Everything You Need to Now About Memory Maker

Fun fact – I recently became a travel agent specializing in Disney vacations. I get questions all the time about different products, packages, and add-on’s that Disney offers. But the #1 question I get has to be “is the memory maker worth it?”

The short answer here is abso-freaking-lutley. But if you need more reason than that, hold on tight.

What is Memory Maker?

Memory Maker is a vacation add-on available exclusively at Disney World. The cost is $199, as of this writing with a $30 available for advanced purchases, and it entitles you to pictures. Lots of pictures.

Memory Maker is linked to your magic band, which you scan throughout the park to claim your photos. With Memory Maker you receive any and all photos taken of you and your family by Disney photographers. That includes the camera cast members you see when you enter the parks, all ride photos, character photos, and more.

Most of these photos cost more than $10 each if you buy them separately, so there is an obvious savings here. But, there’s also a few things you can’t get without it – like magic shots.

A Magic What?

A magic shot! Ya, that clears things up.

A magic shot is a photo that Disney digitally enhances before releasing to you. You get the original photo as well, of course, but the magic shots are so much fun!

Now, when I say digitally enhanced I don’t mean they make you look skinnier or make your kids look happier. Not that kind of enhanced. But Disney adds clip-art to your photos to give them some extra life. Sometimes they put Tinkerbell in your hands, sometimes it looks like you are being carried away by a bunch of balloons. There’s tons of them.

The best part of it all is that you don’t have to do anything more than purchase the package. You don’t have to go through and pick the best photos, decide which clip-art you want to add, and then wait for them to do it. It all happens instantaneously while your photo is being taken.

Where Are the Best Magic Shots?

Throughout the parks there are specific locations where different magic shots are done. Unfortunately, Disney hasn’t released an official list so it’s a bit of a guessing game.

But thanks to the power of Facebook, I’ve been able to gather a pretty comprehensive list of magic shot locations around Disney World. I can’t claim that this is a complete list, because things are always changing. But here it is,

The Comprehensive List of Magic Shots at Disney World

This list is accurate as of: August 2, 2018
*and will be updated periodically

If you want a specific shot, please be sure to ASK your photographer for it! Otherwise the photos you receive will be random, which is still fun. Character photographers are not available for magic shots.

Animal Kingdom – 24 Shots

  • Get your very own Digital Wilderness Explorer Sash at these locations:
    • Entrance, Discovery Island, Asia, DinoLand U.S.A., Africa
  • Catch Jiminy Cricket floating down  with his trademark umbrella here:
    • Entrance
  • Hang out with Pascal here:
    • Discovery Island
  • Get a glimpse of a Flying Banshee here:
    • Pandora, in front of the floating mountains
  • Catch a whimsical Woodsprite
    • Pandora, only after dark
  • Hold Tinkerbell in the palm of your hand
    • Entrance
  • Paint with all the colors of the wind, when you take a magic shot with Pocahontas’s Leaves
    • Entrance
  • Flick says hi
    • Discovery island
  • Showcase beautiful Butterflies with 2 different shots at
    • Entrance
  • Get Your Dino-Badge and find a Fossilized Bone in
    • DinoLand U.S.A.
  • Hang around with Kaa (The Snake from Jungle Book) in
    • Asia
  • Enjoy no worries for the rest of your days with The Lion King gang
    • Entrance, Discovery Island
  • The Lion Guard makes a special appearance at
    • Africa
  • Join the adventure with Bambi, Flower, and Thumper  on:
    • Discovery Isnald
  • Meet Mickey or Minnie at
    • Discovery Island
  • Watch out for the Hyenas in
    • Africa
  • Find a new friend in Hei Hei at
    • Discovery Island
  • Memorize meeting the Animal Kingdom Tiger Cubs around
    • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Pick out Pua hanging around near
    • Discovery Island
  • Go snipe hunting with Kevin in
    • Asia
  • Be sure to grab this magic shot to celebrate Banshee Adoption in
    • Pandora (but you have to have a banshee plush)
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louey are looking for mischief in
    • DinoLand U.S.A.

