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  • swampymarsh
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by clippers6 View Post
    There are plenty of times when I see an on-ride photo or a character picture I really like, but $15-$20 is way too steep, especially when it is something like Tower of Terror where there's a bunch of strangers in the photo.
    Good thing there is now PhotoPass Plus which at $69 will be a deal after you get 5 of those pictures.

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  • clippers6
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    I wish they had kiosks like at the exit of Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters where you can email your photo to yourself. They could have a credit card reader on each machine and offer a deep discount to APs. Universal has such machines on The Simpsons for a fee of $5 or $10 (can't remember). There are plenty of times when I see an on-ride photo or a character picture I really like, but $15-$20 is way too steep, especially when it is something like Tower of Terror where there's a bunch of strangers in the photo.

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  • jcruise86
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    Re: What do you think of constantly encountering Photopass CMs?

    Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
    I understand your point of view, there are a lot more people in the parks trying to sell us stuff now, compared to when we had to walk into a store or upto a drink card. However I appreciate Disney's approach a lot more. It's far better than people barking at you that you get free lunch or tickets as a trick to get you into a multihour timeshare pitch. Also the photgraphers are mostly just letting you know the service is available, not pushing you into buying it like many other offerings such as summit viewing areas and on cruise ships.

    Compare Disney to the people on the Vegas Strip, sticking those stripper/escort cards in your face. The main difference is at Disney the CMs don't care if you buy it or not because they don't get commission.
    All true, Swampy, and I may be in the minority, but I prefer the pre-Photopass/timeshare old days. To me Photopass CMs are like cute, de-scented skunks. Nothing to fear, but there is still a part of me that tries to avoid them. I'd like them replaced with more Citizens of Buena Vista Street type CMs, and some full-time complimenters who will shout out that I'm lookin' good as I pass by. Then again, that might make it too much like the real world for me.

    My fantasy theme park job is now to work at Knott's Scary Farm as a monsterous parody of a timeshare salesperson with a scary & funny presentation later in the evening. (As I worked the streets I'd scream, "TIMESHAAAAAARE! True or false? We just want to get you to our resort hotel so we can eat you! {Awkward pause while tryng to conceal a demonic chuckle} FALSE! {To a zombie passing by} YOU! YOU THERE! You look like an intelligent man. . .")

    But I digress from Photopass.

    P.S. Although I deny having ever done this, is it still possible (though, of course, unethical) to just take a screenshot of the Photopass photos you view at home? Golly, I sure hope not!

    Originally posted by swampymarsh View Post
    I doubt you ever yelled at me to come ride the JC when the line was short.
    Actually, it's possible I did. We used to be out in front of attractions back then stopping guests from bringing sodas into the attraction queues. I don't mean to keep coming back to my appearance, but do any of you happen to remember a strikingly handsome CM loudly urging you to, "Test your mettle aboard the world famous Jungle Cruise!" as you walked through Adventureland in the mid-to-late 80s?
    Last edited by jcruise86; 10-07-2012, 06:35 PM. Reason: typo

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  • swampymarsh
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    Re: What do you think of constantly encountering Photopass CMs?

    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post

    I was a Disneyland attractions host, but one thing I preferred in the old days was walking through Disneyland and not having to avoid or politely say no to a number of Photopass CMs each visit, and not seeing the timeshare booths and the merchandise carts. I prefer to see the nice information stands Universal Hollywood had this summer staffed with CMs who only wanted to help guests and could not make extra cash for that park. (Of course Universal also has photographers and carts.)

    I doubt you ever yelled at me to come ride the JC when the line was short. I could look at the wait time and decide myself.


    I understand your point of view, there are a lot more people in the parks trying to sell us stuff now, compared to when we had to walk into a store or upto a drink cart. However I appreciate Disney's approach a lot more. It's far better than people barking at you that you get free lunch or tickets as a trick to get you into a multihour timeshare pitch. Also the photgraphers are mostly just letting you know the service is available, not pushing you into buying it like many other offerings such as summit viewing areas and on cruise ships.

    Compare Disney to the people on the Vegas Strip, sticking those stripper/escort cards in your face. The main difference is at Disney the CMs don't care if you buy it or not because they don't get commission.

