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  • On Jul 27, 2022
    Melissa from PA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Are the Photopass Photographers taking pictures at the character meets? When we went in November there wasn’t any there but now that you’re allowed to go up to them, I’m wondering if that changed.

    Hi, there!

     Welcome back to planDisney, Melissa. We haven't seen you in a while! I'm so happy you dropped by and even happier to hear you're planning another Disney vacation. Wahoo!

     You ask a really great question, and the answer is - it depends on the Character Experience. When my family visited the Walt Disney World Resort last month, we experienced several Character Experiences that had a Disney PhotoPass Photographer present including Meet Disney Junior Pals in Animation Courtyard, Meet Sully at Walt Disney Presents, and Meet Daisy near the EPCOT International Gateway Entrance. At Meet Mickey & Minnie at Town Square Theater and Meet Anna and Elsa at Royal Sommerhaus, there were automated PhotoPass cameras, rather than photographers. I was a bit skeptical of the automated cameras, but we wound up with incredible posed photos AND candid photos from these Character Experience locations! At other Character Experiences we visited like Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight and Meet Princess Tiana and Princess Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall, there was not a Disney PhotoPass Photographer or an automated camera present. In those instances, I simply snapped a lot of shots on my iPhone. 

     The availability of Disney PhotoPass Photographers or automated cameras at Character Experiences is subject to change at any time. You may find that there's not a photographer available where I last saw one, or that there's now an automated camera where I hadn't seen one! My best advice is to always have your own camera or smartphone handy. When you arrive at a Character Experience, you can ask the greeting Cast Member at the entrance if there is a Disney PhotoPass Photographer or automated camera there. The Cast Member will be happy to share that information with you!

     Did you get a chance to try Disney Genie+ when you visited the Walt Disney World Resort last November? There's so much to love about this incredible service, but one of my favorite things about it is that the purchase of Disney Genie+ includes exclusive Disney PhotoPass Lenses in the My Disney Experience mobile app. These Disney-themed lenses are super fun!

     I hope this was helpful, Melissa. Please let us know if you have any other questions about your next Disney vacation! As always, we'd love to help you plan a magical stay.

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, Pennsylvania

Hi, there! I'm Ashley, and I have been a fan of all things Disney for as long as I can remember. My family and I enjoy sprinkling Disney magic into our everyday lives, but we most love making memories together on a Walt Disney World Resort vacation! The unique entertainment, fantastic dining, and incredible attractions completely immerse our family in the magic of Disney storytelling and keep us coming back to "The Most Magical Place on Earth" year after year.  Learn More About Ashley

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