• On May 16, 2019
    Rick from IN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Will/can the photographers in Disneyworld take special request photos? Such as a close up of a hand with an engagement ring, or a face examining a particular item? Also, are they available during Magic Hours?

    Hi, Rick! Thanks for bringing another question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have had wonderful success with special requests from Disney PhotoPass Service photographers in each of the Theme Parks (and even at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, too)! Of course, each experience may be different based on a variety of factors (including length of line, time of day, etcetera), but we’ve asked for special photos of our daughter in front of Cinderella Castle or family photos on Main Street, U.S.A. at Magic Kingdom Park, special Magic Shots at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, photos of us jumping into the air at Epcot, or photos with our runDisney medals from various Star Wars-themed races at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Generally speaking, you will find PhotoPass photographers in the Theme Parks during Extra Magic Hours, although I have noticed more of them during the evening. 

    In my experience, it’s best if you approach a photographer who doesn’t currently have a long line and talk to them about what you want to do beforehand. It’s also a good idea to plan out the kinds of photos you want to take and communicate that to the photographer. Sometimes I’ve also had sample photos I’ve been able to pull up on my phone to show the photographer a general idea of the type of shot I’m looking for. 

    Since you’re sure to end up with some amazing photos, don’t forget to purchase your Memory Maker in advance! Link it to your My Disney Experience mobile app to preview, share and download your photos, too. While attraction photos tend to take a little while to show up, I’ve generally found that photos taken by the official Disney PhotoPass photographers appear in the app just a short time after they’ve been taken.

    Also make sure you take advantage of those special features like Magic Shots. These are always some of my family’s favorite photos. If you're planning something special, you could also employ someone from Disney Fine Art Photography to make the memories even more magical.

    Don’t forget to smile, Rick! 

    Best wishes, 
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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