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  • jcruise86
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    Re: What do you think of constantly encountering Photopass CMs?

    Originally posted by ghosty4 View Post


    I find this highly offensive. You'd rather talk to a homeless person begging you for money than
    a Disney Cast Member that is doing their job? Really? . . . I take my camera and take hundreds of pictures. . . .
    I almost find your view of the homeless mildly offensive. Wouldn't want one of them intruding into one of your hundreds of photos of plastic land.

    I was a Disneyland attractions host, but one thing I preferred in the old days was walking through Disneyland and not having to avoid or politely say no to a number of Photopass CMs each visit, and not seeing the timeshare booths and the merchandise carts. I prefer to see the nice information stands Universal Hollywood had this summer staffed with CMs who only wanted to help guests and could not make extra cash for that park. (Of course Universal also has photographers and carts.)


    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    . . . It is nice that Photopass CMs will happily take pictures with your camera.

    Remember that if you have a Disney Visa card that they have free photo ops and give you a nice large print for no charge.
    And what about the nice comment and helpful reminder I added above? No absurdity there--just love from the king of the litter box.
    Last edited by jcruise86; 10-06-2012, 04:12 PM.

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  • ghosty4
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by jcruise86 View Post
    It's still inconvenient to have to interact with them when I enter scenic areas or when my kid just wants to meet a character. So I'd prefer that Disney remove them and all of their timeshare salesmen and instead allow five homeless people into their parks per day to beg for money. That would be classier.


    I find this highly offensive. You'd rather talk to a homeless person begging you for money than a Disney Cast Member that is doing their job? Really?

    For all of the JUNK that is packed into the merchandise shops (and people buy nonstop), the ONE thing I am always glad I can come home with is ONE good picture of my vacation. Sure I take my camera and take hundreds of pictures, but usually I buy ONE 5x7 with the year and the themed border to remember my trip. Certainly a better memory than a balloon that's going to deflate, a t-shirt that will fade or shrink, or the food that isn't going to stay with me for more than 24 hours.

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  • waltopia
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    Was shocked at $15.00 for a digital photo; Thought maybe 5. was worth the convienince. Would never do that again.

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  • jcruise86
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    They are far more obnoxious at other parks like Knott's and Raging Waters, but it's still inconvenient to have to interact with them when I enter scenic areas or when my kid just wants to meet a character. (The photo with Tink on the left is a rare one.) So I'd prefer that Disney remove them and all of their timeshare salesmen and instead allow five homeless people into their parks per day to beg for money. That would be classier. Disney could give them themed costumes to fit what down and out people might look like in each land.

    It is nice that Photopass CMs will happily take pictures with your camera.

    Remember that if you have a Disney Visa card that they have free photo ops and give you a nice large print for no charge.
    Last edited by jcruise86; 10-06-2012, 09:07 PM.

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  • Stormy
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    Meh, was not impressed. As someone mentioned, they don't seem to give you enough time to get a good shot. Some were ok, but most were kinda wonky & messy looking. I know it's not a 'fashion shoot' but some of our pics were really less than flattering. A smile with 'you may want to adjust your shirt' or 'you might like to take your sunglasses off your head, it's mussing your hair' would have been nice & inoffensive. I know I'm not Elle MacPherson, so every little bit helps LOL.

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  • Malina
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    If you were spending a lot of time at the park--say a weeklong vacation--and you had a chance to really fill up that CD with a lot of images, it really could be worth it. Also, if you're having a special experience like a character meal or a makeover at the BB boutique it's probably nice to be able to let someone else worry about photos, so you can spend the time enjoying the experience with your kids/spouse/friends/whoever.

    Otherwise, I think the single photos are a little pricey. I've bought them before because I thought the photographer captured a fun moment, but for the most part, I don't really use them. Most of my photography at the park isn't of myself or other people; it's pictures of fun scenery, rides, etc. I'll always let them take the photo and review it later, though, and if I like it I will buy it.

    I think it's nice the PhotoPass CMs will take a photo with your camera. If I want a photo with a character that is generally what I do.

