We’ve known about this for a few days now and were awaiting official word from Disney’s PhotoPass but as word is getting out (and we have been receiving multiple emails from our readers — for which we graciously thank you), we feel it’s only fair to share the news with all our readers.
The no-email-required PhotoPass pre-order is back!
The URL itself has changed, but the old one actually forwards to the new one, so now it appears all Walt Disney World guests can pre-purchase not only just the PhotoCD for $99.95, but the Ultimate Memory Package as well for $149.95, consisting of both the PhotoCD and a Custom Cover PhotoBook worth up to $79.95.
Since the announcement has not been made official from Disney’s PhotoPass, we advise that you are making use of this opportunity at your own risk.
To pre-purchase the PhotoCD or the Ultimate Memory Package, click here.
Update: 3/14/10 – We are expecting additional information soon but we have been informed that the offer is currently in a beta mode so it’s not really intended for mass consumption yet, so as always, proceed further at your own risk.
In addition, we have learned that one major change since the offer is coming back is that the PhotoCD will only include photos claimed AFTER the pre-purchase. So the pre-purchase cannot be done after the vacation, otherwise guests will end up with an empty PhotoCD.
Update: 3/19/10 – Disney’s PhotoPass has officially announced the return of the pre-purchase link via its Facebook page
For at least the second time in PhotoPass history, PhotoMovie is no longer available for purchase. The last time it was not made available was when PhotoCD and PhotoMovie were the only products and the online presence was going through a major overhaul. With the product removed completely from the products list and the help section listing the product as being discontinued, it doesn’t appear as though the PhotoMovie is destined to return any time soon.
For the most complete guide anywhere to Disney’s PhotoPass, bar-none, see our Definitive Guide.
Disney’s PhotoPass is the premiere photo service when it comes to capturing memories at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, allowing you to bring home memories of the magic for years to come and there’s no better time of year to make new memories than the holidays.
We are thrilled to be able to offer five of our fans a special holiday gift pack from Disney’s PhotoPass, each consisting of a PhotoOrnament and a 20-pack of Standard PhotoCards and just to make it that much more special, free standard shipping*.
With Photo Ornaments, you’ll choose from three different styles and over 20 front/back designs featuring your photo on the front and an authentic Disney image on the reverse. Use your Disney’s PhotoPass photos, upload your own or select a photo from the Disney’s PhotoPass online Photo Gallery.
You’ll also be able to spread some holiday cheer with a 20-pack of 5×7 Standard PhotoCards and envelopes. Add PhotoPass, uploaded or Photo Gallery photos to one of several designs for multiple occasions and customize with your own text.
* Prizes will be awarded via e-mail as one-time redemption codes entered during the checkout process. Note that only one redemption code may be used at a time so redeeming both items will require two separate purchases. Free shipping is available only to customers in the United States and only when no other product is included in the purchase — customers in other countries may be assessed shipping fees. Note Disney’s PhotoPass will not ship to all countries, for additional shipping information see here.
The big PhotoPass news keeps on coming and this one is sure to disappoint even more people than the last item we reported about the extension fees.
A Stitch Kingdom reader has made us aware that the link to pre-order PhotoPass is no longer working. Sure enough, the page now automatically gets re-directed to this page which specifically affirms the already established policy that the offer is meant solely for those who are invited to participate by email.
On one hand, we do hope that Disney’s PhotoPass reconsiders this popular option, but on the other hand, the policy has officially always been limited to those who were invited, so it was only a matter of time before the next step was taken to prevent the public at large from accessing the offer. Afterall, it really did make no sense for PhotoPass to offer the PhotoCD at the regular price (let alone increase it) while continuously allowing anyone to order at the discounted rate as well. This is also not the first time PhotoPass has attempted to restrict the offer from the public: initially the page was able to be indexed by search engines such as Google, but the page was eventually modified to prevent that from occurring.
UPDATE: It appears that the offer is being extended to anyone with a Walt Disney World vacation package. Guests are reporting getting a link in email to pre-order the PhotoCD at a discounted rate or receiving a special PhotoPass card along with their mailed package materials. It appears the discounted rate is now approximately $120 for pre-ordering.
The official storage policy for Disney’s PhotoPass photos is that they will be available online for editing and ordering for at least 30 days after being added to one’s account. Afterwards, deletions were sure to occur (although the occasional rogue photos may have managed to escape their fate a la Logan’s Run). From the very beginning, many users had struggled to complete all of the editing within the 30 day timeframe and with additional enhancements to both the website and the actual PhotoPass system itself over the years, the 30 day period has proven to become increasingly difficult for many customers.
So much so that Disney’s PhotoPass even ran a popular promotion last year where a single purchase would grant your photos a stay for a brief period of time. Another undocumented feature that we had promoted in our Definitive Guide to PhotoPass was that a simple request by email would grant customers a free extension of what was meant to be 2 weeks but was often up to another month of storage.
With no doubt, it became an increasingly popular request and now the system has adapted to fulfill the needs of customers who foresee themselves running out of time — and it costs. Just like any other product available on disneyphotopass.com, photo storage extensions can now be purchased at the rate of $4.95 for one week or $9.95 for 15 days.
Please expect a major overhaul of the Definitive Guide to PhotoPass this weekend including the changes to reflect this news.
Disneyland Resort now offers Summer Nightastic! branded PhotoPass cards that include a discount for either either $10 off the PhotoCD when purchased online, or free shipping.
(and if anyone can send me a decent scan of one, I’d greatly appreciate it!)
Due to extremely popular demand and hoping to fill some of the voids found with the Disney PhotoPass PhotoCD, Disney’s PhotoPass is introducing a couple of options including a CD that includes all of the stock photos you will find available for use in products other than the PhotoCD on disneyphotopass.com is now available for purchase.
For an unbelievably low price of just $39.95, you can own over 300 hi-res images of Walt Disney World stock photos including many not available on the site.
Purchasing the Photo Gallery CD grants you a license to unlimited personal use of the images, but unlike traditional Disney’s PhotoPass photos, you are prohibited from distributing the photos.
Additionally, for all of the photos you have uploaded and added Disney borders to, you can now order an archive CD for $19.95 which includes the license to print the photos with the graphics.
The Definitive Guide to Disney’s PhotoPass is long overdue for a facelift and I’m shamelessly asking for your support – especially if you’ve found the site to be helpful to you in the past.
I’d like to replace the current magic shot samples with larger, unmasked versions. So if anyone can contribute their magic shot photos to the site, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’m even welcoming the same magic shot multiple times from different families as I will be able to display varying examples in a couple of different ways. If you are willing to help, please email them directly to [email protected]. Please make sure these are the full size images however and not copies directly off the PhotoPass website. Also preferably without any additional borders added (but any are welcome).
Shots from Walt Disney World, Disneyland and the World of Disney NYC are all welcome.
On the topic of magic shots, Stitch Kingdom reader Cynthia has alerted us that there is a new shot introduced this past month. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, on Sunset Boulevard with Tower of Terror in the background, PhotoPass offers a Mickey Balloon shot where a bouquet of balloons is inserted into your hands. No further details are currently available (hopefully an example photo will be available soon).
On PhotoPass in general, the website now accepts both the Disney Gift Card and the Disney Rewards card as forms of payment.