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8 Reasons to Take Your Own Pictures at Disney

Everywhere you look at Disney it seems like someone is capturing a special moment with their family and friends. Beautiful sights, amazing attractions, sweet characters, delicious food, and most importantly – smiling faces, make us reach for our cameras frequently! Since Disney offers photographers (PhotoPass Cast Members) at several locations, what’s the point in taking our own snapshots? Here’s our list of 8 reasons to take your own pictures.


8 – No Lines

By taking your own pictures in front of some of the popular areas you don’t have to worry about the lines. PhotoPass members are excellent, but waiting to have your photo taken can take unnecessary time. We love the ability to take our own pictures and move on, not having to worry about lines or special poses at the request of the PhotoPass Cast Member. Take that popular shot in front of the park icon then keep on moving!

7 – In the Moment

While PhotoPass options are throughout the theme park, sometimes a special moment simply can’t wait to track down a PhotoPass area. Some of our fondest moments aren’t with characters or in front of an attraction. Catch that perfect moment when your little one first bites into a Mickey Mouse Ice Cream bar or take a photo of your Mom tearing up as she watches the fireworks… these special moments are endless and often spontaneous.

Kid Gets Ice Cream

6 – Kid Friendly

This one is fun for all those families out there with kids. Experience Disney from the eyes of a child! Let your child have a camera and take photos of their own. You’ll be amazed at some of the incredible (and maybe not so incredible!) photos they take at Disney. Characters, attractions, family, their feet… all just waiting for your kids to snap pictures of!


5 – It’s Free.

If you decide you do want a picture a PhotoPass Cast Member takes, there is a fee to obtain the picture. Some annual pass options contain free PhotoPass photos, but the fee is built in the annual pass. The Memory Maker package is great for some trips, but if you are on a budget, that might be an extra cost you want to hold off on. Take your own photos and catch those special moments while saving yourself the extra money. It’s wonderful that even when meeting a character, Cast Members are happy to take your phone or camera and snap a photo for you!

4 – Resort Relaxing

Disney resorts are simply amazing. Unfortunately, PhotoPass Cast Members are at a few of the resorts, but not at all of them. If they are at the resort, they aren’t pool side or walking around with you! Snap those magical moments of the kiddos jumping in the pool, your feet propped up on your lounge chair, or the family enjoying time by the resort camp fire in the evening.

Fort Wilderness Campfire

3 – Social Media

You’re in the moment – and you want to share it with everyone you can! All your family and friends on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook – all the typical social media networks – are just waiting to see your vacation unfold. Yes, PhotoPass does have an option to download electronic photos right to your phone for easy posting, but again there is a fee and this also takes more time. Keep it simple and share a moment as easily as you typically post on social media.

2 – FOOD!

Food – it’s everywhere at Disney. Take a quick picture of that juicy steak, yummy dole whip, or delicious margarita before you start enjoying it. Check out the detailed garnish on your plate, as many of the restaurants will surprise you with their talents! You’ll love looking back at these photos after your trip, as you reminisce about your favorite meals and snacks.

Ghirardelli Ice Cream

1 – Selfies

And yes, yes – the ever famous selfie! Sure, this may not be your cup of tea, but it is for many! Selfie sticks may have been banned from Disney, but nothing can stop selfies from being taken. Characters will get in on the fun with you too! Ask Mickey for a selfie and he’ll sweetly pose. Out with your honey and want a close up together – snap that selfie. Looking and feeling good? Snap that selfie! PhotoPass members can get those close up images, but it’s still not the same as a selfie.

Disney PhotoPass Cast Members are wonderful! These photographers do a fantastic job and we definitely recommend taking the occasional family photo using PhotoPass. However, save yourself the hassle and fees for the simple photos and save that smile for your own camera.

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About Mike & Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with being Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members, and RunDisney participants. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire as many MagicBands as possible while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 13 years and are blessed with two children - our 8-year-old daughter and soon to be 2-year-old son. As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.