Before I get into why I love Disney PhotoPass Photo Books to show my #DisneySide, let’s start with some basics in case you are unfamiliar with the Disney PhotoPass service. Here is a quick summary.
As you wander around Walt Disney World, Disneyland, ESPN Wide World of Sports or even Aulani you may see photographers (often wearing a tan vest) with camera in hand or on a tripod and wearing an official name tag. These are Disney PhotoPass Photographers who can take your picture when asked and then scan it onto either a PhotoPass Card or your MagicBand.
To claim your photos after your holiday is over, you will need to create an online account for Disney PhotoPass Service then enter the code from your PhotoPass Card or MagicBand to retrieve your photos. Once you have retrieved your photos you can edit them with the multitude of options available for customization including stickers, borders and graphics.
As a word of warning, if you don’t purchase the photos taken by the Disney PhotoPass Photographers they will expire 45 days after they are taken so if you plan to use any of their photos in your Photo Book you need to create it within this time frame.
Disney offers a Memory Maker product for $199 that provides digital copies of all photos taken by their photographers and scanned to your PhotoPass Card or Magic Band. Memory Maker can be purchased more than 3 days before your trip, at a reduced rate of $169. Memory Maker appeals to many people who want to be able to post the pictures taken by the Disney PhotoPass Photographers to social media and/or share with friends and family. You can then also print your photos for putting in an album or use for scrapbooking, etc.
Now back to why I love the Disney PhotoBooks so much. My husband was a professional photographer for years and takes a LOT of pictures when we are away so we always have way more than enough photos for me to post to social media sites without having to purchase the Memory Maker package, so as great as it is, I prefer to use Disney PhotoPass website to create a Disney Photo Book.
I upload my favorite pictures taken by my husband and also use some from the Disney PhotoPass Photographers to make my album. I get to pick my album cover, layout (pictures per page), background and stickers to make it exactly the way I want it. Once finished, I place the order and a few weeks later this wonderful Photo Book arrives. It is essentially a professionally produced hard cover book like I could purchase in a book store with good quality glossy paper for the pages. The only difference is it is designed by me with the photos and comments I want.
I know I could create a beautiful scrapbooked album myself but honestly I have better things to do with my time than print my photos, hunt for funky paper, cut and paste everything together all without monopolizing the kitchen table for a week or more, or having one of my cats think it’s a great game to scatter everything across the floor so I have to start all over again.
Aside from the reasons set out above, for me using Disney’s website to create my Photo Book and thereby show my Disney Side is more cost-effective. The basic Disney Photo Book comes with 20 pages for $79.95 but you can add extra pages in increments of 2 for $3.50 each extra. I always go over the original 20 pages. I would end up paying way more than this if I purchased Memory Maker, scrapbook paper, an album and printed the photos.
There is also the option of just saving the photos my husband takes on our external hard drive to pull up and view on our computer when we want to but I personally prefer having a book to take to family events to show everyone or just to look back at and reminisce with the kids. They are keepsakes filled with love that I cherish and they sit in a place of honour on my book shelf.
I can’t wait for my next one to arrive any day now.