From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Darcy Clark
Confession: I’ve always loved getting my photo taken – the more props and fun backgrounds, the better! It will come as no surprise to my loved ones that the holidays are my absolute favorite time of year for picture-taking. And this year is sure to be the best yet! With a 6-month old baby, Lincoln, who’s about to celebrate his first Christmas, I knew I wanted to mark the moment in grand fashion. Cue Disney PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs Marketplace. With a team of talented photographers at the ready and plenty of backgrounds (real and virtual) to choose from, I convinced Lincoln’s dad and sister to join me for a family photo shoot, done the Disney way.
We arrived earlier in the morning – the location opens daily at 9:30 a.m. – and were the first ones there, ready to go in our holiday best. (Speaking of “best” … how about that vest? I still can’t believe I got my other half to wear it!) We let the PhotoPass cast members know that we were interested in holiday photos, just in case our attire didn’t give us away. Joselyn, one of the PhotoPass Coordinators, and Danielle, one of the photographers, guided us through the entire shoot. The duo couldn’t have been better at their jobs, helping us strike just the right poses and even getting our little guy to look right at the camera for nearly every shot. We loved our moment in the spotlight and have all agreed that we’d like to do this every holiday season.
Want to experience a photo shoot of your own? Walk-ins are always welcome (in fact, you can’t book an appointment in advance) and the service is included with your Memory Maker product at no additional charge. For the uninitiated, Memory Maker is the ultimate keepsake product that includes all of your vacation photos. If you’d like to enjoy just one day of photos, the cost is $59 and can be purchased in the My Disney Experience App. (Your day of photos includes the digital images from your studio session, plus any images that are captured throughout the Disney theme parks and Resorts that same day, including those taken at Santa’s Chalet and the Disney Springs Christmas Tree Trail.)
I truly believe this service is one of the best kept secrets at Walt Disney World Resort and I’m so glad we visited for what is sure-to-become an annual tradition!
If you’ve had photos taken at the PhotoPass Studio at Disney Springs, share them using hashtag “#DisneySprings” for a chance to be featured on our @DisneySprings Instagram handle this holiday season – I’d love to see them!