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  • Hot Sauce 1
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by SusieP. View Post
    I would have loved to try it, but a PhotoPass CM at WDW handed me back the wrong card and I lost my week's worth of pictures. First trip and everything.
    If you do photopass again, take a picture of the barcode on the photopass card. That way if you lose it, you can use the number to get it all back.

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  • swampymarsh
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by SusieP. View Post
    I would have loved to try it, but a PhotoPass CM at WDW handed me back the wrong card and I lost my week's worth of pictures. First trip and everything.
    If you loose photos, you can go into one of the park photoshops or even contact by phone PhotoPass. They can try to search for your picture by knowing the date, time, and place you had pictures taken. Also what you party make up is and what you were wearing.

    Often pictures mistakenly are put on the card of the guest before or after you, that is how you can try to get them back.

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  • Escape2Disney
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
    Susie, I hope you get some kind of refund.

    I think the Disneyland Photopass Plus might only be valid for 14 days. I thought I read that on the DLR website.
    Yes - you can have the pictures taken for 14 days...then 30 days to order the CD.

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  • smartlabelprint
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    Susie, I hope you get some kind of refund.

    I think the Disneyland Photopass Plus might only be valid for 14 days. I thought I read that on the DLR website.

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  • SusieP.
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    I would have loved to try it, but a PhotoPass CM at WDW handed me back the wrong card and I lost my week's worth of pictures. First trip and everything.

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  • Hot Sauce 1
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    I have used the Photopass service to it's fullest possible use in the past and was pretty happy with it. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your dollar.

    1. If you are ordering the Photo CD, it doesn't matter how many photos you have on it.
    You can view each photo on the website crop them and save them as different sizes, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10. You can also put different border designs around each photo. Since you never know what type of frame you will put it in or what size that frame will be, save each photo with every possible border in each individual size. I had about 40 different photos on my CD and by the time I was done saving them with different borders and different sizes there were over 300.

    2. If you happen to be planning on different trips within a 30 day period, you can wait and use the same Photopass card for both trips and get all the photos on one CD.
    We travelled to Disney World and used it there, then came to Disneyland and used the same one there, all on the same card.

    3. If you try to buy the CD while you are at the park, it is a little cheaper but you don't have the ability to save them in different sizes or do any cropping or add the borders to them. so you don't really get as much of your money's worth.

    My only disappointment with the Photopass system is the lack of creativity. Every person they photograph gets the exact same photo as everyone else. They aren't allowed to do anything unique to each person.

    They also arent' allowed to wait for a split second to make the photo better. You can be having your photo taken and a person 6'6" could be right behind you with a screaming child on his shoulder and they will take the photo right then instead of waiting for them to be out of the frame. Over half of the photos they took of us were terrible. The good ones were very good, so I was happy overall.

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  • swampymarsh
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
    Can you get your picture taken and put on the photopass anywhere in the resort that a CM photographer is available?

    Plus at the select attractions? (SPace, SPlash, TOT, RSR, Screamin)
    That is how photopass works. You go to the PhotoPass photographers, hand them you card and they take your picture and it goes into the account linked to your card.


    At attractions with onride photos, they can be put on your card if you are using the PhotoPass Plus cards. Or for the charge of the photo. Also the Plus card will let you put on pictures from Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique and currently the Pirates League. Also with the Plus card at chracters meals where they take your picture.

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  • clara
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    Originally posted by smartlabelprint View Post
    Can you get your picture taken and put on the photopass anywhere in the resort that a CM photographer is available?

    Plus at the select attractions? (SPace, SPlash, TOT, RSR, Screamin)
    Yes I believe so.


    What I like is that I don't need a Photopass card anymore. I just have them scan it onto my AP card. I don't know how long that Disney has been doing that but I just barely noticed it in my last visit, where I renewed. And that was good because I was starting to collect a numerous amount of Photopass cards I didn't need.

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  • smartlabelprint
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    Re: What do you think of Photopass?

    Can you get your picture taken and put on the photopass anywhere in the resort that a CM photographer is available?

    Plus at the select attractions? (SPace, SPlash, TOT, RSR, Screamin)

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  • Poisonedapples
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    i don't buy the pics from photo pass.. but i do let them take my photo.. ha! But i guess the prices are okay.. they could be worse!! LOL

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