortunately, you can’t access your Memory Maker photos via mobile or an iPad, although hopefully that will change. I would be nice to easily access your photos from your phone especially while waiting in line for a ride. 🙂
Disney didn’t ask me to write this post nor do I receive any compensation if you buy Memory Maker. We all know that Disney doesn’t need any plugging from me, but I hope that you’ve found this post and all my other Disney posts helpful! This is stuff I wish I knew before my trip so I hope this info helps you plan your Disney vacation!
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