Skip the Disney Photopass and Still Get Great Photos!

This week’s Strategy will help you get the most out of your spending money while also getting some really great photos!  Remember that most of the suggestions on the Strategies page will work whether you are traveling to Walt Disney World or Disneyland! So, let’s get saving!

What to know: When visiting Disney, one of the best souvenirs is a photograph commemorating the vacation fun being had.  Disney prepares for this by placing their photopass photographers all over their theme parks.  Should you choose to get your photo taken by one of these Photopass photographers, you are handed a card, much like your room key, which keeps up with all of your photos.  Each time you take a photo by the Photopass photographer, you hand them the card and they add the photos taken by them to the card.  During the vacation, you can head to the photo store within the theme park to review the photos.  If you do not have the time or forget to review them there at the parks, you can view your photos online.  In either instance, the cost to purchase is rather expensive.  Here are the details of the costs which range from $14.95 for 2 4″ X 6″ photos to $24.95 for a 16″ X 24″ photo.  Note, Disney also offers a prepackaged where by you can pre-purchase the CD of all of the photos you will have taken by the Photopass photographers for $99.95.  This in only available for this rate if you purchase it BEFORE your vacation.  If you do not, the cost will be $149.95!

An Alternative: If you want to get good quality photos, but without giving your wallet over to Disney, consider bringing along your own camera.  The Photopass photographers will use your camera to take photo.  You can visit as many of these photographers as you wish at no charge.  Disney currently uses a Nikon SLR camera.  If you would prefer to purchase your own Nikon camera to capture all of the Disney moment that would not otherwise be caught by the Photopass photographer, here is one of Nikon’s top-selling SLR cameras:

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens

If you take your own camera, remember that one of the most photographed times you will experience is during the nighttime shows.  When photographing the fireworks, you will definitely get a better photo if you use a Tripod.  Here is one that is highly rated and is extremely small and lightweight:

Pedco UltraPod Lightweight Camera Tripod Pedco UltraPod Lightweight Camera Tripod

If you want your children to be involved in all of the photographing fun, here are two that are themed for your Disney vacation!

V Tech Disney’s Princess Digital Camera

V Tech Disney's Princess Digital Camera

Digital Blue Disney Pix Jr. Digital Camera – Cars

Digital Blue Disney Pix Jr. Digital Camera - CarsTaking your own photos is definitely the best way to save money on getting the most photos when taking your Disney vacation.  So, take your camera and get those great Disney photos from your own hand or by the hand of the Disney Photopass photographers!

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