PhotoPass print packages and table-side sales at restaurants to be discontinued later this month

Jul 01, 2014 in "PhotoPass"

Posted: Tuesday July 1, 2014 7:38am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Starting July 27 2014, PhotoPass print packages and table-side sales will be discontinued at Walt Disney World restaurants.

The change will take place at Chef Mickey's, 1900 Park Fare, 'Ohana, Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue, Disney's Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show, and Tusker House Restaurant.

Cinderella’s Royal Table and Akershus will continue to offer the print packages until January 4 2015, after which it will be no longer offered. From January 5, the inclusive photo package option will be discontinued.

Following the discontinuation of the print packages, guests will be able to use the My Disney Experience app and website to view photos taken by PhotoPass photographers at restaurants.

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RandomPrincessJan 02, 2015

I mostly used the digital anyway . I was always get getting rid of mine some how - We did 3/4 meals last trip that included the pictures. I think I sent them out to grandparents and great grand parents.

DisneySurprisePAJan 02, 2015

I tried multiple days in a row before I could get one. Pictures were a semi-big deal. Oh well...;)

EGelbJan 02, 2015

same here... if only I could FIND a ressie for our Feb trip. :mad:

DisneySurprisePAJan 02, 2015

The picture was a deciding factor on that reservation, and we miss it by a few weeks. :banghead:

EGelbJan 02, 2015

"Please note: Print packages will continue to be included at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall until January 4, 2015. However, please be aware that all packages sold for arrivals after January 4, 2015 will no longer include print packaging. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause." :(

ArielLoverJul 06, 2014

Does anyone know what the refurb will be on CRT? We got engaged there 5 years ago

DwarfulJul 03, 2014

I liked the printed copies and the cardstock frames they came with. We don't use them for display but did add them to the scrapbook and it was fun to see the recipes change over the years on them as well.

Lord_VaderJul 03, 2014

There were folks who purchased packages (mostly overseas offers) that included PhotoPass+ which included prints at restaurants, that was all I was saying. Me, I perfectly happy to get the digital copies for the most part.

HRHPrincessArielJul 03, 2014

That's how I'm reading it as well. I even thought to myself while we were there that they were wasting $ printing the pictures. We always just waved them on.

dreamfinderJul 03, 2014

I don't see why they wouldn't be. By all accounts they are just stopping the practice of printing the photos and trying to sell them table side. As long as they still have a photographer, when they scan your MB/Memory Maker card it should tag the photo as being free on your PhotoPass account, and included in your download instead of having to pay a separate price.

Lord_VaderJul 03, 2014

I would agree with that, we purchased the Memory Maker for our upcoming vacation and as we are eating at a couple of these restaurants they should be honored. Unfortunately they don't sell the PhotoPass+ package anymore and didn't even during Christmas last year, only the Memory Maker package and it only includes digital downloads and not the actual prints at most restaurants. While I really like the downloaded photos, the packages with the sleeves and "bonus" print were always a nice touch.

steamboatjoshJul 02, 2014

They should at least include it for the people that have already made their reservations for those places.

Lord_VaderJul 02, 2014

Really? A half-a**ed studio session here runs $50 and you get one pose and a few prints in a cookie cutter pose. The CD of your images (usually around 20-30) in reduced quality no less, costs $100 if you purchased a print package. Photography is an art and good art is expensive in general. For us, $149 in advance Memory Maker package with all the attraction photos, restaurant photos and the PhotoPass options are a good deal. We had over 300 pictures from our Christmas vacation before we added any frames etc. Now, not all of them were good shots but some of them were great shots. I load them in digital frames, send copies via DropBox to grandparents so they can put them on their frames and print what we want through a studio lab I have access to. Now, I have a much better setup than any of the PhotoPass photographers which I do find a bit sad but they are taking hundreds to thousands of shots per day and a full-frame or even high end DSLR and professional lenses cost too much for their volume and price to justify their use. Good equipment does not equate to good photography as the skill of the photographer trumps much of the lack of good equipment but in general the PhotoPass CMs are pretty good but are rushed due to very high volume of guests wanting pictures. Disney Event Photography IS expensive but again, worth the price if getting access and images you simply cannot get on your own is important to you and your family. I guess it all boils down to whether you want Kobe Steak or hamburger in the end.

ToTBellHopJul 02, 2014

In my mind (and that's just my opinion), that package is one of Disney's most obscene rip-offs. You won't find me spending $200 on a CD of pictures. I could get a private photo shoot at home with far more talented photographers for little more than that. And not have other people in my pictures.