Epcot – 17 shots

  • Find Figment at
    • The backside of Spaceship Earth
    • Future World
  • Careful not to float away with a balloon bouquet near
    • Future World
  • Catch up with Tinkerbell
    • Future World
    • United Kingdom Pavillion
  • Carry Pascal around the park anywhere in
    • World Showcase
  • Figment takes flight all around
    • World Showcase
  • Test your Frozen Powers when you visit
    • Norway
  • Chill out with Olaf who’s hanging around
    • Norway Pavilion
  • Mushu stars in magic at
    • China Pavilion
  • Try cheering up Iago when you stop at
    • Morocco
  • Try on Tinkerbell’s Wings from
    • Anywhere in Epcot
  • Hector from Coco is bound to be a new favorite just outside
    • Mexico Pavilion
  • Meet Mickey or Minnie
    • In front of Spaceship Earth
    • Future World
    • World Showcase
  • Can you see the Chesire Cat, he’s hanging around
    • United Kingdom Pavilion
  • Little Chip (Beauty and the Beast) can be found in
    • France Pavillion
  • Commemorate your Test Track adventure
    • In front of Test Track
  • Immortalize your undersea adventure with The Sea
    • In front of the The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Hollywood Studios – 12 Shots

  • Meet Mickey or Minnie
    • The fountain at Hollywood Boulevard
    • Outside Theater of the Stars
  • Tinker Bell shines at
    • Entrance
    • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Swim under the sea with Sebastian near
    • Animation Courtyard
  • Say hi to Chip when you go to
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (near entrance)
  • Hang onto those Balloons
    • In front of Entrance
    • Hollywoood Boulevard
  • Test your skills with Elsa’s Snowflakes near
    • Echo Lake
  • Take a break from the heat with Olaf around
    • Echo Lake
  • Smile with Stitch inside
    • Animation Courtyard
  • Pascal is hanging around
    • Animation Courtyard
  • The pizza master himself Rizzo is featured in magic shots taken at
    • Muppet Courtyard (find the wall that says “You got the dough? we got the cheese!”)
  • Fight off Darth Vader near
    • Tatooine Traders

Magic Kingdom – 22

  • Get a family portrait with The Muppets in front of
    • Liberty Square
  • The quintessential Tinkerbell shot is on
    • Main Street, U.S.A (in front of the castle, near the train station)
    • Entrance
  • Kiss the Frog Prince in
    • Liberty Square
    • The hub in front of the castle
    • Tomorrowland
    • Adventureland
    • Frontierland
  • Lumiere is as light as he looks when you hold him near
    • Beast’s Enchanted Castle
  • Pascal sure makes his way around the parks, as you can find him in
    • Fantasyland (near the Rapunzel restrooms)
  • Don’t squeal if Sebastian shows up in your photos
    • in front of Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • The Balloons in Magic Kingdom are a bit more reasonable
    • Entrnace
    • Main Street, U.S.A.
  • Freak out your folks with a Frozen Inspired magic shot at
    • The hub in front of the castle
    • Liberty Square Bridge
    • Fantasyland Bridge
    • Tommorowland Bridge
  • Watch out for Hitch Hiking Ghosts in front of
    • Haunted Mansion
  • Olaf is keeping things cool all over the park
    • The hub in front of the castle
    • Liberty Square Bridge
    • Fantasyland Bridge
    • Tommorowland Bridge
    • Adventureland
  • Show off your love for the Mickey Premium Bar in
    • Main Street, U.S.A.
    • Tomorrowland
    • Frontierland
  • Puzzle your pirate matey’s with a Ship in a Bottle around
    • Adventureland
  • Fly away with Fairy Wings all around
    • Fantasyland
  • Meet Minnie or Mickey
    • Entrance
  • Find Stitch but know he won’t share his ice cream in
    • Tomorrowland
  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Dumbo!
    • Just outside the Dumbo the Flying Elephant attraction
  • Chill with Chip near
    • Gaston’s Tavern
  • Get set up with a gig at the Casting Agency
    • Casting Agency Door on Main Street
  • Hey, hey – it’s Hei Hei!
    • Adventureland
  • The purrfect Chesire Cat shot can be found by
    • Mad Tea Party

Show Me Your Magic Shots!

Not only would I LOVE to see your fantastic magic shots, I’d love to share them with other curious fans. If you’d like your photo featured (with credit) in this post, please e-mail it to me at Rebecca@ThePixieDustedPlanner.com

6 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Now About Memory Maker”

  1. At all of these locations is a cast member there to take photo and scan band or do we have to upload our own photos

  2. I’m seeing that there’s a photopass card and a wrist band. Can you get the magic shots with both, or just the band? I’m curious to know if there’s a significant difference since we likely will just have the card.

    1. Hi Jenna,

      You can use the Magic Band, park ticket, or a photopass card (provided by Disney photographers) to keep track of your photos and magic shots.

      The Magic Band is the easiest because it’s conveniently on your wrist and doesn’t need to be charged or anything. They are free if you’re staying on site, if you’re staying off-site I’d recommend splurging you only need one (for the photo purpose) and it’s just so easy – but they run $20+ so that’s not in the budget for everyone. In lieu of that, I’d recommend downloading the My Disney Experience app and linking your park ticket; the photographers can scan it and it’s not likely to be lost (although it’s not friendly on the battery). The photopass cards work great as well, but I’m pretty prone to things falling out of my back pocket so it’s not my first choice.

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